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Smirak

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01-05-2018 04:39 PM

I didn’t really know how to search for my issue, so if this has been discussed before and someone wants to point me in the direction, I’m all ears…

Just purchased a new Ridgid 18ga Finish Stapler. As I was using it the other night, I kept having an issue where it would fire, but no staple would come out. The only way to get the stapler to “produce” a staple was to release the magazine catch, push it back forward and pull the trigger…kinda reminds me of my Army days when we learned SPORTS and utilized it…(in the event you aren’t an old army guy like me, that’s how you clear/fix/diagnose/etc a jam on your M16/M4 – Slap, Pull, Observe, Release, Tap Squeeze – too many things ingrained in my old infantry brain)...

Anyway, anybody have any ideas? I checked the pressure on my compressor and am running “within the limits”...

Thanks,
Kevin


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Loren

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#1 posted 01-05-2018 04:43 PM

Try higher pressure. One of my nailers requires
higher than specified pressure to work properly.

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gwilki

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#2 posted 01-05-2018 04:45 PM

If you are using it quite a bit, remember to add oil.

-- Grant Wilkinson, Ottawa ON

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Smirak

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#3 posted 01-05-2018 04:47 PM

Loren,

I can do that, but what I failed to mention is that the gun functions as normal, but the staple isn’t coming out. Once fired, the workpiece has the dimple from where the gun fired, but didn’t fire a staple. I’m afraid that if i increase the pressure, it will only act to drive the staple (that’s not in the line of fire) deeper?

Kevin

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John Smith

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#4 posted 01-05-2018 04:52 PM

Please provide the Model number:

I have a couple of pneumatic staplers and several nail and brad nailers.
one thing that I experience from time to time is the staples
or nails have an excessive amount of varnish that holds them together
that jams up the travel guides…... just one thing to check.
then – check that the feed spring is not binding within the slide.
us Navy guys just wallup the fool out of it until it works !!!!!

a few drops of pneumatic tool oil in the air inlet is needed from time to time.
I use Sta-Bil Fogging Oil instead of WD-40 to lube everything up on the outside.
if your tool is new off the shelf, it should work flawless right out of the box.
if you still experience issues with it, take it back and exchange it.
Ridgid makes good tools – you may have gotten a lemon.
oh – do you have the owners manual ? in the back it should have a check list
for malfunction issues (us Navy guys usually use that page to wipe excess oil off the tool).

jus my Dos Centavos

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-- some people are like a Slinky - - - pretty much good for nothing. But still make you smile when you push them down a flight of stairs.

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Smirak

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#5 posted 01-05-2018 04:57 PM

I’m going to exchange tonight and see if that fixes the issue. It’s oil-less, but not necessarily on the slide area…just the motor, right?

Sorry John… modle number is Ridgid R150FSE

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#6 posted 01-05-2018 05:01 PM

The pusher may not be retracting all the way.
Lubricant may help.

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#7 posted 01-05-2018 06:19 PM

doing a quick google search on complaints for that model, there is only one posted.

it reads something like this:
“Set my compressor to 80 PSI put in a load of 3/4” staples and off we went to put the carpet runner in.
The stapler misfired a couple of times at first and I thought it did not like the brand of staples, but now
I think that maybe the action or the magazine feed was stiff, because after about 25-50 staples
it settled down and did its job very well. Worked incredible since the initial “break in” period.
Keep the air inlet capped or plugged with a stick to keep bugs out”.

.

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believe it or not, I have had good luck with the standard Harbor Freight $20 narrow crown stapler.
one lasted over 10 years with maybe a box of staples run through it. (dirt dauber crud killed it).
and the second one was a little bit better quality and after a box of staples, it is still like new.
just a short plug that all HF stuff is not junk (most of it, but not all).

for the homeowner or hobbyist, I would give this stapler 5 stars.

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-- some people are like a Slinky - - - pretty much good for nothing. But still make you smile when you push them down a flight of stairs.

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#8 posted 01-05-2018 07:03 PM

My guess is it might be the staples. Make sure the legs of the staples are not squeezed together. They should be free to slide along the guide bar on the gun. The spring on the magazine may not be strong enough.

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Smirak

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#9 posted 01-05-2018 07:04 PM

MrRon…

Using brand new staples, and have run about 10 “sets” through and each set has the same issue…so, thinking the spring might not be strong enough…

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#10 posted 01-05-2018 11:26 PM

I’ve got one of those Ridgid 18 gauge staplers. When I first got it, it had problems. I found that the problem was up front where some parts come together. Mine was missing some nut or something on one side. Sorry, I can’t remember what. (I’ve had 4 children born since then.) It wasn’t obvious. I had to look closely to see it. The actual missing part is “special”, and I didn’t want to wait for it, and really needed the stapler, so I improvised a fix and have put thousands of staples through it with few problems. I used it to staple down 2 layers of 7/16 OSB flooring over 640 square foot attic. Because it’s only 18 ga, I used about twice as many staples as you would use if it were 15 ga.

I like it for putting together Q&D jigs and fixtures.

-Paul

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#11 posted 01-05-2018 11:28 PM

Oh, you do put a couple drops of oil in the air port before each session.

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#12 posted 01-06-2018 01:10 AM

How long have you had the stapler?

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#13 posted 01-06-2018 03:10 AM

some guns have an adjustment for length of staple, but as noted, i suspect its the staples, wrong length, wrong size, ect.

if nose of gun opens up, open and see if plunger is retracting above the magazine feed line, so a staple can into firing sleeve. might be a burr, keeping it from going forward.
good luck
rj

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#14 posted 01-06-2018 03:24 AM

Had the stapler for about a week. Staples are correct size and length for the gun. Took it back tonight and exchanged…will shoot some more tomorrow and advise back…

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