The IM200-S16 has a forked nosepiece, so one leg of the staple goes in the nail slot and the other goes above. The depth of drive is more consistent than that of a pneumatic stapler.
The IM200-S16 has a forked nosepiece, so one leg of the staple goes in the nail slot and the other goes above. The depth of drive is more consistent than that of a pneumatic stapler.

As a remodeler, one of my favorite tools is my Impulse framing nailer. Aside from the obvious benefit of quicker setups, it saves me from having to drag dirty hoses through a customer's clean house or subject customers to the annoying drone of a compressor. When our company was contracted to do a couple of large room additions, I thought it would be a good opportunity to test a lesser-known Impulse tool, the IM200-S16 Utility Stapler. I wanted to see if the Impulse stapler would prove as valuable to our business as our other Impulse nailguns.

The IM200-S16 weighs 6 1/2 pounds and operates like the other guns in the Impulse family. An internal combustion engine, powered by MAPP gas, drives the nail, and a six-volt battery provides the spark. The bright orange stapler shoots 1/2-inch crown, galvanized staples from 3/4 inch to 2 inches. Instead of the new oval-shaped battery, the...

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