Have you found that most heavy duty manual staple guns tend to be a bit too bulky for your hands? Do you find it difficult to depress the lever on a handheld staple gun with just one hand? If so, then the Stanley TR250 might just be the perfect staple gun for you. It’s a best selling product on Amazon right now thanks to its sub-$20 price point, ease of use, and lightweight nature.
Does being lightweight compromise the scope of work this staple gun can accomplish? Does the “easy squeeze” lever create a fastening experience that won’t leave staples flush with your working surfaces? Our testing of this product will answer these questions and a few more.
Q: Does “lightweight” mean “light duty” with this staple gun?
A: No. The Stanley TR250 is built with aircraft grade aluminum so the housing is just as durable as if it were an all-steel construction. This is combined with a flush nose design that gives your pressure more leverage in driving the points of the staple into your preferred material. Complimented by the all-metal drive channel, it is surprisingly easy to use for almost anyone.
Q: Are there limits to the Stanley TR250’s capabilities?
A: Every manual staple gun has certain limits. The TR250 isn’t going to tack into metal, concrete, and certain hardwoods very well. What it can do is help you to quickly tack up items in hard-to-reach places where other staple guns are unable to go. Think insulation within a wall or siding paper near roof flashing and you’ll have an idea of what this staple gun can do.
Q: Does the Stanley TR250 offer more than just stapling as a fastening option?
A: Yes. We had great success in testing the TR250 with wire tacking chores and using it as a brad nailer. It’s best performance came from wire tacking, while it’s weakest performance comes from heavy duty work you might need to get done. It will easily staple wire to a fence post. It isn’t going to attach a cedar board to a fencing frame.
Q: Are there different staple options that actually work with the Stanley TR250?
A: We found that there were two good types of staples that worked with this particular staple gun. The best results were from the Arrow T-50s or the Stanley TRA700’s. Generic staples that were marketed to work in units that accepted those staples would also fire, but they also tended to jam more often than the brand name staples.
Q: Does the Stanley TR250 come with any additional options?
A: You do have access to a power lever, letting you set the stapler to accommodate softer or harder materials more effectively. You can also lock the handle down when not using it so it can be stored safely. There’s a viewing window which allows you to see how close you are to needing a refill on your fasteners. Although these additional options are somewhat basic when compared to other makes and models, it still does a relatively good job.
Q: Where is the Stanley TR250 made?
For the cost of this staple gun, the Stanley TR250 does a remarkably good job. We wouldn’t hesitate to use it again for another project and that’s why it receives our recommendation.