The most common form of binding is called stapling. You would not think a stapler would bind, but that’s what it does. It takes groups unorganized papers and binds them together by using a small piece of metal. Staplers are used to staple as few as two pages of paper, but high-end staplers can staple heaps of paper together.
There are different types of staplers, depending on the requirements of the job. Listed below are ten types of staplers that you can commonly found in the workplace:
1. Manual Desktop Staplers (Personal Handheld Stapler)
These are the most common types of staplers used in offices. The maximum amount of papers they can staple is twenty. They are perfect for the occasional stapling of documents. They use standard size staples with a length of about ¼-inch. These are among the most popular business office supplies, since they are inexpensive, lightweight and can be moved easily from one location to another.
2. Electric Staplers
These types of staplers use a motor to press down the head. They make stapling volumes of paper effortless. Electric Staplers come in both saddle and flat designs. Some such as those used in offices are handheld. Many electric staplers have a button for high volume stapling, while others use a micro switch or a foot pedal to staple. Some have all three options.
3. Grouped Staplers
Grouped staplers come with a cable connection that allows linkage with other similar staplers. These types of staplers are ideal for stapling booklets. You can link up to three of them together for joint stapling. Grouping kits are sold with the staplers to aid in setting them up.
4. Heavy-duty Staplers
These are capable of stapling thick stacks of paper. Heavy-duty staplers can drill through thick bundles of paper at once. They can staple up to 100+ sheets of paper and are available in both manual and electric models. Heavy-duty staplers are workhorses with industrial strength. They are popular with printing and publishing firms.
5. Saddle Staplers
Saddle staplers are heavy-duty. Usually, a group of papers are folded in the middle and stapled down the spine. They feature a V-shaped anvil that allows documents to be placed appropriately for booklet stapling. You can choose from manual and electric models. Most saddle staplers are also capable of flat stapling. An electric saddle stapler should ideally have a foot pedal to allow a person the use of both hands. It’s common to use two or three staples on the spine of a booklet.
These are not the conventional types of staplers. They use spools of metal, such as sewing machines, to bind sheets of paper together. Stitchers can quickly bind large amounts of paper together. They are ideal for high-volume binding. Some stitchers can bind up to one-inch of paper at a time. The wire spools used are available in a wide variety of gauges and thickness. You can change them in less than five minutes.
7. Manual Staple Guns
Staple guns are handheld machines for drilling heavy metal staples into different objects such as plastic, wood, metal, among other materials. You can use these types of staplers for handiwork operations like insulation, house wrapping, roofing, wiring, upholstery, and carpeting. Staple guns do not have an anvil; the metal plate with curved slots is used by office staplers to bend staple and flatten it against the paper.
Many hand-powered staple guns have a spring-like mechanism to store mechanical energy necessitated by the massive force required to drive a staple through wood or plastic. This ensures the staples are correctly inserted before moving the workpiece. The handheld staple gun is portable and can be used to hang fliers on telephone poles and to staple posters in your home.
8. Electric Staple Guns
These use electric power to insert staples into various surfaces. They use batteries or electrical power from the main grid. They resemble drills and function the same way drills do in that you need to pull a trigger to activate them. There are specialized staples called divergent point staples that feature electric staple guns. They are preferred for wiring since they are faster and more efficient than manual staple guns. Besides, they are cheaper and less noisy, smaller and more portable compared to pneumatic staple guns.
9. Staple-less Stapler
A staple-less stapler is one that does not use staples to bind sheets of paper. The staple-less stapler perforates a wing or v-shaped hole on one side of the bundle and then punctures a flap on the other side. The flap slides into the slot and locks the paper together. It can only handle 10-12 pages at once.
10. Pneumatic Staple Guns
These are the best heavy-duty staplers your money can buy. They are ideal for large volume stapling. They require minimal effort since the air inside the nozzle exerts the pressure, making them easy to use. To use them, pull a trigger to propel the staple into the wooden or plastic surface.
Pneumatic staple guns are of varying lengths. They are noisy and riskier to use compared to the electric staple gun. Besides, they have a longer lifespan, are less complicated since they have fewer moving components, and are durable as well. Pneumatic Staple Guns are commonly used in construction projects since they can effectively drill staples into hard surfaces.