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How to Comb Bind:

What is comb binding?

Comb binding is one of the most common formats of binding used today. Binding elements are cheap, very durable and can be re-used. Many people use comb-binding machines; from schools and churches, to government and print shops. Comb binding is used to create notebooks, journals, cookbooks, reports and more. Several popular manufacturers of comb binding machines are GBC, Tahsin, Renz, Akiles and Fellowes.

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Types of comb binding machines.

Comb binding machines come in a variety of designs. There are low-volume, medium-volume and high-volume binding machines. Low-volume binding machines are typically used in the home or for occasional binding. Mid-volume binding is used for binding a few books a day. High-volume binding machines can be used to bind dozens to hundreds of books a day.

One big determining factor in choosing a comb-binding machine is the amount of paper a machine can punch at once. Some machines can only punch a few sheets of paper at once, where others can punch dozens of sheets at a time. Many people, who are on a budget, choose to purchase a lesser-expensive machine and simply punch fewer sheets of paper at a time when binding a thick book. If time is an issue, and several books need to be created in a day, it is recommended to go with a machine capable of punching several sheets of paper at once.

Comb binding machines are available with either a manual punch or an electric punch. Which format is better is really up to the person using the machine. Many people don?t mind pulling a handle to punch paper, but others like to have both hands freed for binding and prefer to use an electric punch. Most high-volume binding machines use a motor for punching paper.

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How to bind a book.

Comb binding a document is very easy and usually involves only a few simple steps.


1. Set up the comb-binding machine. If equipped, adjust the margin depth, guides and punching dies as needed.

2. Assemble the book to be bound. This includes both the cover sheet and back cover.

3. Select the first pieces of the book to be punched. This is determined by the maximum amount of sheets your binding machine can punch at once. Please be aware that punching the maximum amount of documents rated for your machine wear out your machine faster that if you punch 80% of the maximum amount.

4. Now punch the paper. As each stack of paper is punched, set it to the side. Make sure that the punched documents are in proper order. Punching may be done by pulling a handle or pressing a button, depending on the comb-binding machine being used.

5. Place the plastic binding comb in the machine's comb opener/closer.

6. Open the comb and place the opened comb fingers through the punched holes of the document to be bound.

7. Close the comb and remove the book from the machine.

8. You are now done comb binding a book and are ready to move to the next book to be bound.

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Types of supplies.

REPORT COVERS: Be aware that ABC Office sells a wide variety of report covers and clear covers specifically designed to be used with book binding. You can find our entire selection of book binding covers here: Binding Report Covers.

BINDING COMBS: You may also need comb-binding supplies for your machine. Comb binding elements are typically available in different sizes and colors. You can find ABC Office's comb binding supplies here: Comb Binding Supplies. Most boxes of binding combs include 100 combs, but once you reach 7/8-inch, the combs included in a box drop to 50. The prices of the combs are adjusted accordingly.

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We also offer several Live Video Demonstrations of our comb binding machines as well. You can call us (1-800-658-8788) or fill out an online form ( to see one of these machines demonstrated over the Internet with a customer service representative in real-time.

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