What Is a Heavy Duty Puncher?

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A heavy duty puncher is a hole puncher that is used in heavy duty applications other than the standard hole punchers made for an office environment. Heavy duty punchers have applications in offices, the printing and publishing industries, and industrial environments. Such punches may be used to punch high volumes of paper at once, to aid the book binding process, or to punch steel and other metals in industrial applications. Therefore, the term heavy duty puncher has multiple meanings to reflect the diverse ranges of tools available and their intended applications. Some heavy duty punchers are operated manually, while others are operated by an additional energy source, such as electricity, to complete the tasks for which they were designed.

Administrative offices that deal with high volumes of paperwork that need to be organized and grouped into single binders will often use a heavy duty puncher to aid in the process. There are several types of heavy duty punches available to accomplish this task. Those punches typically come in a two-hole or three-hole configuration, allowing for alignment with most types of binders available on the market. Deployment of these punches are typically based on the reasoning that the heavy duty punches will save time, energy and money due to suitability for the task, durability and ease of use. Depending on the manufacturer’s specifications on the punch selected, usually one of all of these objectives can be accomplished.


Printing companies and publishing firms rely on the use of heavy duty punchers as well; however, those types of punches are often different from ones found in a typical office environment. These types of punchers will typically use electricity as an energy source and tend to produce more punching power than heavy duty manual punches, which makes them more suitable to the binding environment. Often, a heavy duty puncher for the printing or publishing industry will also come with a manual binder to facilitate the binding process, thereby saving time, money and resources. Some are even automated, allowing for high volumes of punches per hour.

Within industry, a heavy duty puncher is most likely going to be a large, automated punch system that allows workers to punch through industrial materials, such as metal, plastic or even wood. Furthermore, such systems usually have several punch specifications called dowel holes, which are adjustable through a plate system to aid in the manufacturing process. Punch tools are then inserted into the punch and operated by punching through the dowel hole, then through the material. Often made from steel, these punches are designed to withstand rugged use on the manufacturing floor. Several kinds of punch tools are available for these systems, and many manufactures will produce customized tools according to a manufacturer’s specifications.


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