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Old 11-20-2010, 09:07 AM   #1
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I want to buy a Crop-a-dial to punch heavier cardstock and to set an occasional eyelet. I saw some very nice gift card holders with an eyelet attached that made the top swing sidewise to expose the gift card.
I see there are two different styles of Crop-A dials . One has a long reach punch and costs more.

Does the one with the long reach punch work as well as the regular Crop-A Dial? Is it worth the extra money?

Will the Crop-A-Dial really punch through 2 pieces of SU card stock without needing to hire a muscle man ? LOL

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Old 11-20-2010, 10:32 AM   #2
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OK...I have both and here's the deal...

I find the Crop-a-dile 2 much more difficult to use that the original. I bought it to punch those difficult spaces but seriously...I think I'm going to sell it. I never use it as it is a pain. So no...I don't think it is worth the extra money and I am a scrapbooker as well so I like a long reach.

Will the Crop-a-dile punch through two sheets of heavy cardstock...absolutely. It will easily punch through sheet metal and extra thick cardboard and chipboard so I love it.

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I have to say I agree with Julia. I have them both and maybe have used my Crop II one or two times, but I use my Crop a Dile almost everytime I crop. Hope this helps.
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I like the Big Bite and am glad I have it for the extra reach when I need it (unlike Julia, I won't be selling mine ) - but if I could only have one or the other I would go for the ordinary Crop-a-Dile as I use it more regularly. It's quite a bit easier to use for the actual setting process. With the Big Bite I find it awkward that you can't easily hold it up in the air while setting, it really needs to be on a surface.
And yes - when you think that both of them will go through a CD without needing too much muscle, a couple of sheets of card or even chipboard require no muscle at all . As far as plain punching goes, the Big Bite probably requires less effort.
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Thanks!! Most often ( not always) the "new and improved item" is not worth the extra money. LOL

I don't make scrapbooks so I think the original Crop-A Dial will work for my needs.
I have a 40% off Michael's coupon and tomorrow they have an extra 20% off your entire purchase coupon valid between 4 p.m. & 8 p.m..


In case anyone wonders what Gift card hold I am referring to that uses an eyelet to make it open it is called "Beanie Cap Gift card holder" in Splitcoast resources . It is cute

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I have a manual eyelet setter. Is the crop a dile easy to use to set eyelets? I get tired of hammering! Also, my hands are not all that strong, so can I still use the crop a dile?
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It takes practice to get eyelet setting right with the Crop-a-Dile, and some people find it frustrating and give up. I practised with old ones in colours I wasn't likely to use, and I find it fine. As with any setter, though, different eyelets require more or less force/pressure to look good.
On your hands not being strong - I wouldn't have felt that it required much strength to use, but it can feel heavy to hold, and some people with smaller hands find it awkward to use.
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I use my big bite crop a dial for the boxes I sometimes make & need a long reach & this is perfect for that...I'm soooo glad I got mine, I luv it. Got it on sale for 50% off but if your not going to use it for long reaching just buy the regular crop a dial.
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Just got back from ACMoore. Almost bought a crop a dile, but I really can't justify spending the money on something that is to replace something that still works. I have hole punches and eyelet setter so I just used my 60% off on tombow adhesive. Seems like a waste of a great coupon, but nothing else I need right now and I go through adhesives pretty fast.
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