Bostitch EHF1838K Hardwood Floor Stapler Review

Bostitch EHF1838K Hardwood Floor Stapler Review introduction. At under $200 the Bostitch EHF1838K is great value. The comfort designed EHF1838k stapler is constructed for use with solid or engineered hardwood and bamboo flooring. This lightweight hardwood floor stapler is ready to tackle any job.

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Bostitch EHF1838K Hardwood Floor Stapler Specifications

  • Nail gun application: Flooring
  • Nail gun type: Pneumatic
  • Power source: Compressed air
  • Weight: 3.47 pounds
  • Unit height: 9.63 inches
  • Unit Length: 10.13 inches
  • Unit Width: 3 inches
  • Color: Yellow/Black
  • Loading type: strip
  • Fastener collation: Glue
  • Fastener Depth Control: Auto adjust
  • Maximum fastener size: 1-1/2 inches
  • Minimum fastener size: 1 inch
  • Nail Diameter: 18-gauge crown flooring staples
  • Magazine size: 100 staples
  • Unique features: Oil free design
  • Warranty- seven-year manufacturers limited warranty

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Bostitch EHF1838K Hardwood Floor Stapler Review

The Bostitch EHF1838K Hardwood Floor Stapler is pneumatic driven and powered by compressed air. The EHF1838K stapler operates between 70 and 120 PSI delivering 160 inch/pounds of force, enough to penetrate even the thickest and hardest types of wood. The EHF1838K stores 100 18-gauge staples between 1 and 1-1/1 inch staples perfect for tackling almost any hardwood flooring job.

The Bostitch EHF1838K hardwood floor nailer is adjustable to accommodate varying hardwood floor thicknesses. The easy adjustable knob adjusts the stapler between 5/16 of an inch and 7/16 of an inch for hardwood flooring, and between ½ of an inch and 5/8 of an inch for engineered hardwood and bamboo flooring.

The Bostitch EHF1838K makes installing your hardwood flooring acinch. The easy-sight tongue ensures every staple is driven accurately into the pocket, every time. The non-marring tip leaves your finished product free and of any marring or damage. The oil less design means no maintenance, and eliminates and possibly of oil leaking onto the workspace damaging or staining the hardwood flooring.

The ergonomically designed EHF1838K stapler weighs in at less than 3.5 pounds.  The comfortable grip molds to the shape of your hand allowing all day use with out fatigue. The convenient swiveling air hose fitting can be adjusted to stay out of your way. Finally the ultra quiet rear facing exhaust keeps wood dust from blowing into your face.

Included in the box are the Bostitch EHF1838K Hardwood Floor Stapler, 1,000 18 gauge staples, two spare no-mar tips, carrying case, and installation block.

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Customer Feedback


“I purchased this stapler to complete a 400 square foot project using engineered hickory hardwood flooring. Setting up the adjustment was easy enough, and had plenty of degrees of freedom. The adjustment never moved once through out the entire job. I really liked the fact that the safety would not engage when the clip was empty; this feature also prevents dry fires. The drive depth stayed consistent through out the entire job. Overall, the unit feels sturdy and heavy duty, even though it is so light. I’m very content with the Bostitch EHF1838K.”

KJ from Frederick, CO


“I used the stapler on to install my Bella Wood 3/8 of an inch solid maple hardwood flooring. It was actually quite hard to find a stapler that was compliant with this material. The 20 gauge stapler I tried before didn’t cut it, one side of the staple would curl. The tool is only supposed to work down to 7/16 of an inch, however removing the plastic protective covers enabled extended ranges of sizes. I ended up running the tool at 80 PSI with out any hiccups.”

JW from Northern California


“I bought the Bostich EHF1838K hardwood stapler for use in my general contracting business due to the seven year warranty the unit comes with.  Our guys really torture test their tools, the long term warranty and price point was important to me. We purchased 3 of these units and all have performed great. Its important you make adjustments for the wood your working with beforehand, otherwise you may encounter some issues. This is user error and not a fault of the stapler. Definitely recommended.”

TH. Newport, CT

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Final comments about the Bostitch EHF1838K Hardwood Floor Stapler

We really don’t have any complaints about the Bostitch EHF1838K. It’s a well-designed and quality built tool; it performs the job as advertised. However, through our testing, we found it is very important the stapler is adjusted properly. Otherwise, it will not function correctly. The seven year warranty means years of trouble free operation, perfect for construction use.

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