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Electric / Automatic Letter Opener FAQ

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Electric / Automatic Letter Openers

We have compiled a list of the most common letter opener questions from our customers and have put them in this useful letter opening FAQ. If you are trying to learn more about letter openers, or are in the initial stages of looking for a machine, this FAQ is perfect for you. Feel free to read through this. Give us a call at 1-800-658-8788 for more information on letter opening machines.

Why use a letter opener?

Letter openers quickly, and efficiently, open letters at a high rate of speed. They are much faster than trying to manually open letters.

Are letter openers electric powered?

Our letters openers are all electric powered. This is done via an electric-powered motor. Most electric letter openers are A/C powered, but we do have a battery-powered model.

Do letter openers make a mess?

This depends on the letter opener you are using. Many of the older letter openers slit off the top of the letter, leaving behind a small strip of paper. While not unmanageable, the slits of paper can build up. Many of the newer letter openers only slit the envelope open, but do not cut off anything. This makes for a completely clean and paper-free environment.

Do letter openers require constant attention?

Some letter openers require more attention than others. Most letter openers, if properly set up, will not need to be babysat.

Can your letter openers be used in a mailroom?

Most of our letter openers can be used in a mailroom, but the model you use depends entirely on the volume of mail you are opening per day. If you are opening thousands of envelopes per day, you will want to get a higher-end letter opener.

How fast do letter openers operate?

This depends on the model. Some models can handle several hundred envelopes per hour where others can handle several thousand. You can find the operation speed of the letter opener under the "specifications" part of the product page.

Are there any handheld letter openers?

We do offer a handheld electric letter opener. The Martin Yale 1624 is handheld and can open an envelope in seconds.

Can letter openers damage mail?

Our letter openers will not damage mail. Even our letter openers that slit open the envelopes will not damage the contents inside.

Is there anything you recommend having to make letter opening easier?

Letters come in several shapes and sizes. Using a paper jogger, prior to loading envelopes into the letter opener, will save you time and help the letter opener run smoothly by keeping envelopes properly aligned.

Can I get my letter opener repaired should it break down?

We have a service department able to provide replacement parts for letter openers, such as belts and electronic components. Should your letter opener need more than a simple part, we can repair letter openers in our service department. You can reach our service department by calling 1-800-658-8788 x129 or by e-mailing

Which is the best letter opener?

There are a lot of factors that come into play when it comes to choosing a letter opener. That is why it is difficult to label any one make or model as the best. We have had a lot of luck with our Formax and Martin Yale brand machines.

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