East Grinstead photographer and filmmaker Nitsan Simantov. Wedding photography and commercial video production in London and West Sussex.

Best cordless stapler under £125 - Makita 14.4v BST110 review

A very decent product, as you'd expect from Makita, and as usual with Makita you get reliability rather than bells and whistles.
This is my replacement for the terrible Tacwise Duo 35 that fell to pieces in 15 minutes.

- Very solid, feels reliable, and Makita's reputation says it probably will last for ages.
- The safety double-trigger thing on it is nicer to use than the kind of safety latch found on most other staplers, which gets pressed against the material/workpiece.
- Easy to use with one hand without worrying that the staples won't go in all the way.
- I registered it with Makita for the 3 year warranty, which you can only do within 30 days of buying it!
- Easy to load staples.
- Under normal use I don't think it will jam at all.
- Good belt clip.

- Pretty loud. Although not quite as loud as the Tacwise was. More comfortable to use with ear protection. Rated at 73dB, and that's what I measured it at too.
- No LED light. I attached a NiteCore rechargeable keyring torch onto it with a releasable zip tie. See photo below.
- No battery indicator.
- Won't fully go into some harder materials like some knots in the wood or certain types of extra hard MDF board. But does not ruin the staple if it's half way in, so you can finish the job with a hammer. Not ideal but works fine as long as you don't have to work with those hard materials all the time, which I don't. I like to work with real wood as much as possible.
- Won't work with my Tacwise 10mm x 10mm stainless steel staples. The opening is too thin, so even though they sit perfectly in the staple slot, no staples can fire out. Surprisingly you can slightly pull back the staple slide on it and then it will fire normal ones, but I have no idea if this is safe or will cause damage to the tool or workpiece. You can find 5000 Makita brand staples for about £14 on Amazon.
- Can't use any pins or nails.
- Strange curved grip that means it wants to aim slightly downwards when you try to point the tool forwards (when working with materials on a wall, etc). Not a big issue but definitely noticeable.
- No power adjustment, but it seems to do a good job as it is.

I added an LED light using a NiteCore rechargeable torch and a releasable zip tie.

- The 18v version will shoot up to 22mm staples, as will the 14.4v DST220Z version.
- Bosch have a little green cordless 10mm one for £41 or so. Ruins the staples if you try to go through hard materials like MDF, and is said to break down after a few thousand staples, which is why I chose this Makita. I used to average 4000 staples a year with a £15 manual stapler, now with an electric one I could probably use that much in a month.

In my opinion it's a bit too expensive, but it seems that most similar tools are expensive (nailers, etc.) so maybe there's a good reason for it. I only bought it because I got it for £85 from FFX, plus £20 for a cheap non-brand battery and £20 for a cheap non-brand charger.

My serial number says it was made in 2008. Wow. I guess absolutely no one is buying these things which explains why the price was reduced so much. I'm also pretty sure this is the only review online about this product at the time of writing. Not because it's a bad product, but because most people who use Makita are tradesmen working with the 18v system, and maybe also because of the high cost of a genuine Makita 14.4va battery compared to the 18v ones.

A seat I made for my exercise bike, using scrap wood, scrap pieces of foam, suede from an old jacket and about 300 staples. I used the Makita stapler, a Lansky World Legal knife and a SOG S44 Pocket PowerPlier.

The base was made from some scrap wood I had, mostly using a Bosch GSB 18v-Li drill-driver and GST 18V-Li jigsaw.

Note: This stapler is also called the BST110RFE and BST110Z, depending on the package you buy it in.