Model#: BSTNEHF1838K

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Bostitch EHF1838K 18-Gauge Oil-Free Engineered Flooring Stapler

  • Bostitch EHF1838K 18-Gauge Oil-Free Engineered Flooring Stapler
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18-Gauge Oil-Free Engineered Flooring Stapler
  • Designed for the varying dimensions of bamboo, exotic hardwoods and engineered flooring
  • Adjustable precision knobs for a wider range of thicknesses adjustment
  • Drives 18-Gauge staples for solid hardwood flooring 5/16 in. to 7/16 in. and engineered hardwood flooring 1/2 in. to 5/8 in. thick
  • Features include non-marring, easy-sight tongue guide
  • Oil-free design
  • Operating pressures between 70 and 120 PSI
  • 18-Gauge Engineered Flooring Stapler - EHF1838K
  • Carrying Case
  • No-Mar Tips
  • Installation Block
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Length: 10.13 in.
Width: 3 in.
Height: 10 in.
Weight: 3.47 lbs.
Air Inlet Size: 1/4
Crown Size: 1 in
Depth of Drive: Tool-Free
Dry Fire Lockout: No
Fastener Capacity: 100
Fastener Collation: Adhesive Collation
Fastener Length (Max.): 1-1/2 in
Fastener Length (Min.): 1 in
Fastener Type: Flooring Nails
Firing Modes: Sequential Actuation
Fitting Type: NPT
Jam Clearance: Open Nose
Lubrication: Oil-Free
Magazine Angle: Angled
Magazine Type: Front Loading
Operating Pressure (PSI): 70-120
Power Source: Pneumatic
Tip Style: No-Mar Tip



4.2 / 5.0
31 Reviews
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend (27)
No, I would not recommend this to a friend (4)
Powerful (19)
Lightweight (17)
Easy To Use (10)
Value (3)
Not Durable (1)
Uncomfortable to Use (1)
Best Uses
Large Projects (3)
Frequent Use (2)
Small Projects (2)
Home Repair (2)
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Easy To Use
Ergonomic Design
Best Uses
Frequent Use
The best flooring stapler
This gun will use 1/4 crown staples. It will set 1 1/2 staples to the correct level on Santos Mahogany (hardness rating of 2300). It can also be set to auto trigger. Unfortunately Bostich does not promote these features. Do buy the other all purpose staplers. They do not work.
March 6, 2019
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Easy To Use
Ergonomic Design
Best Uses
Large Projects
Small Projects
The tool is well worth the money. Makes laying flooring very easy.
Great tool, great price. On time delivery and makes installing engineered flooring a snap. Highly recommend both the bostitch nailed and CPO.
November 3, 2016
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No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Not what i would have thought
tried to use the tool on engineered flooring, could imagion how much worse with hardwood flooring
June 18, 2016
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Great tool for the job
Installed 1000sqft of engineered flooring with this stapler with very few issues Great tool.
August 17, 2015
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Easy To Use
Great Product
Only jammed once during use. Tried it first on some test pieces to adjust proper air pressure. Had no problems installing engineered wood floor approximately 200 Sq ft. Plan one doing another 400 on later products.
January 30, 2015
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Piece of JUNK! Used it maybe 1/2 hr ,
Piece of JUNK! Burrs on the sliding mechanism that contacts the trigger, Jambs every other shot , Locks up when connecting air to gun. Have to send off for warranty work. Just got to love quality control nowadays. Have lots of air tools as a contractor for 30 years. Just NOT impressed!
June 4, 2014
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Great tool, no major complaints.
4 1/2 stars rounded up to 5.
I used this gun to install about 450 sq ft of engineered hardwood, i fired 1500 staples, the gun jammed twice, the staple didnt cause the jam but something inside the firing mechanism. I think both times it was because of user error. I had my six year old son helping me pull the trigger, he thought it was a blast and was trying to fire as fast as possible, i think something happened when the trigger was partially pulled and then released too quickly, which caused the firing pin thingy to jam. (can you tell I am a DIYer, i dont know the part names!) 2 jams in 1500 is good enough for me considering the price I paid for the tool. The head is very easy to adjust to your specific wood size. rubberized handle and rubber pads stratigically placed on the gun did a good job protecting the floor, even with little hands helping... and dropping things!
Some reviews said the tips kept falling off, mine never did.
The safety button is a bit too touchy for me, being lesft handed, my natural grip on the gun was right on the safety button so i kept pressing it by accident. i guess that is my punishment for being left handed.
It would be nice if the head could be removed and have the gun usable as a regular stapler, which would allow me to keep and use it forever, as it is, it is not of much worth to me now, I knew this ahead of time, and i planned to resale it after my floor was completed.
Over all very satisfied.
March 12, 2014
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Very easy to use read the directions for your floor set height make sure the stapler base is sitting on the subfloor and go
March 11, 2014
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
CPO Great to do business.
Purchase for do it yourself home use. Wouldn't complete the job without it.
Very easy to use & light weight. No problems, would purchase other items from CPO. Fast shipping at a good price
February 5, 2014
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Buy two. One to have at the repair shop
I purchased this tool to use for installing 9/16" engineered hardwood floors. My past experience with Bostitch staplers has been good. I have 4 other Bostitch hardwood staplers. This gun has been to the repair shop two times and has to go back. (shot 5 boxes of staples) The safety / lockout system continues lock up. So very disappointed because it fails right in the middle of a job with a customers house tore up. Not sure if I received a lemon or if this is typical for this tool. Called Bostitch cust. service line and just told to take to service center. Save your money and buy a different brand of stapler if you are going to use this as a pro.
December 16, 2013

Questions & Answers

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Does this stapler shoot into the groove or tounge?
todd on Jan 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It uses tongue engagement.
Can this nailer be used on 3/4 hardwood.?
Andrew H S on May 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I really think this tool was designed for engineered flooring. It work flawless on the first flooring project it was purchased for. No problems on 3000 sq ft.
Do (or can) these shoot standard 1/4" 18 ga. narrow crown staples that are available everywhere or are they specifically "flooring" staples that will be harder to find? Thanks!
Chris on Nov 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It absolutely will accept the standard 18g 1/4" crown staple available everywhere.
what type of staples do I use
Len on Feb 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This stapler will use 18 gauge 1 to 1 1/2-in flooring staples.
Can it use nails?
A shopper on May 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No. Only uses 18 gauge staples. The staples hold very well.
How do I load the staples?
Quinton D on Jan 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: For assistance on how to use this tool, use the link provided below and download the users manual:
I'm having issues with one leg of staple penetrating and other leg curling up. Is this a gun issue or something else? I'm putting down bamboo engineered 3/8".
Darrel on Apr 10, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This stapler should not have any problems driving a 3/8 staple into bamboo, the unit may be defective or your psi might need to be adjusted.

New Vs. Reconditioned

What's the difference between New and Factory-Reconditioned?

Factory-Reconditioned products have been returned to the manufacturer and are restored to like-new operating condition; they go through a rigorous testing and inspection process. Plus, they offer a significant savings vs. new.
  • Reconditioned products may have minor cosmetic blemishes or scratches that do not affect item performance.
  • Reconditioned products may not come with all of the consumables the new version comes with (bits, sanding pads/papers, cases, etc.).
  • Both come with a manufacturer warranty and are covered by our Money Back Guarantee; New is 30 days, Reconditioned is 120 days.
Condition: New Factory Reconditioned
Features: Same Same
Specs: Same Same
Includes: 18-Gauge Engineered Flooring Stapler - EHF1838K,
Carrying Case,
No-Mar Tips,
Installation Block
18-Gauge Engineered Flooring Stapler - EHF1838K-R,
Carrying Case,
No-Mar Tips,
Installation Block
Availability: Out of Stock Out of Stock
Warranty: 7 Year 1 Year



Stanley Fastening Systems, L.P. 7 Year Limited Warranty (1 Year for Reconditioned Products) - U.S. and Canada Only  

Effective December 1, 2005 Bostitch, L.P. warrants to the original retail purchaser that the product purchased is free from defects in material and workmanship, and agrees to repair or replace, at Bostitch's option, any defective Bostitch branded pneumatic stapler or nailer for a period of seven (7) years from date of purchase (one (1) year from the date of purchase for reconditioned pneumatic staplers or nailers and for new and reconditioned compressors and tools used in production applications). Warranty is not transferable. Proof of purchase date required. This warranty covers only damage resulting from defects in material or workmanship; it does not cover conditions or malfunctions resulting from normal wear, neglect, abuse, accident or repairs attempted or made by other than our national repair center or authorized warranty service centers. Driver blades, bumpers, o-rings, pistons and piston rings are considered normally wearing parts. For optimal performance of your Bostitch tool always use genuine Bostitch fasteners and replacement parts.

This warranty IS IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER EXPRESS WARRANTIES AND with respect to compressors and tools used in production applications, limits to a period of one (1) year from the date of purchase all implied warranties INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. BOSTITCH SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES.

Some states and countries do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state and country to country.