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“Best Buy” Cordless Fence Stapler
Mike Olson, St. Charles, Minn.: “I’ve been fencing professionally for 30 years and have used a variety of staple drivers, including a pneumatic stapler. Recently I had a chance to try out the 20V, DCFS950 DeWalt cordless fencing stapler. It worked great!
    “At nearly 9 lbs. without a battery, the DeWalt is a little heavier than my pneumatic stapler. However, I don’t have to worry about having a compressor close by or dealing with an air hose. The convenience beats the weight.
    “With the pneumatic, we have to run our UTV with the compressor on it back and forth and up and down the line as we attach the stretched wires or netting at either end. Murphy’s Law says the UTV will always be at the other end of the stretch of fence from where it is needed. With the DeWalt, I can carry the stapler with me.
    “I really like the power and ease of operation with the DeWalt. It is fast and easy to load, and the 5 Ah battery packs a punch. It drives the standard 9-gauge staples fast and deep and handles 1 1/2, 1 3/4 and 2-in. length staples.
    “The power setting switch and adjustable depth control make it easy to adapt the tool to the type of post and the fence material being installed.
    “It is rated to drive nearly 600 staples on a single charge, but that depends on multiple variables, including wood density, staple length and mode setting. I was surprised how many staples we were able to drive on a single charge. On big jobs, it would make a nice complement to our pneumatic system.
    “The mode switch gives the option of sequential use or rapid cycle. Sequential mode pulls less energy and drives more staples without replacing the battery. However, rapid cycle restores motor rotation speed quickly for consecutive stapling.
    “The LED indicator provides a quick review of tool and battery status. Should the tool stall when driving into harder posts, it is easy to reset. Just remove and reinsert the battery. Likewise, removing a jammed staple appears to be a simple process, although we didn’t have a problem when trying out the stapler.
    “Safety is important. The easy-to-access trigger lock-off button and the multi-angle contact trip reduce the potential for accidents. The low staple lockout is a nice safety feature for tool life. It prevents dry firing.
    “Galvanized staples were available online, but impossible to find at nearby big box stores. Ordering ahead with local delivery is not a problem.
    “With two 5.0 Ah batteries, the DeWalt is priced at around $800 or about $600 for the bare tool. A competitive cordless fencing stapler requiring fuel cell and battery is priced at around $1,400.”

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2020 - Volume #44, Issue #1