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CSTEP-2 Advanced Hand Grommet Press

Item #: 04GROMCSTEP2

Our Expert has Rated this product with 3.5 Stars   1 Expert Review  |  Read an industry-professional's opinion below

The CSTEP-2 tabletop grommet press is comparable to the popular Stimpson 405, with the same capabilities and size, with high quality components, at a more affordable price upfront and in the consumables. Perfect for low volume grommeting for small offices or print shops, or even at-home users, the unique handle shape offers comfort and requires less force from the operator, while the soft handle is comfortable to use. A deep 4 ¼" throat depth allows for more flexibility when it comes to how deep to set the grommet in your material. Ready to start setting grommets into banners? Buy the CSTEP-2 advanced hand grommet press online today.


Product Description

The CSTEP-2 Advanced Grommet Press is a new and advanced hand press for low to mid-volume grommet pressing. The innovative European design of the CSTEP-2 offers many advantages as compared to standard hand press machines. The unique lever design helps reduce the hand force necessary to apply grommets while the soft grip handle offers increased comfort for the user. An enlarged 4-1/4" throat depth allows for more flexibility in the placement of grommets. 

The CSTEP-2 Grommet Press uses self-piercing grommets, eliminating the two-step process of punching a hole and attaching the grommet; instead, both steps are completed with just one pull of the handle. It will handle many sizes of grommets with just a simple die change. 

This Grommet Hand Press Machine will provide years of professional performance with it's heavy duty and durable manufacturing. It is so easy to use, that not only is little or no training is required, it can be used by anybody. 


Shipping Weight (lbs) 17
Manufacturer ClipsShop
Model CSTEP-2
Compatible Supplies ClipsShop Grommet Dies [from #XX00 1/8” to #5 11/16”]
ClipsShop Grommets [from #XX00 1/8” to #5 11/16”]
Dimensions 3.625" W x 9.25" D x 17.75" H
Manufacturer's Warranty 1 Year Defective
Size Throat Depth: 4 ¼"
Color Blue

Expert Reviews

Expert Reviewer: Mallory, Editor at BUY101CSTEP-2 Grommet Press Review
by Mallory Morsa
Hi! I am Mallory and I am the editor here at BUY101. I have been with the team since 2008, where I started out as a customer service representative, learning the in's and out's of every product we offer. I then moved into a roll of product management that required even more product research as well as new product training, sharing my extensive product and industry knowledge with our entire BUY101 team, and now, with you in my honest reviews.

CSTEP-2 Expert Review by Mallory Morsa

The CSTEP-2 is a small table-top grommet press machine that is a good choice for anyone who grommets low-volumes (I would say a few per day, maximum) and only standard materials, such as banner vinyl. I also only recommend it for applications where the end look is not super important, and for users who need to use small to medium sized grommets, not the large grommets. If you want to be able to grommet more of a variety of materials or a higher volume, check out the CSTON-1 Grommet Press, which has a spring-loaded handle and adjustable set strengths. If you need a table press that will handle the full range of grommet sizes, then check out the CSPUR-1, or if you need an industrial machine for high-volume grommeting, then consider the CSPIC-2 Pneumatic Grommet Press.

I like that this press is so fairly priced… it is a direct comparison to the popular Stimpson 405 press, but is less expensive both upfront, and in the consumables (the dies and grommets). It can even grommet up to a #5.5, whereas that Stimpson press only handles up to a #3 grommet, which gives you a maximum hole size (after setting) of 11/16”. It also has a heavy feel to it, which provides a sturdy base keeping it in-place while in use. The blue metal look is also a nice touch, and the handle has padding, which is comfortable.

This is a very basic hand press, so it works well with standard vinyl materials, such as banners or thin paper books for filing, but not much else. Because it is not adjustable and can only press to one depth, the grommets may not set completely if you are using a thinner material, which means it could end up loose and spin around on the material… they won’t necessarily fall out, but they may not have as tight of a “squeeze”, so the grommet itself could twist around. This may not be acceptable for some applications, but may be OK for items that won’t be viewed at closely, such as hanging banners. Since the hand press also does not have a spring-loaded handle (like the CSTON-1 does), it takes quite a bit of force from you (the operator) to press the grommet through the material. This means the end result of the set grommet is dependent on the force you exert on the handle. This can become tiresome after a couple grommets, depending on how difficult the material is to work with. Paper booklets and fabrics, for example, do not work too well with the CSTEP press. This hand press can handle only up to a #5.5 grommet, also known as an 11/16” grommet. Though this does allow for the most popular sizes (even as small as #XX00 1/8”) and is still more capacity than the comparable Stimpson 405 press, it does limit you from using anything larger than a #5.5 grommet, which excludes the #12 that are most commonly used for curtains.

At the end of it all, if you need to get simple grommeting done in basic vinyl banner materials, do not need to grommet large sizes, and are only setting grommets in very low volume runs, then the CSTEP-2 may be a good choice for you. It is very easy to use so doesn’t need any training, and will get your simple jobs done quickly. If you need to do a variety of materials (like our cool grommet crafts), I do not recommend this machine.

User Reviews

GoodReview by Jim
Works good for our application... occasional vinyl banners (Posted on 5/27/16)

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