By Nicole Tinkham
When shopping for a new stapler, it’s easy to be tempted to grab the first Swingline stapler you see at a reasonable price. However, when it comes to electric staplers, there’s much more to consider when making a purchase. Stapler shopping seems like a no brainer, but there are a few questions you need to be asking yourself. Don’t worry, there’s no need to ponder over it for too long. We were able to make it quick and easy with these key questions to ask yourself before purchasing an electric stapler.
1. How many people will be using it?
This is important because some electric staplers are made for heavy usage. If there’s only a couple of people in the office, there’s no need to spend the extra money on one of these. If the stapler will be used in a high-volume copy center or mail room, you will need a stapler that can handle heavy usage. We recommend one that takes a staple cartridge which doesn’t have to be replaced as often.
2. What type of documents will be stapled?
Every type of stapler will specify the number of sheets it can staple. For typical office use, you probably only need a 20 sheet capacity stapler. But if you’re putting together large reports, you may need a stapler that can handle 70 sheets or more. Electric staplers typically go up to a 90 sheet capacity. Anything higher than that and you’ll need to look into heavy-duty staplers, which can staple up to about 215 sheets, instead.
3. How much space do you have?
The size of the stapler is another factor to consider, although often not a very important one unless you are limited on space. Some of the electric staplers can be bulky and take up more room while others are compact. Consider desk space when making your final decision.
4. Will it be stationary or do you need to move it around the office?
If you’ll be transporting the stapler here and there, we recommend going with a battery operated model. It’s so much easier to pick up and go without having to do any kind of unplugging. Also, try to find a small and lightweight model for easy transportation.
Asking yourself these four questions narrows down what exactly you’re looking for in an electric stapler so you can make an informed decision. But there are still a few features to look for when making your purchase.
What to look for:
This is a style of stapler that allows the papers to lie flat and take up less room. It basically keeps documents flat and organized rather than a bulky stack.
We all know how frustrating a stapler jam can be. Anti-jam staplers should eliminate this headache.
Staple position guides
These will ensure that you line up your documents for accurate staple placement.
Built in staple storage
This will keep staples ready to reload when needed, making your life easier.
Many electric staplers come with a manufacturer’s warranty, some being seven years and others only 90 days. Keep this in mind when making your purchase. If you want a nice stapler that should last awhile, be sure it has a longer warranty time just in case it doesn’t work the way it should.
You may see some additional features and options when shopping around for an electric stapler but why complicate things? Keep it simple by referring to the 4 questions to ask yourself featured in this blog as well as the main features to keep your eye out for. If you are still completely lost give us a call (941-747-2995) or stop by and we can help you find an electric stapler to fit your needs.