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Old 02-28-2012, 12:57 PM   #1
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Hammer Tacker

What are you guys using for hammer tackers. Everyone I get are junk and jam up all the time and or just flat out break all the time. Anyone have any luck with a certain kind. I've tried about every one of the bostitch ones and it dont matter if its a 20 dollar one or a 60 dollar one same stuff happens. All I use it for is felt paper.


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Old 02-28-2012, 02:44 PM   #2
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Re: Hammer Tacker

For 15 years I've only run Duofast hammer tackers. Every roofer I know also uses Duofast (we're talking a lot of roofers...)

I know some framers still running the old tan ones and they quite making them a long time ago. Of course the oils and such in roofing materials will shorten the life of any tacker. Another thing tough on tackers is tacking the W&I shield especialy on a hot day in the sun.
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:33 PM   #3
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Re: Hammer Tacker

I went from hammer tacker to a penuumatic tab nailer gun to just using my roofing gun with tin tabs/silver dollars .

I found the hammer tackers aggravating because of getting jammend up all the time.. and dealing with staples can be a pain in the butt period when your on the roof, or in storage.

The penumatic tab nailer... uses staples and plastic tabs in a gun kind of like a roofing gun .. - gave good holding power , not aggravating but It wasn't always readily avaliable and on me 24- 7 whenever i needed it.

TIn tabs- readily avaliable, not as messy as staples , not as aggravating at hammer tackers, great holding power and not bulky ..

costs me around 300-400 dollars a year for the tin tabs, it prolly costs 250 dollars more then using a hammer tacker but it doesnt add more stress to my day.

I know you specifically asked about hammer tackers but i wanted to throw this in..

do you guys dislike the tin tabs/ silver dollars?
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:21 PM   #4
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Re: Hammer Tacker

duofast. i have worn the ends out on them tacking 100s of dry ins on tile roofs. ive boughgt more than a few, i did have one or two that would jam now and then.
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Old 03-20-2012, 09:45 PM   #5
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Re: Hammer Tacker

Duo fast. I have a drywall bucket in the back of the truck with a gallon of diesel in it where they sit when their not being used. Diesel breaks the tar down quickly and is cheap.
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:22 PM   #6
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Re: Hammer Tacker

I never use hammer tackers! I use plastic cap nails on every project!!

A little slower but i prefer nails to staples
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Old 07-08-2012, 11:17 PM   #7
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Re: Hammer Tacker

I vote cap nails with a magnetic faced hammer. Faster than you think, superior holding power especially on steep roofs.

AJC makes a great hammer, not cheap at $60, but you get what you pay for.
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