Last Sunday (15th July) I ordered the Rexel 420 Adjustable punch from Amazon and also some additional punch dies from Mayfair Stationers as they did not have them on Amazon at the time – they do now: click here to get them through Amazon!
I had just used the regular free delivery option, nothing fast or expensive as I didn’t think the additional punch dies would be available for 2 weeks (I had ordered those first!).
Sunday evening I received an email from Amazon saying that my order had been dispatched and Monday morning the package arrived at my house!
The punch itself is very big and quite heavy – you can tell it means business! I had a bit of a play with moving the punch heads around but didn’t do anything more as I hadn’t got the 2 additional dies I had ordered and the punch comes with 4 punch heads – I suppose because most people spending this kind of money would be purchasing it for punching A4 or A3 paper with 2, 3 or 4 holes rather than for punching A5 paper with 6!
I hadn’t heard anything from Mayfair Stationers until Thursday, initially they just sent my invoice then an order update with my order being processed followed finally by an email at 4.22pm saying my order had been dispatched. The 2 additional dies I had ordered turned up Saturday morning, when I finally got in from looking after my 19 month old 2nd cousin I put the 2 additional dies in the punch which was a very easy job, just a matter of unscrewing some thumb screws and pushing the metal rod along to slot the additional dies threw the rod itself then tightening up the thumb screws again.
Next to my Rapesco Diary punch:
After using my ruler to draw in the holes and the lines (the ones that let you remove the ruler easily from the Filofax) I realised the lines made it very easy to align the punch heads! I had initially not thought of using them but had drawn in the gap anyway, glad I did:
Side view of the pages I’d punched – not masses but way more than a Filofax metal punch and neater than my Rapesco punch as you don’t have to turn the pages round half way, assuming you have positioned the paper in the correct place as well! Therefore this punch is much easier and quicker:
This was a pile of 24 sheets, the box claims it can punch up to 30 pages at once, however it couldn’t quite manage this lot. It got stuck in the punch so I had to pull the first batch out then punch through some more pages, then pull some more pages out and punch through the rest:
Perhaps not initially up to 24 pages let alone 30 but still a dramatic difference being able to punch 6 correctly aligned pages at once with no problems! This also may change after I have sharpened the punch heads with some silver foil as I am lead to believe that this will sharpen them.
Over all this is a great bit of kit – very expensive at the outset but I am thinking of my lack of frustration and sanity in the long run! The 2 additional dies set me back over half of the cost of the actual punch itself so they are by far the expensive part of the product if you need more than 4 or indeed need to replace some!
I will now be able to punch more pages quickly and effectively than using other punches. I will be leaving this one set up for A5 as I have my Rapesco for my pocket or personal size Filofax pages. I can now not have to worry if my dad or brother also want some more pages printed and punched as it will be a breeze.
Now all I need to find is a printer that will automatically double side print onto my A5 paper – trying to work out how to reinsert pages to manually double side pages is even more stressful than punching all the pages (when you have finally printed them) with a metal Filofax punch!!!
There are a few I know that do it, the one that was in my classroom this year does (but I sadly no longer have access to that) and according to the manual there is an OfficeJet one that does as well – both HP. Louise has informed me that her new Epson does it as well but I am not sure about getting another Epson for some reason. I currently have a Brother A3 InkJet that doesn’t auto duplex at all and a Brother laser that only auto duplexes A4!!! After emailing Brother I found out that NONE of their printers auto duplex A5!!! I found this a little crazy but clearly I am the only loon that wants to be able to auto duplex A5 paper!!! Anyway I have digressed – that is a whole new post for another day there!
So my customised pages for my A5 Filofax, once printed (albeit manually double sided) on to coloured A5 paper, can now be easily punched in batches of at least 10 pages (just tried 10 and they punched perfectly) and I can be sure the holes are in the correct places. Brilliant! Worth around £85 for the privileged? I think so, my bank account might tell you otherwise!!!
(£54.38 for punch from Amazon and £30.19 for the 2 extra punch dies from Mayfair Stationers including VAT and delivery when ordered on 15.07.12. That is therefore £84.57 in total.)
Just need to locate some foil now so I can attempt sharpening the punch heads!
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