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Boston Vacuum-Mount KS Pencil Sharpener

Boston® Vacuum-Mount KS Pencil Sharpener

Item: 522334    Model: 1072

Boston® Vacuum-Mount KS Pencil Sharpener
3.5stars
( 23 reviews)
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  • Flip the lever, and the sharpener locks in place on any non-porous horizontal surface
  • Positive lock pencil guide sharpens eight different pencil diameters
  • Solid steel X-ACTO cutters
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Flip the lever, and the sharpener locks in place on any non-porous horizontal surfacePositive lock pencil guide sharpens eight different pencil diametersSolid steel X-ACTO cuttersEachVacuum-Mount KS Pencil SharpenerFlip the lever, and the sharpener locks in place on any non-porous horizontal surfacePositive lock pencil guide sharpens eight different pencil diametersSolid steel X-ACTO cuttersBoston® Vacuum-Mount KS Pencil Sharpener24.74USDhttp://www.staples-3p.com/s7/is/image/Staples/s0035768_sc7?$std$http://www.staples-3p.com/s7/is/image/Staples/s0035768_sc7?$thb$http://www.staples-3p.com/s7/is/image/Staples/s0035768/Boston-Vacuum-Mount-KS-Pencil-Sharpener/product_522334
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by PowerReviews
Boston® Vacuum-Mount KS Pencil Sharpener
 
3.5

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

64%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (11)
  • Stays sharp (9)
  • Well built (9)
  • Durable (8)
  • Light weight (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use (4)
    • Business (3)
    • Classroom (3)
    • Everyday  (3)
    • Home (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Quality oriented (9), Midrange shopper (7), Budget shopper (4)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (4), Business (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (11)

    Most Helpful Positive Review

     

    Math Teachers - best sharpener!!!

    I am a high school math teacher and my students were always complaining that they couldn't get a sharp point on their pencil. Now, all I hear about is how this is the best...Read complete review

    I am a high school math teacher and my students were always complaining that they couldn't get a sharp point on their pencil. Now, all I hear about is how this is the best pencil sharpener ever! The only downside, is that it can get annoying when the vacuum suction breaks and you have to reattach to the desktop...but then again, the advantage is that you can detach and lock away safely so it doesn't diappear from your classroom when you are not there!

    VS

    Most Helpful Negative Review

     

    Not bad for a manual sharpener

    We conducted testing on several models and brands of pencil sharpeners in search of the "perfect" sharpener for the elementary school classroom. Below is a review from a classroom...Read complete review

    We conducted testing on several models and brands of pencil sharpeners in search of the "perfect" sharpener for the elementary school classroom. Below is a review from a classroom teacher:

    Ease of use by students: Was easy to use at first, but the more we used it the harder it got to crank, even after I disassembled it, cleaned it, and made sure it was oiled.

    Amount of space: VERY little space required

    Quality of sharpen: It sharpened well for the first 30 days or so. Now (about 90 days) it really chews up the pencils.

    Shavings capacity/ease of emptying: Needs to be emptied a lot, 2-3 times per day

    Durability: Would probably last for a very long time, but the blades seem like they got dull very quickly even after taking it apart to clean

    Versatility: Sharepens lots of different sizes. The vacuum mount and small size mean I can place it almost anywhere in my classroom, and the seal once mounted is very strong - even when the students sharpened vigoriously.

    Noise impact: Not very loud considering it's a manual sharpener. About the same as an electric one.

    Time from unsharpened to sharpened: Depending on the strength of the kid, 7-20 seconds

    Other observations from the teacher: I was skeptical about the vacuum mount holding up to little kids furiously cranking the handle, but the seal never once came up when set properly. One thing that was not so great about it was that after about 25-30 days it stopped sharpening well. I took it apart and made sure all the shavings were out, oiled it up, and it worked a little better but still chewed up the pencils. I would not recommend this sharpener for lower grade students.

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    5.0

    Excellent

    By ptofimpact

    from Coastal NC

    About Me Budget Shopper

    Verified Buyer
    This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy to use
    • Light Weight
    • Stays Sharp
    • Well Built

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Business
      • Classroom
      • Home
      • Office

      Comments about Boston® Vacuum-Mount KS Pencil Sharpener:

      A wonderful sharpener that actually 'sharpens' Pencils of different sizes. The vacuum base makes it convenient to bring from place to place, such as office to computer desk, and to workshop or garage.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Sharpens great but doesn't stay put

      By A son who breaks pencil leads

      from Tulsa, OK

      About Me Midrange Shopper

      Verified Buyer
      This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to use
      • Light Weight
      • Stays Sharp
      • Well Built

      Cons

      • See Comments
      • Vacuum Seal

      Best Uses

      • Home

      Comments about Boston® Vacuum-Mount KS Pencil Sharpener:

      The vacuum seal may work better depending on the surface you have the sharpener on. Ours is on an office desk. It works fine until about the 3rd or 4th pencil, then the seal comes loose. I sharpen multiple pencils at a time, so I just reattach the vacuum. I had a battery operated pencil sharpener before this for the same cost or more and it never worked this well. Best pencil sharpener by far!

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      • No

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      1.0

      Bad Product

      By The Admin

      from Catonsville, MD

      About Me Midrange Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Cheaply Made

        Best Uses

          Comments about Boston® Vacuum-Mount KS Pencil Sharpener:

          Purchased for work. This product will not stick to any surface.

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          • No

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          2.0

          Not worth it for the money

          By Stephanie

          from Grand Rapids, MI

          About Me Midrange Shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Environmentally Friendly
          • Sharpens quickly

          Cons

          • Sharpens unevenly

          Best Uses

          • Occasional use 

          Comments about Boston® Vacuum-Mount KS Pencil Sharpener:

          We were really excited to find this pencil sharpener that we could mount to a table, not the wall, and that we could hand crank and not need batteries nor need to plug into an outlet. However, we are very disappointed with it. The suction on the bottom of the sharpener only lasts through one pencil sharpening at most. Sometimes it will even come off of the table while we're sharpening the first pencil after we re-suction. It's very frustrating. The other disappointment is that it sharpens unevenly. One portion/side of the pencil almost always remains unsharpened.

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          5.0

          Great Sharpener

          By Mike the CPA

          from Indio CA

          About Me Midrange Shopper

          Verified Buyer
          This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy to use
          • Stays Sharp
          • Well Built

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday 

            Comments about Boston® Vacuum-Mount KS Pencil Sharpener:

            Needed one to replace a battery one tht did not work well. Need the exercise anyway :-)

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            • No

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