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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 Stapler, Fastening Capacity 20 Sheets, 20 lb., Black (S7044401)
Item : 504308 / Model : 44401
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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
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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
10.29 $10.29
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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
15.99 $15.99
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Swingline® Heavy Duty Stapler, Desktop, Manual, metal, 160 Sheets, Black/Gray
Item : 386312 / Model : 39005
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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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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
27.49 $27.49
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Stanley Bostitch® AntiJam™ Antimicrobial 130 Sheet Heavy Duty Stapler, Black
Item : 249458 / Model : B310HDS
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  • Heavy duty stapler
  • 130 sheet capacity
  • Antimicrobial protected
39.99 $39.99
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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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  • 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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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 $28.99
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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 $37.99
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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
  • Staples up to 30 sheets of 20 lb. paper
  • 60% less effort than traditional desktop staplers
15.99 $15.99
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Charles Leonard Full Strip Stapler, Silver/Gray
Item : 975906 / Model : CHL82410
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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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Staples 17710-CC Desktop Stapler (24547-CC)
Item : 814977 / Model : 24547-CC
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  • Desktop stapler
  • Sold as each
  • 20 sheet capacity
7.29 $7.29
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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
5.99 $5.99
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Swingline® Optima® 40 Compact Desktop Stapler, Small, Low Force, 40 Sheet Capacity, Black/Silver
Item : 1457713 / Model : 87842
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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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Cynthia Rowley Stapler, Half Strip, Patterned (44800)
Item : 2710359 / Model : 44800
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  • Works with all standard staples
  • 130mm x 40.5mm x 59mm
  • 20 sheets
4.99 $4.99
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Swingline® Antimicrobial Standard Desktop Stapler Value Pack, 15 Sheet Capacity, Black
Item : 272120 / Model : S7054567CC
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  • Plastic stapler design
  • Black
  • Classic full-strip stapler
11.49 $11.49
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Swingline® High Capacity Heavy Duty Stapler, Fastening Capacity 160 Sheets/20 lb., Platinum (S7039002)
Item : 364481 / Model : 39002
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  • Highest stapling capacity of 160 sheets
  • Front-end jam clearing mechanism enhances productivity
  • 2.5" throat depth and adjustable staple alignment guide
52.99 $52.99
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Swingline® LightTouch Reduced Effort Stapler, Fastening Capacity 20 Sheets/20 lb., Blue
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 $29.99
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JAM Paper® Modern Desk Stapler, Orange, Sold Individually (337OR)
Item : 2103103 / Model : 337OR
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  • Colorful Stapler - Orange
  • Size: 6 x 2.5 x 1.125 inches Quantity: Sold Individually
  • JAM's Staplers are very sturdy and durable! Fashioned from High Quality Hard Plastic with a smooth finish
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Swingline® Optima® Grip Compact Stand-Up Stapler, Small, 25 Sheet Capacity, Graphite Black
Item : 650726 / Model : 87815
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  • Compact stapler fits comfortably in your hand
  • 25 sheet/20 lb. capacity
  • Black in color
19.99 $19.99
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Swingline® EZTouch™ Desktop Reduced Effort Stapler, Black
Item : 738578 / Model : 66424
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  • Incredibly easy to staple thanks to the low force, reduced effort design
  • Rounded, even surface is steady under your hand and stapling is significantly quieter
  • Staples up to 20 sheets with standard size Swingline® S.F.® 3 Premium Staples
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Stanley Bostitch® Pink Velvet Anti-Jam™ Desktop Stapler Plus Pack, Pink
Item : 815975 / Model : B326-PP-VLT-PNK
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  • Anti-Jam™ stapler plus pack
  • Velvety soft finish adds luxury and comfort to lightweight stapler
  • 20 sheet capacity
27.99 $27.99
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Swingline 646 Antimicrobial Deluxe Full Strip Stapler, 20 Sheet Capacity, Black
Item : 285007 / Model : S7064601G
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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 / 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
11.99 $11.99
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