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popular products. Delivered to you at your doorstep, our company values your opinion and experience.
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When we talk about stationery and office tools, the first things that come to mind are stapler,pens, pencils, paper, printer, and similar objects. We do not usually consider the stapler as the first important device on this list. However, this just proves that staplers are taken for granted, because where would we be without this quick and handy tool that is a sure presence in every home and office?

STAPLER

A stapler is an appliance that enables us to bind together multiple sheets of paper or similar material using a metal staple that is pushed through the sheets and then folded, thus holding them together. Staplers are extensively used in daily life in office settings as well as at home; any environment that requires paperwork or filing uses staplers for easy attaching of documents and files. Staplers are not just used with paper, though; a stapler can be used to signify any device that effectively attaches material together. Apart from paper, staplers can be used for upholstery work, masonry, roofing, and even in the surgical field, where surgical staplers and staples are used to stitch tissue together as is done with sutures, to close a surgical wound.

The most common use of staplers is indeed to join together sheets of paper, and the present market produces a large variety of staplers required for differing purposes. Paper staplers are of two main types: manual and electric. Most manual staplers are hand held and operated, but there are also models that are designed to be best used while set on a flat desk or workspace. Electric staplers are useful in large offices where papers need to be stapled in quick succession, and may be battery-operated or plugged into a power source to work.

A staple gun is another type of stapler; although hand-held like manual staplers, it is heavier duty and may be manual or pneumatic. Staple guns or powered staplers, as they are also called, are used when one needs to attach a thinner material securely to a solid backing surface, like a notice on a bulletin board. Staple guns use stronger staples which are not folded like desktop staplers, but are instead driven directly into the backing surface.

The stapler evolved throughout the 18th and 19th centuries as the use of paper became more common and led to a growing need for fastening them efficiently. Henry R Heyl is credited with the invention of the stapler as we know it; his machine was the first to both insert and seal the staple in one step. The design of the standard paper stapler now used all over the world did not come into being until 1941. Popularly known as the 4 way stapler, this allowed for papers to be attached to thicker materials like cardboard and solid surfaces like wooden boards; it could also be held like pliers and stapled while holding the material upright; in addition, it could be used in the standard way with two settings: one with the staples bent inwards, and one with the staples bending outwards.

These two options are present on the stapling plate or anvil. The first is the reflexive setting, also called the primary or permanent setting. In this setting, the legs of the staple are folded inwards, towards the center of the staple bar. It is the most commonly used setting, and is preferred when the papers to be stapled will not need to be taken apart in the near future. The second setting is the sheer setting, also called the secondary, temporary or straight setting. This is done by rotating the anvil by 180º, causing the legs of the staple to fold outwards, away from the staple bar and forming a straight line with it. The resulting attachment is weaker but the staple is much easier to remove, and this setting is preferred when papers need to be held together only for a short time. This second option is becoming increasingly rare due to the abundance of staple removers and also the fact that not many people know about it. Some modern stapler designs have actually chosen to ignore the second setting entirely, opting instead for a fixed anvil in the reflexive setting only.

The current market features staplers that are constantly evolving, with manufacturers designing them with new characteristics that have become most popular with the clients. For example, easy-squeeze staplers are highly prevalent in offices and professions with continuous and extensive stapling needs, because they require much less effort to be operated. Likewise, desktop stapler using Flat Cinch technology are high in demand because of their ability to fold the staple legs absolutely flat against the sheet, which leads to flatter stacking of paper and lower amount of filing and binding space occupied.

Staplers employ a number of methods to bind together the required materials.

1. Permanent fastening joins materials by forcing the staple through the material and into the anvil that bends the ends (usually) inwards or outwards. On most modern staplers, the anvil can slide between two settings, one for permanent stapling and one for temporary pinning. The anvil grooves can be standard, squiggled, flat or rounded completely against the paper to help with neater stacking of papers.

2. Pinning temporarily attaches together paper documents or other items, often cloth or clothing for sewing. Pinning is done by changing the anvil setting by rotating it so that the staples fold outwards instead of inwards. This allows the staple to bind the items with less security than permanent stapling, but facilitates easy removal of the staple as well.

3. Tacking is used to secure thinner material to a solid backing such as bulleting boards or walls. A stapler that can tack has a base that folds backwards out of the way, enabling the staples to be pushed directly into the backing through the material, rather than bending against the anvil. This is similar to how a staple gun works, except less force is used to drive the staple into the backing.

4. Saddle stapling, where staplers have an inverted V-shaped saddle for stapling pre-fold sheets to make booklets.

5. Stapleless stapling, which was originally done by staplers that punched out a small flap of paper and wove it through a notch. A more recent alternative method employs serrated metal teeth to crimp the page together to avoid the hole which would appear as a result of the original method.

STAPLES

A staple is a small fastener with two prongs, usually made of metal and used for securing materials together. Staples can be of various strengths and sizes according to their intended use. Larger and thicker staples are most often used in staple guns for heavy duty or industrial uses such as masonry and roofing, or in assembling cardboard boxes. In contrast, thinner and smaller staples are used with a normal stapler, mostly to affix sheets of paper. Compared to paper clips, staples offer a more permanent and lasting way to join together multiple paper documents.

The word ‘staple’ originated in the late 13th century from the Old English word ‘stapol’, meaning post or pillar. A late 18th century definition categorizes it as “a nail having two flanks, and when driven, forming a loop”. It was not used in its present meaning until 1895. Staples are much easier to manufacture than other fasteners like nails and screws, and present a number of benefits. Staples can be used to connect adjoining materials more easily and neatly than screws and nails, and can fasten a material to a surface without damaging it. For instance, cables can be fixed to the wall with the help of staples, which hold the cable in place with the legs but do not puncture it. Additionally, the staple has a larger surface area as compared to screws and nails, which is helpful when the materials to be attached are thinner and do not require as much force.

Present staples made for paper staplers are made of galvanised steel wires, fastened together and bent into long strips, usually with 210 staples in a full strip. Staples are available in a wide range of sizes and colours, some being more common than others, and in more expensive options with copper plating and stainless steel (which prevents rust). Standard manufacturers produce staples that are compatible with staplers of brands other than their own, but the size of the staples should be checked beforehand to match the size specified for the stapler.

Staples are most commonly used in paper staplers which fold the staple legs after they enter the paper. As mentioned previously, the anvil offers two settings that fold the staple legs in two different ways as required. Apart from the regular staples, heavy-duty staples are also produced, which are used to staple together more than 100 sheets at one go. Also available are speedpoint staples which have sharper teeth that can pierce paper more easily. This is useful when one needs to staple thicker paper like cardstock or handmade paper.

Staples are favoured in business and work settings because of their low price and high availability. They are considered to be a neat, quick and efficient way of binding important documents such as legal papers and letters and are used in all areas of office business. An added advantage is that its small size does not draw attention away from the actual content of the document.

STAPLE REMOVER

A staple remover is an appliance that is used to quickly remove staples from a material without tearing or damaging it. Staple removers can be pincer style, lever style, and heavy duty, with pincer style ones being the most common. These are suitable for lighter staples and consist of two pairs of opposing pincers or thin wedges that are used to grip the staple and pull it out.

In theory, any thin metal wedge can be used for the purpose of removing the staple, and some staplers (especially the smaller ones) do have such a wedge at the hinge end; however, this wedge is not very efficient and tends to tear thinner papers.

Staple removers have been designed keeping functionality in mind, with robust metal bodies and no added frills or features (excepting the design of the ergonomic handle), and also require a minimum number of parts to be produced, thus decreasing manufacturing costs and time.

The stapler is an important office tool, and therefore, selecting the right kind is important in order to use it correctly and efficiently as required. These are the various aspects to be considered while purchasing a stapler.

• Type of Stapler

• Type of Staples

• Stapling Capacity of the Stapler

• Brand of Stapler and Staples

• Staple Removal

Type of Stapler

Staplers can be classified into 3 broad types: manual, electric and pneumatic. Manual staplers employ a spring-loaded system to staple material. Electric staplers use electric power to operate, either from replaceable or rechargeable batteries, or using a plug. Pneumatic staplers use compressed air to force out the staples into the material, and this is the design on which most industrial staplers are based.

The type of stapler you will need depends on the material you will be stapling and how often you need to use a stapler. For instance, if your job entails thick reports that have to be compiled often, you would need a stronger and more powerful stapler, whereas a standard desktop or mini stapler would be better if you only needed to sporadically use it to attach a few documents. These are the various types of staplers you may consider according to your requirements.

1. Full Strip Staplers: Full strip staplers are so named because they can hold a whole intact strip of staples. Such staplers are capable of stapling together 20-50 sheets of paper, each of 80gsm thickness. Full strip staplers are best used by setting them on a flat surface, and therefore is the design followed by most standard desktop staplers.

2. Half Strip Staplers: Half strip staplers, as the name implies, are similar in design to full strip staplers but contain half the number of staples. They are also supposed to be set on a flat surface for easier use. Half strip staplers are capable of stapling together 15-30 sheets of paper, each of 80gsm thickness, and are regularly used for small stapling jobs in the home or office.

3. Mini Staplers: Mini staplers are small and lightweight, and therefore can be carried around easily in a purse or briefcase as required. It is a good back-up stapler to have at hand in case one needs to organize, re-organize or attach papers urgently when not at home or in the office. Mini staplers come in many designs and colours, and are capable of stapling together 10-20 sheets of paper. These staplers are also safer for children to use when they first shift from staple-less staplers.

4. Vertical Staplers: Vertical staplers are lighter and more compact than desktop staplers. They are able to ‘stand’ vertically on the desk or work surface. These staplers can be held like tongs and used to staple while holding the papers up instead of setting them flat on the desk. They are better for offices with less desk space.

5. Long Arm Staplers: Long arm or long reach staplers are useful when stapling folded papers towards the center, like in magazines or booklets. Such staplers enable the user to staple documents upto 32cm from the edge, which is much further than other staplers are able to do.

6. Heavy Duty Staplers: Heavy duty or industrial staplers are specially designed to withstand near-continuous use, which is common in busy office scenarios. These staplers are made of tougher metal and robust enough to staple together large quantities of paper. Heavy duty staplers have longer arms which allow for maximum force to be used while affixing thicker papers and booklets. They are powerful enough to staple together 100-250 sheets of paper, each of 80gsm thickness.

7. Electric Staplers: Electric staplers are better suited for offices where documents need to be stapled very frequently, as they are able to join together large numbers of paper or other material quickly and  efficiently, without much effort on the user’s part. Electric staplers do not require manual force; they rely instead on automated stapling mechanisms, and can either be battery-powered or plugged into a power source. There are various models of such staplers, with simpler models being capable of stapling upto 30 sheets of paper and heavy duty models being strong enough to staple upto 100 sheets. Some models also have additional useful features that allow them to staple in many ways, such as side, corner and saddle stapling, thus covering most of the stapling needs.

8. Stapling Pliers: Stapling pliers, though handheld and manually operated, are perfect for offices which require heavy duty and continuous usage of staplers. Stapling pliers provide a secure fastening option, which is perfect for heavier and padded envelopes and packages which may contain fragile or confidential shipments. In addition, stapling pliers are powerful enough to bind large reports and cartons or cardboard boxes.

9. Staple Guns: Staple guns, also called tackers, are essentially larger staplers that are used when a thin material (like paper or fabric) needs to be fixed to a solid backing (like bulletin boards or baseboards). They are also strong enough to tack materials such as leather or carpet. Staple guns, though powerful enough to affix thick materials securely to the backing, are handheld and manually operated with ease, thanks to the spring loaded mechanism used to generate the force to push in the staples.

10. Stapleless Stapler: A stapleless stapler does not use staples to attach paper sheets, but instead uses the paper itself for joining pages. These staplers make a V-shaped opening on one side of the sheet and a flap on the other side. The flap is then worked into the opening and thus binds the sheets together. However, this type of binding is not durable as the papers can easily get separated, and so they have to be handled carefully. Moreover, this type of stapling is only strong enough for about 10-12 sheets of paper at one go.

How many people will use the stapler? How often will they need to use it? What will they use it for? These are the questions to be asked before buying a stapler for an office or home setting. Basic desktop staplers and mini staplers are useful at home and in smaller offices where papers do not continuously need to be stapled, but for larger offices and industrial set-ups, it is better to have a good-quality and heavy duty stapler that will not jam easily. Additionally, standard desktop staplers can only upto 50 sheets or less, if the half strip and mini models are considered. Hence, these are better suited for home use, while busy offices typically need to staple a lot more pages, therefore a heavy duty electric stapler would be a wiser choice. This is because electric staplers are faster and more powerful than manual ones, and can easily join together large numbers of paper.

It has been mentioned that we should buy a good-quality stapler which will not jam with regular use. Now why might a stapler get jammed? There are a number of factors contributing to this, the most common being usage of thin staples with blunt points. When the stapler is pressed in the process of joining a document, these staples bend and get stuck in the staple cartridge. This can be prevented if one uses good quality staples of the size and type specified for the stapler. Staplers can also get jammed if the user attempts to staple the paper at an angle instead of directly through it, or if the number of sheets being stapled exceeds the specified capacity of the stapler. Electrc staplers may get jammed because of dying batteries, which is why they should be checked and stocked with properly working batteries always.

Type of Staples

As stated above, it is important to use the correct size and type of staples for a stapler in order to prevent it from jamming and getting damaged. Also, using the wrong staple may result in the papers not being fixed together properly. The staple size to be used with a stapler is usually specified on the stapler packaging. Staple sizes are written as two numbers with a forward slash between them, such as 26/6. The first number indicates the gauge of the wire used (in mm); the smaller the number, the heavier the gauge. The second number indicates the length or depth of the shank (in mm); this is one of the most important aspects to remembers, because using a shank length which is too short will result in papers not bound together at the end, and a shank length which is too long will result in too much fold over of the staple legs. So, a 26/6 size staple has a 26mm gauge with a shank length of 6mm.

Standard desktop staplers commonly contain 26/6 sized staples, and most staple brands are compatible with these staplers, both half strip and full strip. For specialised staplers like industrial and electric staplers, the stapler instructions provided along with the machine should be examined thoroughly before purchasing, to ensure that the proper compatible staples are also easily available.

Stapling Capacity of the Stapler

The capacity of the stapler varies according to the type and model. As described above, standard full strip desktop staplers are able to bind together 20-50 sheets of 80gsm paper. Half strip staplers and mini staplers can staple 10-30 sheets of 80gsm paper. In contrast, heavy duty staplers and staple guns are more powerful, with the ability to staple 100-250 sheets of printer paper, and can also be used to staple thicker materials like cardboard.

Brand of Stapler and Staples

Standard desktop staplers are compatible with any brand of staples but the correct size should be used to avoid damaging the stapler and the materials stapled. In case of heavy duty staplers, electric staplers, stapling pliers and staple guns, specific designs of staples may be required but again, the correct size should be checked before using and can be from any trusted brand.

These are the popular brands to consider.

• Rapesco: Rapesco staplers and staples are available in a variety of sizes, the most common being 26/6 and 24/6. The staplers are sturdy and durable, and come with a rubber base for added stability while stapling. Most of the staplers offer a 15 year guarantee. The staples are made of high-quality galvanised steel wire with a sharper point to puncture paper easily, and are compatible with most standard staplers.

• Rexel: Rexel staplers come in a wide variety of colours and models for different requirements. The staplers are lightweight but durable, and easy to use. Rexel staples are designed for accurate and trouble free stapling, and are made from standard steel. They can also be used in staplers made by other manufacturers.

• Rapid, 5 Star and Leitz

Staple Removal

Staples should be removed using a staple remover only; avoid using your fingers as you may hurt yourself, and other blunt wedges should be avoided as well because they may end up damaging the paper.

There are 3 main types of staple removers: pincer, heavy duty, and lever.

The most common type is the pincer type staple remover, which has four sharp prongs or ‘fangs’ for removing the staples. These staple removers are well-suited for daily use at home or in the office, as they can easily remove staples from a bunch of sheets stapled together, as well as staples from folders and files. The prongs are used to straighten the bent over staple legs, and then slid under the staple bar to pull it out, and the entire process takes only a few seconds. Pincer type staple removers are strong enough to remove larger staples, such as those used to secure shipping packages. This makes them versatile because they can remove a wide range of staples common in everyday home or office environments. However, they are too strong for use on a single sheet of paper or delicate material and can cause tears.

This is where lever style removers come into play. Lever style staple removers, also known as slide staple removers, looks like a knife but with a shorter and blunter blade. This blade is used to slide under the staple to remove it gently without damaging the paper underneath, and hence is preferred when staples need to be removed from one or two sheets of paper or other delicate materials. Lever style staple removers are easier to store along with other stationery in penholders. They are also safer than the pincer style staple removers as they do not have any exposed sharp points. Finally, they are cheaper than the other types of staple removers and are easy to use. However, they are only suitable for removing simple staples from a small number of pages fixed together; for stronger staples and thicker stacks of paper, they are not useful.

Heavy duty staple removers are required when stronger and thicker staples need to be removed from heavy materials like cardboard, wood or plastic. Such staple removers are made of metal and look like pliers, except they have the staple removing tool where the ‘teeth’ of the pliers would normally be. They are designed to be sturdy enough to pull out the staples easily from the thick materials.

Staplers are one of the most important instruments used for official work daily. For the reasons mentioned above, it is beneficial to invest in a good-quality stapler for assured durability and efficiency. This lessens chances of frantically running around looking for paper clips if a poor-quality stapler jams in the middle of organizing important papers or halfway into a creative project.

Looking for staplers at Violet Office Supplies, our staplers and other stationery items are quite impressive. They are at unbelievable rates. Strong material and quality metal.

Our products include Full-Strip Staplers, Half-Strip Stapler and Staplers.

Our products are available at high discounted rates. The deal does not end there, every week we have offers on the most
popular products. Delivered to you at your doorstep, our company values your opinion and experience.
You are one step away from a whirlwind of online products to help make your personal life as well as your professional life balanced.
Browse our selection of various items today and avail yourself a pleasant surprise, each time you purchase from us.
*Free delivery on orders above £40* *14-Days return with a money back guarantee*

When we talk about stationery and office tools, the first things that come to mind are stapler,pens, pencils, paper, printer, and similar objects. We do not usually consider the stapler as the first important device on this list. However, this just proves that staplers are taken for granted, because where would we be without this quick and handy tool that is a sure presence in every home and office?

STAPLER

A stapler is an appliance that enables us to bind together multiple sheets of paper or similar material using a metal staple that is pushed through the sheets and then folded, thus holding them together. Staplers are extensively used in daily life in office settings as well as at home; any environment that requires paperwork or filing uses staplers for easy attaching of documents and files. Staplers are not just used with paper, though; a stapler can be used to signify any device that effectively attaches material together. Apart from paper, staplers can be used for upholstery work, masonry, roofing, and even in the surgical field, where surgical staplers and staples are used to stitch tissue together as is done with sutures, to close a surgical wound.

The most common use of staplers is indeed to join together sheets of paper, and the present market produces a large variety of staplers required for differing purposes. Paper staplers are of two main types: manual and electric. Most manual staplers are hand held and operated, but there are also models that are designed to be best used while set on a flat desk or workspace. Electric staplers are useful in large offices where papers need to be stapled in quick succession, and may be battery-operated or plugged into a power source to work.

A staple gun is another type of stapler; although hand-held like manual staplers, it is heavier duty and may be manual or pneumatic. Staple guns or powered staplers, as they are also called, are used when one needs to attach a thinner material securely to a solid backing surface, like a notice on a bulletin board. Staple guns use stronger staples which are not folded like desktop staplers, but are instead driven directly into the backing surface.

The stapler evolved throughout the 18th and 19th centuries as the use of paper became more common and led to a growing need for fastening them efficiently. Henry R Heyl is credited with the invention of the stapler as we know it; his machine was the first to both insert and seal the staple in one step. The design of the standard paper stapler now used all over the world did not come into being until 1941. Popularly known as the 4 way stapler, this allowed for papers to be attached to thicker materials like cardboard and solid surfaces like wooden boards; it could also be held like pliers and stapled while holding the material upright; in addition, it could be used in the standard way with two settings: one with the staples bent inwards, and one with the staples bending outwards.

These two options are present on the stapling plate or anvil. The first is the reflexive setting, also called the primary or permanent setting. In this setting, the legs of the staple are folded inwards, towards the center of the staple bar. It is the most commonly used setting, and is preferred when the papers to be stapled will not need to be taken apart in the near future. The second setting is the sheer setting, also called the secondary, temporary or straight setting. This is done by rotating the anvil by 180º, causing the legs of the staple to fold outwards, away from the staple bar and forming a straight line with it. The resulting attachment is weaker but the staple is much easier to remove, and this setting is preferred when papers need to be held together only for a short time. This second option is becoming increasingly rare due to the abundance of staple removers and also the fact that not many people know about it. Some modern stapler designs have actually chosen to ignore the second setting entirely, opting instead for a fixed anvil in the reflexive setting only.

The current market features staplers that are constantly evolving, with manufacturers designing them with new characteristics that have become most popular with the clients. For example, easy-squeeze staplers are highly prevalent in offices and professions with continuous and extensive stapling needs, because they require much less effort to be operated. Likewise, desktop stapler using Flat Cinch technology are high in demand because of their ability to fold the staple legs absolutely flat against the sheet, which leads to flatter stacking of paper and lower amount of filing and binding space occupied.

Staplers employ a number of methods to bind together the required materials.

1. Permanent fastening joins materials by forcing the staple through the material and into the anvil that bends the ends (usually) inwards or outwards. On most modern staplers, the anvil can slide between two settings, one for permanent stapling and one for temporary pinning. The anvil grooves can be standard, squiggled, flat or rounded completely against the paper to help with neater stacking of papers.

2. Pinning temporarily attaches together paper documents or other items, often cloth or clothing for sewing. Pinning is done by changing the anvil setting by rotating it so that the staples fold outwards instead of inwards. This allows the staple to bind the items with less security than permanent stapling, but facilitates easy removal of the staple as well.

3. Tacking is used to secure thinner material to a solid backing such as bulleting boards or walls. A stapler that can tack has a base that folds backwards out of the way, enabling the staples to be pushed directly into the backing through the material, rather than bending against the anvil. This is similar to how a staple gun works, except less force is used to drive the staple into the backing.

4. Saddle stapling, where staplers have an inverted V-shaped saddle for stapling pre-fold sheets to make booklets.

5. Stapleless stapling, which was originally done by staplers that punched out a small flap of paper and wove it through a notch. A more recent alternative method employs serrated metal teeth to crimp the page together to avoid the hole which would appear as a result of the original method.

STAPLES

A staple is a small fastener with two prongs, usually made of metal and used for securing materials together. Staples can be of various strengths and sizes according to their intended use. Larger and thicker staples are most often used in staple guns for heavy duty or industrial uses such as masonry and roofing, or in assembling cardboard boxes. In contrast, thinner and smaller staples are used with a normal stapler, mostly to affix sheets of paper. Compared to paper clips, staples offer a more permanent and lasting way to join together multiple paper documents.

The word ‘staple’ originated in the late 13th century from the Old English word ‘stapol’, meaning post or pillar. A late 18th century definition categorizes it as “a nail having two flanks, and when driven, forming a loop”. It was not used in its present meaning until 1895. Staples are much easier to manufacture than other fasteners like nails and screws, and present a number of benefits. Staples can be used to connect adjoining materials more easily and neatly than screws and nails, and can fasten a material to a surface without damaging it. For instance, cables can be fixed to the wall with the help of staples, which hold the cable in place with the legs but do not puncture it. Additionally, the staple has a larger surface area as compared to screws and nails, which is helpful when the materials to be attached are thinner and do not require as much force.

Present staples made for paper staplers are made of galvanised steel wires, fastened together and bent into long strips, usually with 210 staples in a full strip. Staples are available in a wide range of sizes and colours, some being more common than others, and in more expensive options with copper plating and stainless steel (which prevents rust). Standard manufacturers produce staples that are compatible with staplers of brands other than their own, but the size of the staples should be checked beforehand to match the size specified for the stapler.

Staples are most commonly used in paper staplers which fold the staple legs after they enter the paper. As mentioned previously, the anvil offers two settings that fold the staple legs in two different ways as required. Apart from the regular staples, heavy-duty staples are also produced, which are used to staple together more than 100 sheets at one go. Also available are speedpoint staples which have sharper teeth that can pierce paper more easily. This is useful when one needs to staple thicker paper like cardstock or handmade paper.

Staples are favoured in business and work settings because of their low price and high availability. They are considered to be a neat, quick and efficient way of binding important documents such as legal papers and letters and are used in all areas of office business. An added advantage is that its small size does not draw attention away from the actual content of the document.

STAPLE REMOVER

A staple remover is an appliance that is used to quickly remove staples from a material without tearing or damaging it. Staple removers can be pincer style, lever style, and heavy duty, with pincer style ones being the most common. These are suitable for lighter staples and consist of two pairs of opposing pincers or thin wedges that are used to grip the staple and pull it out.

In theory, any thin metal wedge can be used for the purpose of removing the staple, and some staplers (especially the smaller ones) do have such a wedge at the hinge end; however, this wedge is not very efficient and tends to tear thinner papers.

Staple removers have been designed keeping functionality in mind, with robust metal bodies and no added frills or features (excepting the design of the ergonomic handle), and also require a minimum number of parts to be produced, thus decreasing manufacturing costs and time.

The stapler is an important office tool, and therefore, selecting the right kind is important in order to use it correctly and efficiently as required. These are the various aspects to be considered while purchasing a stapler.

• Type of Stapler

• Type of Staples

• Stapling Capacity of the Stapler

• Brand of Stapler and Staples

• Staple Removal

Type of Stapler

Staplers can be classified into 3 broad types: manual, electric and pneumatic. Manual staplers employ a spring-loaded system to staple material. Electric staplers use electric power to operate, either from replaceable or rechargeable batteries, or using a plug. Pneumatic staplers use compressed air to force out the staples into the material, and this is the design on which most industrial staplers are based.

The type of stapler you will need depends on the material you will be stapling and how often you need to use a stapler. For instance, if your job entails thick reports that have to be compiled often, you would need a stronger and more powerful stapler, whereas a standard desktop or mini stapler would be better if you only needed to sporadically use it to attach a few documents. These are the various types of staplers you may consider according to your requirements.

1. Full Strip Staplers: Full strip staplers are so named because they can hold a whole intact strip of staples. Such staplers are capable of stapling together 20-50 sheets of paper, each of 80gsm thickness. Full strip staplers are best used by setting them on a flat surface, and therefore is the design followed by most standard desktop staplers.

2. Half Strip Staplers: Half strip staplers, as the name implies, are similar in design to full strip staplers but contain half the number of staples. They are also supposed to be set on a flat surface for easier use. Half strip staplers are capable of stapling together 15-30 sheets of paper, each of 80gsm thickness, and are regularly used for small stapling jobs in the home or office.

3. Mini Staplers: Mini staplers are small and lightweight, and therefore can be carried around easily in a purse or briefcase as required. It is a good back-up stapler to have at hand in case one needs to organize, re-organize or attach papers urgently when not at home or in the office. Mini staplers come in many designs and colours, and are capable of stapling together 10-20 sheets of paper. These staplers are also safer for children to use when they first shift from staple-less staplers.

4. Vertical Staplers: Vertical staplers are lighter and more compact than desktop staplers. They are able to ‘stand’ vertically on the desk or work surface. These staplers can be held like tongs and used to staple while holding the papers up instead of setting them flat on the desk. They are better for offices with less desk space.

5. Long Arm Staplers: Long arm or long reach staplers are useful when stapling folded papers towards the center, like in magazines or booklets. Such staplers enable the user to staple documents upto 32cm from the edge, which is much further than other staplers are able to do.

6. Heavy Duty Staplers: Heavy duty or industrial staplers are specially designed to withstand near-continuous use, which is common in busy office scenarios. These staplers are made of tougher metal and robust enough to staple together large quantities of paper. Heavy duty staplers have longer arms which allow for maximum force to be used while affixing thicker papers and booklets. They are powerful enough to staple together 100-250 sheets of paper, each of 80gsm thickness.

7. Electric Staplers: Electric staplers are better suited for offices where documents need to be stapled very frequently, as they are able to join together large numbers of paper or other material quickly and  efficiently, without much effort on the user’s part. Electric staplers do not require manual force; they rely instead on automated stapling mechanisms, and can either be battery-powered or plugged into a power source. There are various models of such staplers, with simpler models being capable of stapling upto 30 sheets of paper and heavy duty models being strong enough to staple upto 100 sheets. Some models also have additional useful features that allow them to staple in many ways, such as side, corner and saddle stapling, thus covering most of the stapling needs.

8. Stapling Pliers: Stapling pliers, though handheld and manually operated, are perfect for offices which require heavy duty and continuous usage of staplers. Stapling pliers provide a secure fastening option, which is perfect for heavier and padded envelopes and packages which may contain fragile or confidential shipments. In addition, stapling pliers are powerful enough to bind large reports and cartons or cardboard boxes.

9. Staple Guns: Staple guns, also called tackers, are essentially larger staplers that are used when a thin material (like paper or fabric) needs to be fixed to a solid backing (like bulletin boards or baseboards). They are also strong enough to tack materials such as leather or carpet. Staple guns, though powerful enough to affix thick materials securely to the backing, are handheld and manually operated with ease, thanks to the spring loaded mechanism used to generate the force to push in the staples.

10. Stapleless Stapler: A stapleless stapler does not use staples to attach paper sheets, but instead uses the paper itself for joining pages. These staplers make a V-shaped opening on one side of the sheet and a flap on the other side. The flap is then worked into the opening and thus binds the sheets together. However, this type of binding is not durable as the papers can easily get separated, and so they have to be handled carefully. Moreover, this type of stapling is only strong enough for about 10-12 sheets of paper at one go.

How many people will use the stapler? How often will they need to use it? What will they use it for? These are the questions to be asked before buying a stapler for an office or home setting. Basic desktop staplers and mini staplers are useful at home and in smaller offices where papers do not continuously need to be stapled, but for larger offices and industrial set-ups, it is better to have a good-quality and heavy duty stapler that will not jam easily. Additionally, standard desktop staplers can only upto 50 sheets or less, if the half strip and mini models are considered. Hence, these are better suited for home use, while busy offices typically need to staple a lot more pages, therefore a heavy duty electric stapler would be a wiser choice. This is because electric staplers are faster and more powerful than manual ones, and can easily join together large numbers of paper.

It has been mentioned that we should buy a good-quality stapler which will not jam with regular use. Now why might a stapler get jammed? There are a number of factors contributing to this, the most common being usage of thin staples with blunt points. When the stapler is pressed in the process of joining a document, these staples bend and get stuck in the staple cartridge. This can be prevented if one uses good quality staples of the size and type specified for the stapler. Staplers can also get jammed if the user attempts to staple the paper at an angle instead of directly through it, or if the number of sheets being stapled exceeds the specified capacity of the stapler. Electrc staplers may get jammed because of dying batteries, which is why they should be checked and stocked with properly working batteries always.

Type of Staples

As stated above, it is important to use the correct size and type of staples for a stapler in order to prevent it from jamming and getting damaged. Also, using the wrong staple may result in the papers not being fixed together properly. The staple size to be used with a stapler is usually specified on the stapler packaging. Staple sizes are written as two numbers with a forward slash between them, such as 26/6. The first number indicates the gauge of the wire used (in mm); the smaller the number, the heavier the gauge. The second number indicates the length or depth of the shank (in mm); this is one of the most important aspects to remembers, because using a shank length which is too short will result in papers not bound together at the end, and a shank length which is too long will result in too much fold over of the staple legs. So, a 26/6 size staple has a 26mm gauge with a shank length of 6mm.

Standard desktop staplers commonly contain 26/6 sized staples, and most staple brands are compatible with these staplers, both half strip and full strip. For specialised staplers like industrial and electric staplers, the stapler instructions provided along with the machine should be examined thoroughly before purchasing, to ensure that the proper compatible staples are also easily available.

Stapling Capacity of the Stapler

The capacity of the stapler varies according to the type and model. As described above, standard full strip desktop staplers are able to bind together 20-50 sheets of 80gsm paper. Half strip staplers and mini staplers can staple 10-30 sheets of 80gsm paper. In contrast, heavy duty staplers and staple guns are more powerful, with the ability to staple 100-250 sheets of printer paper, and can also be used to staple thicker materials like cardboard.

Brand of Stapler and Staples

Standard desktop staplers are compatible with any brand of staples but the correct size should be used to avoid damaging the stapler and the materials stapled. In case of heavy duty staplers, electric staplers, stapling pliers and staple guns, specific designs of staples may be required but again, the correct size should be checked before using and can be from any trusted brand.

These are the popular brands to consider.

• Rapesco: Rapesco staplers and staples are available in a variety of sizes, the most common being 26/6 and 24/6. The staplers are sturdy and durable, and come with a rubber base for added stability while stapling. Most of the staplers offer a 15 year guarantee. The staples are made of high-quality galvanised steel wire with a sharper point to puncture paper easily, and are compatible with most standard staplers.

• Rexel: Rexel staplers come in a wide variety of colours and models for different requirements. The staplers are lightweight but durable, and easy to use. Rexel staples are designed for accurate and trouble free stapling, and are made from standard steel. They can also be used in staplers made by other manufacturers.

• Rapid, 5 Star and Leitz

Staple Removal

Staples should be removed using a staple remover only; avoid using your fingers as you may hurt yourself, and other blunt wedges should be avoided as well because they may end up damaging the paper.

There are 3 main types of staple removers: pincer, heavy duty, and lever.

The most common type is the pincer type staple remover, which has four sharp prongs or ‘fangs’ for removing the staples. These staple removers are well-suited for daily use at home or in the office, as they can easily remove staples from a bunch of sheets stapled together, as well as staples from folders and files. The prongs are used to straighten the bent over staple legs, and then slid under the staple bar to pull it out, and the entire process takes only a few seconds. Pincer type staple removers are strong enough to remove larger staples, such as those used to secure shipping packages. This makes them versatile because they can remove a wide range of staples common in everyday home or office environments. However, they are too strong for use on a single sheet of paper or delicate material and can cause tears.

This is where lever style removers come into play. Lever style staple removers, also known as slide staple removers, looks like a knife but with a shorter and blunter blade. This blade is used to slide under the staple to remove it gently without damaging the paper underneath, and hence is preferred when staples need to be removed from one or two sheets of paper or other delicate materials. Lever style staple removers are easier to store along with other stationery in penholders. They are also safer than the pincer style staple removers as they do not have any exposed sharp points. Finally, they are cheaper than the other types of staple removers and are easy to use. However, they are only suitable for removing simple staples from a small number of pages fixed together; for stronger staples and thicker stacks of paper, they are not useful.

Heavy duty staple removers are required when stronger and thicker staples need to be removed from heavy materials like cardboard, wood or plastic. Such staple removers are made of metal and look like pliers, except they have the staple removing tool where the ‘teeth’ of the pliers would normally be. They are designed to be sturdy enough to pull out the staples easily from the thick materials.

Staplers are one of the most important instruments used for official work daily. For the reasons mentioned above, it is beneficial to invest in a good-quality stapler for assured durability and efficiency. This lessens chances of frantically running around looking for paper clips if a poor-quality stapler jams in the middle of organizing important papers or halfway into a creative project.

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