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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 Stapler, 20 Sheet Capacity, Black (44401)
Item: 504308 / Model : 44401
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  • Staples up to 20 sheets at a time
  • Uses 1/4" standard and premium staples
  • Desktop stapler withstands heavy daily use — ideal for busy commercial environments
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Staples Standard Full Strip Stapler Combo Pack, 20 Sheet Capacity, Black
Staples Standard Full Strip Stapler Combo Pack, 20 Sheet Capacity, Black
Item: 489562 / Model : 24548
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  • Easy-to-use flip-plate design customizes staple edges
  • Full-strip stapler holds 210 staples to minimize the need to reload
  • Staples up to 20 sheets at once for optimal utility
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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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  • Desktop stapler
  • Staples up to 30 sheets of 20 lb. paper
  • 60% less effort than traditional desktop staplers
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Swingline® Optima® Reduced Effort Stapler, 25 Sheet Capacity, Blue/Gray (66404)
Item: 901513 / Model : SWI66404
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  • 25-sheet stapling capacity
  • Uses 1/4" standard staples
  • Reduced-effort design staples more sheets with less effort than traditional staplers.
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Swingline® Optima® Reduced Effort Desk Stapler, 70 Sheet Capacity, Silver (87875)
Item: 752473 / Model : 87875
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  • Staples as few as 2 or as many as 70 sheets without the need to switch staples
  • Uses 3/8" high-capacity staples
  • Shaped ergonomically with a soft handle, the Optima 70 requires less effort to use in comparison to traditional, mid-capacity desktop staplers
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Swingline® Optima® Grip Compact Stapler, 25 Sheet Capacity, Silver (87816)
Item: 630375 / Model : 87816
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  • Staples up to 25 sheets
  • Uses 1/4" premium staples
  • Compact stapler stands up vertically for easier handheld use or lays horizontally for desktop use
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Stanley Bostitch® Automatic Electric Desktop Stapler, Black
Item: 364408 / Model : B8E-VALUE
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  • Electric stapler
  • Impulse Drive™ technology staples in just a fraction of a second
  • No-Jam™ mechanism for smooth stapling operation
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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
  • Staples up to 30 sheets of 20 lb. paper
  • 60% less effort than traditional desktop staplers
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Swingline® Optima® Grip Electric Stapler, 20 Sheet Capacity, Silver (48207)
Item: 752468 / Model : 48207
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  • Staples up to 20 sheets at once when used with Optima™ Premium Staples
  • Uses 1/4" premium and standard staples
  • Fast and quiet, this electric stapler is Jam Free Guaranteed and not disruptive in any environment
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Swingline® Heavy Duty Desktop Stapler, 160 Sheet Capacity, Black/Gray (39005)
Item: 386312 / Model : 39005
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  • 160 sheets
  • Uses full strip of Swingline heavy-duty staples (1/4", 3/8", 1/2", 3/4")
  • Heavy-duty, metal stapler
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Swingline® Durable Desk Stapler, 20 Sheet Capacity, Black (64601)
Item: 285007 / Model : S7064601G
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  • 20-sheet stapling capacity
  • Uses standard 1/4" staples
  • Contoured design and smooth finish for comfortable use
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Swingline® Optima® Reduced Effort Desk Stapler, 40 Sheet Capacity, Silver/Black (87845)
Item: 752472 / Model : 87845
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  • 40 sheet stapling capacity
  • Uses 1/4" premium and standard staples
  • Desktop stapler with reduced-effort design, ergonomic shape and soft-feel handle makes stapling easier
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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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  • Uses 3/8 inch high-capacity staples to keep sheets attached
  • 60-sheet capacity to accommodate all your documents
  • Non-skid base keeps the stapler in place on any surface
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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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  • Desktop stapler
  • Staples up to 30 sheets of 20 lb. paper
  • 60% less effort than traditional desktop staplers
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Swingline® 747® Metal Desktop Stapler, Antimicrobial, 25 Sheet Capacity, Black (74741)
Item: 386309 / Model : S7074741G
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  • 25-sheet capacity with Swingline S.F.® 4® staples
  • Uses 1/4" standard and premium staples
  • Durable desktop stapler with antimicrobial protection — ideal for shared workspaces
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Swingline® Quick Touch™ Full Strip Metal Stapler, 28 Sheet Capacity, Black/Silver (64580)
Item: 1698256 / Model : 64580
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  • Reduced-effort stapler’s stored energy system easily staples up to 28 sheets at a time.
  • Uses 1/4" standard and premium staples
  • Full size desk stapler
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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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PaperPro® inPOWER™+ 28 Premium Desktop Stapler, Fastening Capacity 28 Sheets/20 lb., Black
Item: 806552 / Model : ACF1110
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  • Effortlessly staple up to 28 sheets using one finger or the palm of your hand
  • Built-in staple storage in base keeps two full-strips of staples readily available
  • Integrated staple remover for quick fixes
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Staples® One-Touch® Desktop Stapler, Fastening Capacity 20 Sheets, Black/Gray
Item: 1798852 / Model : 44425
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  • 20 sheet capacity
  • Easy to use with One-Touch® technology allowing for seamless fastening of multiple sheets
  • Uses full strips of standard staples
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Swingline® Optima® Compact Grip Stapler, 25 Sheet Capacity, Graphite Black (87815)
Item: 650726 / Model : 87815
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  • Staples up to 25 sheets
  • Uses 1/4" premium staples
  • Compact stapler stands up vertically for easier handheld use or lays horizontally for desktop use
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Stanley Bostitch EZ Squeeze™ 40 Sheet Capacity Desktop Stapler, Black
Item: 1134882 / Model : BOSB9040
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  • EZ Squeeze stapler
  • Staples 40 sheets
  • Technology requires up to 70% less force for easier us
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Staples® Executive Desktop Stapler Combo Pack
Item: SS1033734
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  • Durable metal construction for maximum durability and performance
  • Full strip
  • Staples up to 20 sheets
As low as 11.69 $11.69
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Staples® One-Touch® Half Strip Compact Stapler, Fastening Capacity 20 Sheets, Black
Item: 1798849 / Model : 44431
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  • Easy to use with One-Touch® technology allowing for seamless fastening of multiple sheets
  • Uses half strips of standard staples
  • Reduced-effort for stapling up to 20 sheets
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Staples® One-Touch® 1/4" Strip Mini Stapler, Fastening Capacity 12 Sheets, Blue/Gray
Item: 1828108 / Model : 44427-CC
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  • Mini stapler
  • 12 sheet capacity
  • Easy to use with One-Touch® technology allowing for seamless fastening of multiple sheets
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