Staple gun for securing butt caps on racquets

Djinn

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krisdrum

Semi-Pro
Seems like overkill. I've used a standard hand activated staple gun with really no issue. Not every staple seats perfectly, or is perfectly flush, but the error rate is pretty darn low.
 

stapletonj

Professional
glue, if applied correctly, is a better option because it will not loosen and wiggle like a staple might.

voice of experience here, because I've done this "TONs" of times, yuk yuk yuk

(sorry)
 
Would anyone be able to look into this and tell me if this staple gun would be good enough for doing this? https://www.amazon.com/NuMax-SST9032-Gauge-Narrow-Stapler/dp/B009WTWYMW/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=SST9032&qid=1554861224&s=gateway&sr=8-1

If not, would you please be kind and link to one that is good for a job like this? Thanks.
Might be more than you need, but that seems to be a really good price! I have also only used hand activated staple guns in the past, and have had very little problem.
 

Hankenstein

Hall of Fame
Would anyone be able to look into this and tell me if this staple gun would be good enough for doing this? https://www.amazon.com/NuMax-SST9032-Gauge-Narrow-Stapler/dp/B009WTWYMW/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=SST9032&qid=1554861224&s=gateway&sr=8-1

If not, would you please be kind and link to one that is good for a job like this? Thanks.
PERFECT! I have almost identical staple at home (powered by an air compressor) and it works perfect! If you want a first class fastening to your butt-caps, then a staple gun like that is what works best
 

SavvyStringer

Professional
Won't this damage the racket underneath ? Staple will dig into the racket
That's actually the point. Not to damage the racket but for the staple to dig in. If you've ever replaced a stock grip or done anything with a butt-cap on a racket you would realize there are multiple staples. They create minuscule holes that don't actually do anything to the racket. Unless you're swapping grips and butt-caps on an extremely regular basis the holes that you make when securing either won't do any real harm.
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
yoo yoo,, what you doing @Djinn
you staplying but caps to racquets or redoing the basement floor,, dammm
that's not just a bit much for regular size staples, that's ALOT too much,, haaa
and i think I read another knuckle head say they used compressed air power tool for this, haaaa
if your gonna buy one, buy this one
CRAFTSMAN FORWARD ACTION LIGHT DUTY STAPLE GUN
your pushing a metal staple through PLASTIC and FOAM, not much force needed

nah, for home use, a simple staple-gun is enough

the one pictured is for refurbishing furniture, where their is lots of stapling required
for racquets, you only need todo this 4 times..

:):):)
 
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Geoff

Hall of Fame
PERFECT! I have almost identical staple at home (powered by an air compressor) and it works perfect! If you want a first class fastening to your butt-caps, then a staple gun like that is what works best
Many top customizers and racquet technicians use this type of stapler. It's not easy to drive a long enough staple with a hand held stapler through the pallet into the hairpin. I have the Dewalt model. The narrow head staple does the best job in my opinion.
 

spun_out

Semi-Pro
glue, if applied correctly, is a better option because it will not loosen and wiggle like a staple might.

voice of experience here, because I've done this "TONs" of times, yuk yuk yuk

(sorry)
can you provide details of your method? i have been using a stapler, but it doesn't work that great (not enough force to get the staple flush to the buttcap; seems that tennis racquet makers have the same issue because a similar thing is happening to a prince warrior racquet that i have). thanks.
 

frank52

Semi-Pro
Gluing is simpler and there is no chance of smashing the racket handle trying to drive in staples.
Many glues will work. I happen to use contact cement. Lightly coat contact cement on inside of butt cap and outer area of racket handle, keep them apart to dry for 15 minutes, then force the cap onto the handle. Something like Weldit all purpose adhesive should work as well. For further security I tightly wrap electrical tape (one wrap) where the open end of the butt cap and the handle meet.
 

jacob22

Professional
Gluing is simpler and there is no chance of smashing the racket handle trying to drive in staples.
Many glues will work. I happen to use contact cement. Lightly coat contact cement on inside of butt cap and outer area of racket handle, keep them apart to dry for 15 minutes, then force the cap onto the handle. Something like Weldit all purpose adhesive should work as well. For further security I tightly wrap electrical tape (one wrap) where the open end of the butt cap and the handle meet.
Doesn't that make it harder to remove the buttcap compared to staples?
 

frank52

Semi-Pro
>>>Doesn't that make it harder to remove the buttcap compared to staples?<<<
No. If glued with contact cement you can force it off without too much difficulty.
That being stated, the glue does do a good job of securing the cap. The bit of tape tightly wrapped around further secures it. And then the grip itself further secures the butt cap. I have not had issues with using glue.
 

bleno567

Semi-Pro
This type of staple gun will work. I know because I have one and use it all the time on my frames. Works much much better than glue. There's a reason the manufacturers all use pneumatic staplers off the factory line. The manual ones were nothing but a waste of money for me.
 

sredna42

Hall of Fame
glue, if applied correctly, is a better option because it will not loosen and wiggle like a staple might.

voice of experience here, because I've done this "TONs" of times, yuk yuk yuk

(sorry)
what glue?
I tried silicon, superglue, and epoxy, and buttcap still slid off during play on one particular racquet. In desperation i ended up buying an electric stapler, even that wasn't strong enough to punch in a flush staple but was able to tap it home with a small point hammer.
 

mpournaras

Hall of Fame
Pfhhhh -Two buttcaps are kid stuff.
For me the tool is very useful..........................................................................................…!

You seem relatively experienced... What buttcaps have you found fit old flareless Yonex rackets? Do newer Yonex booty caps do the job?
 
Yes, this fund has accumulated over the years. I also make some changes to the handles, something gets stuck. I have already written some contributions.
Therefore - pneumaitc staple gun counts.
 
A standard one, as shown above. At the compressor I switch the pressure reducer to 4 bar or 60 psi.
You have to try this before.
Aha - your glue only holds where the surfaces are exactly - the glue does not bridge a gap. Would take something else. Polyurethane adhesive.
 
Would anyone mind linking an air compressor that would work with OP’s staple gun, as well as the correct pressure settings to get the staple through the hairpin? I’m a bit of a hardware noob and was getting confused looking at compressors. Thanks!
 

McLovin

Legend
Would anyone mind linking an air compressor that would work with OP’s staple gun, as well as the correct pressure settings to get the staple through the hairpin? I’m a bit of a hardware noob and was getting confused looking at compressors. Thanks!
Pretty much any air compressor will work. It’s the connectors that matter, and most compressors come with a myriad of connectors. I have this:


And it works great. Hell, I used that compressor to lay hardwood flooring all throughout my house last winter.

As far as pressure setting, it depends on the handle/pallet and staple depth. I think I used 5/8” staples at 100PSI for my Yonex.
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
@fritzhimself
im trying to find the picture I saw here once,
about a foam pallet, that was destroyed at the butt end, chipped up, crumbling do to repeated stapling
that's a hard scenario for me to fix or know how
replacing the entire handle pallet would be the only solution at that point

Im not against replacing the but caps when its needed, but too much can cause more issues that needed
I pinged you because it seems like that's the type of work you specialize in, so if anyone has seen that "pic", its provably you as well..
 
@1HBHfanatic
Here are two pictures. Is that what you think?
I hope the pictures are enough for the realization.
Take the pallets one size bigger, you can adjust it better when the glue is hardened.



 
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You don't necessarily need new staples every time. You can just remove the old ones carefully and re-use them in the same holes. It's enough that the buttcap is prevented from moving back and forth, the grip will do the rest.
 
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1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
@1HBHfanatic
Here are two pictures. Is that what you think?
I hope the pictures are enough for the realization.
Take the pallets one size bigger, you can adjust it better when the glue is hardened.
thanks,
not exactly what i was thinking/recalling,,
but these pictures seem to be good options/ideas for extending/repairing pallets (y) (y)
 

frank52

Semi-Pro
Pretty much any air compressor will work. It’s the connectors that matter, and most compressors come with a myriad of connectors. I have this:


And it works great. Hell, I used that compressor to lay hardwood flooring all throughout my house last winter.

As far as pressure setting, it depends on the handle/pallet and staple depth. I think I used 5/8” staples at 100PSI for my Yonex.
An electric stapler will have plenty of power for driving a staple. No need to buy a compressor and air stapler.
 

CosmosMpower

Hall of Fame
Super glue, staples always come loose. If you ever need to take the butt cap off just pour a little acetone down the handle (assuming it's not foam pallets).
 

SavvyStringer

Professional
An electric stapler will have plenty of power for driving a staple. No need to buy a compressor and air stapler.
I actually picked up this compressor along with two nail guns and a stapler from Home Depot as a combo for $200 as part of Black Friday this year. Of course it wasn't a purchase solely for tennis but I won't be using the hand stapler any more. The nail guns were the real objective to do some new molding in my house and do some work to turn a shed into a workable stringing room but the stapler will see plenty of use as well.
 
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