I've got a dumb question. I purchased the HS hole puncher, and while it seems great, I cannot move the punches to save my life. I've pushed, pulled, cursed, and even took a screw driver to it. What is the trick or do I own some kind of lemon?
Mine rotates quite easily, so not sure what the problem with yours is? If you hold it with the writing on the left side and face-up, try to turn the wheel forward. It should slide and click right into place. If yours doesn't turn, you probably have a lemon.
I LOVE my Herm Sprenger hole punch! It is orders of magnitude easier to use than any other hole punch I've used--no more standing on the hole punch or pounding it with a hammer in order to get it to punch one little hole! It slices through the leather like a hot knife through butter.
Could you take it to a hardware or farm store and get someone to look it over for you? Easier and cheaper than giving up, and when they work they are much nicer than standard 15$ cheepos from China. I BENT a cheap one trying to do 6 holes in a fairly standard leather strap.
I was at a tack store yesterday to have a name plate put on a halter and the TS owner said that is all she uses. She them preceded to punch through a double layer of leather without hardly trying. I borrowed it to put a new hole in my belt and I could not believe how easily it punched through. I am getting one.
By far the best hole punch around - I couldn't manage without mine. Mine rotates easily. I second taking it to a hardware store and have a handy chap called Bob take a look at it for you. Don't give up !
Mine also turns quite easily, and I have never lubricated it. You noticed the arrow on the punch head, correct? It is only meant to turn one way.
If you can't unstick it, start with WD-40, then try penetrating oil. Still no luck? Where did it come from...can you send it back?
Good luck! Mine works great and I love it. Hopefully you can get it figured out!