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Powerfast Electrical Wire Strap Gun

2.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • A whole new way to install 12/2 and 14/2 non-metallic sheathed cable.
  • Installs a plastic insulator and metal strap in one function
  • Eliminates the need for hammering
  • Unique drive spring mechanism provides high driving force output
  • Lightweight, all-steel tool is chrome plated for long life
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A whole new way to install 12/2 and 14/2 non-metallic sheathed cable. The PowerFastTM StrapGunTM is a unique tool that provides huge time and cost savings over traditional anchoring methods. Tests show the StrapGunTM will staple down Romex 3.5 times faster than hammer-in staples. Electricians have reported time savings of up to 30% on a typical wire pulling job. This translates into a $100-200 savings in labor costs alone for the average contractor. The PowerFastTM straps eliminate the risk of pinching or cutting the cable. The plastic insulator provides a built-in depth stop for the staple, therefore, the insulator is all that touches the cable. Installs a plastic insulator and metal strap in one function. Eliminates the need for hammering . Unique drive spring mechanism provides high driving force output. Lightweight, all-steel tool is chrome plated for long life. Unique guide system to properly position strap over the cable. Strap S12-14 is UL listed for use on 12/2 and 14/2 NM and NMC cable. Straps come in 25 piece strips for convenient reloading.

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Technical Details

Part Number 0043593310736
Item Weight 3 pounds
Product Dimensions 7 x 6.2 x 1.6 inches
Power Source Handpower
Item Package Quantity 1

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ASIN B001F87HYI
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2.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

2.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #712,451 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#310 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Hand Tools > Staplers & Tackers
Shipping Weight 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First Available September 3, 2008

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By K. Fowler on November 3, 2010
I've had one of these guns for about 6 years. I bought new staples from Home Depot. They jammed with every shot. I thought my gun was bad, so I bought a new gun, the last one on the rack, at HD only to have the same problem. I called the number on the package, only to find the company associated with that number did not handle Desa products. I called the Canadian number and the very kind lady gave me another number for Remington/Desa tools. That's when I was told that Powerfast aka DESA had gone bankrupt. DO NOT BUY THIS TOOL!
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I've had this DESA Powerfast strap gun for several years and still use it occasionally. I generally tend to use it only in areas like unfinished attics and crawl spaces where it is sometimes faster, easier and more convenient than using a regular hammer and romex staples. I'm kind of surprised to still see it for sale here on Amazon, at least without a disclaimer, because the company that made these strap guns closed up shop several years ago and as other reviewers have clearly stated, the proprietary #S12-14-400 insulated staples that fit this strap gun are no longer being made and are next to impossible to find. You might occasionally find a box of the staples for sale on eBay, but the seller usually wants some absurd amount of money for them, so as far as I'm concerned they can keep them. I still have several boxes left to use with it, but once they are gone I'll have to retire this albatross. It's too bad because I think this really is a pretty decent stapler. Back when I bought it the Powerfast strap gun was the only one of this type, but there are now other similar staplers like the Gardner Bender MSG-501 and the Arrow T72 that have low cost insulated staples readily available. BTW, I checked to see if maybe the GB staples would work with my Powerfast gun and they would not. The GB staples look almost exactly the same as the Powerfast staples and will actually load in the stapler okay, but the plastic collating strip on the GB staples is just a little taller and all they will do is jam, jam, jam. So overall, unless maybe you need this Powerfast strap gun for parts or already have a bulk supply of staples for it on hand, I would avoid it.
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I have one of these guns and it takes almost 200 lbs of squeezing force to pull the trigger and usually it's almost impossible due to ergonomics to successfully 'staple' one of the Romex wire staples into 2x4's. It often takes two hands to have enough power to make it work (to squeeze the handle sufficiently). Part of the problem is the extreme angle and huge hands needed to grasp the device which it must be fully in the back 'loaded' position to work and that takes really really big hands and I am strong with 200+ lb grip but these things are ridiculously hard to use. They need a better angle on the arm which has to be depressed so smaller hands can grip the device which it's also extremely slippery due to no rubber on the handle either. Just junk. Don't buy one you'll be disappointed with the results.
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The company might be out of business, and now that cable straps made expressly for this gun are virtually unavailable... with a slight adjustment to bring the final staple guides into a parallel alightment allows it to shoot CableBoss wire staple/straps of similar design. The strap staples need to be guided straight.
Neither of these guns is flawless, but it's not really necessary to throw the PowerFast in the garbage as yet.
The nature of these guns is still to require a final hammer tap to have them seat securely when we need that tighter holding power. Wire staples are more often guides for positioning while strength in holding power is secondary.
In the world of tools, we occasionally find a need to modify to meet our needs or correct manufacturer tolerances with minor adjustments. Oftentimes when experiencing difficulties, we will find China, Taiwan, or the name of some other foreign entity stamped somewhere on the tool.
When all else fails and tools really become frustrating to our own inner peace and comfort, it's then time to send them to tool Heaven and suck up to the loss while gaining some experience toward understanding who truly cares about the quality of their products. If buying American means paying a bit more, it's more than likely the difference in quality and quality tools cost more.

3 stars because the lever tiedown bail went missing, the company left no inventory, and none of these guns are not flawless while still saving time and helping in difficult situations.
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The staples needed to use it could not be found after a thorough search. A stapler without staples to use in it is not very usefull. This is unfortunate situationally, as it makes a rather usefull tool into a curiosity, dramatic prop, or, more likely, scrap metal.
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DESA International is out of business. Staples for this gun are no longer made. Good luck finding them online at a reasonable price.
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