The Arrow HT50 Hammer Tacker HT50PBL is a heavy duty model and a unique product that swings and hits like a hammer, driving a staple with each blow. Typically you use a product like this for anything ranging from installation of roofing insulation to tacking down roofing felt, carpet underlayment, or other materials. The HT50PBL hammer tacker features an all-steel construction with a rubberized coating that helps absorb impacts and delivers a nice grip. The tool has a chrome finish and has high carbon hardened steel guts. A patented jam-proof mechanism keeps the tool from making mincemeat of staples when you work. The hammer tacker loads from the bottom of the handle via standard push rod and you can completely open up the staple channel to lubricate the tool and give it a full cleaning. The power grip handle is shatter-proof and the assembly holds two full strips (170) of Arrow T50 staples of .050 wire in three sizes: 5/16-inch, 3/8-inch, and 1/2-inch.
Arrow HT50 Hammer Tacker HT50PBL Features
There’s not much to say about this Arrow HT50 hammer tacker except that it is extremely durable and it works. It works so well, in fact, that you had better watch your hands when using it lest you drive a staple where you don’t want it. When tacking down carpet padding this tool was easy to use and provided a quick way to secure the pad to the sub-floor. One thing to realize is that the design of this hammer tacker makes it easy to pound your knuckles into the work area. Arrow makes some other models with knuckle protection, but this version relies on proper usage. This won’t matter much to pros, but for those starting out, ramping up your technique is key.
For those wanting to engage in lighter duty work, there’s always the Arrow HT30 (which takes T30 staples). For those wanting knuckle protection and a heavier duty, professional-scale product, the HTX50 may be your solution. It’s only a bit more in cost and offers a more robust design overall.