Tom: This is the Money Pit’s Top Products Podcast. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
Leslie: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
Tom: We’re broadcasting today from the 2014 National Hardware Show where thousands of manufacturers are here rolling out new products. The Arrow staple gun has truly been a staple for your home improvement projects for over fifty years and for a lot of great reasons it is perfect for so many tacks around the house.
Leslie: That’s right. Now Arrow has a new line of electric and pneumatic tools. Here to tell us more is David Rubin, the Product Manager for Arrow Fasteners. Welcome David.
David: Hi. Thanks for having me, guys.
Tom: The Arrow staple gun, the T50, correct?
Tom: What could possibly be new in a staple gun is the question that most people are thinking, but there’s actually a lot of innovation.
David: Absolutely, absolutely. If you’re not as close to it as we are you’d definitely think what could you really be doing? Why do we have so many guns? There’s a lot going on in the category.
In our manual staple gun, we’re introducing something called powershot advance. Essentially what that is, it’s a forward action tool which means essentially the tool is flipped around which gives you the actual power to-
Leslie: To lean into it.
David: To lean into it, exactly, exactly. What’s unique about this tool is the spring is pre-loaded. What that means to the consumer is it’s a lower grip span. It’s easier to squeeze but you’re not sacrificing an ounce of power to do it. It’s going to be really unique to the market. We have patents on it and we’re really excited about it.
Tom: You have less wear and tear, less stress.
David: Less stress on the hand. Like I said-
Tom: A staple gun can be really difficult to use. It’s usually not something you’re using every day.
Tom: You’re doing a project at a time. If you’re doing a bunch of stapling of fabric or something like that or maybe you’re stapling insulation over and over again, it can really become quite tiresome.
David: Exactly, exactly. That’s what’s great about the powershot advance tool. You’re going to get the power you need out of it to so some of the more heavy duty jobs and really use it all day. It’s going to feel easy to squeeze. It’s going to be easy to squeeze and you don’t need a huge hand to use it; a female could use it, a male could use it. It’s great for everybody. We’re really excited about it.
Leslie: I think it’s so funny that the staplers you have with that forward leaning action.
Leslie: Watch anybody try to put staples in it who’s never done that before. They’re always looking at it at the wrong end, they can’t figure it out. Once you get the swing of it, it allows you the leverage.
I work in upholstery a lot of times and that really gives me the leverage that I need to pull something tight, fasten it in and still keep that tautness in the fabric so it truly is a great innovation.
David: Yeah, it is. We’re excited about it.
Tom: Aside from the manual staplers, you’re also coming up with some new electric tools. Let’s talk about that.
David: Right. What’s really going to be unique about our new line of electrics is the technology we’ve designed for those. A lot of the tools nowadays, electric tools, I should say, are driven by a solenoid which essentially is a magnet that drives the knife down.
The knife is really what drives your staple. How powerful that knife can drive is fairly dependent on the power source you’re using.
If you’re a contractor using a long extension cord or you’re plugged into an outlet not drawing sufficient power with a solenoid driven tool, your performance is going to suffer from that.
David: We’ve found some innovation in the market to fix that problem. Our tools are going to be motor driven which mean that you have a motor that winds up and essentially winds that knife up so it drops. You’re not relying on the power of the solenoid to drive the knife down. The knife is going to consistently just drop and you’re going to get consistent power out of the tool regardless of using long extension cords or not using an outlet with sufficient power or maybe not using the correct gauge extension cord.
That’s a communication issue that we run into with our consumers is the type of extension cord you need, the gauge you need and this will eliminate a lot of those issues.
Leslie: Because it’s motor driven and it does need to engage to get the knife back up, are you sacrificing the depth after a certain amount of staples are driven or is it consistent no matter how much you’re using it within a certain timeframe?
David: No, it’s consistent. That’s what’s nice about it is essentially the motor almost acts like a manual staple gun would do where it’s just dropping that knife down. You’re going to get consistent performance. The wind-up time is sufficient so it’s not going to slow down the tool’s power. We’re averaging about less than a half a second per shot which is great.
Leslie: Oh, perfect.
David: Yeah. It’s really exciting. We’re going to be coming out with four new tools in that category. We’ll have two that’ll be more lighter duty tools; one will be corded, one will be cordless. Then we’ll have a more heavy duty version of the tool which will also fire T50 staples and brad nails. They’ll be a little more heavy duty and in corded and cordless as well.
For the first time in a while we’ll be introducing a full line of lithium ion tools.
Tom: I was just going to ask you about that because that seems to be the opening here. You’ve got pneumatics, you’ve got manual, you’ve got electric, but what about battery?
David: That’s what’s going to be nice about a new electric line. It’s not just going to be plug in. We’re going to have lithium ion versions of our tool as well. On our light duty tool will feature a 3.6 volt battery that’s actually built into the tool, so kind of like your iPhone. You basically plug the charger into the tool and it charges that way. The 3.6 volt battery’s going to give you about 500 shots per charge, which is great.
Tom: That’s quite a lot. That’s very efficient.
David: It is. It’s very efficient. The pro tool features a 10.8 volt removal battery so if you wanted to buy an extra battery-
Tom: You could rotate your batteries.
David: Exactly. That one’s going to give you about 1500 shots per charge. What’s really nice about the pro tool is that we’ve actually introduced some, other than the mechanism we’re introducing, we’ve done some really cool things. We have a light on top of the tool that blinks when you’re battery’s starting to go and actually also blinks when your staples are low.
Leslie: Which is awesome because how many times have I gotten halfway through a headboard and then all of a sudden the fabric comes off.
Leslie: I didn’t realize I was shooting blanks the last time minutes. I was do-do-do-do-do, keep going around. That’s so helpful.
David: Exactly. Most of the tools now have a little window on the side, which is tough to see and you don’t really notice it until it’s too late.
David: This blinking light is right in front of you so it’s going to tell you exactly when it’s time to start thinking about reloading.
Leslie: That’s great.
Tom: We’re talking to David Rubin with the Arrow Company. We talked about manuals and electric staplers and now learned about the new battery powered lines coming up. We were speaking about pro tools and that’s an area that the pneumatics crossed into. What’s new in the pneumatic nailers?
David: Yeah, absolutely. We introduced our PT50 last year, which was successful for us. Essentially that was a pneumatic staple gun so it spoke to our [Inaudible 00:06:18] a little bit. It fires T50 staples all sizes up to 9/16 inches. Like I said, that was really successful for us so we’ve taken that and we’ve expanded the line into a line we like to call trend tools.
We’re going to be introducing three different nailers and we’ll have all the consumables that go with it as well; the nails that go with it. We’re going to have a pin nailer which fires headless pin nails. That’ll fire up to an inch. Because it’s a headless nail, they don’t hold as well so you want to use them in places where you don’t want to see the nails.
David: They’re not going to be really permanent; they’re more temporary; cabinetry work, maybe some light molding, things of that nature that you use that type of tool for.
From there we’ll also be introducing a brad nailer that fires up to 2 inch brad nails.
Again, you want to use that for some molding work and whatnot. Again, we’ve been making brad nails for a while. We have tools that fire brad nails now so these will work perfectly with our current brad nails.
From there we’re introducing a big daddy 15 gauge angle nailer you would use for some framing work and molding work and whatnot as well. We’ll have all the consumables to go with it.
That’ll actually fire up to 2 ½ 34 degree angle nail which is pretty big. We’re excited about it.
Tom: That’s a new category for you? You guys were not doing framing nailers before?
David: No, this is our first introduction into framing nailers and pin nailers actually.
Leslie: That’s great.
Leslie: The product looks beautiful and the new logo looks fantastic. It just looks sharp and fresh. It’s really nice.
David: Yeah. It does. Our packaging is really simple. It tells you exactly what you need to know. It speaks to the futures of benefits, but it gives you all the information you need.
Tom: Great information.
Tom: David Rubin from Arrow. Thank you so much for being a part of the Money Pit Top Products Podcast.
David: Thank you guys. I appreciate it.
Tom: If you’d like to learn more about Arrow Fasteners, you can go to their website which is arrowfastener.com.