Akiles iCoil 41+ Spiral Binding Machine Review

May 21st, 2015
The Akiles iCoil 41+ spiral binder comes loaded with several features

The Akiles iCoil 41+ Spiral Binding Machine



Coil Binding’s Full Meal Deal


You know how you might enjoy a $5 Buck Lunch at Dairy Queen with a bacon cheeseburger, fries, drink, plus a sundae. Well, the Akiles iCoil 41+ Spiral binding machine draws several similarities. Just like the $5 Buck Lunch is a hearty deal that will keep your belly satisfied for several hours, the iCoil 41+ comes loaded with features not commonly found in a coil binding machine in its class.


The iCoil 41+ has a 4:1 pitch hole pattern that produces oval-shaped punched holes. This feature makes it easier to insert/spin the PVC binding coils through the punched pages. Oval-shaped holes also make it easier to turn the pages in a document. They improve the document binding process by as much as 50 percent.


The iCoil includes coil crimping pliers, an accessory you typically purchase separately from the coil binding machine. There’s a clever little electric coil inserter that’s concealed under the machine’s lid. This design makes the unit more compact for storage. The anti-dust cover also helps keep the machine interior clean when not in use. The iCoil 41+ has built-in coil measuring guides that enable you to select the correct coil size for the number of pages you are using. The machine’s vertical punching design improves document sheet alignment and reduces punching slip-ups and errors.


This coil binder by Akiles has an ergonomically designed punch handle that provides almost effortless punching. There’s also an electric foot pedal to activate the electric coil inserter. This makes coil binding fast and easy.


You will simplify your coil binding work with the Akiles iCoil Plus. This convenient and compact coil binding system gets the job done quickly and efficiently. Be sure to contact ABC Office today for more details about the Akiles iCoil 41+ Spiral Binding Machine.


Martin Yale 7000E Stack Paper Cutter Review

May 20th, 2015
ABC Office Review of the Martin Yale 7000E Stack Paper Cutter

The Retro-Looking Martin Yale 7000E

If you’re looking for an old-style stack paper cutter with tried and tested design and performance, then the Martin Yale 7000E is the ideal cutter for you. The 7000E is commonly found in school copy centers, photography shops, print shops, and small and large businesses.


The Martin Yale 7000E is not only simple to use, it’s capable of cutting a full 12-inch length, or depth, of paper. It will also slice through a stack of 1-1/2 inch 20 lb. copy paper (approximately 350 sheets).


The unit’s paper stop is fully adjustable. It features a positive paper clamp that securely holds a stack of paper in place. The paper clamp prevents shifting and tearing during the cutting process.


The 7000E wears a safety blade latch that prevents cutting until the latch has been released. Its English and Metric rule guides help ensure an accurate cut with every stroke. Be sure to contact ABC Office today for details about the Martin Yale 7000E stack paper cutter.


  • Easy to use
  • Includes all heavy-duty features needed to cut large stacks of paper
  • Heavy-duty, durable wood base



  • Weight: 45 pounds
  • Working width: 12 inches
  • Width: 20 inches
  • Depth: 30 inches
  • Height: 16 inches


Tamerica Optimus-46i Coil Binding Machine Review

May 18th, 2015
coil binder, coil binding, 4:1 pitch, coil punch, oval holes

The Optimus-46i

The Tamerica Optimus-46i Coil Binding machine is an impressive little model that’s affordably priced. You typically find machines with its capabilities in the $400-$700 price tag range.

The Optimus-46i has fully disengageable punch pins.  This allows you to punch and bind a wide variety of documents of different sizes. The pull-out punch pins help you avoid unseemly half-punched papers.

The coil inserter located on the top of the machine offers a new and innovative twist to document binding. It features a grooved silicone roller that makes it smoother and simpler to insert the PVC coil into a punched stack of paper.

The Optimus-46i from Tamerica offers further simplicity and efficiency with its foot-operated pedal. This operates the machine’s punch dies, or pins. This added feature alone helps free up your hands and improves your productivity.

There are also other useful features including oval punched holes — this makes it much easier to insert coil. There’s adjustable depth control and you can punch up to 20 sheets of copy paper at a time.

Be sure to contact ABC Office today to learn more about the Tamerica Optimus-46i Coil Binding Machine.


Paper Folder Review: MBM 93M vs. Formax FD 300

July 3rd, 2014

MBM 93M and Formax FD 300 comparison

The Formax FD 300 compares well to the MBM 93M

We recently sat down and did a side-by-side paper folding machine comparison between the MBM 93M and the new Formax FD 300. We were excited when Formax announced a paper folding machine that would compete directly with the MBM 93M, a popular model with our customers.

The MBM 93M has delivered top-notch paper folding capabilities to our customers for a reasonable price. We have several satisfied customers who currently use this machine. The new Formax entry, the FD 300 has several comparable features that could give the 93M a run for the money. Let’s take a look:

Folding Speed

MBM 93M: 7,200 sheets/hour

Formax FD 300: 7,400 sheets/hour

Two hundred more sheets folded per hour is quite a big difference when you need to fold several hundred pieces each day. Time and labor savings quickly add up. Advantage: Formax.

Input Capacity

MBM 93M: 150 Sheets

Formax FD 300: 200 Sheets

Formax comes out the winner here again, thanks to a much deeper paper hopper. This translates into fewer paper feedings into the paper tray required by the operator and a significant saving of time. Advantage: Formax.

Maximum Paper Size

MBM 93M: 8 1/2″ x 14″

Formax FD 300: 8 1/2″ x 14″

Both models will fold legal size paper, a common request by our customers. The 93M and FD 300 models handle the larger-sized sheets with ease. Advantage: Draw.

Accepted Paper Weights

MBM 93M: 20 lb. bond

Formax FD 300: 20 lb. bond

Both models will process paper that’s slightly lighter and heavier than copy paper, but that’s about it. We sometimes hear from frustrated callers who assume their paper folding machine can handle card stock or other heavy types of paper. The fact is, most models are designed to fold copy paper only. Heavier stock paper presents challenges for several models. Advantage: Draw.


MBM 93M: 1 year limited warranty, excluding wearables

Formax FD 300: 90-day warranty does not include consumable parts, labor, or shipping.

A meager warranty has always been an issue with Formax machines. We have sold Formax machines for almost 20 years, and warranty claims are far and few between. Unfortunately, potential customers do not know this when they browse our website. They often side with a competitor’s comparable model that offers a more liberal warranty time frame. Such is the case with the model 93M. Advantage MBM.


MBM 93M: $458

Formax FD 300: $499

Since the Formax FD 300 is a new model, we were hoping their price would be a little more competitive. Saving $41 may not seem like a significant amount of money, but every dollar counts – especially when buying office equipment and supplies. Advantage: MBM.

As you can see, both the MBM 93M and Formax FD 300 paper folding machines offer very similar capabilities. What model do we recommend? Well, if warranty and price are a big concern, then MBM is the clear choice. If that’s not a deal breaker, then we recommend the Formax FD 300 based on performance capabilities and less time required for operation and attendance.

Coil Binding Machine Review: Akiles CoilMac-EPI Plus 4:1

June 6th, 2014

Akiles CoilMac-EPI Plus Review

Akiles CoilMac-EPI Plus 4:1

Akiles CoilMac-EPI Plus 4:1 Coil Binding Machine w/ Inserter (Oval Holes)

I recently had a customer ask me to explain the differences between two electric coil binding machines: The Akiles CoilMac-EPI Plus 4:1 and Renz SPB 360 Comfort Electric Coil Binding Machine. These are both high-volume, quality coil binding machines engineered to withstand heavy use throughout the workday. We rarely receive complaints from customers about either brand.

The Renz SPB 360 is a tried and tested model that offers several features needed for high-volume document binding. It has a unique built-in coil-crimping device that cuts and bends excess binding coil, eliminating the need for crimping pliers.

Over the years, however, I have been very impressed with how Akiles has been able to design a binding machine that has so many features to offer for such a modest price. When I entered the document finishing industry over 12 years ago, Renz was pretty much the dominant force in high-end binding machines. That prominence has changed since then, thanks to the determination of the product engineers from Akiles. They have not only successfully competed in the document binding machine market, but have surpassed their competition in several key areas.

Most coil binding machines punch round holes. The Akiles CoilMac-EPI Plus 4:1 does not. This unique electric coil-binding machine actually punches out oval-shaped holes with its built-in electric punch. This slight modification in hole design dramatically speeds up the coil insertion process. This allows for slightly more space for the coil to move within and reduces the frustration often encountered when coil and punched paper don’t always exactly match up. The machine’s 54 punch pins may be disengaged so that you can create custom-sized documents and books.

The Akiles CoilMac-EPI Plus, with rugged all-metal construction, boasts a high volume punch capacity of 25 sheets. This rating applies to 20 lb. standard copy paper. The punch motor has reverse anti-jam feature that helps you dislodge stacks of paper or covers that were too thick.

The machine also provides a full-length, heavy-duty electric coil inserter on the front of the unit for convenient coil insertion. The CoilMac-EPI Plus comes with a built-in coil diameter selector and premium oval coil crimping pliers.

When you are ready to order your electric coil binding machine, be sure to mention this article to save an additional seven percent!

Mix Bill Counter Review: Carnation CR3 vs. Ribao DCJ-280

May 30th, 2014

Ribao DCJ-280 2 Pocket Mixed Bill Counter / Discriminator

The Ribao DCJ-280 is easily updated for the latest currency

Ribao DCJ-280 2 Pocket Mixed Bill Counter / Discriminator

ABC Office currently offers two bill counters that let you drop in a stack of mixed bills and see the monetary value of each batch. This is a highly sought after feature by several of our customers, but this type of technology requires a bit of an investment on the customer’s part. Both the Ribao DCJ-280 2 Pocket Mixed Bill Counter / Discriminator and the Carnation CR3 Mixed Bill Currency Counter are priced at the higher end of the bill counter spectrum.

If your business is in need of a sophisticated, professional-grade bill counter that will distinguish the value of the bills it is counting, and is capable of recognizing the latest issued currency, then you should consider the Ribao DCJ-280. This currency discriminator, or often called a mixed bill counting machine, will process a complete range of US bills and provide you with the total number and value counted. Other foreign currency variations are available upon request, including Euro, Peso and more.

Customers often ask why the Ribao DCJ-280 is priced about $800 more than the Carnation CR3 bill counter. That’s because the DCJ-280 comes equipped with a convenient USB port that lets you connect the unit to your computer. You can then easily update the DCJ-280 so that it will detect new versions of currency issued by the U.S. or foreign countries. This feature alone makes the Ribao DCJ-280 a smart bill counter investment simply because it’s a bill counting model that will not become obsolete with the constant introduction of new currencies.

This do-it-yourself currency update feature is one that the Carnation CR3 bill counter does not offer. The CR3 model may be updated only by shipping the unit back to the manufacturer. The DCJ-280 may be programmed for note counting one of three different ways. It may be used for mixed counting, mixed sorting and piece sorting. The DCJ-280 mixed bill counter may be found in a bank, credit union, retail establishment, casino or other business that processes a high amount of cash.

Carnation CR3 Mixed Bill Currency Counter

The most affordable mixed bill counter available today

Carnation CR3 Mixed Bill Currency Counter w/ Counterfeit Detection

While most money counting machines perform a fast and effective job of counting the total number of bills that pass through the machine, they unfortunately do not display the total dollar value. If you require more from your bill counting machine, especially the nice feature of knowing the total value of dollars counted, the Carnation CR3 mixed denomination currency counter is a popular choice with several of our customers.

Sometimes referred to as a mixed currency discriminator, the Carnation CR3 bill counter pretty much does it all. This is the most affordable mixed bill counter available on the market today. The CR3 was designed from the ground up to be used with United States currency, and foreign bills and includes impressive list of useful features. The CR3 can process bills at speeds ranging from 500 up to 1,100 notes per minute.

The counterfeit scanning capabilities of the CR3 include UV, or ultraviolet scanning, MG, or magnetic scanning and IR infrared scanning. The LCD display makes it easy to see the total bills counted, total dollar amount and more. You simply drop your stack of mixed bills in the top hopper and they stack in the bottom stacker. Be sure to order your mixed currency bill counter today.

Sealer Sales Spotlights Dealer ABC Office

May 9th, 2014

Sealer Sales

Recently, Sealer Sales, the manufacturer of quality packaging equipment, published a distributor highlight about ABC Office on their corporate blog.

Sealer Sales is well known in the industry as a manufacturer of hand and large heat sealers, shrink wrap machines, shrink wrap film, I-bar sealers and other heat sealing machines. SealerSales is one of the largest manufacturers of shrink wrap and packaging equipment.

At ABC Office we sell hundreds of different machines and a wide variety of supplies from SealerSales. We have listed dozens of their products on our website and are still adding more. Their impressive lineup of products are both affordable and high quality. Our Service Department can also help with parts, repairs and support of SealerSales equipment. Be sure to contact ABC Office about SealerSales packaging equipment and supplies today!

Paper Folding Machines that Fold Stapled Sheets of Paper

April 29th, 2014

1611 Paper Folding Machine by Martin Yale

This model can fold up to five stapled sheets at a time.

Do you need to fold multiple sheets of paper that are stapled together? This is a feature that most paper folding machines cannot do. But not to worry, there are a few models out there that can fold stapled sheets.

This is one of the most common questions we are asked at ABC Office. Unfortunately, there are some who assume most paper folders can do this special task. They soon learn the paper folder model they purchased is not capable of folding multiple sheets and their paper folding plans are crushed.

You may be wondering if there is a paper folding machine capable of folding stapled sheets automatically. For example, is it possible to place a stack of stapled sheets in the paper feed tray, push a button and let the paper folder do the rest? Unfortunately such a model does not exist. You must feed each stapled set by hand. Even though this may still be an inconvenience, the timesavings offered by a paper folding machine is significant when compared to folding sheets by hand.

There is currently a limited selection of paper folding machine models available that boast multiple sheet folding capabilities. This article features a few of our best-selling paper folding machine models that have the capability of folding (in some cases) up to five stapled sheets at a time.

The Martin Yale 1611 Ease-of-Use AutoFolder Paper Folding Machine is the first model we typically recommend for folding stapled sheets of paper. The first reason why is it’s affordably priced for a semi-automatic paper folding machine. It’s also straightforward when it comes time to operate the machine.

Up to five stapled sheets may be folded by simply hand-feeding the stack into the bypass feed table located on the top of the machine.

Very similar to the model 1611, the Martin Yale 1711 Electronic Ease-of-Use AutoFolder Paper Folding Machine is also recommended. That’s because in addition to its multiple sheet folding feature, the 1711 is a fully automatic machine. This is desired by some who prefer not to spend the time adjusting the folding plates on a paper folding machine manually.

The Formax FD 38X Automatic Tabletop Paper Folder is a high-volume model capable of folding up to 20,100 sheets per hour. It has a multi-sheet feeder that allows up to four sheets, stapled or unstapled, to be folded at one time.

Be sure to contact ABC Office today at 1-800-658-8788 to find out more about paper folding machines that can fold stapled sheets of paper.

Looking for a Safe School Arm Paper Cutter?

April 23rd, 2014

Quality arm paper cutter that is both safe and accurate

The Dahle 561 Premium Guillotine Paper Cutter

Dahle 561 Premium Guillotine Paper Cutter

If you’ve been searching for a quality arm paper cutter that is both safe and accurate, then we highly recommend the Dahle 561 Premium guillotine paper cutter. Why? Because the Dahle 561 cutter has a unique rotary blade guard that makes it almost impossible to accidentally cut yourself. This cutter’s impressive German engineered design makes sure that the blade is covered throughout the entire cutting process. Older arm paper cutters can be dangerous if not used carefully. That is why we highly recommend the Dahle 561 cutter for use in schools and other places where children are present.

The Dahle 561 paper cutter was designed to deliver a solid, long-lasting machine that also gives you precise, accurate paper trims with every stroke. Speaking from experience, this cutter is both easy to use and simple to set up. The manufacturer lists the Dahle 561’s cutting capacity at 35 sheets and this is no overstatement. We have a demo model on our showroom floor here at ABC Office that we use on a frequent basis. You can view a video demonstration of the Dahle 561 paper cutter in action here.

Cutting thick stacks of paper is indeed possible and quite easy to do. We have been impressed with this cutter’s accurate, no-slip paper trimming thanks to a tight paper clamp that ensures zero paper stack movement while cutting.

The Dahle 561 paper trimmer has ground upper and lower blades, a rotary safety guard, automatic paper clamp, measuring scale bar and adjustable paper backstop. It has a cutting length of 14.5 inches. The 561 comes with a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty against defects, materials and assembly.

The unit boasts a genuine German Solingen steel cutting blade — an impressive feature for a guillotine trimmer in such an affordable price range. You can accurately cut paper, photographs, card stock, small posters and signs, art projects, laminated paper and much more. Be sure to ask ABC Office about the Dahle 561 Premium arm paper cutter today.

Little-Known Features of the Formax FD 6102 Inserter

April 9th, 2014

Envelope Paper Folder Inserting Machine by Formax

The FD 6102 has several features typically found on higher-end models

The Formax FD 6102 is our best-selling paper folder/envelope inserter machine. Several customers have used this very model for a wide variety of business mailing needs. Although the FD 6102 is rated as a low-volume model that processes up to 5,000 mail pieces per month, its duty cycle is more than adequate for most of our customers.

The FD 6102 has several features typically found on higher-end models, thus enhancing its value for the price. Some of these features include a large, color touch screen display panel. The panel is clearly marked and offers easy, step-by-step prompts and guidance through any folding and inserting job. This feature alone was not available on previous versions or competing models for that matter.

In my opinion, the FD 6102 is designed for almost anyone to use. Formax does offer free set up and training after purchase, but most customers can operate the unit right out of the box. It’s really that simple.

Other Easter eggs, or hidden features offered by the FD 6102 include the machine’s dual automatic and semi-automatic mode options. This means you can program the folder inserter to do extra tasks that are typically only performed by a higher end model. For example in semi-automatic mode, the FD 6102 will fold and insert up to five sheets of 20 lb. stock, either stapled or unstapled.

In fully automatic mode, this paper folder/envelope inserter can do the following:

· One sheet folded and inserted
· One sheet folded, return envelope nested and inserted
· Two sheets collated, folded and inserted
· Two sheets collated, folded, return envelope nested and inserted
· Folding only without inserting

The Formax FD 6102 can handle documents up to 14 inches in length. It also has seal and non-sealing capabilities. The fold types that this model can do include: Letter, Half, Double Parallel and no fold.

Be sure to call us at 1-800-658-8788 today to learn about all of the impressive capabilities of the Formax FD 6102 folder inserter – a feature-rich folder/inserting model available at a low, competitive price.

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