Archive for August, 2012

The Gloves Are Off – Intimus Vs. Destroyit Paper Shredders

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Destroyit Paper ShreddersIf you are a business, government agency or military organization and are looking for the best paper shredder around, you have probably run across the names Intimus and Destroyit (found here). Both brands of paper shredders have been around for decades. So when the dust clears, which of these two models should you ultimately consider using? Having used dozens of models from both manufacturers, I have my favorite and I’d like to explain why.

Before I explain my personal preference, I’d like to say that both Intimus and Destroyit make good shredders. Years ago Intimus was run by a German company called Schleicher. Back then Intimus was easily one of my favorite paper shredder brands. Several years ago they were bought out by Martin Yale. While Intimus is still a great brand, they have changed a little from what they once were.

Destroyit paper shredders are made by Ideal Krug & Priester and have been made in Germany since 1951. They are distributed in the USA by MBM Corporation. The continuity in German manufacturing and quality engineering has resulted in Destroyit being one of the most preferred names in the paper shredding industry.

So if I were lined up in front of an equally capable Intimus and Destroyit shredder, which one would I choose? Based on customer satisfaction and personal experience, I would have to pick Destroyit hands down. Over the years, Destroyit has simply developed into one of the most solid paper shredder brands around.

Here are a few reasons why I would consider Destroyit over Intimus:

  • Quality – Destroyit shredders continue to be made using the same high-quality standards that have been used for decades. The cutting shafts are made entirely of hardened steel and feature a lifetime warranty. Quality management by Destroyit is certified under DIN EN ISO 9001:2008 standards. Do I consider Destroyit shredders to be of better quality than Intimus? Yes, I do.
  • Simplicity – Have you ever used a paper shredder that had buttons and lights all over it that looked as if it was from a sci-fi movie? That can be very frustrating. Destroyit shredders, on the other hand, are EXTREMELY easy to use. The controls on their office are all contained in a simple rocker button. That button lets you turn on the shredder and put it in reverse. That same button also includes warning and indicator lights.
  • Safety – Destroyit paper shredders are by far some of the safest available. I especially like the transparent safety shield that they include in the feed opening. While I still recommend using common sense while operating a shredder, I don’t feel unsafe at all while operating a Destroyit shredder.

Here are some Destroyit paper shredders that I personally recommend:

  • Destroyit 2360 (found here) – This is one of the most affordable Destroyit paper shredders that features the new rocker button design that I absolutely love.
  • Destroyit 2604 (found here) – This is a great all-around office paper shredder. It is available in a strip or cross cut version and includes an automatic oiler.
  • Destroyit 2604 SMC (found here) – This is an excellent Level 6 high security paper shredder. It is a solid machine and includes an automatic oiler.
  • Destroyit 3105 (found here) – If you need a great departmental paper shredder that can be used by multiple people in the office throughout the day, this is the shredder for you.
  • Destroyit 4005 SMC (found here) – This is a great high-end high security Level 6 paper shredder. If you don’t want to fork out a lot of money for the Intimus 0077SL, this is a great alternative.

Hopefully this has helped you determine the right shredder for your office. You can find our entire selection of Destroyit paper shredders here and Intimus paper shredders here. If you still have questions about Intimus or Destroyit paper shredders, please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788.

Shopping for 18″ Rotary Paper Cutters – Q&A

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Rotary Paper CuttersI recently had a conversation with a customer that was looking for an 18″ rotary paper cutter (found here). They had several good questions. Upon passing a few questions and answers back and forth, I was able to come up with some great options for the customer. I would like to share some of those questions and answers in an effort to try and help you find the right paper cutter for your applications.

  • Customer: We do a lot of our own printing and cutting in house, and I mean a lot. We need a new paper cutter and need something that can trim down anything from cardstock to labels. What type of paper cutter do you recommend?
  • Me: You mention you cut a lot of paper. Just how much do you cut at a time?
  • Customer: We need something that can cut multiple sheets of paper, but the most important feature we need is to be able to see exactly where the cut will be made. Many of the cutters we use make it difficult if not next to impossible to see where the cut will be made.
  • Me: If you need to see exactly where the cut will be made, you may want to consider one of our MBM Kutrimmer paper cutters (found here). Many of them now feature an optical cutting line, making it easy to see where the cut will be made.
  • Customer: Thank you for the suggestion, but I am more interested in a rotary paper cutter. I like how compact the rotary cutters are and need something that won’t get in the way. I need something that has an 18″ cutting length.
  • Me: When it comes to rotary paper cutters, the Rotatrim Professional Series (found here) are considered to be the best. The cutting head slides along two rails for added stability and you can get a good idea on where the cut will be made thanks to the included clamping mechanism. It also comes in an 18″ version.
  • Customer: I really like that cutter, but am not sure if I will be able to fit it into my budget. Do you have a couple of additional recommendations? I need 3 different models in order to make a decision.
  • Me: While the Rotatrim Professional is my first choice, Dahle makes some great rotary cutters. Their Model 552 Professional Rotary Cutter (found here) is 20 1/8″ long. While it is slightly longer than 18″, it is still a great option that is both affordable and currently features free shipping.  Another affordable option is the Rotatrim Mastercut (found here). There is an 18″ Mastercut available and it is also extremely affordable. While it isn’t quite as heavy-duty as the Rotatrim Professional Series, it does use a square rail that provides a lot of support to the cutting head.
  • Customer: You have been a great help. I will hand this list off to my Purchasing Manger and let him choose from there.

So there you have it! These are some great questions and answers you may even want to ask yourself when shopping around for a paper cutter. If you have questions that need answers, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of rotary paper cutters here.

Laminators Made in the USA

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Roll Laminators Made in the USAIf you are shopping around for a pouch or roll laminator, you probably want something that is of a high quality. While this isn’t necessarily always the case, laminators made in the USA (found here) tend to be some of the better machines out there. So if you want an American-made laminator, what brand should you consider using? When our customers ask me that question, I almost always reference one company in particular.

My favorite “Made in the USA” laminator company used to be Banner American. They used to make some of the best laminators in the industry until about a year ago when the company went under. Unfortunately Banner American is no more. Another company, thankfully, purchased banner American’s facilities and manufacturing plant. Banner American now lives on under the name Laminators Specialties Inc. This company still makes most of the same models that Banner American used to make, some with a few small improvements.

The parts used in the manufacturing process are still extremely high quality and their pouch and roll laminators are still made in the USA. My personal favorite pouch laminator, the PL12A, is still available as the Laminator Specialties PL12A. The EZ-Lam, Mighty-Lam and Value-Lam line of laminators are also all still available.

These are some of Laminators Specialties USA-made laminators that I highly recommend:

  • PL12A Pouch Laminator (found here) – This laminator is by far one of the most popular we offer and is a customer favorite (not to mention one of my favorites). This thing handles most sizes of pouches (up to 12 1/4″ wide), film up to 10 mils thick and it has independent motor and heat switches. It is just a solid machine all around.
  • PL4A Pouch Laminator (found here) – This is identical to the PL12A but with a 3 ¾” laminating width. This laminator is ideal for daily ID card production, laminating business card and other small card laminating needs.
  • Easy-Lam School Budget (found here) – This is one of the most affordable 27″ roll laminators available. I’m not aware of any models that cost less. While it doesn’t have the speed or the mil thickness capacity of other high-end machines, it can still be used to laminating posters / signs and can still handle 1.5 and 3 mil rolls of film. It is an excellent value for what you get.
  • Easy-Lam 27″ Roll Laminator (found here) – This is a well-rounded 27″ laminator that is excellent for use in a school or a copy shop. It can handle 1.5 and 3 mil film and is a little more robust and fast than the School Budget laminator. As is the case with all Laminators Specialties laminators, this is made in the USA.
  • ValueLam 4500HC Roll LaminatorMightyLam 2700HC Laminator (found here) – This is one of the most robust 27″ laminators available. It can be used for daily laminating and can use film up to 10 mils thick. It can even be used for mounting up to ¼” thick. This laminator is easy to use, is made in the USA and produces crystal clear results.
  • ValueLam 4500HC Wide Format Laminator (found here) – If you need a wide format laminator, up to 45″ wide, the American-made ValueLam 4500HC is a great option. This machine is robust, can be used for mounting up to ½” thick, uses a variety of film and can be used for laminating signs, banners and much more. A four-roller version of this is also available here.

So there you have some of the best machines offered by Laminators Specialties. You won’t be disappointed with the USA quality or with the versatility of these products. If you have additional questions about Laminators Specialties laminators (formerly Banner American), please don’t hesitate to call and speak with one of our experts at 1-800-658-8788.

How To Use An I-Bar Sealer for Shrink Wrapping w/ Video

Friday, August 24th, 2012

I-Bar Sealer for Shrink Wrap PackagingIf you are trying to package your own products, whether it is a DVD or a box of chocolates, you will probably want to use some sort of shrink wrap packaging. One of the most affordable and effective ways to package products on a low to medium-volume scale is by using an I-bar sealer. These sealers are remarkably easy to operate, take very little time to use and are very affordable. I have used dozens of different models of I-bar sealers (found here) and would like to provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to use one. I am going to include a very informative video demo in this article.

This how-to guide can be used with just about any I-bar sealer, although most of my experience is with Traco, Intelli-Pack and AIE brand machines. There are very few differences between I-bar sealers other than perhaps the build quality. I have found Traco, Intelli-Pack and AIE machines to be top of the line. Most I-bar sealers feature a film roll holder, a film opener, a spring-loaded sealing bar and many include a heat gun. Most I-bar sealers can be used with PVC and Polyolefin centerfold film rolls or bags.

Before I go into how to use an I-bar sealer in this article, I would like to post our video demo on how to use an I-bar sealer.

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How to Use an I-Bar Sealer

  • Step 1 – If you are using centerfold shrink film, place your roll of film on the two supporting film rollers. These rollers spin on smooth-rolling bearings, making it easy to dispense film.
  • Step 2 – Once the film is in place, feed the open end of the film over the film separator. The film separator is a metal bar (usually round) that helps keep the film opened for easy product insertion.
  • Step 3 – Take your product and put it inside the open pocked of film. You don’t want too much excess film, so try and make sure the product you are packaging isn’t pulled too far left of the sealing bar.
  • Step 4 – Pull down the sealing bar and cut the film to the right of the product you are packaging. If the bar isn’t cutting the film properly, you may need to increase the sealing time. Once you have your first side sealed, take the package and rotate it 90 degrees to the left and seal the other open side shut.
  • Step 5 – Now that your product is completely enclosed in film, take your heat gun and begin applying heat. Apply heat to all sides of the product you are packaging. This will cause the film to shrink and hug tightly to the item you are packaging. The heat gun’s temperature can typically be increased or decreased. If you notice the film is breaking or holes are melting through, you may need to decrease the temperature, hold the gun further back or move the heat gun around instead of leaving it in a single spot.

Using an I-bar sealer is extremely easy as you can see from the video demo and my step-by-step instructions. If you are packaging dozens to hundreds of products a day, an I-bar sealer is an affordable option. If you are packaging thousands a day, you may need to upgrade to an L-bar sealer with an integrated tunnel. You can find our entire selection of shrink wrap machines here and shrink film here.

Can You Mix the Mil Thickness of Roll Laminating Film?

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Roll Laminating FilmI recently had a customer, who was using a roll laminator, ask if they could mix the mil thickness of their film rolls (find our film here). They wanted to use a 1.5 mil thickness film on the back and a 3 mil on the front. He wanted to know if it could be done and if I had any advice on how to get it to work properly. This isn’t the firs time I’ve gotten a question like this. I have a little advice I’d like to share about mixed mil thicknesses and how to get the results you want

The above-mentioned customer wanted a thicker film on the front that would be exposed for added protection. He still wanted film on the back of the sign, but wanted to save money by using a thinner film. This is a fairly common reason for mixing film. The thinner film comes in longer rolls and costs less per square foot. Some people only laminate one side all together to save money.

Before you jump on board with mixing laminating film thicknesses, keep in mind that there is a little work involved in getting things properly set up. If you don’t want to mess around with a trial and error process, you are probably better off keeping the mil thickness the same on the top and bottom. If you want to try mixing film, whether it is for a certain look or to simply save money, here are my personal recommendations.

  • Roll LaminatorsCore Size – While you may be mixing the mill thickness of your laminating rolls, you cannot mix the core size of the film. If you’re laminator has 1″ mandrels, only use film with a 1″ diameter core.
  • Mandrel Tension – Because you are using film of different thicknesses, you will need to adjust the tension on the mandrels accordingly. Failure to adjust the tension can result in curled film. You want your film to come out of the roll laminator flat and flush. If the film is curing up, you may need to relieve tension on the top mandrel or increase tension on the bottom mandrel. This will involve a little trial and error work on your part.
  • Temperature Settings – Different film thicknesses (and brands) require different temperature settings. Thicker film often requires less temperature because it retains the heat longer. If you are using a 1.5 and a 3 mil film, you will have to play around with the temperature settings until you find that “sweet spot.” Most glossy laminating film has a melting temperature between 260 and 300 degrees Fahrenheit. I recommend starting low and working your way up. If the film is cloudy, you will need to turn up the temperature.

Once you have figured out what your laminator likes, I recommend jotting the settings down on paper so you can get things up and running in just minutes after the next roll change. Please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

You can find our entire selection of roll laminating film here and roll laminators here.

Create a Half Fold Using Letter-size Paper Along the 11″ Side

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Half Fold Paper Folding MachineThere are many reasons why you may want to half fold paper along the 11″ side of a letter-size sheet of paper. Some USPS mailing applications require it, some literature looks good with this fold and there are many other reasons that come into play. Many people ask, “Is there a machine that can half fold letter size paper along the 11″ side?” The answer to this is yes. There are many machines that can do this. Let me explain how and exactly which machines can do it.

Half Fold - Single Fold - V FoldThe half fold, often called the single fold or V fold, is essentially a sheet of paper folded in half. The fold goes down the entire center of the width of a sheet of paper. About 99% of people that half fold paper do it across the narrow width of the paper, regardless of whether the paper is letter size, 11″ x 17″ or 12″ x 18″. Every so often people ask if a single fold can be done along the widest axis of a sheet of paper using a paper folding machine.

This type of fold is often done manually, but when it needs to be done on a scale of hundreds to thousands per day, a folding machine simplifies and speeds up the process. There are a few requirements you will need in a paper folding machine in order to do this. The first is you need a paper folding machine that can handle at least 11″ x 17″ paper. This is because you need to feed the letter-size paper with the 11″ side facing the friction feed wheels (or air suction apparatus if using a pneumatic folding machine).

MBM 207M Paper Folding MachineThe first folding plate needs to be completely blocked off, which is the process when single folding letter size paper along the 8 ½” width. The second folding plate needs to be set at 4.25″, which is half of the 8 ½” length. These two settings should allow your 11″ x 17″ or 12″ x 18″ paper folding machine to complete the fold.

Not all paper folding machines are capable of handling letter size paper fed in the “wrong” way. I recommend having us either test a sheet of paper on the machine you would like to use or let us confirm compliance with the manufacturer prior to making a purchase. This way we can ensure the machine works properly.

I have tested the half fold on 8 ½” x 11″ paper along the 11″ side on four machines and can confirm that they will work for you. These machines are:

  1. Intelli-Fold DE-202AF
  2. Intelli-Fold DE-172AF
  3. MBM 207M
  4. MBM 307A

All four of these paper folding machines are some of the best available and can easily handle larger sheets of paper, making them perfect for folding letter size paper along the 11″ side. The results are clean, crisp and professional. All four of these machines are also capable of folding paper on a large scale, up to hundreds or even thousands a day.

If you are curious as to whether one of our machines will handle your unique half fold, please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788. We are more than happy to answer your questions. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Why is the Minpack Galaxy Such a Good Machine?

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Minipack Galaxy Shrink Wrap MachineHave you ever used a machine that worked so well that it simply exceeded all of your expectations? This is the case with the Minipack Galaxy (found here). I have used this machine time and time again and I am always impressed with how the results turn out. As I sat back and thought about it, I believe there are several reasons why it is such a good machine. I would like to include a few of those in this article.

Before I start talking about the Minipack Galaxy, I would like to emphasize that Minipack by itself is a great company. I have had the opportunity to use several of their shrink wrap machines and chamber vacuum sealers. The quality, which is Italian, is about as good as you will find in a packaging machine. Their products don’t use cheap sheet metal, but use thick steel and other high-end parts.

Here are just a few of the reasons I like the Minipack Galaxy:

  • 115 Volt – It doesn’t require a 220-volt power source and you don’t need an electrician to wire your business to use it. You will need to purchase a 115-volt electrical plug end, but you can find those at any hardware store and they are easy to attach. Once ready, just plug it into a wall outlet and you’re ready to start packaging.
  • Large Sealing Area – The 12″ x 14″ sealing area is more than enough space to package CDs, DVDs, boxes and many other products. It is an ideal sealing area for most small to medium packaging needs.
  • Large Chamber Height – The chamber height is set at 8″, which is more than enough for most packaging needs. Again, this is a well-rounded chamber height.
  • Large Roll Diameter – The Minipack Galaxy can handle a film roll up to 10″ in diameter, which is a fairly large roll of film.
  • Perforating Wheel – The Galaxy has a perforating wheel that pokes tiny holes in the film. This allows air to quickly leave the packaging while heat is being applied, which allows for more even and professional results. It also helps cut down in large holes during the packaging process.
  • Italian Design & Build – There’s something to be said for Italian engineering and ingenuity. While many shrink wrap machines are built with cost saving measures in mind, which often lead to sub-par products, the Italian-made Galaxy is about as good a machine as you will find.
  • Integrated Heat Tunnel – This machine doesn’t require a separate heat tunnel for packaging. The Galaxy seals and shrinks the film in a single pass.
  • Magnetic Lockdown – Once you pull down the hood, the Galaxy will keep the hood down using built-in electromagnets. Once the packaging process is completed, the Galaxy will automatically release the hood and return it to an open position. This means less manual effort on the part of the operator, creates a cleaner seal and allows the operator to begin working on the next item while another is being sealed.
  • Fast – This machine takes literally just seconds to seal the film around your product and shrink it down using the integrated heat tunnel.
  • Programmable – The Minipack galaxy can hold up to 10 customizable programs, making it easy to quickly reference a program for the product you are packaging.
  • Multiple Settings – The Galaxy allows you to adjust the temperature, sealing time and tunnel time. This makes the Minipack Galaxy extremely versatile.
  • Multi Film Compatible – This shrink wrap machine can be used with both PVC and Polyolefin shrink film.

I simply can’t say enough good things about the Minpack-Torre Galaxy shrink wrap machine. It looks good, is easy to use, is fast and is very reasonably priced.

This is a video demo of the Minipack Galaxy in use:

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You can find our entire selection of shrink wrap machines here. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions about this machine or about shrink wrap machines in general.

Seven Features to Look for in a Guillotine / Tabletop Paper Trimmer

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Tabletop Paper TrimmersIf you are shopping around for a tabletop paper trimmer, sometimes referred to as a guillotine paper cutter, you may be in need of a little guidance. There are several manufacturers out there and many different models. Having used many of these trimmers myself (found here), I have come up with seven features that you need to have if you are going to purchase a good paper trimmer.

I have compiled this list of features into seven must-have features and three optional features. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did writing it.

Seven Features To Look For in a Guillotine / Tabletop Paper Trimmer

  1. Solingen Steel Blade – German Solingen steel is considered to be some of the most resilient and durable steel on the planet. That is why it is so popular with kitchen knives. Paper cutters that use Solingen steel typically stay sharp for longer and get the job done faster.
  2. German Engineering – Paper cutters are made all over the world, but those made in Germany have the best reputation. Whether it is the precision engineering or the high quality manufacturing process, German tabletop and guillotine paper cutters & trimmers are known for holding up through some of the toughest jobs. They also have a reputation of lasting for years.
  3. Safety Guard – When cutting paper, you want to make sure your fingers are out of the way of the cutting blade. Most reputable and modern tabletop cutter manufactures have plastic shields installed that prevent you from chopping off a limb. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still be careful, but cutters with safety shields are far safer to use than the old wood base trimmers.
  4. Metal Base – A durable metal base helps add to the overall stability of the cutter and the overall lifespan of the cutter. I personally recommend metal base guillotine trimmers over wood base trimmers.
  5. Back Gauge – An adjustable back gauge makes it easy to make repetitive cuts. Simply slide the back gauge to the necessary position, lock it down and your ready to go. A back gauge also helps ensure a straighter cut and is excellent for trimming down photos, paper, card stock, laminated material and more.
  6. Cutting Guides – Cutting guides are diagrams printed on the base of the cutter. These guides typically show common cutting patterns and make it easy to quickly set up a cutter for common cuts. Some paper cutter manufacturers even include a grid for additional alignment support.
  7. Clamping Mechanism – A clamping mechanism may be one of the most important features you’ll want in a tabletop paper trimmer. This helps keep the paper in place during the cutting process and eliminates annoying crooked cuts that are found in older wood base cutters that don’t have a clamp. Some cutters feature basic clamps that activate as the cutting arm is brought down. Other cutters have independent heavier-duty clamps that require one hand to keep in place while the other hand cuts the paper. Never get a tabletop cutter without a clamp!

These are features that are optional, but nice to have:

  1. Line guide – Many modern cutters now include an optical cutting guide or line guide. This is usually a red light or laser that shines on the paper, letting the operator know exactly where the paper will be cut.
  2. Front Gauge – Some tabletop trimmers feature a front gage to help assist in paper alignment, which is usually adjustable via a knob on the front of the trimmer.
  3. Fold Away Paper Support – Some tabletop cutters feature paper supports that are designed to help keep lighter weight and thin paper from flopping over the edge of the cutter. This helps ensure paper lays flat against the cutter’s base and ensures more accurate cuts. This isn’t as big a deal with photos, card stock and other thick material.

Hopefully these tips help you find a solid tabletop paper trimmer. I have used dozens of tabletop cutters over the years and have to say that I personally recommend all of MBM’s Kutrimmer line of tabletop trimmers and most of Dahle’s lineup of guillotines. You can find our entire selection of paper cutters here. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with your questions.

Overview of Carl Wall-Mounted & Portable Locking Key Cabinets

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Locking Key CabinetsIf you’re like me, without the proper organizational tools things can quickly end up in a mess. This is especially the case with keys. If I don’t have my keys on a key ring and literally in my pocket at all times, they seem to pick themselves up and walk off.  When handling dozens of keys, something designed with organization in mind should really be used. A #10 aluminum can or a desk drawer simply isn’t going to cut it. What you should be using is a locking key cabinet (found here).

There are several reasons why you may want a locking key cabinet. If you’re a car dealership, a janitorial company, a hotel lobby or any other business that handles and organizes keys on a regular basis, you probably don’t want to keep those keys out in the open. A freely accessible key can easily be stolen and can ultimately result in lost money, property, identification or worse. If you handle building keys, car keys, room keys or other large quantities of keys, you should be using a secure locking key cabinet.

At ABC Office we currently offer three different wall-mounted locking key cabinets made by Carl Manufacturing. These cabinets come in 32, 48 and 64 key configurations. These cabinets feature key hangers on the inside of the cabinet and on the inside of the cabinet door. The door closes on the cabinet, creating a compact and rather nice looking key cabinet. When the cabinet door is shut, it can be locked for added security. The smart key lock comes with 2 keys.

When closed and locked, these key cabinets look great. They can be mounted to the wall for added security, but don’t have to be. If you prefer to keep them in a drawer or in another cabinet, you can. It includes a handle for convenient off-site key organization like you might find on a construction site.

While these cabinets lock securely and prevent access to their key contents, they also make organization extremely easy. Unlike many comparable brands and models out there, our Carl line of key cabinets includes color key tags and color key hangers, making it easy to sort, organize and access the keys. This is a great system.

As mentioned earlier, we offer three different locking key cabinets. These are the CKB-32 (found here), CKB-48 (found here) and the CKB-64 (found here). While Carl is better known for their lineup of specialized office equipment, they have a great reputation for building great products. They also manufacture a great lineup of security boxes (found here).

As is the case with any of our products, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-658-8788. We love to answer questions and are more than happy to provide you with quotes and additional information.

Magner Cashrack Plus Modular Currency Bin Overview

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Magner Cashrack Plus Modular Currency BinIf you are a bank, credit union or business that handles a lot of money on a regular basis, you probably know just how important it is to keep money properly sorted and organized. Disorganized money can lead to some serious losses, confusion and headaches. One tool you may want to use is the Magner Cashrack Plus modular currency bin (found here). These bins are designed to sort and hold a variety of different denominations. They are easy to use and are remarkably affordable. Here is some more information on the Cashrack Plus from Magner.

The Cashrack Plus consists of two separate bins that are designed to work together. These bins total six vertical currency bins (two sets of three) along with two horizontal bins that can be used to hold and support supplies, documents, paper, office supplies and other items. This is perfect for office use. These bins are designed to stack one on top of the other or be placed side by side. If you need more than six total vertical bins, simply purchase another Cashrack Plus and assort them to your liking. The unique interlocking design makes it easy to add extra modules.

These currency bins are typically used on a desk, but are also pre drilled for wall-mounted applications. Wall mounting is ideal if desk space is limited. If space is a concern, be aware that the Cashrack Plus does have a small footprint. In fact, it is considered to be excellent for use in limited space. It has a footprint of 5.5″ deep by 9.75″ wide and stands at 17″ high. It weighs in at 16 pounds.

Many currency bins are made out of plastic. While plastic bins are fine, this bin is designed for daily repeated use and should easily hold up for years. It is made from cold-rolled steel, which is extremely tough .The surface of the metal surface is coated with a baked enamel finish, which is easy to clean and does not scratch easily.

No tools are required to assemble the CashRack Plus. Simply pull it out of the box and align it the way you want it. Bin labels are included, making it easy to set a specific bin for a specific denomination. While this bin is designed with US currency in mind, it can also be used with Canadian and other denominations.

In conclusion, I have to say that this is probably one of the best currency bins available on the market. It is well built, features the quality Magner is known for and is a great price for what you get. You can find our entire selection of money handling equipment here. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions about this or any other product we offer. Have a great day!

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