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X-ACTO Powerhouse 1799 Electric Pencil Sharpener Black

X-ACTO Powerhouse 1799 Electric Pencil Sharpener Black

Item: 432507    Model: 1799

X-ACTO Powerhouse 1799 Electric Pencil Sharpener Black
4.0stars
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  • For heavy office use
  • Comes in either blue or black
  • Exclusive Pencil-Saver prevents over-sharpening
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X-ACTO Powerhouse 1799 Electric Pencil Sharpener Black
 
3.8

(based on 218 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (92)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (65)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (32)

76%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (107)
  • Easy to use (79)
  • Well built (52)
  • Light weight (49)
  • Stays sharp (39)

Cons

  • Cheaply made (11)
  • Dulls easily (9)
  • Flimsy (4)
  • Runs out quickly (3)

Best Uses

  • Everyday use (69)
  • Classroom (54)
  • Home (47)
  • Everyday  (45)
  • School (42)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality oriented (133), Budget shopper (55), Midrange shopper (6)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (62), Personal (47)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (4)

Most Helpful Positive Review

 

Great for a classroom

I bought this for my classroom two years ago, and it is still working strong. It is by far the best pencil sharpener for school that I have come across. For the price,...Read complete review

I bought this for my classroom two years ago, and it is still working strong. It is by far the best pencil sharpener for school that I have come across. For the price, you can't go wrong. The pencils come out nice and sharp every time. It doesn't take forever, either.

I have found that the key to it lasting is making sure you tell the kids how to use it. If the kids twist their pencil while it's sharpening, you will eventually kill the motor. Also, like anything you buy for your classroom, if you don't keep an eye on it, it will probably be broken by a student!

VS

Most Helpful Negative Review

 

Very Poor Quality & Post Sales Support

I have two of these units. Both failed and one in two seconds. Why?

The X-acto website reads this unit can be used with composite pencils (plastic). Many children get...Read complete review

I have two of these units. Both failed and one in two seconds. Why?

The X-acto website reads this unit can be used with composite pencils (plastic). Many children get composite pencils at parties so they are quite common at home and in school. Its hard to tell a composite pencil from a wooden one until it's sharpened. Hence the problem.

A composite pencil will strip the plastic gears inside this sharpener in just a few seconds. It works quite well with wooden pencils but composites are the kiss of death. One unit stripped in just two seconds on a composite pencil!!!

I disassembled both units. The gears inside are cheap plastic vs metal. For the engineers reading along, the fitment of the gears is quite loose. The worm gear on the motor and the opposing ring gear only engage half the gears' depth. That over stresses the tips of the cheap plastic teeth and the worm gear strips the ring gear rendering the unit inoperable.

The unit comes with a two year warranty if you manage to keep up with the receipt. That's reasonable but we all know many of us don't manage receipts well. If you don't, you're screwed since you can't buy parts and there's no for fee service center.

This is a VERY simple unit to repair and plastic gears only cost a few cents to make. The problem is X-acto doesn't offer any repair parts for these units. You can fix it in 10-20 minutes but you can't get parts. Consequently , you have to throw it away.

Beyond the gears, how bad is the lack of replacement parts support? The dump tray has a little post on the back that goes through a small hole to trip a safety switch. This prevents the unit from operating when someone could get injured. The tray is brittle plastic so if a child drops it on the ground in a classroom or when dumping the shavings from the dump tray, the probability is high that this post will break off. The unit is repaired by simply replacing the plastic dump tray with a new one. However, you guessed it, you can't get the part. So once again you throw the unit away.

I don't know how a teacher would police the unit well enough to keep it operational given the constraints (no composite pencils; fragile dump tray). I'd recommend buying a heavy duty crank unit over this one. If you're sure only wooden pencils will be used, this unit will serve you well.

Hope it helps somebody.

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5.0

Sharp as a Tack!

By Tiffany Hayes

from Phoenix, Arizona

Verified Buyer

Comments about X-ACTO Powerhouse 1799 Electric Pencil Sharpener Black:

I just love this pencil sharpener I purchased for our office. It works fantastic and doesn't bog down like our old one.

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5.0

GREAT PRODUCT!!!

By HAPPY CUSOMER

from INDIANA

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

Comments about X-ACTO Powerhouse 1799 Electric Pencil Sharpener Black:

THIS IS A GREAT BUY! VERY HEAVY DUTY!

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5.0

Pencil Sharpner

By Brenda Neves

from DMES, Stockton CA

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This customer has reached Associate level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Comments about X-ACTO Powerhouse 1799 Electric Pencil Sharpener Black:

We love this sharpener. We had one before and decided to get another one for the back office. it is not real noisy or dirty to use and we love the sharpe points it leaves on the pencils.

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4.0

makes a really good point

By Saraswati

from Long Beach, NY

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

Comments about X-ACTO Powerhouse 1799 Electric Pencil Sharpener Black:

The blade in this sharpener sharpens pencils to a really good point. I would like it more if their was an adjustable size ring instead of the one size ring. I am an artist and have a variety of penicils with different widths. For wider pencils I need to use another sharpener. I have purchased many otherbrands of pencil sharpeners and this one is one of the better ones. For someone who uses standard type of pencil this machine works quite well and I would recommend it. Will it continue to work well after a few years? Only time will tell.

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3.0

Mixed Review

By Tina

from Connecticut

About Me Budget Shopper

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Pros

  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Dulls easily

Best Uses

  • Business

Comments about X-ACTO Powerhouse 1799 Electric Pencil Sharpener Black:

After reading reviews, we purchased 2 of these. One works great, the other was dull after about 40 pencils.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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