HOT STAPLER AND PLASTIC WELDER KIT (UNBRANDED)
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