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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
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For heavy office useComes in either blue or blackExclusive Pencil-Saver prevents over-sharpeningSelect an ItemFor heavy office useComes in either blue or blackExclusive Pencil-Saver prevents over-sharpeningX-ACTO Powerhouse 1799 Electric Pencil Sharpener38.59USDhttp://www.staples-3p.com/s7/is/image/Staples/s0148723_sc7?$std$http://www.staples-3p.com/s7/is/image/Staples/s0148723_sc7?$thb$http://www.staples-3p.com/s7/is/image/Staples/s0148723/X-ACTO-Powerhouse-1799-Electric-Pencil-Sharpener/product_SS998063 EachblackX-ACTO Powerhouse 1799 Electric Pencil Sharpener Black38.59USDhttp://www.staples-3p.com/s7/is/image/Staples/s0144940_sc7?$std$http://www.staples-3p.com/s7/is/image/Staples/s0144940_sc7?$thb$http://www.staples-3p.com/s7/is/image/Staples/s0144940/X-ACTO-Powerhouse-1799-Electric-Pencil-Sharpener-Black/product_432507 EAblueX-ACTO Powerhouse 1792 Electric Pencil Sharpener Blue38.59USDhttp://www.staples-3p.com/s7/is/image/Staples/s0148723_sc7?$std$http://www.staples-3p.com/s7/is/image/Staples/s0148723_sc7?$thb$http://www.staples-3p.com/s7/is/image/Staples/s0148723/X-ACTO-Powerhouse-1792-Electric-Pencil-Sharpener-Blue/product_463621
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X-ACTO Powerhouse 1799 Electric Pencil Sharpener Black
 
3.8

(based on 233 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (99)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (67)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (37)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (109)
  • Easy to use (81)
  • Well built (55)
  • Light weight (49)
  • Stays sharp (39)

Cons

  • Cheaply made (11)
  • Dulls easily (9)
  • Flimsy (5)
  • Not durable (5)
  • Runs out quickly (3)

Best Uses

  • Everyday use (69)
  • Classroom (57)
  • Home (47)
  • Everyday  (45)
  • School (42)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality oriented (134), Budget shopper (56), Midrange shopper (10)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (68), Personal (49)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (11)

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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4.0

Good Product

By Jody

from Iowa

Verified Buyer

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

Works very well especially for the money.

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5.0

Excellent!

By Trina

from Upstate, NY

Verified Buyer

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

5 stars! This sharpener is great! Perfect points every time. Best thing...it's quiet. Burned out other sharpeners so I was looking for a good quality one. This is it!

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5.0

Better than the average sharpener!

By Wkured001

from Kentucky

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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 pencil sharpener is heavy duty and works much better than any other one I have tried. I use this sharpener weekely to sharpen all the pencils in the classroom. Before this model I would go through at least 2 per year.

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5.0

Fast and sharp!

By Lildeb1971

from Dana Point, CA

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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:

After miserable fails with our battery operated sharpener, we invested in this plug-in model. Very worth it! It takes only a couple of seconds to get a super-sharp point. So much so, that I need to hold back for our kids' pencils because they press hard and would break the tip or tear through their paper.

Easy to empty and clean. The waste compartment is right in the front below the pencil entry, so it is clearly visible and you don't need to lift the unit off your desk to remove the tray.

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5.0

This is the best!

By Happy Secretary

from Macon

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

        This is the best pencil sharpener I've tried. We have them in several classrooms and the office, and are very happy with them.

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