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!
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!!
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!