Archive for August, 2010

Best Children’s Book Racks for Reception Rooms, Lobbies and Waiting Rooms

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Children's Book Racks and Literature HoldersAre you looking for a cute and creative way to display books and magazines for kids and children in a reception lobby or waiting room? Here are a few great magazine racks made by R WIREworks designed specifically for use by kids.

To begin with, R WIREworks makes some of the best wire frame magazine racks around. The wire used in these racks does not bend or break. They are made from heavy-gauge wire that can easily withstand wear and tear without looking worse for wear.

One advantage of using a wire magazine rack for children is because crumbs, paper scraps, crayons and other things children use won’t end up in cracks and crevices. Simply put, wire magazine racks are EXTREMELY easy to keep clean.  Most of these racks come in different colors.

Here are some of our customers’ top picks for children’s magazine racks:

  1. R WIREworks Buddy the Wire Dog Children’s Book Rack
  2. R WIREworks Elmo Wire Book Rack
  3. R WIREworks Eleanor Wire Literature Holder
  4. R WIREworks BBE Children’s Wire Book Easel

You can find our entire selection of magazine holders and book racks here. Don’t see what you want? Feel free to call 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our magazine rack experts. They may be able to track down exactly what you need.

Formax FD 312 Desktop Paper Folding Machine Review

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Formax FD 312 Paper Folding MachineDo you need a durable paper folding machine that can be used on your desk for mailing letters, folding brochures and other jobs? One model you may want to look at is the Formax FD 312 paper folding machine (found here). I have used this folding machine and this is my review.

Formax is a leading manufacturer of paper folding machines and paper folder inserters. They also manufacture a wide selection of paper shredders, bursters and other paper handling equipment.

The Formax FD 312 is compact, simple and extremely easy to use. It is about the size of a desktop printer (exact dimensions are 11.6″ L x 14″ W x 14.5″ H). It uses two folding plates to fold paper. These folding plates are manually adjusted. Setup time shouldn’t take more than a few minutes. Once the folding plates are set, the rest is quick and easy.

The FD 312 is designed for light to medium volume use. While not ideal for high-volume folding jobs, it is a solid machine. The feed tray can hold up to 200 sheets of paper and it is designed to fold standard 20# paper. It cannot be used to fold card stock. It can, however, be used to fold 11 and 14-inch long paper.

You can use the Formax FD 312 to create letter folds (C fold), half folds (V fold) and accordion folds (Z fold). The folding plates are customizable, so you can use this to create your own unique folds.

The control panel is simple. There are no adjustments or LCD screens to look at. It has a green “go” button and a “red” stop button. It really is a simple “no-nonsense” folding machine.

This machine is ideal for use in schools, churches, copy centers and other businesses that need to fold brochures, letters and other material. The construction is exceptional, so you shouldn’t experience any quirks or issues with it.

I personally like this folding machine and recommend it. Keep in mind, however, that it is not designed for heavy-volume usage.

You can find the Formax FD 312 paper folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Still have questions about the Formax FD 312? Call us up at 1-800-658-8788 and speak with one of our paper folding machine specialists.

Cassida 3300 Counterfeit Bill Detector & Scanner Review

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Cassida 3300 Counterfeit Bill Detector & ScannerAre you looking for a no-nonsense counterfeit bill detector that is easy to use and won’t suffer from false-positive detection? One counterfeit detector you may want to consider using is the Cassida 3300 counterfeit bill detector (found here). This is my review.

Cassida is a well-known manufacturer of bill and coin counting machines. They also make a variety of different counterfeit detectors. The Cassida 3300 is the most advanced counterfeit detector that Cassida makes.

The Cassida 3300 counterfeit detector is very similar in look and operation to the Cashscan detectors. The concept and design is simple. Simply feed the bill into one end of the detector, the bill gets scanned and it comes out the other end. The machine will then let you know if the bill is legitimate or not. The first time I used it I was reminded of the bill acceptor found on a vending machine.

This counterfeit detector is pretty much fool proof. It scans for ultraviolet (UV) and magnetic (MG) properties build into legitimate currency. To date these traits have not been counterfeited. Thanks to this scanning ability, it is considered to be one of the most reliable counterfeit detectors available today. It can even be used to detect counterfeit super bills and any washed counterfeits.

This particular machine requires no special training or setup to use. An LCD screen on the top of the machine will let you know if the bill is legitimate and will also display the bill’s monetary value. You can even use this as a bill counter as it will keep track of the combined dollar value of bills scanned.

Because the Cassida 3300 is so compact, it can be used just about anywhere. Place it on a table or next to a cash register. The footprint only takes up a few square inches. It is designed to work with a 110/220 VAC power source.

One question I get asked by a lot of customers is whether or not it can only be used with US dollars. The answer to that is no. It can be setup and configured for use with Canadian dollars, Euros, British pounds and Japanese yen. Simply select the currency type from the front panel.

My overall impression with this bill counter is excellent. It is so simple to use and foolproof. Many counterfeit detectors leave room open for error and can potentially be misread. The Cassida 3300 is compact, small, clear and precise.

You can find the Cassida 3300 counterfeit bill detector here. You can find our entire selection of counterfeit bill detectors here.

ABC 1150 Ultra Bill Counter Review

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

ABC 1150 Ultra Counterfeit Bill & Money DetectorDo you need to count large amounts of bills every day and also need the ability to verify that they are real? One bill counter that you may want to look at is the ABC 1150 Ultra bill counter & counterfeit detector (found here). I have used this bill counter on several occasions and this is my review.

In case you have never counted money by hand, the process can be dirty and extremely inaccurate. This being the case, there are still many people that count money by hand. This includes cashiers, nightclubs, restaurants, grocery stores and many others.

Bill counters are dead-on accurate and extremely fast. The ABC 1150 Ultra will finish in a few seconds what it would take a person several minutes to do. Simply drop the bills into the hopper and let the machine do the rest. It is that simple.

The ABC 1150 Ultra does not require any special setup. It has a few guides where you place the money in, but that’s about it. The hopper holds 200 new bills or 100 used bills. The motor runs at a speed of about 1,000 bills per minute.

This bill counter is extremely lightweight and portable. A convenient handle pulls out from the top of the machine, making it extremely easy to move. While it doesn’t run on batteries, it can be plugged into just about any standard wall outlet.

The ABC 1150 Ultra can do batch counting. This is great if you need to organize money into quantities of 50, 100 or another amount. The machine will count the desired number of bills, stop and then wait until the bills have been removed before starting back up.

One of the biggest plusses of the ABC 1150 Ultra is the counterfeit detection. This counter will scan each bill as it runs through the machine. It detects the bills for magnetic (MG) and ultraviolet (UV) properties. If a counterfeit bill is detected, the machine will stop, light up and give you an audible sound alerting you to the problem.

Be aware that the ABC 1150 Ultra is not a bill discriminator. This means it will tell you the total number of bills, but cannot distinguish the value difference between bills. Very few machines are capable of doing this and typically cost 15 to 20 times more.

As I previously mentioned, I have used this bill counter many times. It is extremely accurate. I have run the same stack through dozens of times in a row and it always give the exact same number every time. This bill counter has a great track record with our customers.

You can find the ABC 1150 Ultra bill counter & counterfeit detector here. You can find our entire selection of money and bill counters here.

Electric vs Manual Wire Binding Machines

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Electric and Manual Twin Loop Wire Binding MachinesSo you’ve decided you like the wire binding look. I can’t say that I blame you. Wire binding is probably one of the classiest and nicest looking binding formats available today. Now that you’ve settled on a binding style, it’s possible that you’re not quite sure which machine to get. Should you go with a manual or an electric wire binding machine? Here is some advice that may help you with your decision.

Wire binding, sometimes called double-loop or twin-loop wire binding, is extremely popular for binding books, reports and presentations. You can find wire in three different hole patterns. These patterns are 2:1 (2 holes per inch), 3:1 (3 holes per inch) and 19-ring. Machines that punch paper for wire binding come in manual and electric designs.

So should you go with the manual or the electric punch? The type of punch you get will depend on three key questions: How many books would you like to bind? What is your budget? How much effort do you want to put into book binding?

Electric Wire Binding MachinesTo answer the first question, if you will only be binding a few books per day, a manual punch will easily be able to handle and keep up with the job at hand. If you will be binding more than a few dozen books every day, you may want to look at an electric punch. Electric wire binding machines are faster when it comes to binding.

It should come as no surprise that electric punch wire binding machines are more of an investment. Budget is often a determining factor when it comes to binding equipment purchases.  If you simply cannot afford an electric punch, try to get a manual punch machine with a higher punching capacity. That will at least help increate binding output.

Electric punch wire binding machines are often a matter of convenience. Let’s be honest. Manually punching paper takes effort. If you like the idea of simply pushing a button to punch paper, an electric wire binder may be exactly what you need (especially if you’re not tide to a budget).

We offer both electric and manual wire binding machines. You can find our manual wire binding machines here. You can find our electric wire binding machines here. You can find our wire binding supplies here.  If you still have questions about wire binding machines and which model is best for you, speak with one of our binding specialists at 1-800-658-8788.

Tips For Buying A Great Office Paper Shredder

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Home Office Paper ShreddersWhether you work at home or run a business, finding the right paper shredder can be a bit of a task. You certainly don’t want to buy something that will break down in a few months, but don’t want to break the bank either. Here are a few useful tips you may want to follow when buying a good office paper shredder.

To begin with, not all paper shredders are created equal. The first thing I would recommend doing is staying away from most sub $100 department store shredders. Most of these shredders feature a poor build quality and often struggle shredding more than a few sheets of paper.

These are some features you will want in your office paper shredder:

Continuous Duty – It is a good idea to purchase a shredder with a continuous-duty motor. This means the shredder can run continuously without the need of a cool down period. Simply put, it won’t overheat. This is a good sign of a great shredder.

Throat Width – Be sure to get a shredder with a wide opening. Shredders limited to 9-inches wide makes it difficult to properly feed jumbled sheets of paper.

Cross Cut (Security Level) – I recommend getting a cross cut paper shredder. This is the best way to ensure your documents cannot be read or be re-assembled. A security level 3 is more than sufficient for a home office. You can read more on shredder security levels here.

Shred Capacity – This one seems like a no brainer, but I recommend getting a shredder with at least a 10 sheet shredding capacity. The more sheets the better, however, the higher the sheet capacity the higher the price.

Removable Bin – I hate having to remove the shredder head to empty a shredder. Get a shredder with a removable bin. This will keep things cleaner and will cut down on frustration.

Noise Level – While not all shredders specify their decibel rating, I recommend getting something that is at least 60 decibels or quieter for a home office.

Destroyit Brand Paper ShreddersBrand – While a brand isn’t always the end all answer, there are a few brands that continue to be hits with our customers. This includes Destroyit, HSM, Dahle, Intimus and Formax.

These are some of the most important features to take into consideration when buying a paper shredder. For more advice, feel free to speak with one of our paper shredder specialists at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of paper shredders here.

Top 10 Best Small Business Paper Shredders

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Destroyit 2501 Small Office Paper ShredderIf you own a small business, chances are pretty good that you need a paper shredder. More than likely you don’t need something huge, but you probably still require a machine that can be used throughout the day by a few people. We have compiled a list of reliable paper shredders based on our customers’ feedback.

If you’re going to spend money on a paper shredder, you want to make sure it is going to hold up and last you for years. There are a lot of cheap paper shredders out there claiming to be durable and dependable. When you open them up, however, you will often find plastic gears and cheap aluminum components.

Here is a list of the top 10 affordable, reliable and easy-to-use small business paper shredders that we offer. As mentioned earlier, this is based on customer feedback, location of use and popularity. This list is in alphabetical order.

Top 10 Best Small Business Paper Shredders

  1. Dahle 2414 Small Office Paper Shredder
  2. Dahle 30414 Paper Shredder
  3. Destroyit 2403 Small Department Shredder
  4. Destroyit 2501 Strip-cut / Cross-cut Paper Shredder
  5. Destroyit 2604 Departmental Shredder
  6. Destroyit 3105 Cross Cut Paper Shredder
  7. Formax FD 8300 SC/CC Paper Shredder
  8. HSM 104.3 Small Office Paper Shredder
  9. HSM Model 125.2 Paper Shredder
  10. Intimus Model 402 Small Department Shredders

While we can’t fit all our shredders in this list, rest assured that everything we carry is of the highest quality. You can find our entire selection of paper shredders here.

Peachtree Compatible Time Clocks

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Amano MTX-15 Time Guardian Time Clock SystemSomeone recently asked me if we sold any time clocks compatible with Peachtree. While Peachtree is less common than other payroll software (like Quickbooks), we do have a time clock that will work with it. That time clock is the Amano MTX-15 Time Guardian.

The Amano MTX-15 Time Guardian is a digital time clock. It uses cards to swipe in and out of work by use of a magnetic stripe reader. The time clock stores this data on a computer that can later be exported for use with Peachtree.

The Amano Time Guardian comes with the MTX-15 terminal, the software package for use on a computer, a 50-foot RS-232 cable, 25 employee badges and a communications adaptor. This is pretty much everything you need to get up and going.

If you have questions about the Amano MTX-15 Time Guardian and Peachtree, feel free to speak with one of our experts at 1-800-658-8788.

You can find the Amano MTX-15 Time Guardian here. You can find our entire selection of employee time clocks here.

Do All Hot Foil Stampers Work With Leather?

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Kwikprint Hot Foil Stamping MachineI had a customer ask me today whether or not our foil stamping machines are able to stamp on leather. It told them that our Kwikprint and Howard foil stampers can be used to stamp on leather. There are just a few things you will need to know prior to stamping leather.

As far as machines are concerned, all hot foil stampers that I am aware of are capable of stamping on leather. Not all stamping foil is able to adhere to leather. Be sure the foil you are using is rated to work on leather. Most hot stamping foil, however, is rated to stamp on leather.

What types of leather do most people foil stamp? The most commonly stamped item is leather & hardbound bound books, such as a Bible. People like to add names to the cover of books, including logos. We have even had customers use foil stampers to stamp school years and names onto yearbooks.

I have had customers tell me that they foil stamp text, numbers and lettering on leather keychains, belts and wallets. I’m sure there is more that customers have stamped, but this is what comes to mind.

The best thing about foil stamping machines is that they can also be used to stamp photographs, card stock, napkins, pencils and more.

You can find our entire selection of foil stamping machines here. You can find our foil stamping ribbons and supplies here.

MBM Kutrimmer 1035 Guillotine Paper Trimmer Review

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

MBM Kutrimmer 1035 Guillotine Paper TrimmerAre you looking for an affordable guillotine paper trimmer that won’t break the bank but will still hold up with constant use? One trimmer you may want to consider getting is the popular MBM Kutrimmer 1035 guillotine paper trimmer (found here). I frequently use this trimmer and this is my review.

MBM manufactures a wide variety of Kutrimmer guillotine trimmers. The model 1035 is the least expensive model offered. It has a 14-inch long cutting length and a cutting capacity of up to 30 sheets of 20# paper. These specifications are more than adequate for most people.

Kutrimmer paper cutters are German engineered and German made. If you’ve ever handled a Kutrimmer trimmer, you’ll notice just how thick the metal components are and just how heavy the trimmer is. The overall build quality on the 1035 is excellent.

You’ll notice, by looking at the picture, that the Kutrimmer 1035 features a grid and a guide. The grid features the most commonly cut paper sizes and the guide slides back and forth. Both of these features make it easy to align and cut documents.

Unlike many of the older guillotine trimmers, the Kutrimmer 1035 has several build in safety features. The most obvious is the built-in plexiglass guard. This guard prevents fingers from being cut or injured. You’ll also notice that there is a paper gauge bar that runs the length of the cutter, only allowing a certain mount of paper to be placed under the blade. This again prevents accidental injuries.

A downside to the Kutrimmer 1035 is that it does not include a clamp. Most of the Kutrimmer trimmers include this feature. The blade on the 1035 is sharp enough that you shouldn’t have any problems. You will only run into issues when cutting slick paper that tends to move around.

The blade on the 1035 is removable and can be re-sharpened, saving you money. Many competitors use disposable blades, requiring you to buy a new blade every time the old one dulls. You shouldn’t have to worry about the blade becoming dull too quickly. The 1035’s blade is made from hardened steel.

Overall I really like the 1035. I think it is perfect for cutting down paper, photographs and other material.

You can find the Kutrimmer 1035 guillotine paper trimmer here. You can find our entire selection of guillotine paper trimmers here.

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