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4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for reasonably large and repetitive tacking jobs..., 18 Mar. 2014
This review is from: Tacwise A11 (Type 140) Hammer Tacker (Office Product)
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The Tacwise A11 Hammer Tacker is a handheld tacker that fires out tacks/staples when the hammer end is compressed into a hard surface. As such, the hammer tacker is an absolutely ideal tool for use when tacking down large areas - such as with laying down carpet or the like.

The first thing you notice about the Hammer Tacker when first handling it is its weight. It's quite a weighty and substantial beast; slightly top-heavy to allow for a good strong whack, although not too much so that it becomes uncomfortable after a while to use due to a lack of overall balance.

The grip on the Tack Hammer is also quite hefty and sturdy, clearly designed for regular and quite extensive use without deterioration. And that's one particular aspect about the tool that seems consistent throughout its construction. It's been designed to last. And after using it to put up new roofing felt across the entire length of our attic, I have to say that the hammer tacker proved to be a hard-wearing and reliable tool (as well as darn enjoyable to use).

That said, it does take a little while to get used to if you need your tacks to be reasonably well aimed. For the first couple of beams, every now and again I'd just catch the edge of the post I was tacking onto. No huge hardship (it's in the attic after all), however should your project require a certain degree of precision to where the staples go then this really isn't the tool for you.

Refilling the hammer with staples is an absolute doddle - just unclip and then slide out the end (located by the handle) and load in your staples like you would with a large stapler. The Hammer Tacker takes 6mm, 8mm and 10mm staples - so plenty of choice depending on your project.

Swinging the tacker at different forces (to some degree) controls the power and depth that the staples will be driven into the surface. As such, it's veering towards being a manual tool, which leaves a reasonable amount of the control in the users hands. Because of this it's also an incredibly satisfying tool to use. Quick, simple, effective and delightfully loud.

However, having used it for putting up new roofing felt, I'm a little stumped with knowing what next to use it for! For tradesmen and the like it's probably very handy. For your Average Joe DIYer (like me), you'll probably find it's only got a very limited use. Fun though!
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