We’ve talked about establishing a stapleless office, but if going stapleless proves too difficult or emotionally draining, don’t push yourself. Keeping a stapler in the office is often a good, if not essential, option. And with great staplers out there to help make stapling easier and more efficient, you may not need to get rid of your staplers entirely, at least not yet.
One of our favorites is the Swingline 747 Business Stapler. A close cousin to the classic Swingline 747, the business model offers some added panache, including an updated contemporary look with a solid reengineered die-cast metal base and cap. I tested it repeatedly on three separate stacks of paper of varying thickness. The 747 felt good in my hands, with a nice heft and a contoured design that leant itself well to stapling. I easily fastened each stack of paper, though on the thickest stack I had to use a bit more force than I thought should be necessary. On the third run through the papers, though, the Swingline jammed and I had to use a butter knife to pry out three staples, which were bent badly and could not be rehabilitated for future stapling. For tacking, I also stapled papers to the office bulletin board and, with its convenient unfolding spring mechanism, the task was easy and even a bit relaxing.
For added functionality, I tried hammering a nail into the wall using the butt end of the Swingline 747. Unlike the Stanley Bostich desktop stapler we tested in the past, the Swingline held up well to the hammering. A rubber non-skid membrane on the bottom, however, took a little bit of damage from the nail. Otherwise, a few swift hits and the nail went in smoothly.
For shooting staples across the room, the Swingline really has limited utility and pales in comparison to more powerful staplers, such as the Stanley Sharpshooter Heavy Duty Staple Gun, which packs some real punch. To test the Swingline, Amy and Ninja Dog ran across the room quickly while I tried to hit them with staples shot from the stapler. I managed to hit them only 30 percent of the time, far less than the 78 percent accuracy rate we registered with the Stanley staple gun we tested last winter. But if your practice does not involve shooting staples at your colleagues or support staff, the Swingline should work just fine.
Finally, when thrown across the room, it sails well through the air and makes a definitive and emphatic ‘thrack’ when it hits the wall. With its solid weight and aerodynamics, it flies straight and, in my case, ultimately shattered two highballs near my bookshelf. Damage to the wall was evident.
The Swingline 747 performs well and lives up to its name as an office workhorse. At approximately $35.00, it’s not cheap. But it will outlast most cheaper brands, such as the Universal or Max, and will even outperform some of its more expensive competitors, like the Akto Stapler by Blomus. We give it 4 1/2 stars.
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