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Roto Punch: Does it work?

Roto Punch: Does it work?

The promoters spend a lot of time marveling about how well Roto Punch adds holes "instantly"  to items such as belts, purse straps and pet collars.

They make it look like a snap. But when I tried it,  punching a new hole in a thick leather belt was nowhere near as "instant" as in the commercial.

 It took more than five minutes of squeezing -- and moving the tool back and forth --  to get the hole puncher to cut through the thick leather. That said, It did punch a clean new hole. With softer leather on the second belt, I punched a new hole in about a minute and a half.
  
The tool comes with a "free" attachment for snaps and eyelets.  If you're tempted to use Roto Punch to add snaps or eyelets to athletic shoes, clothing or other material, practice first on fabric you don't care about. 

I found some fabrics don't punch easily. The metal fasteners seem cheaply made, and for snaps, you must get the alignment just right. In my case, the tool missed the mark on the first try.  But for less than $10, the lightweight tool does pack a good punch if you tend to need new holes in your belts and straps. 

Just make buy it in astore that carries As Seen On TV products.  I found Roto Punch sets being sold online for as little as $8  to nearly $30 for the exact same thing. In my opinion, $8 to $10 is closer to what it's worth. 

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