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Old 06-06-2009, 12:09 PM   #1
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How to fix a hammer tacker

I bought a new Arrow heavy duty hammer tacker from menards on 3/30 this year. Used it on one small box of ss 3/8" staples and it is jammed up.

Is there a WAY to fix these things??? Every time you staple something the tang doesnt go back down and have to reset it manuelly??

I took it back to where I bought it and didnt have receipt,,,so I went back home to find it and they already said if it was more than 30 days ago I am sol.

In my opinion,which doesnt count,,,a stapler should be good for MORE than 1 box of staples no matter how many days elapsed. What happens if you buy it,dont use it for 45 days and its broke and NEVER works out of package??

Receipt only talks about a 90 day return window,not 30 days,,,are staplers and tools different??


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Old 06-06-2009, 01:41 PM   #2
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My experience with hammer tackers is that they will sometimes jam when you get down to the last few staples, possibly because the staples go out of alignment when there are only a few of them left. The solution is to open the hammer tacker up, and pry out the jammed staples. If the tang is not bent, you can load it back up and continue along. If the tang is bent, you need to replace it, good luck finding the part, it might cost more to repair than to replace. The good news is that I have never bent the tang, I think it would take a serious combination of power and bent staples to do it.


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If the staples are not designed for that stapler, you can have the stated issue.
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Old 06-07-2009, 01:38 PM   #4
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staples were matched to stapler.

I took it apart,put it back together a few times and seemed to work out some staples I could never see inside. all is working fine now,,,I dunno whats up with this thing. Must be operator error. ALLS well that ends well.
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Don't have a hammer stapler, but do have a standard 'Arrow' stapler that's forever jambing. Good thing that they designed it so its easy to take apart to clear it.

I think that its natural for staplers to jamb.
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Old 06-07-2009, 01:53 PM   #6
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I've had them jam up from the staple glue buildup (guessing). I put a drop of tri flow in the business end/all moving parts before using things like that, and now never have problems.
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Old 06-07-2009, 03:01 PM   #7
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I would tell menards to take it back. The receipt says 90 days. If you don't use it for 90 days and then it's broke that is a different story but it is within their stated return policy. If they will not I would buy another one and walk out to your car switch the staplers and walk back in and tell them you want a refund. Sounds like bad customer service to me. I bought my first hammer tacker over 10 years ago and after talking to some pros they all recommended duo fast staplers. They are a little more expensive but I have 2 of them now and they both work great.


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