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Tough, but ingenuity and care needed if you require precision
on 1 April 2016
This is serious office equipment. It weighs 2lbs (930g) and is built to last.
Its weight and the desk space it occupies may be a reason against it so far as home use is concerned. However, whether at home or in a commercial office, if you frequently have holes to punch in ten or more sheets of paper at once, you will be glad to have it.
It comfortably takes (and punches through) 40 sheets of 80gsm paper, or 35 sheets of 90gsm paper.
But what about just one or two sheets? That’s fine too, except that the effective ‘backstop’ if you push the paper as far in as it will go is further back than it is for a wodge of 35 or 40 sheets. The result is that, unless you take great care – or create a backstop with a couple of dobs of White Tack, Blu Tack, or similar – some sheets will have their holes punched further in from the left hand margin than others. I consider that a design fault and it is the reason I am only giving it four stars, not five.
That being said, my long-standing home machine (an ancient Rexel with a capacity of ten 80gsm sheets) has the same problem and I never noticed before comparing it with this one. It’s more noticeable with the Rapesco’s 40 sheet ‘mouth’.
The ‘confetti’ tray is of a good depth, so holds a lot of punched holes before it has to be emptied. Made of polythene, it is unlikely to be as durable as the main body of the machine, but if not ill-treated or exposed to heat it will probably outlast any reasonable expectation – i.e. upwards on at least ten years. (According to the box, the whole item has a 15 year warranty!)
The machine is provided with a ‘paper guide’ with various markings – A4, B5, A5, B6, 888 – to help with punching the holes where they should be relative to the top and bottom edges of the paper. I have checked the A4 and A5 and they are both fine – although there is again some imprecision, in this case because the paper guide is mounted on a lower plane than the level on which the paper is punched (it slides into the ‘confetti’ tray). White Tack or Blu Tack to raise the level on which the paper sits may again be helpful in this case.
Another feature is the lock to keep the handle in its down position, taking up a bit less space in storage. It’s a small thing, and in many offices probably won’t get much use, but it works.
All in all, this hole punch is tough, and does a good job of its basic task, but it is not a precision machine. So it may be just the job in the general office, but not the drawing office.