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Are Swingline staplers really all that?

Eug

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Mar 11, 2000
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The high end staplers are awesome. I paid about CAD$25 IIRC for a higher end one and it goes through 25 pages of paper like butter.

However, it doesn't haven't to be Swingline. The one I bought looked nicer than a Swingline but was a store branded one.
 

shortylickens

No Lifer
Jul 15, 2003
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They are good staplers. And if you've ever spent at least one whole day at an office job, you WILL appreciate the difference between a quality stapler and a flimsy stapler.

Having said that, I am utterly disgusted we still rely so heavily on paper in the year 2016. Its a giant freakin waste most of the time.
 

madoka

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Jun 22, 2004
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They suck.

As a test, I bought about a dozen different staplers ranging from $15-50. I tried stapling 17-20 pages together using premium staples. The Swingline were just outclassed compared to the new generation of spring loaded staplers.
 

local

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I will bet the fancy spring loaded stapler breaks long before the Swingline which should last until the sun boils the earth.
 

madoka

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I will bet the fancy spring loaded stapler breaks long before the Swingline which should last until the sun boils the earth.
I actually staple a LOT. The Swinglines I have are fine for up to 10 pages. Once you go to 15+ pages, they turn into jam-o-matics. The spring-powered ones will eventually wear out (around 25,000 staples from my observations), but it's well worth all the time not having to dig out jammed or failed staples.
 

zinfamous

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Jul 12, 2006
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I actually staple a LOT. The Swinglines I have are fine for up to 10 pages. Once you go to 15+ pages, they turn into jam-o-matics. The spring-powered ones will eventually wear out (around 25,000 staples from my observations), but it's well worth all the time not having to dig out jammed or failed staples.
Oh man, I want to see your spreadsheets from this testing.
 

lxskllr

No Lifer
Nov 30, 2004
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I have one of these...



Probably from the 40s or 50s. Still works great.
 

Imp

Lifer
Feb 8, 2000
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Are you Mayne's alt account?

But seriously, no, I've used Swinglines professionally as office bitch. No better than the 50 year old super heavy duty staplers. Hate those things. If it doesn't go through all the pages, you get an ugly looking hole. Each pair of holes tells people how stupid or weak the person stapling it was...
 

Red Squirrel

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May 24, 2003
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I kinda want a red Swingline just because of the movie. But it's one of those things I won't bother buying unless I happen to think about it while ordering other stuff. I do have a Bates 550 though, that thing is a tank. It's made of mostly metal.

 

nakedfrog

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Apr 3, 2001
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I kinda want a red Swingline just because of the movie. But it's one of those things I won't bother buying unless I happen to think about it while ordering other stuff. I do have a Bates 550 though, that thing is a tank. It's made of mostly metal.

You ought to stencil "Master" onto the top of it.
 

IronWing

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Jul 20, 2001
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Are you Mayne's alt account?

But seriously, no, I've used Swinglines professionally as office bitch. No better than the 50 year old super heavy duty staplers. Hate those things. If it doesn't go through all the pages, you get an ugly looking hole. Each pair of holes tells people how stupid or weak the person stapling it was...
A man is known by the holes he leaves behind.
 

Imp

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I just realized... They should invent a staple drill/screw. It drills two holes through really thick pages then puts the staple through easily.
 

Imp

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Hole punch?
No, punches are shit. They'll work until you get too thick a load and then it'll just emboss the page. Drill and it should go as deep as the bit.

I've had to poke my own holes, 5 pages at a time many times for thick packages. Same with punching to put in a binder.
 

MrSquished

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Had a spring-powered stapler on my food truck while it was open for a couple years. Looked like this but different colors and brand:




Worked like a charm and that thing was abused - tossed about and thrown about nilly willy. Stapled through a gajillion triple folded over heavy paper bags for every order that went out. Brought it with me over to real estate. Never tried it with 20-30 pages, but it worked like a charm on like 15 page contracts. Finally broke after a few years of that. I didn't break it, it was returned to my desk broken. Heathens! Cost like 15 bucks. I'm sure you could get a higher-end version.
 

Zorba

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Oct 22, 1999
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No, punches are shit. They'll work until you get too thick a load and then it'll just emboss the page. Drill and it should go as deep as the bit.

I've had to poke my own holes, 5 pages at a time many times for thick packages. Same with punching to put in a binder.
They make drills for hole punching thick stacks of paper. Anything that needs drilled is probably too thick to be useful stapled.
 

Chapbass

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May 31, 2004
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Seriously, this is why they make assistants. So we don't have to argue about this shit.
 

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