Question for experienced Levenger users.....

I have been having great fun creating all sorts of notebooks with my new punch. I have a question that you experienced Levenger persons might help me with. Will it hurt the punch if I try to punch thick plastic, such as the Levenger covers? Thanks.

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It'll stick

Hi.

Speaking from experience, the punches will probably not be damaged by any plastic you come up with.

However, also speaking from experience, if the plastic is too thick and difficult, the punches will stick halfway through the punching process and you'll be looking for your thinnest knife blade to get them unstuck. :(

If you sense the top of the punch (the part you push on) is deforming as you push down due to the resistance of the plastic, it's probably too thick.

If you have to put the punch on the tile floor so you can kneel on top of the punch to put your entire weight on it, the plastic is definitely too thick and you will be getting out that knife blade.

Of course, if you actually manage to cut out the plastic and get the punches unstuck, the unit itself will be fine and continue to punch paper happily.

shris

Thanks...

...I will give it a try. It is the plastic that ships with the circa notebooks when you order them.

If it fits, punch it

You will notice, if you look, that the punch heads will only allow a certain amount of material in.
You may have to lean on it, but if you can get it into the slot, you should be able to punch it.
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Au contraire :)

Hi.

I beg to differ, ygor. The .030" rigid vinyl (like report cover material) I was trying would not punch, yet it fit into the punch just fine. It was gummy and I ended up using a tiny knife to get the sticky crap out of the punch heads because it wouldn't punch all the way through.

If I were in a testing mood and had material to spare, I'd cut a one-smurf-sized piece to try before committing to a whole sheet.

But honestly, I have no particular desire to wrestle with the thick stuff again.

shris

YMMV

:)
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