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Opinions Wanted Senco Stapler Model J

Discussion in 'Picture Framing Business Issues' started by NYJim, Aug 11, 2018.

  1. NYJim

    NYJim CGF, Certified Grumble Framer


    I'm using this stapler for a number of years and started misfire etc.
    It's very old.
    I found rebuild kits on ebay for $10 - $20 and will probably order one.
    Which pneumatic stapler do you use and why?
    Any suggestions?
    Thank you
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  2. neilframer

    neilframer PFG, Picture Framing God

    I love the Senco J models.
    I have 3 of them
    I like them because they were made in the U.S. and they are mostly made of metal.

    One is just for stretching, it shoots the staples all the way in.
    One is convertible, it has a flip out metal piece on the front to space out the staples for fitting or you can flip the piece back to shoot the staples all the way in.
    One is just for fitting, it has a special nosepiece to space out the staples for fitting only.
    I also have two Senco L model pin nailers.

    All of these units are pretty old and were made in Ohio.
    Keeping the guns oiled is a key factor.
    I have a lot of experience rebuilding these units.
    Some of the seals and parts are discontinued but I have a source company in Oregon that has some of the hard to find stuff.

    These guys are great. They have one guy there who is an expert on the old Senco guns.
    With the dogs...
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    I always just call there and speak to them directly.
    I believe Tyler is the Senco guy.
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2018
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  3. NYJim

    NYJim CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    Thank you very much for the advise.
    As you suggested I called Tyler and he had fixed my staple gun.
    Great help.
    I made only one mistake being in NY I expected everything much-much faster.
    I expected if I send him my gun and he will get it in two days he will work on it right away ( at least that's how I understood ) and will send me back two days later so it will take about week and half to get my gun back but in reality it was much longer and I didn't count on that....But that's my problem .... Again great advice and thank you again
  4. neilframer

    neilframer PFG, Picture Framing God

    I get the parts from them and I fix the gun myself.
    Tyler is a great resource.
    I'm glad that they could help you.

    They are in Oregon, across the country, so that might create the delay.

    I have had great service from those guys with parts, many of them are discontinued but they have them.
    I'm a machine nerd so If I can find a source for parts to fix my stuff from a company that has another nerd, It's excellent.;)

    We also have a newer Senco staple gun, not the model J, that had an issue with an internal piston.
    It was discontinued but Tyler sent me one and it fixed the problem.

    Then, about 2 months later, the same problem.
    I spoke to Tyler about it and we figured out that the rubber piston ring on the part was old and even on the old stock ones, they were dried up and might fail.
    These piston parts are discontinued but he sent me 5 of them for $20 and I put them in a plastic bag and soaked them with teflon.

    Since then, the gun has worked perfectly and I haven't had to change the piston since.
    I still have 4 of the pistons as backup just in case.

    I have 2 model J's that work perfectly thanks to discontinued piston stop parts from them as well.:cool:
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  5. monkframe

    monkframe Grumbler

    I had a Model J that I inherited from my dad. It wore out and the local tool shop said they couldn't repair it. So now I'm using a pin-nailer, after a new nail gun proved to tear big holes in the moulding, unlike the old Senco. In some ways I like the pins even better, as they are really discrete in the very small holes they leave in moulding.
  6. echavez123

    echavez123 MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    Been using my Senco stapler for 16 years, without one single problem (knock on wood)
  7. monkey

    monkey CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    After having used my brother's new Porta Cable Nail and staple gun when I was remodeling my house, the piece of **** kept jamming. I LOVE my Senco stapler and nail gun that I use at the shop, and I bought it used 11 year ago.
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