Ryobi has done an amazing job with their Airstrike line of nailers. Allowing users to drop the compressor without breaking the bank is a win in my book. Ryobi consistently prices their tools right for homeowners and weekend warriors. We have looked at the Finish Nailers for bigger jobs, the Brad Nailer for all-around versatility, and the Pin Nailer for detailed work. Crown Staplers though have become cast aside in the tool world. For those that use them religiously, they are their bread and butter. But for some reason, they are quickly put to the side. We opt for finish or brad nails, but we are missing some huge benefits to crown staples. So, how does this member of the Airstrike line measure up? Read on in the Ryobi Cordless Narrow Crown Stapler Review to find out all the details.
Ryobi Cordless Narrow Crown Stapler Review Overview
Crown Staplers have been around for a long time. As the name implies, they are designed to help attach crown molding. There is a huge variance in size and application for crown staples though, making them incredibly versatile. Wider Crown Staplers and therefore wider crown staple guns are seen in construction where they attach things like sheathing, roofing or even some framing or truss construction. The design of the staple allows superior hold over nails in some cases.
Now, when I think of narrow crown staples I think of crafting or DIY projects. I’ve used mine to attach flowers to a wall and upholstered benches and chairs. I’ve also used mine for things like reinforcing a mitered corner while glue sets and attaching trim and crown molding. Additionally, I used it in the Birdhouse Tutorial making assembly a breeze. I asked in a recent Instagram post how our crew uses crown staplers and we got some surprising answers. Some of our most creative answers came from logan2831 who uses it for lattice, while 1970chrisk uses it for upholstering chairs. Ultimately the possibilities really are endless.
Ryobi Cordless Narrow Crown Stapler Review Features
The stapler accepts 3/8 inch to 1-1/2 inch 18 GA narrow crown staples(1/4 inch) and can hold up to 105 at a time. The magazine has an easy to operate trigger where staples to be inserted easily in the front.
The low staple indicator allows the user to see when the staples need to be reloaded. The dry fire lockout prevents damage to the tool by not firing when empty.
The standard style trigger operates smoothly with a squeeze of the handle.
There are two modes, single sequential or contact actuation allowing the user to fire multiple staples without depressing the trigger.
The tool-free depth of drive adjustment allows the user to make adjustments to the staples drive based on the workpiece and need.
The air pressure adjustment dial allows for customization of pressure based on the workpiece.
Ryobi included a construction ruler on the staple gun for quick reference.
The LED light engages by a small switch below the trigger on the handle and increases visibility.
Ryobi included 2 non-marring pads to prevent damage to the work surface.
The included belt hook can be mounted on either side based on preference.
The stapler features improved grip zone molding for improved user comfort and grip.
Ryobi Cordless Narrow Crown Stapler Review Performance
I have used this crown stapler a slew of times and haven’t run into any trouble so far. The stapler fires consistently and is comfortable to use. There is one common complaint about cordless nailers in general, and that is a delay between triggering and firing. To me, its so minimal on most of the nailers we have tried out that it isn’t an issue, additionally with a compressor you experience delays in a different way so I have always seen that as a small price to pay for convenience. The Ryobi Nailers to me experience very little delays, and I am incredibly happy with how they fire. I tend to stick to single sequential firing but found the contact accusation to function well for those that prefer it.
The weight can be somewhat awkward when used for extended periods, as is the case with all cordless nailers. The depth adjustment and air pressure knob are both responsive and user-friendly. The one thing I wish it had was a tool-free jam release mechanism or at the very least an onboard tool to open the jam release. When you look in the manual it instructs you to remove the staples and use a flat head to clear the jam. Odds are you have this laying around and it seems like you won’t have to remove the head. I haven’t had a jam yet, but they are part of using nailers in general so a quick solution to get you back to work quickly is always appreciated. Overall, this tool is a great addition and doesn’t disappoint in performance.
Ryobi Cordless Narrow Crown Stapler Review Value
Arguably, Ryobi’s strong suit is the price point of their tools. They seem to always be able to price their tools lower than competitors while still including features that improve the tools use. This model, #P360 retails at The Home Depot for $139.00 bare tool. Additionally, Ryobi consistently runs promotions to make their tools an even better value, simply by bundling batteries or including a free tool in the mix.
Ryobi Cordless Narrow Crown Stapler Review Final Thoughts
Ryobi doesn’t skip a beat with this Cordless Narrow Crown Stapler. The Ryobi Airstrike line has been a great line overall, and the Narrow Crown Stapler fits right in with the pack.
Ryobi is hard to beat in terms of value and their cordless tool lineup is extensive making investing in their battery line a great choice. Homeowners and DIYers will find this tool incredibly useful and at the pricepoint, it’s a great value.