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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 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
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Staples One-Touch™ Plus Desktop Flat Stack Full Strip Stapler, 30 Sheet Capacity, Purple
Item : 207436
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  • Staples up to 30 sheets of 20 lb. paper to handle most jobs
  • Rubber grip and nonskid base to keep it in place
  • Full strip of staples
$15.99
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Staples One-Touch™ Plus Desktop Flat Stack Full Strip Stapler, 30 Sheet Capacity, Blue
Item : 207438
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  • Accomodates a full strip of staples
  • Staples as many as 30 sheets of 20 lb. paper at once
  • Metal construction for longevity, and a soft, rubber-grip base for stability
$15.99
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Staples® One-Touch® Heavy Duty Stapler, Fastening Capacity 60 Sheets, Black/Gray
Item : 1828107
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  • Easy to use with One-Touch® technology allowing for seamless fastening of multiple sheets
  • Reduced-effort for stapling up to 60 sheets
  • Rubberized handle for comfort and efficiency
$23.99
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Swingline Standard Stapler Value Pack, 15 Sheets, Black, Premium Staples and Remover Included
Item : 272120
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  • Swingline Standard Stapler, premium staples and staple remover
  • 1/4 inch staples
  • 1.8" W x 2.3" H x 6.6" D
$11.49
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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
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Stanley Bostitch AntiJam™ Half Strip Desktop Stapler, Fastening Capacity 20 Sheets/20 lb., Black
Item : 817788
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  • Desktop stapler
  • Staples 2-20 Sheets
  • AntiJam™ technology eliminates frustrating staple jams
$9.99
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Sustainable Earth by Staples Desktop Full Strip Stapler, 20-Sheet Capacity, Gray (40897)
Item : 327002
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  • Full strip
  • Staples up to 20 sheets
  • Soft, rubberized handle
$10.99
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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
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Staples One-Touch™ Plus Desktop Flat Stack Full Strip Stapler, 30-Sheet Capacity, Black
Item : 219306
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  • Compatible with standard size staples
  • Capable of stapling together 30 sheets of 20 pound paper to increase efficiency
  • Soft, rubber grip and non-skid base reduces strain
$15.99
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Swingline® Full-Strip Stapler, 15 Sheet Capacity, Black
Item : 504274
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  • Lightweight plastic body
  • Full strip
  • Staples up to 15 sheets
$11.49
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Swingline® Optima® Grip Compact Stapler Fastening Capacity 25 Sheets/20 lb. Graphite Black (87815)
Item : 650726
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  • Compact stapler fits comfortably in your hand
  • 25 sheet/20 lb. capacity
  • Black in color
$19.99
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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
$4.99
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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
$4.99
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Swingline Optima Grip Compact Stapler, Fastening Capacity 25 Sheets/20 lb., Silver
Item : 630375
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  • Compact Optima grip stapler
  • Accommodates 1/2 strip or 105 staples at a time
  • 25-sheet fastening capacity
$15.39
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Staples® One-Touch® 1/4" Strip Mini Stapler, Fastening Capacity 12 Sheets, Blue/Gray
Item : 1828108
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  • 12 sheet capacity
  • Easy to use with One-Touch® technology allowing for seamless fastening of multiple sheets
  • Uses 1/4" strips of standard staples
$3.99
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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
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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
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Swingline® High Capacity Heavy Duty Stapler, Fastening Capacity 160 Sheets/20 lb., Platinum
Item : 364481
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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
$50.99
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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 2 3/4" heavy-duty staples
$49.99
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Rapid K1 Classic Plier Full Strip Stapler, 50 Sheet Capacity, Chrome
Item : 504548
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  • Durable steel construction
  • Ergonomic handle for comfort
  • All metal construction
$28.99
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Swingline® EZ Touch Reduced Effort Half Strip Stapler, 20-Sheet Capacity, Black (66424)
Item : 738578
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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
$17.99
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Swingline® Extra-Quiet Portable Electric Full-Strip Stapler, Standard, Black (48200)
Item : 476058
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  • Metal construction
  • Full strip
  • Compact, portable handheld electric stapler is easy to use
$54.99
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Stanley Bostitch® Antimicrobial 130 Sheet Heavy Duty Stapler, Black
Item : 249458
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  • 2-3/4" throat depth
  • Staples up to 130 sheets
  • Antimicrobial protected
$39.99
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