Hardwood Flooring Staplers - Nailers

What to choose in a flooring stapler or nailer? The choices are numerous today, and it will depend on what type of hardwood you're installing. The basicUsing a flooring stapler rentals at Home Depot will not cut it for some products.

We've also done some research for you by scanning some of the major manufacturer installation guides and what tool they recommend. Listed below (bottom) in order of popularity of manufacturers. All items shown alongside manufacturers are pneumatic, or requiring air pressure and a compressor to operate.

So What Do I Choose?

Some manufacturers react unusually when it comes to warranty issues if a floor fails for one reason or another. Most of the time it’s the installers fault. If that doesn’t work, blame it on something else. Although there is only one proprietary tool shown below (Mannington Spot Nails) be careful with what you use if they recommend a particular system.

NEW ADDITIONS: With the growing number of denser and harder products available today we've added the 18 gauge cleat nailer. These new tools cut down problems (namely tongue splitting; known to cause squeaking) associated with installing harder solid exotic wood and the newer solid stand bamboo.

Solid Wood Floors

Stanley Bostitch Stapler MIIIFS Stanley Bostitch Stapler MIIIFS
Thickness Flooring Used: 1/2" - 3/4" (base plates, included)
Fastener Type: Crown staples
Gauge: 15.5
Length: 1 1/2" - 2 inch
Compressor Setting: 70-90 PSI
Stanley Bostitch Cleat Nailer MIIIFN Stanley Bostitch Cleat Nailer MIIIFN
Thickness Flooring Used: 1/2" - 3/4" (base plates, included)
Fastener Type: Cleat Nail
Gauge: 16
Length: 1 1/2" - 2 inch
Compressor Setting: 70-90 PSI
Powernail 445 Cleat Nailer Powernail 445 Cleat Nailer
Thickness Flooring Used: 5/8" - 33/32""
Fastener Type: Cleat Nail
Gauge: 16
Length: 1 1/2" - 2 inch
Compressor Setting: 70-110 PSI
Powernail 50P Cleat Nailer Powernail 50P Cleat Nailer
Thickness Flooring Used: Adjustable 3/8" - 5/8"
Fastener Type: Cleat Nail
Gauge: 18
Length: 1" - 1 3/4 inch. Also used for thinner solid hardwood
Compressor Setting: 70-110 PSI
Primatech P250F Nailer Stapler Primatech P250F Nailer Stapler
Thickness Flooring Used: 5/8" - 3/4"
Fastener Type: Cleat Nail or Crown Staple
Gauge: 15 1/2 Staple. Cleat Nail
Length: 1 1/2" - 2 inch
Compressor Setting: 80-100 PSI
Primatech Q550 Cleat Nailer Primatech Q550 Cleat Nailer
Thickness Flooring Used: Adjustable 3/8" - 3/4" thickness
Fastener Type: Cleat Nail
Gauge: 18
Length: 1 1/4" - 1 1/2 inch
Compressor Setting: 85-100 PSI
Senco SHF50 Cleat Nailer Senco SHF50 Cleat Nailer
Thickness Flooring Used: 1/2" - 33/32"
Fastener Type: Cleat Nail
Gauge: N/A
Length: 1 1/2" - 2 inch
Compressor Setting: 70-120 PSI

Engineered Wood Floors

Stanley Bostich LHF97125-2 - 20 Stanley Bostich LHF97125-2 - 20
Thickness Flooring Used: Adjustable 1/4" - 1/2" thickness
Fastener Type: Crown staples
Gauge: 20
Length: 1 inch
Compressor Setting: 70-100 PSI
Stanley Bostich SX150-BHF-2 - 18 Stanley Bostich SX150-BHF-2 - 18
Thickness Flooring Used: Adjustable 1/4" - 7/16"
Fastener Type: Crown staples
Gauge: 18
Length: 1/2" - 1 1/2 inch
Compressor Setting: 70-100 PSI
Primatech Q550AL Cleat Nailer Primatech Q550AL Cleat Nailer
Thickness Flooring Used: Adjustable 3/8" - 3/4"
Fastener Type: Cleat Nail
Gauge: 18
Length: 1 1/4" - 1 3/4 inch
Compressor Setting: 85-100 PSI
Powernail Flex 18 Powernail Flex 18
Thickness Flooring Used: Adjustable 3/8" - 3/4"
Fastener Type: Cleat Nail
Gauge: 18
Length: 3/4" - 1 3/4 inch
Compressor Setting: 70-110 PSI
Senco SLS20HF Senco SLS20HF
Thickness Flooring Used: Adjustable 1/4" - 3/8"
Fastener Type: Crown staples
Gauge: 19
Length: 1 inch
Compressor Setting: 70-120 PSI
SpotNails WS4840W2 SpotNails Floor Monster FS4825W2
Thickness Flooring Used: 3/8" - 9/16" (needs adapter)
Fastener Type: Crown staples SKU#4811PN-30M
Gauge: 18
Length: 1 3/8 inch
Compressor Setting: 80-100 PSI

Manufacturer Specifications

Armstrong - Includes Bruce, Hartco & Robbins

• Solid 5/16" - Stanley-Bostitch S32SXBHF, Stanley-Bostitch SX150, Senco SLS20HF, or other machine designed or adapted specifically to 5/16″ solid flooring.
• Solid 3/4" - Stanley Bostitch (multiple models) with M-4 foot, Powernail (multiple models) with NailerShoe, Primatech (multiple models) with Trak-Edge.
• Engineered - Stanley-Bostitch “FloorRunner”, Senco SLS20HF or equivalent

Anderson

• Solid 3/4"- No set recommendations. "Pneumatic Nailer/Stapler"
• Engineered- No set recommendations. "Pneumatic Nailer/Stapler"

BR111 & Indusparquet

• Solid 3/4" -Powernail manual 45 T&G Powernailer, pneumatic 445 Powernailer or other machines designed or adapted specifically to 3/4” solid wood flooring
• Solid 7/16" - Powernail 200/250, HighPRO AS-4090, other machines designed or adapted specifically to 7/16” solid wood flooring.
• Solid 5/16" - Powernail 200/250, Senco SLS20HF, Stanley-Bostitch S32SXBHF, HighPRO AS-4090 or others designed or adapted specifically for 5/16" solid flooring.
• 3/8" Engineered - Stanley-Bostitch, HighPro AS-4090, Bosch, Portanail, Spotnail,
etc.) with adjustable head (must be adjustable to 3/8" minimum 1 1/4" notched staple)

Columbia

• Solid 3/4"- No specific recommendations.
• Engineered - Stanley-Bostitch Floor Runner (S3297-LHF orS97125-LHF). Power Nailer #200 and #250

Kahrs

• Engineered - Bostitch Air Stapler Model III, Primatech Q 500, Powernailer Model 200

Mirage

• Solid 3/4"- Stanley-Bostitch MIIIFN, Stanley-Bostitch MIIIFS, Powernail 445, Senco SHF50
• Engineered - Stanley-Bostitch SX150-BHF-2, Senco SLS20HF

Mannington

• Engineered - Mannington Spotnails Floor Monster

Scandian

• Solid 3/4"- No specific recommendations. "Mechanical Fastener and appropriate fasteners"
• Engineered - No specific recommendations. "Recommended staples/cleats"
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