It is easy to use and you can engage or disengage the number of punches you would like to use. You can use all 12 or just two punches. This machine gives you the ability to punch larger than a 12 inches. There is a tab on the side that holds the paper or chipboard in place. I also like that the instuctions are right on the base. On the cinching side, you can adjust the wire side and see while you are cinching.
At first the punch tabs felt weird, but once you get the hang of it, it is AWESOME!!