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GBC CombBind C110 Comb Binding Machine Review

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

GBC CombBind C110 Comb Binding MachineWhether you need to bind a cookbook or simply need something for a presentation, comb binding is a great all-round format to use. So which comb binding machine should you buy? One model you may have already looked at is the GBC CombBind C110 comb binding machine (found here). I have used this comb binder and this is my review.

GBC, now owned by ACCO Brands, has been making office equipment for years. Their product lineup includes binding machines, staplers, paper cutters, laminators and more. Their line of comb binding machines are marketed under the name of CombBind. The C110 is one of their entry-level comb binding machines.

The GBC CombBind C110 is designed for light-volume use. It is capable of punching up to 15 sheets of paper at a time and can bind books up to 300 pages thick. This is based on 20# paper. It can be used to punch and bind card stock and other types of paper, but the punching capacity needs to be scaled back to handle the increased thickness.

One thing GBC is really good at is making their binding machines look nice. Like Fellowes, they clearly have a group of talented aesthetic designers. The C110 looks great and really fits in well in an office environment. It only weighs 19 pounds shipped, so it is light enough to be used on most desks, tables and counters.

The housing on the C110 is a formed plastic shell. The inside of the machine is metal. The build quality is decent, but I would definitely not use it for medium or high volume binding. It is really designed for only binding a few books a day or for occasional use.

For a similar dollar amount I also recommend these machines:

  1. Intelli-Bind IB650 Comb Binding Machine
  2. Akiles EcoBind-C Plastic Comb Binding Machine
  3. Intelli-Bind IB700 Manual Comb Binding Machine
  4. Tahsin 190PB Comb Binding Machine
  5. Intelli-Bind IB400 Comb Binding Machine

While I enjoy using the GBC ComBind C110, there are too many other good machines out there for me to settle on this particular machine. I would rather get a machine with selectable punching dies and an adjustable margin depth for the same amount of money.

You can find the GBC CombBind C110 comb binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of comb binding machines here.

Akiles A Great Replacement For An Old GBC Comb Binding Machine

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

We get some pretty good questions from our customers. I just received one yesterday from a customer who had gotten fed up with their GBC comb binding machine. Here is their question along with my answer:

QUESTION: I am fed up with my GBC C400e comb-binding machine. We have had it repaired 3 times now and I’ve had enough. Do you know of a good replacement for a GBC comb binder? I want to stay with comb binding and it needs to be electric.

ANSWER: I personally recommend Akiles hands down. Akiles, in my opinion, runs circles around low-end GBC machines. You have a couple of options here, much of it depending on your binding volume.

If you have low to medium-volume binding needs, the Akiles AlphaBind-CE is a great choice. It still has an electric punch, like the GBC C400e, and is very easy to use. Unlike the GBC C400e, the Akiles model is made from durable metal construction. A foot pedal is great for hands-free operation.

If you have high-volume binding needs, you really can’t go wrong with the Akiles CombMac 24E. This comb-binding machine is a beast, capable of punching 25 sheets of paper at a time with an electric-powered motor. This machine is designed for more use and output than the GBC C400e, but could be a good choice if you expect your binding needs to increase in the future.

Regardless of which machine you go with, manual or electric, Akiles has risen to the top and can be considered one of the best brands available today. You can see our entire selection of Akiles binding machines here.

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