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Perfect tool for the right application.
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.