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Hole Punchers

If you need to put holes into paper, a hole puncher is the perfect tool. And at Engineer Supply, we have a variety of models from which you can choose. You can find a heavy-duty hole punch with one, two, or three holes — all of which are great for organizational purposes. Whether you’re looking for an electric hole punch or one that’s manually operated, be sure to look at what we have in stock.

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Paper is an essential tool for any drafter. But before you decide which one to use, there are some questions you should ask yourself. Will you be doing a rough sketch or a final drawing? Will it be scanned or framed, and do you want grid lines? Final drawings are done on archival-quality paper, so the image will endure and the paper will stay crisp for years. The paper should also contrast well with the colors of pen and pencil. You want to use paper that’s firm and not too flexible, because it will keep the drawing intact for a longer period of time. And if you’re using an erasable medium, it should stand up well. This will limit the number of ghost lines, streaks, smudges, and tears. There are several types of paper that can be used for drafting, and all of them will take graphite or ink. However, every kind of paper has properties that make them more suitable for a specific medium.


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If you need to put documents into binders so you can keep them more organized, a hole puncher is the perfect tool. Double and triple hole punchers work the same way, and some of them are adjustable so you can change the distance between holes. This is a great feature if you need something that isn’t standard. A heavy-duty hole punch can be used with paper, card stock, and most thin types of media, but a single-hole punch is always used to punch tickets and small cards. If you want to find a quality hole punch from a top-rated manufacturer, be sure to look at what we have in our inventory. We’re sure you’ll be able to find a product that will meet your specific needs.


Whether you need to organize documents in binders or punch holes into small cards, you can find a hole puncher that will work for you. We have a variety of models from some of the best brands on the market, so you can be sure to get a product that will last. Whether you’re looking for an electric hole punch or some other model, you can find it at Engineer Supply. Feel free to look at what we have in stock, so you can find a hole punch that's right for you!

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How do I use a hole puncher?

You can use a heavy-duty hole punch by performing the following steps:
  • Insert the paper into the space under the punch heads while making sure the integrated paper guides line up the middle of the page with the center punch head.
  • Push down on the top panel until it goes in all the way. You will hear the metal punch heads cut through the paper, while the chip tray catches what falls out.
  • Release pressure off the top panel and remove the documents from the space.
Your documents are now ready to be placed in a three-ring binder or any other place that can accommodate the holes.

What is the standard setting for a two-hole punch?

A two-hole puncher will punch holes that are 1/4 inch in diameter, and they will be 2 3/4 inches apart if you measure them from their centers. Most three-hole punches can be adjusted to punch two holes, but you would also have to disable any unwanted die cutters according to the design of the paper punch.

How do I set up a three-hole punch?

Most three-hole punchers can be adjusted, so the paper will fit correctly into the binder. You can loosen the punchers and slide them along the metal edge, which will move along a ruler so you can get the measurements you need. Adjust one hole at a time by sliding it in the direction it needs to go and testing it on a piece of scrap paper to make sure you’re satisfied with the new position. Once you have it in place, tighten it up so it will stay there while it’s in use.

What are the holes from a hole puncher called?

The small circle of paper that comes out of a heavy-duty hole punch is called a “chad.” The word was first used in the 1930’s, but most Americans never heard it until the 2000 presidential election when some votes in Florida were contested because there were partially-punched ballots with their chads still attached.

Where can I buy a quality hole puncher?

Whether you’re looking for an electric hole punch or some other model, you can find what you need at Engineer Supply. We have a broad selection from some of the best brands on the market. So if you’re ready to purchase a heavy-duty hole punch that you can use in your office or work space, be sure to look at what we have in stock.

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