I bought the Crop-A-Dile Big Bite during it's debut on a TV shopping program ~ from the very day it arrived, I have LOVED it! It punches through cardstock, thin metal, and chipboard very easily! VERY rarely will I complete a LO without using this tool, and more often than not, use it multiple times for different embellishments on one LO. I recently used it to punch holes in THICK alpha chipboard, then set eyelets into them without a single hitch (the eyelets were for ribbon ~ was testing to see if this handy-dandy item could set an eyelet well in thick cardboard ~ it did!). I even use it to punch holes for larger brads (no more bent posts!).
I LOVE the reach of this tool!! I never bought the original crop-a-dile specifically because the reach was so short. I like to put everything on a page, THEN add my eyelets, brads, grommets, etc.. so a short reach would not do me any good at all. The Big Bite will go ALL THE WAY into a 12" x 12" LO, and allows you to space your embellishments any way you like, consistently, every time.
For those of you with hand-strength problems (I've got somewhat weak wrists), no need to worry about Big Bite! Very little pressure is needed to punch holes or set embellishments, and it sits on the table top, so you don't have to try to balance the weight of the tool (it's no feather weight tool!) while punching or setting. Also, the handle is nicely padded, so no parts are gouging you while pressure is being applied.
I agree with earlier reviews in that the blocks are numbered/lettered very small, so if you have close-up vision problems, keep your glasses handy. That isn't a problem for me so ~ the ONLY negative thing I can say about this product is that the grommet feature can be a pain. You must set the grommets upside-down, which means you can't get perfect grommet placement 100% of the time. However, it WILL punch a grommet through multiple layers ~ I did a LO where the Big Bite set a grommet through ric-rac, fibers, & 2 layers of cardstock!! Nothing else on the market can do THAT!
so, to make my very long story short.... I LOVE THIS TOOL!! Will recommend it to anyone who asks 100% of the time!
Used in this layout: Baby Berry Says To Mary Let's Go Out To PLAY
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!!
Used in this layout: A Mother's Love
Believe it or not, I never got into using eyelets on my pages until I recently got this tool... now I LUV using up my eyelet stash! This makes it quick & easy to set eyelets (though if you're an eyelet/Cropadile newbie like me, watching the video will be a huge help, as I had a few trial & errors instances w/ this). I ADORE how w/ this tool, I can now have brads (or eyelets, holes, whatever) in the middle of pages & no longer have to be restricted by the reach of a regular mini hole punch. Plus this is easy to use, it doesn't take a lot of muscle to set eyelets or punch holes. I let this sit in its packaging for a few weeks after I received this because I wanted to be good & ready to digest all the instructions... when I learned how simple it was to use, I couldn't believe I had waited so long to put this to action! Love the different settings/functions, the ruler, all of that. Sure it's a little pricey for some budgets but it's worthwhile because it's a VERY useful tool for most scrappers... it is certainly not gathering dust in my space!
Used in this layout: Dorm Room Diorama (right side) - SHCG "1st sb.com Fave Lift" Challenge
I bought it! I bought it! I could not resist this time around. I had it sitting in a pile of tools, and I had not opened it yet. I decided to finally open it, and I totally LOVE this tool. I think it's pretty pricey, but it's a great hole punch and setter. I love that it reaches into the middle of the page unlike the original CAD. It's quiet, so no banging with hammers just like the original, and it requires absolutely no effort on my part. I just push down, and it makes the punch. The ruler is handy as well, so that you know where you are on the paper. It took me a couple of tries to figure out where it was going to punch the hole, but now I don't have problems. Just practice a couple of times before you actually do it on a layout! Oh, and I had to test it... Yes, it punches right through metal, acrylic board, chipboard, and fabric.
Used in this layout: Play Ball
I am really impressed at the engineering of this new tool. It's heavy enough that it stands alone on any surface, but yet it's light enough that I can carry it with me to crops and classes.
Hole-punching is easier and smoother than ever with the sharp hole-punchers and the ruled guide that keeps all my projects on track. The eyelet and gromet dials are accurate and support a variety of brands and styles. With the full reach, I can place my embellishments anywhere on any 12x12 layout. The soft grip also alleviates pressure on my fingers and wrists after repeated use.
Perhaps my most favorite feature is the bright orange, cheerful color.
I would recommend this outstanding tool to anyone!
Used in this image: BOO!
I was a little wary of this after reading some of the reviews. But I wanted it so badly that I took a chance and ordered it anyway. I am glad I did!! First, I had my husband get it out of the package!! So I didn't have that problem. He used a knife. Mine already has the slide off feet, so apparently that problem has been fixed. It is a lot more user friendly that the original. I can actually see where the punch is going to go before I punch! It is super easy to use and very quiet. I am going to really enjoy this purchase!
I bought this to do my December Daily album that Ali Edwards does. I was wanting to put holes in my plastic dividers and I knew that my hole puncher wasn't going to cut it. I bought this because Ali said that it worked great and it does. The feet on it keep it from slipping on the table. The grip allows you to push down firmly with all of your weight without it sliding around. The holes are accurate and you can even punch 6 inches into a page. Great product, highly recommend!!
I am soooo glad that I purchased this! I needed to punch holes in a project that the smaller crop a dile just wouldn't reach. It is a bit big and bulky but well worth the money spent if you don't like hammering. It also cuts through cd's and chipboard like butter. I have to admit I don't use it every day but it's a really good feeling to know that I do have it when I need it. I have now put the old eyelet setter, hole punch and hammer in the dinosaur box.
Used in this image: Grad exploding box
I had first bought the smaller crop a dile and used it quite often. But there were so many things that were just out of reach.... so.... I finally broke down and bought the Big Bite & boy am I happy!!! The holes are so much easier to line up with this and I can finally punch holes anywhere on the page that I want. I love using this to make my mini albums - which I am now addicted to making!
The best dern whole puncher out there!!!
Used in this layout: You make my heart.... Smile!
I purchased this item apporximately 2 months ago and I Love it!! Can't imagine what I did without it!! So veristle and easy to use!! I use it all the time to punch holes, set eyelets and create wonderful tags! This reaches all over your 12 X12 pages with ease. The operation of the Big bite is smooth and creates clear, crisp, holes for adding eyelets or for adding an extra touch to any LO. I highly recommend this to any scraperholic!!!
Used in this layout: MY WILD IRISH ROSE
The big bite has been such a helpful tool. It reaches all the way into the middle of a 12x12 page and completely eliminates the pounding. For setting eyelets, I have found it helpful to make a mark with a pin. I then punch a hole with the small punch part. I push the eyelet into the hole to hold it in place then punch the eyelet open with the crop-a-dile. It made it soooo much easier when I was doing my page with eyelet cicles!
Used in this layout: Jessica...one of a kind
I love my big bite. I used to hate eyelets now I can't get enough of them. The guide makes it easy to make a straight row of holes and embellishments. The big bite is quiet so when I'm working late at night I don't wake the whole house up!
I would recommend the Big Bite as a must have tool for any beginning scrapper.....right there with a good paper trimmer and very sharp scissors.
Used in this layout: The Challenges of Life mini album
I needed to punch 2 holes into 100 pieces of cardstock and 100 gift bags. Before this I had to do each piece one at a time. I was able to do the cardstock in groups of 15 and got clean holes. The gift bags I had to do individually but that was no big deal since there was a guide for depth and such a large area for it as well. Love this product!
I had a terrible time setting eyelets before I got the Big Bite. Now I avoid the noise and hassle of hammering and in an instant have my eyelets done. It can punch holes in so many materials and even though it is a little bulky it is absolutely worth the loss of space! Now all I have to do is buy more eyelets..and grommets..and snaps...
Used in this layout: Bright Lights, Big City
I had stopped using eyelets, etc., in my layouts because I made such a big mess of them. All the punching and hammering! As soon as the Big Bite arrived, I got a piece of scrap paper and one of my many stashed eyelets, and went to work. The results were amazing! Perfect the first time. Since then, I've used eyelets, etc., in every layout.
I just purchased a big bite and it works like a dream. I have a place where it can sit on my desk top so it's easy to get to. It makes setting eyelets so easy, I get a perfect set every time and it does all the work for you. No pounding or applying pressure. It works like the Crop-A-Dile, but is much better because of the reach.
Used in this layout: Matty vs. Wild
The Crop a Dile II big bite is totally Fabulous! It is so easy and versatile. I can use it for a small card to set embellishments or reach the center of my 12x12 layouts. This tool has made it so much easier and quiet for set eyelets and snaps. Now I can work anytime, even at night, and I won't wake the house with my pounding. :)
Used in this image: Handmade Roses
I used to hate setting eyelets or grommets with the old setter I had. Constantly changing parts to do holes then to press.
The crop a dile has changed my life for the better. Now I have taken out all of my eylets and I have been setting away.
Don't try anything else first the cost is worth it start here never look back!!!
Used in this layout: Out for Ice cream
I love this tool! It is just perfect for getting to those hard to reach places! Had to wait for the product to be released, but it was worth the wait. Even now, my LSS has trouble keeping them on the shelves because they are such a hot otem!
surprisingly easy to use! ......looks big and bulky but quite easy to balance and use! .........Ive had the crop a dile for a while but needed to be able to set eyelets and punch holes further in my pages .......this is perfect! LOVE it!
Used in this layout: the best of times
I'd been wanting this tool but it looked a little intimidating. When I finally got it I discovered that it was not only easy but it could handle the heavy duty stuff too. Now I use it all the time. Great tool!
I just got my Crop-A-Dile Big Bite and I love it! It makes setting eyelets so easy and quiet. It is worth the extra money to get the Big Bite (vs. the regular Crop-A-Dile) for the added versatility.
I use this product anytime I need to punch wholes or set eyelets. It's amazing and punches through chipboard as well. I recently used to make a mini album and it worked great!
Used in this image: Better Photo of Susies Mini
love this tool... a must for every scrapper... perfect for setting eyelets and punching holes anywhere on a 12x12 paper. Also, really great for chipboard albums!!
Used in this layout: all dolled up
Great item, very useful, perfectly create holes without stressing your paper and this bad boy cuts through some pretty thick items like it's nothing at all!!
Used in this layout: Spring Scenes Frame
This is a great punch especially for chipboard and thicker items. It is easy to use, not noisy and and works like a charm. It is well worth the money.
Used in this layout: Ava with Hearts - February 2008
This crop-a-dile is awsome! Besides being light-weighted, it is able to reach even the middle of a 12x12 page and punches two different sizes of hole.
Used in this layout: Mom in Japan
Great product. Large but easy to use and not heavy. Can now placee brads, eyelets, etc, in middle of 12 x 12 page. Awesome!
Used in this scraproom: My new stack
I love the face you can reach your whole 12 x 12 sheet with this!! You can use it thru multi layers of cardstock/pp also!
Used in this image: My first mini ablum!!!
Okay this is got to be one of my favorite items todate...A friend had one and we used it to create 150 tags...how you asked we needed to punch holes and this did it quick and easy. Punching about 5 holes at a time sometimes more. Funny thing is my husband saw us using this tool and said he thought it was pretty interesting and wanted to have one so now we own our own...YIPEEEEEE!!!!!!
I haven't used this yet because I'm still trying to figure it out. Two cubes that turn for four different settings. It is as described but I guess I'm just a little intimidated by it right now. UPDATE 2-28-13: I love this thing! Use it more and more to add eyelets to projects...and it seems to be able to punch through any material with ease!
I din't know how I have lived so long without it. It is easy to use, and cuts through almost anything but you do need to build up your muscles for products like MDF such as in wooden embellishments/off the page products.
This is a very nice, rugged, well designed tool. Having only had it for a week or so, I've only used it for paper. I can't wait to try it out on sturdier stuff!
I love my crocodile and supposed that this one should be as good as the tradicional one, but, altough it works well, it is not so easy to work with as the other one.
Holes punch SO easy, barely any effort needed.
With the guide you can punch a whole row of even holes for ribbon or whatever. The only drawback is there is no chamber for holding the punches, they just drop onto the table as you punch
It has two turn "cubes", check your guide for the right numbers, the numbers are VERY tiny on the cubes. Placement is a little rough but it may just take a little more practice and no 5 year old asking if its a new "TOY"!
The selector on top is easy enough, way up front is the setting for all eyelets and grommets and then the two hole sizes.
It is QUIET, which is a huge plus and will most likely have me using more eyelets now. And with the perfect line of holes I will be using it to lay out ribbon or fibers and laying in eyelets so the holes don't fray.
You also won't break your hand using it, again which will make me use more eyelets in my LO's.
So far, the reach is great and it punches through just about anything. When you open it keep the cardboard packing at the bottom with the chart, tape it to your box of embellishments.
Those are my first quick impressions of it.
ABSOLUTELY thrilled that I got it!!
Well worth the price IMO, I'll be amazed if its really $40 in the stores in March. Its a hefty item!
I have to admit that I had the original Crop-A-Dile and I never ever used it. It sat in a drawer, and then a canister on my desk, and mostly just moved around collecting dust. It was for me just to hard to handle. However, this new and improved Crop-A-Dile Big Bite is WONDERFUL! My boyfriend bought it for me as a surprise and at first I didn't think I would use it. But once I realized how easy it was to use compared to the old one I was sold. The new feet on the bottom make it so that you don't have to hold it in your hand and try to balance it and your paper (or whatever you are punching). T No more struggling to hold the paper level so that your eyelet doesn't fall out while you try to line up the the tool to set it. With the new Crop-A-Dile is is basically hands free. It stays sitting on the table and once your ready you just push down the handle. Sooo much easier!!! Plus it stretches so much further then the old one. You can punch holes anywhere on your page you want them. I really can't say enough about this product.
If you don't use your old crop-a-dile don't be shy of this one. Your going to love it! If you loved your old Crop-a-dile well then you are going to go absolutely head over heals for this one!!
A friend I work with told me about the Crop-A-Dile tool. I instantly went a researched it and read all reviews, then I saw the Big Bite. I was hooked, I went and bought a few days later. I used eyelets ALOT, but now use them even more!! My husband is my biggest fan of all my work, so I show him everything I do as soon as I am finished with it. I showed him some work after using the Big Bite. You know what he said? He said, "How did you do that, I didn't hear any hammering?" I replied, "You know that new tool I just bought that you were giving me grief (jokingly, of course) about, it's noise free!" He was so excited that he doesn't have to hear the "hammering" throughout the house now and I don't have to worry about waiting to finish a page/card because it's late and he's watching TV or doing his schoolwork!!
Thanks so much "We R Memory Keepers" for making such a wonderful tool and one that is husband-approved!!
Go order this tool now-do not hesitate any longer!!
Have a great day!
This tool makes its predicessor pale in comparison. The added reach is why. I hated to drag out the eyelet setter when needing to set an eyelet or brad in an area where my crop-a-dile couldn't get to. When the II Big Bite came out...I was Johnny-on-the-spot in getting this. I purchased mine in a package deal that included the case. (I highly recommend the case especially if you travel with it.) One thing that I'm not crazy about are the feet. I don't like that they weren't able to create a tool that had a secure foot attatchment. It seems that the long bottom could have supplied enough room for a foot that would have swiveled out and then back. It would have been as stable and prevented the possibility of loosing one of those little orange fellas. (Another reason I recommend the case. Places to store the feet when not in use.) Overall, this is a tool that I do recommend to people and I would not want to be without.
I had my eye on the original CAD but never took the plunge because of the short reach. After having the big bite for 2 weeks, I liked it so much that I decided to buy the original too for the convenience of the size if I was working on cards which I often do on my couch instead of at a table. Could have used the big bite but I knew I'd get my $$s worth.
Love the ease of the big bite. Aside from all the other things it can do, it's one of the strongest/best hole punches I've ever had. Only wish it had a little catcher so the holes didn't end up all over. Takes very little effort to punch holes or set eyelets and it's fun to be able to add extra variety with the grommets. Smaller hole punch is perfect for brads too. I love all of the different looks I can give my projects with the use of this.
Skip the case. It's a bit of a pain and really not necessary. Other than that, 2 thumbs up for the big bite.
I just got my Big Bite and Love how it works after it took me 15 min. to get it out of the package!! It does work like the old Crop-A-Dile except that you don't have to hold onto it any more, it just sits right on your table to punch and pinch the night away!!The only down fall like Dawn said is that the numbers on the cubes are really hard to read so get those Granny glasses out or do as I'm going to and mark with a white marker the numbers and letters until you get the hang of it. Just remember to put your work upside down so you end up with your gomite or what ever you are fastening to the right side ( my first mistake). Have fun, and no matter what the amount (with in reason) it costs in the stores, it's well worth not having to hold onto. The fact that you can use 12x12 paper and punch anywhere on it has my vote even if the package was a pain!!
I was leary on buying this big bite, only because I have bought endless hole punchers and eyelet setters. WELL...I broke down and made the purchase. It sat there for about a month. I was still wondering if it was a waste of money. So with Halloween on its way, I used for almost every project I did, as well as my sister's baby shower stuff too. It is an all in one tool, you can turn the little knob for different size eyelets and snaps, no hammer needed. The hole punch size is very easy to use as well, all you need to do is one little slide! I give it an A+!!~
i bought this tool when scrapbook.com had it on sale at Christmas... I have the small one and really like it but I make a lot of mini albums and canvas collages and need to be able to get further into a page thanthe original one allows. It is heavy, and strong... it's a tool not a toy. it could stand to have better instructions but it's not too hard to figure out. This can be a hand held tool or you can sit it on a tabletop. I
had no trouble punching through heavy chipboard or setting grommets into chipboard.
The CAD 2 Big Bite, is the best thing ever invented!!! I have the original CAD and I love it. Only thing I wished was to be able to punch holes farther in, which was not doable. Now that I have the CAD 2 I'm in eyelet/brad/gromlet heaven.
It's just as easy to use as the original CAD, it's even lighter than it looks. Anyone would love this versatile tool.
My husband is a Graphic Designer, and can't wait to use it for his work... needs to get his own. lol.
I love the Big Bite!!! I have used my big bite on almost every page I have done. I use to use my crop a dile one to make tags or eyelets on the edge of my paper, but now that I have this awsome tool I can use it to enhance my paterned paper with eyelets in the middle of flowers, swirls, dots on paisleys. the possabilities are endless.
I have also used it to place holes around the edge of my scalloped papers. it is so accurate and easy to use.
I purposefully refused to buy the first crop-a-dile with it's very short reach. But when this came out, I decided to give it a go. I LOVE it. The hole punch (2 sizes) goes through thick chipboard like butter (also thin metal & acetate). I use it all the time.
Setting the eyelets, gromlets and such does take some practice. (I think it works better upside down, but WRMK's didn't recommend it.) Even with that downside, it's still 5 star in my book.
While I loved my original crop-a-dile, I always HATED that I was limited to where I could use it on my LOs. Hats off to We R Memory Keepers for listening to the scrappers and coming out with this product :). It punches holes and sets snaps, grommets, eyelets w/ease (my 22 month old can punch holes with this)!
One minor complaint is that this tool is heavy, but once you get used to it, it is smooth sailing. Definitely recommend this one!
I have had this for 2 years or so now and LOVE it. I've used it to set eyelets in the middle of a 12x12 page and it was amazing.
My younger sister has it now thanks to me and borrowing mine. It take the place of so many products so you only need one now rather than the 2 or 3 different tools to a crop plus it seems like everyone wants to try it out when I have it with me.
I highly recommend this tool to everyone who scraps.
I got this about a year ago. This is one of the most innovative products! I love to use it for setting my eyelets as well as punching holes for brads, etc. I love that I can reach anywhere on my page...I can have my LO completely glued down and decide to add an eyelet, or brad and I can do it without tearing my LO apart or alot of noise! I would rate this as an essential tool to everyone's scrapbooking arsenal!
For anyone who wants to set eyelets or punch holes in the center (or ANYWHERE!) on their layout of ANY size, or if you have a bad back and don't want to have to squeeze your setter too hard, OR, if youre tired of hammering away in the middle of the might while you're up scrapping and everyone else is trying to sleep, then the Crop-a Dile Big Bite II is for you! (Don't forget to get the case, too!)
The Crop-A-Dile works so well and it's so easy! My eyelets are pressed so clean and neat with the Big Bite in one very easy squeeze. I bought the MM instant setter previously and there is no comparison. (You can read my review on the MM instant setter for more info if you'd like) The Crop-A-Dile is just AMAZING compared to other methods I've tried. I LOVE it!
This product is fabulous! And believe me, I am a gadget girl! I can't believe I scrapped without this tool for so long! I use it on everything from tin buckets to huge sheets of chipboard! I love how you just flick the switch on top and move the measuring guide and you're ready to create! Very easy to use... my 7 year-old loves it, too!
This is a great tool to reach for if you want small or regular holes in your project and it even sets eyelets and grommets! I just use mine as a hole punch bc I have never tried out eyelets etc. but it has a good reach and really does punch through a lot of pages at once! At this site it is very affordable too.
I love the Crop-a-dile II. I love the fact that it isn't a stretch with the hands to get the punch. It does take a little practice to get the holes punched right, but worth every penny it costs.
Would recommend it to anyone. Easy to use and works great.
St. Louis MO
I was lucky to find this on clearance for $10! I didn't really know what it was but couldn't pass it up for that price. I fell in love as soon as I opened it! Definitely one of my favorite tools! This is something I believe every scrapper should have in their collection!
I absolutely love it! I love the first one, but hated it didn't have the reach, but now here is the solution! The reach makes it worth whatever you pay for it. Forget the silent setter or old style hammer and setter, this is absolutely wonderful!
I just love this tool, it does so much that you will be amazed, also very easy to use. I go out of my way to find ways to use this for just the fun of seeing the
awesome results it gives.
One of the best tools and a must have.
when the original cropadile came out, I thought it was great. but this one is fabulous!! it is so easy to use, and although very big, not heavy at all. All I can say is when they get it in stock, BUY IT!!!
I love my Crop-A-Dile II Big Bite. I use it all the time. I take it to Crops and my friends all want to use it. Wouldn't want to go back to the old fashioned way of doing it.
Well I first fell in love with WRMK when they came out with the pink cropadile. I thought that was THE best invention in scrapbooking today. Imagine my surprise when they trumped my wildest expectations and made there product 110% better than the original. Ladies if you love the original tool with it's cute case and it ability to punch extra holes in your leather belts, you will be dying to get your hands on this new version.
Where the older version had set backs was a limited reach and it could be kinda of clumsy in your hands to set those eyelets. Enter Gods gift to scrapbooking II The Big Bite! This tool not only reaches to 6" meaning the MIDDLE OF A SCRAPBOOK PAGE but it also sets somethng called gromlets which are a bigger version of eyelets. NOW you can make you own ribbon boxes and punch thru light metal sheets, chipboard and heavy plastic in addition to embellishing your favorite jeans adding an extra hole on your kids belts and decorating absolutely anything you can think of. I got mine on HSN for the same price as scrapbook.com offers so I have it and have used it already and you won't be able to find a more versatile tool that is more affordable for the money. No more need for a gommet kit a punch set and an eyletsetter kit. This tool has it all! Plus because it has a setup simliar to a stapler the lever is super easy to push down even if you have trouble using other tools.
The ONLY things I have any issue with is that the little measuring device that helps you gage the length of your punch is made of cheap thin plastic and is liable to break if forced, so be careful with that piece and you have to remove the legs with a screwdriver before putting in the box and hold on to the screws to reattach. But if you are smart you will keep a tiny screwdriver kit on hand in your scrapping stuff and a small baggie works wonders for holding those loose screws. Now place in your box and go scrap happy with this incredible tool!
Ok- I have had this now for a few months and it has taken me a while to get used to it. I like the fact that it is quiet. I like how you can punch holes through anything and that it will do it all the way to the center of a 12x12 page but the whole eyelet thing has been a pain. I can punch and set a nice 3/16 eyelet but when it comes to anything smaller, be careful...i rip up the eyelet almost every time! Grrr! I have figured out the 3/16 eyelet setting is 1A, the 1/8 eyelet setting is 3C. But like I said I don't really like how it does with the smaller one. So I say it is great but needs some improvement on the smaller eyelet setting that most scrapbookers and cardmakers like myself use!
I got the Big Bite thinking it would not only be more versatile with 12X12 layouts, but because it looked like it would stand - ready to use - on the shelf so I wouldn't have to dump it in a drawer or basket. Both of those reasons are valid and are the reasons I will keep it around.
That being said, I find it's much more awkward to line up the hole punch/eyelet setter with the EXACT spot I want on my project. The original Crop-A-Dile is easier to maneuver and it's much easier to see the placement of the hole.
Though I'd still recommend the Big Bite, most of the time I pull out my original Crop-A-Dile and use the Big Bite for only the things the original won't work for.
I was very excited to purchase the Big Bite once I received my email stating it's debut on HSN. Of course I bought it and I love it. It took some time to get used to, as this was my first time setting eylets and grommets. After playing with the different settings it became easier each time. When using the tool you have to make sure that the settings on the top and bottom part of the tool are correct. The hole punch is very easy to use. The reach is great also. I can put things in the middle of a page that I wouldn't have been able to do before.
I love the tool as you can set rivits and grommets right to the center of the page. The only complaint I have besides the fact that it is HEAVY is that the case that you have to buy separately does not fit the tool. I e-mail the company and now they are saying they are redoing the feet on it so they will come off and it can then fit the case. I thought that someone must not have been awake when they did not realize the tool did not fit the case!
I've never used the original Crop-A-Dile so I wasn't real sure what to do. But this is really easy to use. It takes a while to figure out how much pressure to use to set the eyelets but once you do it's great. The only thing I wish it would do is set any size grommet. But it only works with the We R Memory Keepers grommets which are one-third inch grommets. The only ones I've been able to find are 1 inch or 1.5 inches.
I'm so glad they redesign this remarker tool...it amazing that they didn't create it big in the first place. It set eyelets with the greatest of ease. The only down side of this product is the little yellow 'feet' that support the tool have to be unscrewed each time to fit it into the case, which can become a little tedious especially when you want to keep it out of little hands reach.
Although I did have a tough time getting my new Big Bite out of the packaging, it was worth all the hassle. After a short learning curve (I couldn't figure out how to make the grommets work) the eyelet setting was a snap. Hole punching was easy and I was able to help my son with his school project which required holes punched in foam core board.
So very quiet to use. Wonderful.
I do love my Crop-a-dial II big bite, but I threw away the insructions. I did not know they where in the bottom until I watched the video. If someone could please scan their copy and e-mail it to me I would be forever greatfull.
This video is impressive. I have the original crop-a-dile, and the extra reach on this bad boy will come in very handy. I can't wait to get one for myself. But watching the video leaves me with one unanswered question... What the hell is a grommlet?
I bound two albums with approximately 50 inexpensive white eyelets/washers with this tool and it worked perfectly. I was very impressed. I then bought the We R Memory Keepers brass eyelets and washers and the tool wouldn't work. I assumed I did something wrong and broke my tool on the previous albums so I went out and bought another and it did the same thing. The brass eyelets seem to be so hard that they damage the tool. Now, I have to always use a washer for both tools or they chew up the backs of the eyelets and both tools now damage the white eyelet fronts as well. I don't know why We R Memory Keepers are selling something that their own tool can't handle. So, I would recommend that if you buy this tool, only purchase cheap aluminum eyelets. I have only used this tool for 3/16 size. (I read the reviews that claim it is not good for 1/8 size). So, I would still recommend the tool if you can get it on sale but I would use extreme caution and realize that it is actually a very delicate tool and the We R Memory Keepers eyelets don't seem to be the best choice for it.
The original can do everything this one can and can't EXCEPT reach 6". I have used this only once and that was in trying it out, otherwise I always grab for the original. Not worth it to me, im going to get a long reach stapler instead. Now that I can use!!! Oh, and when this or the original is used for their own fancy eyelets, it smashes the jewels and dents the others. I have to used my old eyelet setter for their own product...kinda funny!
I bought the Big Bite when it first appeared on TV. I was not impressed at all. It's way too big & heavy. Unless you have a lot of space for storage & usage it's not worth it. I sent mine back. I'm much happier setting my eyelets with the tools in my Making Memories kit.
I bought this after hearing all the great reviews and even a lady in the store who heard me trying to decide told me how she loves hers. I just don't understand. It's a very good hole punch (for two hole sizes) but I found it difficult to use the other functions.
My first issue was with the eyelets. For all the hype, it seemed difficult to place the eyelet and then have to peer into it to make sure you are lining everything up. But, I thought, oh well, I'll get used to it.
Then, excited to use grommet's I bought a few packs. This doesn't work well AT ALL. First, you have to set the grommet down on that small block and then slide your paper (UPSIDE DOWN) in that slot. I have several issues with this: 1) I would hit the grommet and it would fall off and they were the brand recommened 2) How the heck are you supposed to know where it is being placed if you have to hold your paper upside down!
I'm returning it tomorrow. I'll go back to my old fashioned eyelet setter. For the money, I'm sure I can find a more useful too.
I bought this too when it first came out. I had only used it for the extra large grommets that came with it on my layouts. I do like it for the larger grommets. it worked just fine for those.HOWEVER....... last night I tried to punch holes with it. and guess what.... it won't punch a hole at ALL ! the bottom metal plate is out of alignment with the hole puncher, and so it will only barely crease a tiny bit of the paper. I was so MAD. mostly at myself for not testing all of its capability when I first purchased it, but also because now I can't use it for one of its main purposes. I am going to try and return it, but not very hopeful. I would say to stick with the smaller hand held one.
I bought this one first one out of the gate and returned it. The hole didn't line up properly and I was so disappointed in the quality compared to the other crop a dile. The feet have to be removed to fit it in the case. I returned it and told them to go back to the drawing board on this one! It is like a new car... you never buy the first year of a new model. Wait for the second year when all th kinks have been worked out and it has been improved. I won't buy mine now for another year and I know that they have changed it and improved the quality. Sorry for bearing bad news......
If you need a deep hole punch this tool is good for that
but don't try to use it for setting small eyelets. the setting blocks are off and curls the eyelet crocked and uneven.
save the fourty bucks or so it and use a lite hammer and setter instead, it's easier and more accurate.