Bent, Stuck and Dull Binding Machine Punching Pins and Dies – What To Do

So your binding machine has suffered a catastrophic failure. This may be a the result of a bent pin, a stuck pin or a dull pin. All three of these scenarios result in an unusable binding machine. What can you do, if anything? Luckily, in most situations, your binding machine can live a second life with a few simple replacement parts. Here are a few solutions to your broken binding machine:

Stuck Pin / Die:

To start with, a stuck punching pin can usually be fixed without any parts being replaced. If your binding machine does have a stuck pin, don’t force it out by pushing up on the punching handle. This may bend the pin.

If the pin isn’t bent, it may freed by removing the housing and carefully freeing-up the pin. This type of maintenance isn’t for everyone and may require a chat with our Service Technician.

Bent or Dull Punching Pin / Die:

A bent punching pin, unfortunately, cannot be bent back into place. It usually requires the pin itself to be replaced. A dull punching pin cannot be filed and re-sharpened and must be replaced as well. Luckily, most binding machine manufacturers sell replacement pins.

GBC is one of the only binding machine manufacturers that I am aware of that doesn’t offer replacement punching dies for most their machines. Most GBC machines are made from a “throw-way” design. If it’s broken, you toss it. GBC does, however, offer replacement pins and parts for their VeloBind machines.

Most manufacturers such as Akiles, Tamerica, Renz and others make it easy to replace punching pins. Some replacement pins are available individually, while others are available in sets. Some punching pins must be purchased as complete unit.

Binding Machine Punching Pins and Dies

Most of the tools and skills required to replace punching pins can be done by anyone. Our Service Department is more than happy to get you the replacement parts and provide phone support for changing them out. You also have the option of sending your machine into our Service Department for repair.

If your binding machine cannot be repaired, or is in dire need of a replacement, your in luck. We have one of the widest selections of binding machines available online. You will find our entire selection of book binding machine here.

Keith Barlow

Keith is a third generation office equipment expert. ABC Office was started by his grandfather back in 1980 and he is proud to be caring on the values that made ABC Office what it is today… unsurpassed selection, detailed information, low prices, and courteous support.

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2 Responses to “Bent, Stuck and Dull Binding Machine Punching Pins and Dies – What To Do”

  1. Sherry Tipton Says:

    We have a GBC Combbind C450e that is almost 4 years old. The machine is popping loud on almost every punch. It appears that there is not a replacement blade for this particular machine. Can you tell me if it would be advisable to have this machine looked at, or just replace the machine.
    Thank You

  2. Dave Says:

    I would recommend that you call our Service Department at 1-800-658-8788. They have years of experience with binding machines and should be able to let you know if it can be fixed or if it is on its last leg.

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