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Staplers

Staplers are essential office, home and school equipment used for putting together documents by joining sheets of paper with staples. While there are specialty stapling machines for inserting surgical staples, sealing cartons and stitching upholstery, the most common type of this simple machine is the one for fastening pages of paper.

Comparing the Different Types of Staplers

There are three general types of staplers: manual, electric and pneumatic. A manual stapler uses a spring-loaded mechanism to drive in staples.

Using this design requires simply pressing down the metal head against the base of the tool. Electric stapling machines, on the other hand, are powered tools.

While some run on replaceable or rechargeable batteries, others are plug-in models. A pneumatic staple gun uses compressed air to push out staples. Most industrial stapling machines are of this type.

Choosing the Right Stapler

Before selecting a stapler, first consider how many people will use the device, how often they will use it and what they will use it for. While a basic desktop stapler or a mini model is good enough for home users and small offices, consider a heavy-duty version for a large office.

Furthermore, note that a desktop stapler can only handle up to 70 pages at once, but a heavy-duty stapling machine can bind 100 sheets of paper or more. For a shared office with lots of users and high-volume binding jobs, choose a heavy-duty electric option.

An electric stapler is generally faster than a manual model. It is also more powerful and can, therefore, punch through thicker stacks of paper.

What Lever Class is a Stapler?

A stapler is a second-class lever because its load sits between its fulcrum and the point of effort. The load, in a stapler, is the staples while the fulcrum is the hinge between the head and the base of the tool.

The point of effort is the position where a user applies force. For a stapler, this is at the front of the head where the user presses down on the sheets of paper placed between the jaws of the tool.

What is a Stapleless Stapler?

As the name suggests, a stapleless stapler is one that does not use staples to bind pages of paper. To fasten sheets together, this stapler cuts a wing or V-shaped slot on one side of the pages and then punches a flap on the other side.

The flap slips into the slot and locks the pages together. While this is convenient and eliminates staples, a stapleless stapler can only handle up to 10 - 12 pages at once.

Since it does not secure sheets with staples, users have to handle pages bound by this stapler carefully as the sheets can easily separate and fall apart.

Why do Staplers Jam?

There are many reasons why a stapler might jam. The most common cause is thin staples with blunt points.

When pressed hard, these bend and get stuck. To avoid this, only use the type and size of staples recommended for the device.

Also, make sure to punch staples directly through paper rather than at an angle. A staple may also jam when stapling more sheets than the recommended capacity of the tool.

To keep an electric stapler from getting jammed, make sure to replace its spent batteries regularly with fresh ones.
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Swingline Commercial Desktop Full Strip Stapler, 20 Sheet Capacity, Black
Item : 504308 / Model : 44401
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  • Swingline commercial desktop stapler for constant use
  • Full strip Swingline S.F.® 4® Premium Staples for greater compatibiity with other staplers
  • Heavy-duty metal construction features Swingline quality and reliability
$8.99
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Staples One-Touch™ Plus Desktop Flat Stack Full Strip Stapler, 30-Sheet Capacity, Black
Item : 219306 / Model : 25110
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  • Full strip stapler's durable metal construction requires less effort and hassle than traditional staplers
  • Compatible with standard size staples
  • Capable of stapling together 30 sheets of 20 pound paper to increase efficiency
$15.99
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Staples One-Touch™ Plus Desktop Flat Stack Full Strip Stapler, 30 Sheet Capacity, Purple
Item : 207436 / Model : 25113
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  • One-Touch™ feature for easy stapling
  • Staples up to 30 sheets of 20 lb. paper to handle most jobs
  • Rubber grip and nonskid base to keep it in place
$15.99
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Swingline Standard Stapler Value Pack, 15 Sheets, Black, Premium Staples and Remover Included
Item : 272120 / Model : S7054567CC
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  • Swingline Standard Stapler, premium staples and staple remover
  • 1/4 inch staples
  • 1.8" W x 2.3" H x 6.6" D
$11.49
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Swingline Optima Electric Full Strip Stapler, 45 Sheet Capacity, Silver
Item : 751833 / Model : 48209
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  • Electric full strip stapler
  • Standard size staples
  • Dimensions unavailable
$92.99
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Staples One-Touch™ Plus Desktop Flat Stack Full Strip Stapler, 30 Sheet Capacity, Blue
Item : 207438 / Model : 25112
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  • Desktop stapler designed for stapling large stacks of paper
  • Accomodates a full strip of staples
  • Staples as many as 30 sheets of 20 lb. paper at once
$15.99
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Swingline® High Capacity Heavy Duty Stapler, Fastening Capacity 160 Sheets/20 lb., Platinum
Item : 364481 / Model : 39002
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  • Heavy duty build for long-lasting performance
  • Highest stapling capacity of 160 sheets
  • Front-end jam clearing mechanism enhances productivity
$49.99
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Staples One-Touch™ High-Capacity Flat-Stack Stapler, 60 Sheet Capacity, Black/Gray
Item : 331288 / Model : 26615-CC
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  • High-capacity stapler is built tough to complete heavy-duty jobs
  • Uses 3/8 inch high-capacity staples to keep sheets attached
  • 60-sheet capacity to accommodate all your documents
$25.99
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Swingline® Optima® Half Strip Stapler, 70 Sheet Capacity, Silver (87875)
Item : 752473 / Model : 87875
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  • Reduced effort - when compared to traditional staplers the Optim7 40 will staple with only half the force normally required
  • Staples from 2 - 70 sheets at a time, Jam Free Guaranteed, when used with Optima™ High Capacity Staples
  • Durable metal construction ensures long-lasting stapling performance and stands up to frequent use
$37.99
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Swingline Optima Grip Compact Stapler, Fastening Capacity 25 Sheets/20 lb., Silver
Item : 630375 / Model : 87816
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  • Compact Optima grip stapler
  • Accommodates 1/2 strip or 105 staples at a time
  • 25-sheet fastening capacity
$15.39
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Stanley Bostitch B3000-BLK Antimicrobial Full Strip Stand Up Stapler, Fastening Capacity 20 Sheets/20 lb., Black
Item : 487228 / Model : B3000-BLK
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  • Full strip stand up desk stapler
  • Staples up to 20 sheets
  • Prevents staple jams with Anti-Jam mechanism
$14.79
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Swingline® High-Capacity Desktop Stapler, Black
Item : 854548 / Model : S7077701
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  • Extra leverage design of this stapler applies 2x more force to require less manual effort
  • 30% easier to staple any sheet count from 2-60
  • Die-cast metal construction is durable and delivers lasting performance
$28.99
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Staples 17710-CC Desktop Stapler (24547-CC)
Item : 814977 / Model : 24547-CC
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  • Type: Desktop
  • Desktop stapler
  • Sold as each
$4.99
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Swingline® 12" Long Reach Full Strip Stapler, Black (34121)
Item : 648944 / Model : 34121
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  • Perfect for Booklet Stapling Needs
  • Full strip, durable, all-metal construction for superior performance
  • Staples up to 20 sheets
$35.19
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Stanley Bostitch® Antimicrobial 130 Sheet Heavy Duty Stapler, Black
Item : 249458 / Model : B310HDS
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  • All metal construction
  • 2-3/4" throat depth
  • Staples up to 130 sheets
$39.99
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Swingline Optima Compact Stapler
Item : 1457713 / Model : 87842
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  • Desk stapler
  • 40 sheet capacity
  • Stand-up design facilitates handheld or desktop stapling
$24.99
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Swingline® Optima® Desktop Full Strip Stapler, Silver (87845)
Item : 752472 / Model : 87845
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  • Reduced effort - when compared to traditional staplers the Optima 40 will staple with only half the force normally required
  • Staples up to 40 sheets at a time, Jam Free Guaranteed, when used with Optima™ Premium Staples
  • Durable metal construction ensures long-lasting stapling performance
$29.99
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Cynthia Rowley Stapler, Gold (26907)
Item : 1195080 / Model : 26907
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  • Classic style is perfect for the professional and home office
  • Works perfectly with all standard staples
  • Nonskid base ensures easy use
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Swingline® Legacy #27 Stapler, 20 Sheets, Red
Item : 2002688 / Model : 89542
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  • Swingline® Legacy #27 Desktop Stapler, 20 Sheets
  • Holds a full strip of 210 staples
  • Dimensions: 2.8" x 2.2" x 8.47"
$23.99
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Swingline® Full-Strip Stapler, 15 Sheet Capacity, Black
Item : 504274 / Model : 54501
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  • Lightweight plastic body
  • Full strip
  • Staples up to 15 sheets
$11.49
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Swingline Antimicrobial Deluxe Full Strip Stapler, 20 Sheet Capacity, Black
Item : 285007 / Model : S7064601G
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  • Desktop stapler handles all office needs
  • Takes standard-sized staples for easy refilling
  • Antimicrobial protection repels germs
$12.99
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Swingline® LightTouch Reduced Effort Stapler Blue (SWI66404)
Item : 901513 / Model : SWI66404
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  • Stapler to secure pages together
  • Staple up to 20 pages at a time
  • LightTouch feature reduces the effort and offers 20 pounds of pressure
$29.99
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Sustainable Earth by Staples Desktop Full Strip Stapler, 20-Sheet Capacity, Gray (40897)
Item : 327002 / Model : 40897
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  • Plastic construction
  • Full strip
  • Staples up to 20 sheets
$10.99
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Staples Standard Full Strip Stapler Combo Pack, 20 Sheet Capacity, Black
Item : 489562 / Model : 24548
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  • Stapler, full staple strips and staple remover cover all of your stapling needs
  • Standard staple size
  • Easy-to-use flip-plate design customizes staple edges
$10.29
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