Circa vs. Rollabind Punch

Ok ... so I just found out that the Circa desk punch, which was supposed to be available for shipping today is now backordered until December 30th.

I'm really kind of peeved that I had to call to find this out, rather than getting an e-mail or some other notification that the backorder date had changed.

Be that as it may, I'd really like to get my notebooks going and the punch is pretty integral to doing so.

Does anyone here have any experience with the Rollabind punch? Is it essentially the same, or is there an advantage (other than the 20% discount code I had) to waiting for the Levenger punch?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Regards,
tru

P.S. I'm kinda new here, but haven't properly introduced myself ... cart before the horse and all that. Please forgive?

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Nothing to forgive; if

Nothing to forgive; if you're already talking about Levenger and Rollabind I'd say you already fit right in.

I'm not familiar with the desk punches, but I opted for the portable rollabind vs the portable levenger because of the difference in price. As far as I know, they're functionally the same, and I have no problem at all with the quality of the rollabind punch.

For whatever reason, the levenger and rollabind desk punches cost about the same, so, unless you'd prefer to wait for the 20% off, you should be fine with the rollabind. There may be others here who have actually tried both; I'm sure they'll weigh in.

(One other point you might want to consider. A good way to object to the meager customer service you just received from levenger would be to buy the punch from rollabind . . . )

Welcome!

Rollabind vs. Circa

Hi tootru,

As far as I can tell, the Rollabind and the Circa punches are identical, with one exception... the Rollabind punches can make up to 12 holes, while the Circa can only do up to 11. The reason for this is because Rollabind markets their solution to scrapbookers as well (and they use 13" paper).

I personally own the Rollabind desktop punch, and I love it. I punch letter, classic, and hipster sized papers with no problems.

I bought my punch from Wilde-Ideas.com. They currently are running a 22% off Thanksgiving promotion ( use code TOMTURKEY ).

Hope this helps,
jingoro

A word of warning

I have dealt with Wilde-Ideas and have had no problem, but other folks here have had some downright nasty experiences from them.
My spin on it was that Wilde-Ideas was trying too hard to offer perks and discounts, got themselves tangled up, and then rather than admit their blunder, took it out on the customer, both financially and emotionally.

I am not saying "Avoid them", but I am saying "Shop carefully"

Happy Turkey Day to all.
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Thanks for the tip!

I've ordered from Wilde-Ideas, given another poster's issues with ordering from Rollabind. It sounds like there's a punch shortage going on. (c:

We'll see how it goes.

I'm very excited to get the punch as I also just figured out that I'm going to make a personal inspiration journal for a friend for our Secret Santa exchange, and the punch will be integral to it.

t.

My experience with them...

Has generally been positive, except for the last order I made. I had a 20% discount code and ordered the portable Rollabind punch. They emailed me back and said that it was discontinued (!) and wanted to know if I wanted to cancel the order. I said that "I might be interested in the desk punch instead if I can still get the 20% off. Please let me know." I was expecting a response via email, but instead they notified me that they were shipping my order with the desk punch substituted and charged my credit card for the new order. Even though I decided not to contest it, I was a little upset that our communication failed. I wanted to give it some more thought before agreeing to a substitution.

In any case, I now have both Levenger and Rollabind desk punches, and they're identical, except for the "extra" die on the Rollabind. And, equally lethal as a club if someone tries to break into the house. :-) (they weigh five pounds apiece!)

So, I keep one at work and one at home, which is actually more convenient.

Walter

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Rollabind Desk Punch vs. Levenger Circa Desk Punch

These punches look identical online. Is the size and depth of the hole punched by Rollabind exactly the same size and depth as the Levenger one? The pre-punched Levenger pages fit looser on the discs than when you punch your own pages with a Levenger punch - the holes are slightly deeper into the page and slightly wider in the semi-circle area. I was hoping Rollabind was slightly larger with their punches. I thought Levenger created this system, but have been informed that Rollabind actually "invented" this system.

Please advise on the hole sizes since you have both brands. THANKS SO MUCH!!

(My experience / observation) They are identical

Levenger/Circa and Rollabind punches are, by my observation and experience, identical with respect to the punched hole -- we call them "smurfs", both the holes and the punched-out paper.

I have seen a small variation of smurf size in the pre-punched papers, but the punches themselves produce identical smurfs.

The only notable difference is that Rollabind desktop punch has 12 dies while the Levenger desktop punch has 11.
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What about the mega-punch

that Ygor scored on ebay? Does that monster punch the same sized smurfs? Not that I would get one...just curious. I do like the roomier smurfs in the pre-punched Levenger paper, but don't like the paper itself.

I'll check

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Speaking of desk punches...

Is there a punch for Circa or Rollabind that can punch more than a few sheets of paper at a time?

Arthur
www.renaissance-art.com

My Circa desktop punch can

My Circa desktop punch can do up to 8 sheets of regular paper at a time. That's more than a few sheets of paper.

8 sheets/ a few sheets...

...it is the same to me. What I would like is something that can punch at least 1/4 inch of material, preferrably more.

Any ideas where to find something like that?

Arthur
www.renaissance-art.com

talk to Ygor about his Circa-nator

Actually, he called it the Circa Maximus

He found a steal for one of Rolla's quasi-industrial models on e-bay. There was a fair amount of crowing about it initially, and lots of promises of pictures. But never have any been posted.

I'm beginning to dis-believe!!

I *think* what he got was something like the Rollabind PBS 2000. But I'm not so sure.

Are you listening Ygor, I'm beginning to dis-believe.
Show us some pics!!

pretty please!

kmorris

That's it

but I have the Levenger version.
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DETAILS DUDE!!

Sooooo, how many pages can it do at a time?

How thick a piece of stock will it punch?

Does it automatically insert the discs for you too?

Can you separate the two processes, or does it always install the discs at the same time?

Is it easy to crank, electronic, or do you really have to stand on the lever to get it to punch through its maximum thickness?

How many cutters/punches does it have?

... ???

-kmorris

Yeah, Details

I'm with kmorris, may we please at least have some photos?
?????

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Rollabind/Circa lust

Yeah that's the sort of p0rn we Rollabind/Cicra addicts lust for. ;-)

Wilde-Ideas

The problem we've had with Wilde-Ideas is that they continue to automatically charge our credit card each year for a "Club" subscription that was cancelled within weeks of signing up. That was four years ago. Every year we have to call our card company and contest the charge and every year they end taking it off. In addition we received extremely poor customer service from them. We complained to the Better Business Bureau and were told that Wilde-Ideas has a large complaint file.

I sincerely hope your experience with them turns out well, but I can't recommend them and we'll never order from them again.

Very Old News

I doubt anyone here deals with them anymore, especially since they dropped Rollabind.
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Ygor please tell me if you think this is okay to order.

http://promocentral.com/3050-16.html

I want to try out the circa-type system. Would you mind telling me if this hole punch looks okay to you? I have never actually seen a circa-type notebook. I need to have one at least an inch. We have about three feet of snow here in Idaho (up close to Yellowstone)!! Thanks.

Order it while you can

I expect that when Levenger and Rollabind work out their legal differences, you may see all these $30 desk punches disappear.
Until they do, grab while you can.
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Won't Work

Alas, it looks like these folks want us to order multiples to hit the minimum (which when playing with the site was 6 or more). Sounds like a lot of smurfin' to me.

Call around

I tried three or four dealers in my area and found two that would sell a minimum of one.
I did not follow through as I already have one, so I cannot offer any further info.
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Rollabind Punch - Legit Dealer?

Is PromoCentral a legitimate punch seller?
They have the Rollabind for only 28 buck.
Not sure I can believe it.
promocentral dot com/3050-16.html

Grab it while you can

They may not be around much longer
Reference: Link
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Bay Area - Lend me your Circa or Rollabind Desk Punch

Hello, I'm doing a project for family, creating custom 3x5 hPDA for them with photos and backdrops of favorite stuff in them.

My Circa Desk Punch is en route, somewhere in Colorado by now.
If you are in the bay area, can I punch some 3x5's for an hour max and borrow, what, 6-8 disks?? Insane I know. I could pay you the disks cash or give them back in 3 days when my stuff arrives! Thanks

Is the family local or do you have to mail these ?

This is the second plea you have made in other topics.
You could start your own thread under General Discussion
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Circa vs. Rollabind Punch Conundrum

Hi All,

I'm new to the Forums and I haven't yet found the answer to my question regarding the punches. Please forgive me if this has already been addressed...

I am trying to figure out if I use my Circa punch will the holes align to Junior size Rollabind covers?

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

CIRCA VS ROLLA

Yes, the punches on the circa and rolla are the same spacing, so they will line up.