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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2012
There is really no "versatility" to this stapler - the T25 is really only meant to serve a few industries. If you're looking at tacking 22/2, 22/4 or 18/2 alarm wire, or 22/4 telephone quad cable or 24/3pair CAT3 phone wire, I recommend taking a look at the T18 stapler (purple handle) - the width of the T18 staple is about half that of a T25 and the staples will fit the skinnier cable perfectly, without crushing, and will leave a professional look. You can probably use the T25 on this skinnier wire but, you'll have to press hard against the wire to get a tight staple, which could then damage, crush, or pierce the wiring. I wouldn't recommend the T25 for anything skinnier in diameter than CAT5 cable.

With that said, the T18 and T25 have been used by the phone company for years. I carry both on my service van (I work for an alarm company and frequently do phone work, too) and have probably shot thousands of T25s with zero jams after using several T25 guns. The trick is to know how to position the stapler AND the proper length of staple. For most work, you'll probably only need a 3/8" length staple, I'd recommend a 7/16" staple for CAT5 so that the staple doesn't travel too far and crush the cable. If you're looking to tack CAT5 for network cable, do not use a crowned staple - use the T59 plastic insulated staples, they will not crimp or crush the CAT5 (critical for proper network operation). T25s also work good for most coax if you get the longer 9/16" staples. Arrow offers the beige telco colored staples for a professional look as well.

The biggest trick is pressing lightly into the work before stapling. You will get a few twisted staples if you hit a knot or other solid area. Plywood can be tricky - plywood is typically used in phone rooms to mount punchdown blocks and terminal equipment. Plywood takes some getting used to, be sure to stick with the short 3/8" staples and you may have to press into the back of the stapler with your other hand while stapling to get the staple to pierce the plys.

But again, the T25 is an industry standard for the telephone and security industries. If you're looking to do this work professionally, you should also have a T18 stapler.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2000
If you have to pull light cable around the house, this is your helper. Curved staple and a wire guide to help you hide phone wire, etc under your baseboards or over doorways. Makes a big difference and so much easier than individual wire tacks. Not a replacement for the regular staple T-50 (nor vise versa) - this is a specialized product and very good at what it is suppose to do.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 2007
This stapler is a fantastic time saver if you are installing TV cable or phone wire in attics and basements. It makes the job look finished. This will not work for 12/2 or 14/2 electrical wire. Arrow has the T72 for that, but I have not checked it out yet.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2010
doesnt do flat staples. you shouldnt use a staple gun directly on a cable as it can still crimp the cable and damage it.

better bet is to buy a good flat staple gun that can be used for lots of different things and a bunch of zip ties. staple a zip tie where youre running cable and then tie it into place that way. keep it a little loose so you dont harm the cable.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 29, 2009
WOW. I've done some stapling of wires over the years and was never satisfied with the results. I was using the standard square staples. This thing is awesome. I used it to secure a coax and phone wire and it did a wonderful job. One thing to note is that the the built in guide has to be pushed up into the housing before it will shoot a staple. I loaded mine the first time and to make sure it was working and to check the depth that it shoots I tried it on a blank piece of scrap and nothing came out and I got worried until I put the wires in and it worked great.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2012
i received this arrow fastener t25 low quality wire staple gun and returned it very soon after. the thing just CONSTANTLY jams up! i went through 2 rows of staples and only about 10 of those actually went into the wall. the rest got stuck in the head of this thing and had to be extracted with needle nose pliers. i would either try the most expensive arrow wire fastener or avoid arrow all together because their mid line of staplers seem to be poor quality. goodluck if you order this thing
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2011
i work for a large telecommunications company and have gone through 5 of these staplers in just the last year. attaching cat3 and cat5 wiring to mainly wooden surfaces. they consistently jam and drive staples through the center of cables. the stapler will work great for approximately the first 50 or so staples, after that you find that the only consistency is jamming and staples that rip through cables. mass produced crap. there's nothing better than running cable around a home for 30 minutes and on the last 15 or 20 feet of cable your stapler constantly staples through the cable. one positive that i will admit is that when you throw this stapler across the street, it does actually bounce quite high if it lands just right on the handle. enjoy the experience of watching your stapler/bouncy ball being tossed in the trash. this is a folded soda can with rivets.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I work for a large telecommunications company. Most of the time I’m running cat5 or cat3 it is through raceways or conduit. I don’t often need to staple lines along baseboard/joists but it comes up enough that I wanted a proper tool to do it. I’ve had this stapler in my tool bag for years and have had problems with it for as long. It constantly jams. I am using genuine Arrow T25 staples as recommended. I can make it about 10 staples before it jams. There is no easy way to clear the jam. The stapler cannot come apart to fix it. The only thing I can do is use a small eyeglass screwdriver to try and clear it. I usually spend 10 minutes every 10 staples to clear the jams. This is a huge nuisance and even bigger waste of time. I know this stapler isn’t really designed for cat3 so it doesn’t hold as tight as I would like. I’m not counting that against this stapler in my opinion of it. But for the sake of clarity, these staples are a little too big for cat3 lines. I just figured this would be a good all-purpose gun, and the T25 staples are easy to find. I am very disappointed with the quality of this product. Particularly because my father has had an Arrow T50 staple gun for over 40 years and it still works great. Mine hasn’t worked properly since I got it. I really wished I had returned it then.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2015
I am a cable technician that uses staple guns all day long. This particular model is not my favorite. If you are a person that uses a staple gun all day long for 6 days a week this will not last you very long. First of all the way you load the staples is not ideal. You have to take out the spring and drop in a sleeve of staples. Sure it sounds simple enough, but if the staple gun gets jammed you have to take it apart to remove the staples. There are different brands that I prefer, such as the stanley ct10x which allows you to slide out the spring and place the staples in. If it jams, you don't have to take it apart to remove the jam. If you are the person that needs to do an occasional cable tacking job this one is for you but if you are like me, then I wouldn't recommend this staple gun.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2012
I bought this at the local bigbox hardware store to string Christmas lights around the deck.

The first 10 staples worked great.

After that, it consistently jams up - after a handful of staples at most. I have to shake it out to get the (mostly unused) staple brick out - and have to pull out jammed staples with a needlenose pliers, then pry out the broken off bits with a very small screwdriver. In short, it is virtually unusable.

I was using Arrow's own staples, compatible with this gun.

I just cannot believe that this thing is such horrible usability, especially since it is $10 more than the T50 model (I was thinking this meant better quality? HAH!). I only bought this one because the U-shaped staples I wanted to use only were available for this model. In any case, that point is moot - I will not buy an Arrow product again.

Aside from the virtually complete unusability because of jamming, the gun has a quite sharp delivery mechanism (not smoothed - rough, jagged metal) - so much that it cuts electrical wire housing quite effectively. So, even if it didn't jam, I would likely be disappointed because it damages the very wire I am trying to carefully staple U-shaped staples around.

I will try to return it tomorrow. I trust the store's policy will allow it. I bet they get a LOT of returns on these things.
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