Rollabind versus Circa?

I am about to try disc binding for the first time. . .
I am trying to compare Levenger Circa versus Rollabind.

Quality and capacity of punches?
Stiffness of plastic covers (for note-taking on the knee, so to speak)?
Functionality, ease of turning pages, smoothness of discs?

Levenger offers larger discs, but Rollabind offers more disc colors and prices are lower?

Are they interchangeable, i.e. will paper and covers from one company work with discs from the other company and vice versa?

Is there a significant difference in customer service?

Much obliged.

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Plastic covers

You can also punch the plastic and paper binder covers that are found in office supply stores near the GBC binding equipment.

What I ordered. . .

I ordered a punch, translucent plastic covers, and various sizes of discs, from Rollabind. I will be printing a supply of my own formatted pages using paper from Office Max or the like; prices for just a punch plus covers and discs, but no pre-punched paper, were considerably less expensive at Rollabind. Apparently Levenger does not sell plastic translucent covers as a stand-alone item. Levenger paper is wonderful, but for this DIY "daily agenda" notebook I don't need any of their paper.

Per t/c to Rollabind, their translucent covers are very similar in weight and stiffness to the Circa covers. One Rollabind employee also told me some customers have mentioned to her that they interchange Rollabind and Circa products successfully. (But I thought I had read some posts here on DIY a year or two ago about the shape or size of Circa/Rollabind smurfs not being precisely identical.)

Don't hold your breath waiting for the punch

The stock excuse is that they take forever to clear customs.

The tradeoff between cost and delay-headache is worth considering a Circa punch.
Levenger redesigned their desk punch to make the holes a bit larger to let the paper flip easier. (NOTE TO SELF: I have both punches - post a picture of the difference)

Rollabind and Circa are identical. In fact Rollabind used to make Circa for Levenger until Levenger got tired of the low quality and spotty availability and went into making it themselves.
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dismay!

I want to start using this planner tomorrow for 4th quarter of the year. I figured I could use loose sheets until the order arrived early next week! I think I will call them to see if it will ship today. The employee had told me she thought the Jumbo discs might not be in stock & would ship later, which obviously wouldn't be a problem as I intend to start on 1/4" discs. . .

Ygor, am I remembering incorrectly that some DIYPlanner posters had said that combining discs and paper from the two companies resulted in pages not turning as easily?

Edited to add the following:
Per t/c to Rollabind, the $59.95 punch is not in stock, should arrive in 2 weeks if goes thru customs in one day, but customs processing could add approx 3 days. Then Rollabind will ship out the back-ordered punches to customers the same day the punches are received by Rollabind. The Jumbo discs are not in stock, but the other 3 sizes and the letter-size covers are in stock.

Rolla/Circa Interchangeability

Ygor, am I remembering incorrectly that some DIYPlanner posters had said that combining discs and paper from the two companies resulted in pages not turning as easily?

My experience is that the difficulty is usually due to the rougher quality of the Rollabind discs. I never found it to be a show-stopper, however. A bit of work with an emery board or fine sandpaper fixes them right up.
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Not sure what to do.

I may
a. Order punch and one notebook from Levenger, just enough to get me started. Per t/c to Levenger, the desk punch is in stock as of this morning.
b. Call Rollabind and cancel the Rollabind punch, but let them ship me the remainder of items.
c. I can use the Levenger [smoother] discs & notebook for my current planner, and use the Rollabind covers and discs for archiving.

How time-consuming is it to remove large quantities of pages from a notebook? Do the sheets have to be removed from Notebook #1 and placed on discs of Notebook #2 one at a time, or can you do it a few sheets at a time?

I already posted a picture of the difference....

Way back here. Or, rather, a scan of an item punched with each punch. Unfortunately, that was mid-exchange, when I had both punches on hand, so I can no longer duplicate it. Hopefully, that picture is sufficient.

for what its worth i use

for what its worth i use rollabind and circa products all together without issues. :)

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