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Compressor for staple gun

Posted by JT on February 24th, 1999 06:49 PM
In reply to Compressor types by Hank Metz, A Woodworker's Notebook on February 24th, 1999 12:57 PM [Go to top of thread]

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Any pneumatic tool will have a rating as to required
pressure (psi) and air volume (cfm). A compressor
needs to produce at least the required pressure, but
not necessarily the required cfm, if the tool is used
in short bursts. The requirements of a small nailer
or stapler are so small that virtually an compressor
will do. Do look at the the air spec's though (and ignore
horsepower ratings, which are largely BS). In small
copressors, you'll find oil-less and types that use
oil (as an internal lubricant, not as a tool lubricant).
The oil-less require less maintenace but don't last
quite as long (thought they are easy to rebuild). The
oil-less are usually considerably louder than the others
so you may want to ask to have them run it for you.
Probably a small "pancake" type that will run on a
15A circuit will do the job for you. Also, make sure
the stapler you buy is oil-less, much less hassle
(Senco is hard to beat, but a bit expensive). You might
want to get a catalog from Tool Crib of the North
(, their prices are pretty

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