What Is The Best Roll Laminator Width?

Roll Laminating Machines & Roll Laminators from ABC OfficeAre you in the market for a roll laminator, but aren’t sure which laminator width is best for you? You’re not alone. Many people have this same concern. I have been using roll laminators for the past 10 years and have a few good tips that should point you in the right direction.

To begin with, laminators range in width from 8″ up to 80″ depending on the make and model. A few questions you will need to address prior to purchasing a roll laminator include:

  • What is the widest document you will need to laminate?
  • Do you have room for the laminator?

Larger 30″+ machines are typically reserved for printing presses and sign manufacturers. While these larger laminators are great for laminating the large stuff, the typical business, school or church isn’t going to need something that big.

I have found personally that most people like to stick around a 25″ to 27″ wide roll laminator. This can laminate most documents and can even handle the larger 24″ x 36″ posters. If you’re skilled, you can even laminate a 27 x 39″ poster.

What if you only need to laminate something around 11″ wide? While smaller roll laminators do exist, such as the GBC HeatSeal Ultima 35 EZload (12″), I recommend (room permitting) going with a 27″ roll laminator anyway.

What many people don’t realize is that a 27″ roll laminator can still use smaller 12″ rolls of film. That way you still have the option of laminating larger stuff later down the road.

If you do decide to go with a 27″ roll laminator, be sure it has 1″ mandrels. Laminating rolls with a 1″ core are by far the most common available in a 27″ width. While the majority of 27″ roll laminators have a 1″ mandrel,  some may have a 2 ½” or 3″ mandrel size.

So there you have it. A 27″ width, in my opinion, is the best laminator width to have for general every day laminating jobs. You can find our entire selection of 27″ wide roll laminators here.

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2 Responses to “What Is The Best Roll Laminator Width?”

  1. Reggie Says:

    This was a great help. Thanks. My boss said get a laminator and now he’s out of town. It wasn’t until I looked them up that I realized how many options there are. Now I just have to determine if I want the 27″ or the 36″.

    Either way, your recommendations were helpful. Thanks. – Browsing your selection now. :)

  2. Dave Says:

    I’m glad I could help. Let me know if you have any questions about any models we offer. You can post your questions here or call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our laminator specialists. Have a great day!

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