X-ACTO School Pro Desktop Electric Pencil Sharpener, Blue/Gray
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155 of 160 found the following review helpful:
Looks good, functions so so Dec 27, 2006
I am in the design field, using color pencils a lot. I noticed this well advertised sharpener and it seemed like a nice piece in the pictures on-line. The unit I got is made by X-Acto and has 5 pencil size options and a nice big bin for shavings.
So I bought one to replace my cheap 20 year old sharpener, which cost $18- twenty years ago.
The large bin is nice. But I do have major problems with this unit.
1) Stub results. The angle of sharpening is not sharp enough. A large cutting angle means you have to sharpen more often and have less freedom with drawing with your pencil (sideways). Anybody that claims that a fatter sharpening angle is less dangerous for kids is really not telling the truth, a sharpened pencil is a sharpened pencil. There is no excuse to have such a poor angle, perhaps the mechanism isn't that good a quality. Anyway, trying to draw expressively with stubs is annoying and interrupts the creative process.
2) The pencils never seem to hit right on center, leaving this annoying off-centered wedge down the exposed sharpened graphite point. I have to shove the pencil in at a some angle to try and get it to sharpen on center. Never works right. The wood wedge down the graphite also means more frequent sharpening and interferes with the creative process.
3) My inexpensive 20 year old sharpener is more powerful than this X-Acto sharpener. It sharpens faster and has a narrower sharpening angle.
Conclusion? I don't recommend this piece, it is well below mediocre, in fact I would call it substandard. I'm giving my unit to the kids as I can't return a dirty used piece.
79 of 81 found the following review helpful:
Very Disappointed Teacher Oct 15, 2004
By R. Rickly
Only buy this pencil sharpener if you want to replace it each year. The sharpener worked very well until the end of the school year and then the blades became dull and would not sharpen the pencils. Hunt Company replaced the blades under warranty. Now that the warranty has expired, they refuse to replace the blades and won't sell the blade replacements. What a shame that electric pencil sharpeners are supposed to be disposable!
44 of 46 found the following review helpful:
Short Life-Span Aug 26, 2006
By Grade 1 Teacher
I have gone through three School-Pro Sharpeners in four years. When it works, this sharpener is wonderful. It accomodates several different pencil sizes, has a huge shavings receptacle and runs quietly. My first sharpener lasted through two school years. The second one lasted about a year and a half. The company replaced it for free after I complained. The replacement lasted only a few months. They all had the same problem. When a pencil was inserted the the blades would spin, but they didn't sharpen. I think there was a problem with the automatic pencil stop feature. If the company would address this design flaw, I would consider buying another School-Pro.
14 of 14 found the following review helpful:
Disappointed Feb 18, 2007
I ordered this sharpener after reviewing several others. I am a second grade school teacher and needed something that would hold up under fairly heavy use. This sounded like the ideal sharpener...but I was wrong. This sharpener started out pretty good. It sharpened quickly, smoothly and with nice points. In just a couple of months, it has become noisy, vibrates as it sharpens, often sharpens off center (as described by the previous review), and pencil points are much less sharp when it does sharpen correctly. It has a warranty. I'm going to call for a replacement. I'll let you know what customer service is like.
15 of 16 found the following review helpful:
Don't waste your money! Feb 07, 2008
By Isabel Crutchfield
Every teacher at our school got one of these at the beginning of the year. NONE of them made it through March. The internal gears are made of cheap plastic that quickly wear out. While the cutters no longer turn, the units do squeal quite nicely! One star becuase it's the minimum available!
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