HOT STAPLER AND PLASTIC WELDER KIT (UNBRANDED)

£32 ebay.co.uk

LRO (UK) - - Used & Abused -

I‘ve used my reg­u­lar sol­der­ing iron to fix plastic trim for sev­eral years now, of­ten with mixed re­sults. I had wanted a hot stapler or plastic welder for a while, but couldn’t jus­tify the steep price – most qual­ity ones are well over £100 – es­pe­cially as I’d only ever use it spo­rad­i­cally.

Re­cently, though, I found this unbranded one on­line at an al­most ridicu­lously low price, and I’ve been us­ing it al­most on a weekly ba­sis since. Not only do I use it on my Land Rovers, but also for var­i­ous jobs around the house (in­clud­ing fix­ing the kids’ toys) and sundry work­shop tasks.

The kit in­cludes 200 sta­ples in four dif­fer­ent shapes and thick­nesses, and a tri­an­gu­lar blade. You can use the lat­ter to cut through cords and straps, and to smooth plastic parts once you’ve sta­pled and sol­dered them. It leaves a sat­is­fy­ingly even finish. VERDICT: Should’ve bought it sooner. Shop around for the best price.

USED BY: JÉRÔME ANDRÉ, IN­TER­NA­TIONAL EDI­TOR TESTED FOR: TWO MONTHS

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