Representing the Tools (Power) category, this product features a compact, lightweight design to give users access to tight stud bays and increase efficiency during the rough-in process. It also offers improved ergonomics when stapling overhead or during difficult-to-reach situations. Moveable cable guides ensure proper alignment, and the coil-spring mechanism consistently sinks the staples to the appropriate depth when fastening NM-B sheathed cable (14, 12, 10 AWG) and low-voltage cables. The product, which is only compatible with 1-in. insulated staples (sold separately), gives the user the run-time needed to sink up to 1,200 staples on a fully charged M12 CP2.0ah battery.
This year’s competition featured products introduced to the market between Jan. 1, 2022, and Dec. 31, 2022. A hand-picked panel of judges narrowed down the 110 entries to 34 category winners for the first phase of the competition. These category winners were then narrowed down to our three finalists through an online poll available to EC&M readers, who cast their votes to determine the three award-winning products.