If you need to do some heavy duty stapling, you might have be running into the term “T50 staple” or “T50 compatible stapler” fairly often. But what is a T50 staple?
A staple is a “U” shaped fastener that is put in with a staple gun (hand-powered, electric, battery-powered, or pneumatic). Staples are great for installing things like fences and carpeting, where it’s more about holding something down than it is simply affixing one thing to another.
What Are T50 Staples?
A “T50” is a standard in staples. They are actually the best-selling staple type in the world. The T50 staple is compatible it an Arrow T50 staple gun, as well as any number of other staplers sold by companies like Stanley, Craftsman, Dewalt, etc.
A T50 is a heavy-duty staple meant for construction staples, which includes insulation, roofing materials, carpeting, upholstery, and similar applications. This sort of staple is not appropriate for office and household use as it’s too large and tough for paper products. These staples are even tough enough to go through light trim materials, provider the stapler is strong enough.
What Size Is A T50 Staple?
A T50 staple is defined by its flat top (the “crown”) which is 10mm wide (3/8″).
The staples then come in a wide variety of lengths including:
- 6mm (1/4″)
- 8mm (5/16″)
- 10mm (3/8″)
- 12mm (1/2”)
- 13mm (17/32″)
- 14mm (9/16″)
The staples are generally made of steel.
The most popular stapler to use with the T50 is the Arrow T50 staple gun, which is an all-metal, manual stapler which has been made since the 1950s. It sells for about $20.