Anyone know of a three hole punch that punches big holes?

I bought some of those Mead Flex binder notebooks a couple months back. I love them but paper I punch myself has two small of holes and it puts strain on the holes. Now paper that I buy prepunches has holes much bigger and there is no strain. I'm curious if anyone has found a punch that emulates the size of the holes on looseleaf lined paper. I would prefer to be able to buy my own paper and punch then always use lined paper. Thanks for your help, Kris

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How about ....

This ?

Punches appear to come with either 1/4" dies or 9/32" dies
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

yes, but...

...I wonder what you googled to find out that punches come in these two sizes? I certainly never knew that, and I've been around the block a few times. Glad you knew it, but you didn't have to be rude about it.

BTW, I was going to suggest going to a local print shop. They typically have drills just for this, and their holes are bigger, too. I bet they would be willing to drill you a ream or two for a decent price. That was going to be my suggestion, but maybe one of these punches would be better.

-Jon

I just Googled "3 hole punch"

and then started noticing "9/32" on several of the entries.
Digging a bit further finds the two frequently mentioned sizes: 1/4" and 9/32"
That extra 1/32" can make the difference !

[edit] Going a bit further, I found a Wikipedia entry: Hole Punch. It says:

The diameter of the holes varies between manufacturers, with typical values being 6–8 mm (1/4 to 5/16 inch).

So I tried a Google on 3 hole punch 5/16 and it turns up a lot of usable hits
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

Thanks Jon : )

Thanks so much for sticking up for me and for the suggestion. I didn't even think of my local print shop. I have a trip planned to get my paper cut this Thursday. I'll see if they can punch my paper too. Thanks!

you didn't have to be rude about it

What rude ?
Seriously.
I answered the question.
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

Oh dear

Hi Ygor,

I'm falling off the chair with laughter here.

I think they've misunderstood you when you used the technical term "dies" and thought you were using "dies" as an insult. It's all the fault of those annoying texters who use it as a slang term.

Everyone, 'dies' is the proper technical term used by mechanics, printers etc for the shape and size of a cutting tool.

cheers
Katrina

Ygor, sorry for asking.

I'm not sure why you have amnosity towards questions. This is a forum after all. I am farely sure that my punch is 9/32" but it's holes are smaller then prepunched paper. I didn't think it would hurt to ask if anyone had used a punch that punched bigger holes. I am sure all the 9/32" punches don't punch exactly the same, just as I can pick up five pairs of size 8.5 shoes and they are all sized a little differently. No wonder this place is becoming like a ghost time, people are afraid to discuss thinks for fear of being made to look stupid. Haven't you heard the old adage, if you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all. Your post made an already bad day worse. And I am quite timid as it is.

What amnosity ?

You asked, I answered.
What's the problem ?
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

See above

Hi Kristina,

It's just a misunderstanding.

Ygor was not being insulting but he was using a technical term. See my note above

cheers
Katrina

Actually the link in Ygors first post is what I find rude

When I clicked Ygors link. Google pops up, then three hole punch and then the words "Was that so hard." It made me feel like a child. Googling wouldn't of helped me anyways. I'm math dumb and had to ask my husband which was bigger 1/4" or 9/32". I just thought it was an easy question and seeing as we are all planner, paper lovers, I thought someone here might have some insight on my question. I don't think all 9/32" punches punch exactly the same and rather then going out and buying more then one I thought I'd see if anyone owned one that made holes identical to the ones on looseleaf paper. But lets let by gones be by gones, Ygor obviously didn't mean to insult me. The link just comes across that way to me when I first clicked it.

9/32 is a bit bigger than 1/4 (or 8/32)

and 5/16 is bigger still (10/32)
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

Google- Mcgill 3 hole punch-

Google- Mcgill 3 hole punch- this is the best brand I've used, so far. They make three hole punches as well as single hole. They have a variety of sizes in the single hole, 1/8, 1/4, 3/16, and 5/16. The single hole worked great for me, just a little measuring required. However, as Ygor mentioned, "... diameter of the holes varies between manufacturers." I have also used their three hole, and it's great also. Tip- if you decide to purchase a punch, it can be sharpened by punching through aluminun foil or sandpaper. At least going to a printing location will allow you to see exactly what you need. Good luck with your quest! Keep us posted.

Tee
Too much of everything [I love] is just enough.
~Calvin & Hobbes

And that should be-

And that should be- "aluminuM"~

Tee
Too much of everything [I love] is just enough.
~Calvin & Hobbes

Punching Foil

Tried to sharpen one of my SO's craft punches once by punching through aluminium (sic) foil. Not a good experience as I then had to spend the next hour or so tweezing out bits of broken up foil. It may have been the pattern of the punch that caused the foil to breakup but regardless, I would use caution punching foil.

Bob H.

Maybe it was the pattern, I

Maybe it was the pattern, I have not had this problem with hole punches.

Tee
Too much of everything [I love] is just enough.
~Calvin & Hobbes

I thought the link was a

I thought the link was a great gag, one that I was thinking of using with my friends who use me for free tech support. But I can see how a nerdy sense of humor can be misunderstood, so maybe I won't use it. Yep, I am a nerd.

Yes, it was an attempt at a bit of humor

that backfired on me. My apologies, but I sometimes feel the same way.
You have, I trust, seen the scronyms STFU (Shut Up) and STFD (Sit Down). There is a newer one: STFI (Search The ****ing Internet) -- a less polite way of saying "Google is your friend". Or if you REALLY WANT to be rude, you can try this one, but it does not work as well as Let Me Google That For You
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swingline 13/32 paper punch

The large size hole punch is 13/32. Swingline has several products available with this size hole. Swingline is an ACCO product, www.acco.com/swingline. Otherwise "google" "13/32 three whole punch"

Rich

Cool, but...

It would appear that a punch with 13/32" dies is not a standard item. Several items say "will accept 13/32 die", but until you get up around the $100 mark do you see punches - and almost always heavy duty - with 13/32" dies in them.

The solution is out there, but it ain't cheap :(
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