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Old 11-19-2009, 02:56 PM   #1
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Hi All. What is your opinions of the cropadile?

I just got it and just getting the hang of it.

Whay is your take?
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Old 11-19-2009, 02:58 PM   #2
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when i remember that i have it, i love it! but it doesnt get used much......LOL cause i forget alot, but i do wish i had waited and bought the big bite, maybe then i would ise more?!
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I like it a lot. I don't think I've come close to realizing all the things I can do with it, but I like how quick it is and not having to dig around to find several different tools.
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I have both the handheld and the desktop versions. I love the desktop, it really will punch through everything!
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love it!! I've used it on crafts but also to create a new belt hole in my belt and to fix a bad hole in my kid's shoe for the lace. Cuts like buttah!!
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I don't use mine that often, but when I do use it, I love it and I'm glad I have it.
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Sounds like I'm not alone - I don't use mine often, but LOVE it when I do. Mostly use the hole punch feature. In the words of Novell, it DOES cut like buttah!
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never use it! I can never figure out how to use it on eyelets because each time I pick it up I've forgotten what setting to use and I can barely see the letters that identify which setting is which. The instructions that came with it were horrible! I only occasionally use it as a punch. Pretty expensive paper punch if you ask me.
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Hmmm, interesting answers. It seems I'm with the majority here. When I need it I love it but not really a "go-to" tool for me. I have both hand held and table top and use them equally.
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never use it! I can never figure out how to use it on eyelets because each time I pick it up I've forgotten what setting to use and I can barely see the letters that identify which setting is which. The instructions that came with it were horrible! I only occasionally use it as a punch. Pretty expensive paper punch if you ask me.
You can go to the We R Memory Keepers website where they have the PDF of the instructions, for those of you that can't remember which # and letter combinations go together. Yes, they are very small markings on the blocks so get out a magnifying glass!! I rarely set anything except for the smaller eyelets so I don't ever find a need to change mine. C and 3 go together to set 1/8" eyelets.
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Pretty expensive paper punch if you ask me.
Yeah, if you use it strictly to punch holes in paper. It also punches holes in chipboard (think altered projects) and metal (think cute little altered buckets & tins) and leather. A standard hole punch won't do that.
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Got it and love it. . I'm considering trying it to cut leather on boots that I broke the zipper on. Would be able to put on eyelets and use laces. Thrifty.
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I don't like mine. It always splits my eyelets when I try to set them. Very frustrating. So i set them with a hammer and setting tool. It's a little satisfying, anyway. So, yes for me it is a very expensive paper punch.
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I have both and much prefer the Big Bite tabletop model. It's easy to see where you're punching the hole and you can move your paper without having to hold on to the tool with one hand.
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I've had mine for about 4 years and I love it and hate it. I love that it punches and sets eyelets in one tool. I love it that is can punch through chipboard and acrylic. I hate it that the smallest punch is too big for some eyelets. I hate it that it is heavy and bulky in my tote. I hate mine as the hole punch action is wearing out and it doesn't retract right after you punch. I will probably buy another one soon to replace it as there is no other great all around tool on the market and then I will have several more years of this love and hate relationship (not unlike my 23 years and still going marriage!).
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My husband loves it more than I do He uses it in his workshop. I have to keep rescuing it. I love it, too. I might get him one for Christmas (or buy MYSELF the pink one, and let him have my old orange one...)
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I love mine. Of course, when I need to set an eyelet, I grab it. But, when I need to punch a whole through an odd material (fabric, ribbon, chipboard, etc.) I grab it. Very handy!!
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I have both - the handheld version and the tabletop version. I REALLY like how I can use that tabletop one to punch holes where a "normal" hole punch will not reach! I also like to set eyelets with mine!
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I find that mine smashes the eyelets and that makes me mad. Yes, it's a great punch. If I don't press hard so as to avoid smashing the eyelet, it comes out a bit loose.
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Old 11-21-2009, 03:37 AM   #22
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For me it's one of those love/hate relationships purely because I have small hands and I find it hard to use and I hate that because I love what it does. I think they need a "petite" version
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Old 11-21-2009, 04:55 AM   #23
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I LOVE mine. I use everytime I do eyelets or just want bumps on my card.
I used it on belts, DH used it for leather.
I think its a great investment.
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don't use it every day, but love it!
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Old 11-21-2009, 01:53 PM   #25
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I resisted this tool till recently. Then after some research went with the big bite. I love the long reach for putting holes where hand punches won't go. That it sits on a table, and I don't have to hold it while using it- that is great too. Much preferred to the hand held ones.

I do NOT like the way it smashed up my tiny eyelets - which is mostly why I use it. I thought it was my inexperience with the tool.

Does anyone have any advice on how to set the normal size eyelets, without smashing them? I don't like the rough edges on the back side.
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I have the handheld and do love it (although, it does smash the eyelets about half the time). I love it more because I got it with a 50% off coupon. Don't know that I'd love it as much at full price.
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I don't like mine. It always splits my eyelets when I try to set them. Very frustrating. So i set them with a hammer and setting tool. It's a little satisfying, anyway. So, yes for me it is a very expensive paper punch.
Sounds like you are sqeezing too hard. I had this problem with a few also, but once I realized that you don't need to squeeze tight and I lightened up on my squeezing, I haven't had that problem since! I've had mine for about 3 years, and I just purchased the Big Bite one a few months ago. I LOVE THEM!!!
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Sounds like you are sqeezing too hard. I had this problem with a few also, but once I realized that you don't need to squeeze tight and I lightened up on my squeezing, I haven't had that problem since! I've had mine for about 3 years, and I just purchased the Big Bite one a few months ago. I LOVE THEM!!!
When you squeeze lightly, do you not find that they are a bit loose on the paper? I very quickly came to the conclusion that I was squeezing too hard and that was why I was smashing them all. I have both the pink one and the big orange one. I do like it better since I stopped manhandling it!!! However, sometimes they are a bit loose.
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Hated it so much I gave it away.
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Hate it. Too big, too bulky, too heavy. Smooshes eyelets. I gave it to my ex-husband. He uses it in his workshop for who-knows-what.
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Love it. More for punching holes than setting eyelets, but that's 'cos I don't use eyelets all that often.
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It actually is one of the things I regret buying as I never use it. Not that it doesn't work well........it does!.........but I don't scrapbook and I hardly ever use it for cards.

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I LOVE mine. I use everytime I do eyelets or just want bumps on my card.
I used it on belts, DH used it for leather.
I think its a great investment.
I had totally forgotten about the ability to make little embossed dots! I've got a CIP (card in progress...) where that will be perfect!

I love my cropadile. I was making some gift tags and had a whole stack that needed a hole punched through them. I punched them all at once with my CAD and I was happy!

I've also added another notch on my son's belt because even on the last notch it was too big.
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I have the handheld and must say I find it heavy to use. I don't use eyelets so that function is not valuable to me..I do like the two different sizes of holes but wish it had a longer reach. Since it was a gift I didn't invest in it and will keep it around for the few times I do use it.
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I've used my SU's demos and struggle with it every time. Probably wouldn't purchase it.
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I have one and I like it. Apart from my crafting expeditions I used it to punch a hole in all my store rewards/gift cards so that I could put them all in a key ring. And to this day it gives me so much satisfaction to see all those cards neatly ina ring
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I like it but like the Big Bite better.
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Mine is a great hole puncher. It does not set my eye lets well at all. I was told I probably have to use the WRMK eyelets and that turned me right off. So this baby will be going into the garage sale in the spring.

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I love love love mine. When I started cardmaking I hated the hammering eyelets, the noise, the smooshed eyelets, the cats who craft with me streaking across my work at the first hammer hit. I used to sew quite a bit and remembered having a hand setting tool for eyelets on material and thought why not for cards? Then I found the crop-0-dile and love love love it. I did smoosh the first few eyelets, definately squeezing way too hard. For me the trick is to slow down, squeeze gently until you feel the eyelet begin to give , pause then give it one more small squeeze to set. The quality of the eylets makes a difference as well, some are just more delicate (wanted to say flimsy but delicate sounds nicer ..hehe). If you are new to using it my advice would be to practice setting a few eyelets on some scrap cs, imo better to waste a few eyelets getting the hang of how much pressure to use rather than ruining a card you've already spent time and materials on.
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