Exceptional Product!! (28 February 2008)
I just received my Big Bite yesterday, and let me just say, I AM IMPRESSED!! I never had the original CAD, though I had wanted one. The thing that kept me from getting the original was the lack of reach, so when I saw this one, I was chomping at the bit for it! Until now I have been using the old hammer style and silent setters, which I have to say, mine was NOT silent. There was always a loud POP when I tried to use it. I say tried, because half the time it wouldn't go all the way through my paper. So far I have only tried the Big Bite on cardstock, but I have to say, this thing punches holes like it's going through butter. Now, on to the issues... The little blocks you turn to select the type of item you are trying to set (eyelets, gromlets, snaps) have tiny little letters and numbers on them that can be difficult to see. If you are far sighted in any way, GET OUT YOUR GLASSES! Also, Punching holes is a breeze to figure out, and the instruction sheet is Very clear when it comes to setting gromlets( gromlet and paper both go upsidedown), but the instructions for eyelets left a little to be desired (at least in my opinion) I did it wrong the first time, and it just crushed my eyelet. Luckily I was working on a practice piece of cardstock. The second time, I didn't even follow the instructions, I just decided to try it a different way than I had the first time, and lo and behold, it worked perfectly! Just in case anyone else is confused about the eyelet setting...
1. punch hole for eyelet
2. put eyelet into hole, right side up
3. put paper containing eyelet into the Big Bite right side up!
4. make sure the little post on the top block goes into the eyelet
hole and press.
Hope you enjoy your Big Bite as much as I know I will!!