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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 Full Strip Stapler, 20 Sheet Capacity, Black
Item : 504308
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  • Full strip Swingline S.F.® 4® Premium Staples for greater compatibiity with other staplers
  • Heavy-duty metal construction features Swingline quality and reliability
  • 20-sheet capacity in stapling and tacking positions
8.99 $8.99
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Staples Standard Full Strip Stapler Combo Pack, 20 Sheet Capacity, Black
Item : 489562
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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
10.29 $10.29
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Staples One-Touch™ Plus Desktop Flat Stack Full Strip Stapler, 30-Sheet Capacity, Black
Item : 219306
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  • Desktop stapler
  • Staples up to 30 sheets of 20 lb. paper
  • 60% less effort than traditional desktop staplers
15.99 $15.99
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Ace Lightweight Clipper Stapler, Fastening Capacity 20 Sheets/20 lb., Chrome
Item : 388020
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  • Clipper stapler
  • Staples up to 20 sheets
  • Loads easily and quickly and has a 2 5/8" reach
21.09 $21.09
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Swingline® LightTouch Reduced Effort Stapler Blue (SWI66404)
Item : 901513
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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 $29.99
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Staples One-Touch™ Plus Desktop Flat Stack Full Strip Stapler, 30 Sheet Capacity, Blue
Item : 207438
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  • Desktop stapler
  • Staples up to 30 sheets of 20 lb. paper
  • 60% less effort than traditional desktop staplers
15.99 $15.99
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Staples One-Touch™ High-Capacity Flat-Stack Stapler, 60 Sheet Capacity, Black/Gray
Item : 331288
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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
25.99 $25.99
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Staples 17710-CC Desktop Stapler (24547-CC)
Item : 814977
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  • Desktop stapler
  • Sold as each
  • 20 sheet capacity
7.29 $7.29
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Stanley Bostich® AntiJam™ Heavy-Duty Stapler, 60 Sheet Capacity, Black
Item : 488678
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  • Heavy duty stapler
  • 60 sheet capacity
  • Staples 2-60 sheets with one staple size
31.49 $31.49
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Swingline® Optima® Desktop Full Strip Stapler, Silver (87845)
Item : 752472
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  • Reduced effort - when compared to traditional staplers the Optima 40 will staple with only half the force normally required
  • Durable metal construction ensures long-lasting stapling performance
  • Convenient stand-up design facilitates handheld stapling and conserves desk space
29.99 $29.99
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Swingline Antimicrobial Deluxe Full Strip Stapler, 20 Sheet Capacity, Black
Item : 285007
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  • Desktop stapler designed to consistently perform for years to come with a metal build and die-cast base
  • 20 sheet stapling capacity
  • Contoured design and smooth finish for comfortable use
12.99 $12.99
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Staples® One-Touch® Desktop Stapler, Fastening Capacity 20 Sheets, Black/Gray
Item : 1798852
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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
11.99 $11.99
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Poppin Stapler, Pink, (100155)
Item : 49060
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  • Fashion full strip stapler
  • 20 sheet capacity
  • Sexy steel anvil is bound to get double takes
13.99 $13.99
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Staples One-Touch™ Plus Desktop Flat Stack Full Strip Stapler, 30 Sheet Capacity, Purple
Item : 207436
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  • Desktop stapler
  • Staples up to 30 sheets of 20 lb. paper
  • 60% less effort than traditional desktop staplers
15.99 $15.99
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Cynthia Rowley Stapler, Gold (26907)
Item : 1195080
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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
5.99 $5.99
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Stanley Bostitch B3000-BLK Antimicrobial Full Strip Stand Up Stapler, Fastening Capacity 20 Sheets/20 lb., Black
Item : 487228
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  • Full strip stand up desk stapler
  • Staples up to 20 sheets
  • Prevents staple jams with Anti-Jam mechanism
15.29 $15.29
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JAM Paper® Office & Desk Sets, (1) Stapler (1) Tape Dispenser, White, 2/pack
Item : 2478400
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  • Color: White
  • Stapler Size: 6 x 2.5 x 1.125 inches Tape Dispenser Size: 4.5 x 2.5 x 1.75 inches
  • Quantity: (1) Stapler, (1) Tape Dispenser (tape not included)
19.99 $19.99
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Swingline® High-Capacity Desktop Stapler, Black
Item : 854548
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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 $28.99
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Staples® One-Touch® Heavy Duty Stapler, Fastening Capacity 60 Sheets, Black/Gray
Item : 1828107
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  • Heavy duty stapler
  • 60 sheet capacity
  • Easy to use with One-Touch® technology allowing for seamless fastening of multiple sheets
23.99 $23.99
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Swingline Optima Electric Full Strip Stapler, 45 Sheet Capacity, Silver
Item : 751833
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  • Electric full strip stapler
  • Standard size staples
  • Dimensions unavailable
92.99 $92.99
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Swingline Optima Compact Stapler
Item : 1457713
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  • Desk stapler
  • 40 sheet capacity
  • Stand-up design facilitates handheld or desktop stapling
24.99 $24.99
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Swingline Standard Stapler Value Pack, 15 Sheets, Black, Premium Staples and Remover Included
Item : 272120
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  • Plastic stapler design
  • Black
  • Classic full-strip stapler
11.49 $11.49
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Charles Leonard Full Strip Stapler, Silver/Gray
Item : 975906
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  • Silver/gray
  • Modern design durable metal construction with non-skid base
  • High capacity model staples up to 50 sheets
17.39 $17.39
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Swingline Heavy-Duty Full Strip Stapler, 160 Sheet Capacity, Black/Gray
Item : 386312
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  • Heavy-duty full strip stapler easily handles large stapling jobs, up to 160 sheets
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Uses Swingline 1/4" to 3/4" heavy-duty staples
51.49 $51.49
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