My blue HomePro Tool came from the first batch of tools sold by American Tag...making it many-years-old. Some have tried to duplicate the functionality of this amazing machine but nothing comes close to the quality, durability and versatility of the "Purple Monster," "Dream Machine," or "HomePro Everythinger."
First of all, this is American made and was invented by machinists, hence the solid chuck of metal that it is. Once the initial investment is made in the tool the only thing you will pay for later are embellishments (which you would already purchase) and upgrade kits that come out from time to time. You don’t have to buy the new-and-improved version of the tool to get upgraded---they fit your existing HomePro.
My first kit helped me punch holes and set eyelets in 12" x 12" papers and chipboard when the popular paper size for scrapbookers was 8.5" x 11". I love, love, love that the back-side of set eyelets, when set, are rolled not splayed (split, jagged edges). there is no noise and exorbitant amounts of strength needed to set, punch or crimp.
Not long after my initial purchase the nail head setter and rhinestone setter became available. Then came the snap setter and corner crimper (to set metal-rimmed tags and metal stripping on paper and album edges).
This tool can do the following:
*Punch through metal, plastic, paper, chipboard, etc. in several sizes (all you need is inexpensive punch set--included with this package)
*Set eyelets in several sizes (using the eyelet setting kit--included in this package)
*Set snaps (using the snap setting kit--included in this package)
*Set nailheads (using the nailhead setting kit--included in this package)
*Set rhinestone (kit sold separately)
*Set decorative metal corner protectors (kit sold separately)
*Crimp and set metal rimmed tags and strips (kit sold separately)
American Tag has beautiful embellishments that enhance layouts, cards and home decor all easily attached with the HomePro.
This tool is heavy which believe it or not makes punching and setting easier. It can be mounted to a wood or metal surface too making it even more substantial.
The parts are so durable all you have to do is maintenance with machine oil or WD-40. I've NEVER had to replace any parts in all these years.
Try it! You'll love it too!