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Colour Name: Blue|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
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.
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VINE VOICEon 7 April 2016
Colour Name: Blue|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
This is one heavyweight beast as far as hole punchers go (1 kg weight!!)- especially if, like me, you're more used to the type you used to use in school which are really quite lightweight things really only suited to punching a handful of paper. Hence Rapesco label it for business use primarily as it's pretty much top of their range of smaller punches.

It comes closed but easily flipped open and then you just pull the little paper guide at the side out to the size of paper you require (which is marked in the "standard" sizes A4, A5 etc).

The info says it will tackle 40 sheets of 80 gsm paper and I would presume as it says up to that that figure is its maximum, but me, being me, I love pushing boundaries so I counted out 44 sheets of A4 80 gsm paper and had a go. And to be honest I think if I was a burly man with good arm/hand strength it would have done it - once at least - but I couldn't manage it easily until I came down to 37. However I've no arm strength & arthritic hands so for me, a desk punch that can tackle that many in one go is great as I pull my hospital notes regularly & often have maybe 100 sheets to work through so the more I can do in one go the better. Obviously the count changes with the weight but as most of us work with 80 gsm whether office or home, 40 sheets is great. The only real difficulty I found was actually getting a lot of sheets into the punch to start with - the gap felt quite small if you were trying to do a lot at once and particularly with A4 I crumpled a few sheets trying to get them in cleanly. But once you're sure of placement & happy with where the holes will be, the actual punch action is remarkably easy which surprised me, I've had a far harder job with my 10 sheet punch to get it to punch through at all sometimes where this just seems to slice through the paper very smoothly & easily - not a one finger job as such but really REALLY good for all that.

The "confetti" is held in a little section underneath with a flip down lid - took me a bit of time initially to get that opened but once I had it was easier thereafter. It would probably hold the remnants of punching around 200 sheets I'd guess before being really bunged. You do need to empty it regularly though if you're doing any serious amount of punching as it will prevent the punch going through to the last page/s otherwise.

Once finished pull the handle down, pop the lock on and either store in a large enough drawer to hold it or leave it somewhere out of the way on your desk.

Despite how good it is I'm not sure I'd recommend it as a home punch purely on size, at least not unless you have a home office or, like me, do a lot of heavy punching more than once or twice a year. But for serious work usage I'd highly recommend it as it's a good sturdy punch that feels like it will work for years before needing replacing - when you consider a basic punch can last for 20 years with light usage I'm sure this would easily double that lifespan if not more.
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Colour Name: Blue|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
There is more metal used in the construction of this blue 40 sheet hole punch than was used to make my black 30 sheet hole Rapesco hole punch. Also this 40 sheet hole punch has a bigger top which gives you more leverage to force the metal cutters through your stack of paper. The downside is that it takes up more space in your desk drawer. There is a switch at the front to hold it closed so Rapesco have done their best to make it occupy less space.

The hinged metal top is likely to be more durable than plastic I guess, but it's more likely that one of the smaller parts of the mechanism or one of the plastic parts will break first. I guess metal might flex a little less than plastic, although flexing isn't something I experienced while using it. It feels like it will give years of service.

My first test of this hole punch was to see if it really could punch through 40 sheets of paper. I got ten sheets of 90gsm HP paper, cut them in half to make 20 sheets, then in half again to make 40 sheets. I was able to successfully punch holes through the resulting stack of 40 pieces of paper. I couldn't add even one more sheet of paper into the stack because of the size of the gap where you insert your paper. It was interesting to compare the experience with making holes in 30 sheets of paper with my smaller plastic Rapesco hole punch. The smaller punch feels more precise, and the plastic has a texture that is grippy unlike this blue metal 40 sheet hole punch.

Emptying all the holes you've created is achieved by opening a hinged flap on the bottom of the hole punch. This is a fairly clean procedure.

There is an adjustable plastic arm to help you consistently make holes in the right place on various sizes of paper including A4.
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Colour Name: Blue|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
The Rapesco 835 2-Hole Metal Punch, 40 sheet Capacity - Blue is a medium-heavy duty punch that is larger and stronger than Rapesco's basic models and many of those from competing brands.

Certainly able to punch holes through 35-40 sheets of 80gsm paper it can also tackle an equivalent thickness of card, PVC and other plastic binding covers and dividers which can sometimes be used with lever arch files and larger ring binders. Unfortunately, hole punches are almost always 100% manually operated (unless electric or electronic) and require brute force to get through thicker piles of paper. It is known for some lightweight hole punches to flex when attempting to punch a sheet number close to their maximum; not this! It appears to be constructed of a similar guage of metal as several of Rapesco's heavy duty office tools and it should never flex in use.

However, there is one area of criticism and that is with the choice of a plastic centreing guage. It is not of the flexible type (nylon or polyurethane etc) but quite rigid and looks as if it may snap if snagged on something more solid. Many older punches, including one lent and never returned, invariably used a chromed metal centreing guage which is the ideal and would not have been too costly to implement in this instance. The improved usability would be worth the small extra cost.
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Colour Name: Blue|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
This is a very heavy-duty hole punch that is made almost entirely of metal; it is therefore fairly heavy but packs a good punch when it comes to slicing through paper with little effort needed from the user.

The quoted capacity to punch at a time is 40 sheets of 80gsm. I managed to punch through 32 sheets of 100gsm, limited really only by the space underneath the cutters. Cutting action is smooth and clean.

There is the usual guide to ensure holes are punched in the same place with consistency and this glides smoothly into position with no need for oiling (note it is loose in the box on arrival). A sliding lock ensures the hole punch stays closed when not in use and so will fit into most desk drawers and a simple press on the top makes it spring awake and ready for use.

Confetti is easy to expel from a drop down flap in the base, which reassuringly snaps back into place, reducing any possibility of loss all over the floor. Note that there is no personalisation window as currently mentioned on the product page, so you will have to use your own system (marker pen/tippex) to personalise the item if you work in a crowded office and need to be able to reclaim your stuff if it goes walkabout.

This comes with a 15 year guarantee; I have no reason to doubt from the build quality that it will last that long.
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on 1 April 2016
Colour Name: Blue|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
This is a reassuringly heavy 2 hole punch which is a delight to use. It is efficient, reliable, and a fabulous workhorse - up to 40 sheets punched at a time.

It can be locked shut for storage, but in reality I find it easier to have out on the desk. There's also a useful pull out page measure for paper size alignment from B6 to A4.

The plastic cover underneath opens easily for removal of the punched bits - the confetti!

Highly recommended.
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on 31 March 2016
Colour Name: Blue|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
This is a very sturdy hole punch - solid and surprisingly heavy (one to live in your desk drawer, not to carry around with you), and a nice smart dark blue colour. It comfortably punches through about 30 sheets of paper, and maybe more - the description reckons 35-40 depending on the thickness of the paper and this seems about right. The action is smooth and it cuts cleanly, even through a thick stack of paper.
There is a plastic strip marked with paper sizes to help you position it centrally. This plastic strip is a bit flimsy and quite stiff to move, and is probably the weakest part of the device, but so far it's been fine and clicks into place neatly. The hole punch can be locked closed, which is useful for storage in a drawer (and if you have small children around). To empty it, you open a flap at the back underneath, so it can be emptied easily and cleanly - rather than taking the whole bottom piece off like most punches I've used which can spray confetti everywhere if you're not very careful.
This is quite expensive for a hole punch, but if you're using it routinely for large batches of paper, it is a solid, strong gadget which feels like it will last.
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VINE VOICEon 3 April 2016
Colour Name: Blue|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
My initial impression was that it was a heavy package: and this is a substantial hole punch.

The handle is quite long in order to achieve the leverage needed so the lock, which enables it to be stored in a closed position, is a helpful bonus. This is a plastic wedge which slides into position when the handle is depressed and seems quite solid.

The holes are cleanly cut and it will punch a good pile, the exact number of sheets depending on paper thickness.

The plastic guide is a solid plastic strip which firmly locks into position with locating pips for the main paper sizes. It contrasts well with my previous one which is flimsy.

I note the package states guaranteed for 15 years – providing the plastic locking component and the tray for removing the confetti do not fail then the rest of the product looks as if there will be no problem.

I was impressed and I am realising that anything with the Rapesco name is good quality: I have other office stationery from them and it all seems much better than some cheaper alternatives. Better to get a good quality – and this is such!
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Colour Name: Blue|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
I must confess that I am a bit of a stationery geek, and so I was pleased to find that I really like the Rapesco 835 punch. As far as hole-punches go, it's larger than average, with a quoted capacity of 35 sheets of 80gsm paper.

The punch itself is really well-built, and made from quite thick metal. It definitely gives the impression that it won't break any time soon (the fate which has befallen my last three hole punches). The piece of plastic that acts as a guide to ensure you punch in the middle of the paper is also fairly sturdy, and is well-integrated into the body of the hole punch, as it is fairly stiff to move.

My 'maximum punch' so far is on 30 sheets of 100gsm paper, which the punch handled okay; this was at the absolute limit of what will fit in the punch, however, so it would be tricky to do more. The punching requires a little effort (the more paper, the more effort is required), but nothing abnormal.

All in all this is a decent hole punch that does the job well, lets you punch a good number of sheets at once, and is built very sturdily. Recommended.
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VINE VOICEon 14 April 2016
Colour Name: Blue|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
Very sturdy, will do more than 20 pages in one go. there's a lock , in case u don't want to use , u can simply lock it. For taking bits from bottom, u don't need to open al, of it, just simply bend one part and all will be emptied. Easy to fit one specific hole for large amount of papers. Very nice piece , easy to punch, totally recommend it
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