Stanley TR150HL SharpShooter Heavy Duty Staple Gun
Editor Rating: 4.3/5
Stanley TR150HL SharpShooter Heavy Duty Staple Gun
Reviewed by: Timothy Henderson
Published on: June 22, 2017
Many of us need a staple gun at some point, whether we’re working on a small repair or a massive DIY project. There are tons of different models on the market, and a lot of them aren’t worth checking out due to the poor quality of production. However, we’ve covered the one that’s worth considering.
Searching for the right model can sometimes be a fun experience, but it’s a burden for the most part. Apart from not having the full info about a particular model, you’ll also run into other problems such as high prices, poor warranty conditions, and more. Luckily, if you take a look at our reviews, you’ll find more than enough information to make a safe purchase. Also, our reviews are honest and most importantly – unbiased. Therefore, if something’s wrong with the unit, you can rest assured that we’ll make it clear for you.
- Dimensions – 1.3 x 10.2 x 9 inches
- Weight – 8 ounces
- Required supplies – Stanley SharpShooter TRA700 Series or Arrow T-50 heavy duty staples
- Quick-jam clear system
- Hi/Lo power level
- Material – heavy duty aircraft aluminum
Stanley TR150HL – The Basics
If you’re looking for a decent staple gun with quite a few features, this model might be a good solution. It has everything you’ll ever need for some minor to mid-sized DIY projects around the house. As you can assume, it’s not recommended for large tasks because it’s not designed to cope with massive projects.
The design is pretty neat, the housing is quite durable, and the unit is reliable. Considering the affordability of it, you couldn’t have asked for more features for this price. In fact, it’s one of the models with the best price-to-quality ratio on the market. Overall, it’s a useful tool, and it’s almost a must-have for any true DIY enthusiast.
As we previously said, the design is okay. Although it doesn’t come with any majorly impressive elements, there are a few things that make this particular staple gun worth checking out.
For example, the aluminum housing is great because it offers both durability and reliability. Also, aluminum is a pretty light metal meaning you won’t have to worry about fatigue, joint pain, and so on. Some people prefer steel over aluminum, but it’s a more expensive metal and significantly heavier.
Easy-squeeze handle is one of the first things you’ll notice about this model. While other units tend to have issues with the stiffness of the handle, this one doesn’t. In fact, this particular lever is known as one of the softer ones on the market.
Although manual models are known as the easiest ones to use, this one definitely takes the win. Anyone can use it, even people with no experience whatsoever. However, it’s recommended that you read the user manual first so that you can avoid any unpleasant surprises.
While it may be a standard feature, anti-jam mechanisms sometimes fail miserably due to poor engineering. Therefore, even if a model does feature an anti-jam system, it doesn’t mean it works. Luckily, this one performs well and as advertised. Even though jamming is a pretty frequent occurrence with manual staple guns, you won’t have any major issues with the solution thanks to this system.
Hi/Lo power level
This feature is what makes this particular model different from the others. If you’re planning to process hard wood, all you have to do is adjust the mode to Hi. On the other hand, if you’re working with soft wood, select the Lo mode. It’s a pretty simple mechanism, but it sometimes makes or breaks a project.
Things we liked about it
The thing that caught our eye is the price. Considering it’s a pretty versatile tool, we expected it to be a bit more expensive. However, Stanley made sure it’s accessible for people who are on a tight or limited budget.
The other thing is the sheer simplicity of this stapler. There are no complex mechanisms or redundant mechanical parts. Everything is pretty straightforward meaning you can easily fix it, even if you’re not an expert on the matter. The reloading process is also neat; all you have to do is slide the whole magazine out and fill it with supplies.
Things we didn’t like
We and many others found this particular model unviable for upholstery tasks. It just doesn’t perform well when reupholstering is in question. Therefore, if you want to remodel old furniture, look for some other units, this one isn’t for you.
Apart from that, there aren’t many other shortcomings. An occasional jam might happen, but the anti-jamming mechanism will take care of that in no time.
General user impressions
As far as we’re concerned, it’s worth investing in this particular model. You won’t have to invest a lot of money anyway. According to some other people, there are better models on the market in the same price range, but this one certainly meets most of one’s needs. People seem to like its ease of use the most, which is expected. Nobody wants an overly complicated tool for such trivial things like stapling.
Safety is not on a particularly high level, but there aren’t any particularly dangerous things you can do with it in the first place. However, don’t forget to wear safety equipment regardless.
Because it’s a must-have tool, you should consider buying one for yourself if you already don’t own any. This particular one would be a good start. Even though it’s only an entry-level tool, it offers enough features for many DIY adventures. The supplies are quite easy to find, unlike some others that you can only buy via the Internet.
The most important thing about this model is the fact that it has the three main elements we look for in any other model – affordability, durability, and reliability. If you’re an individual who’s looking for these parameters, take a moment and check the Stanley TR150HL, you might like it. On the other hand, if you don’t, feel free to check some of our other reviews.