The Fellowes Quasar 500 Comb Binding Machine Reviewed

Fellowes Quasar 500 Comb Binding MachineSo you need a comb binding machine and are considering the Fellowes Quasar 500 as a possible option. The only problem is you don’t know if this is the comb binding machine for you. You’re in luck. This is a detailed review of the Fellowes Quasar 500 (found here). I will discuss the pros and cons of this comb binding machine.

Fellowes has been making shredders for a long time and they have since dived into the laminator and binding machine market as well. One of their newest additions is the Quasar 500 manual and the Quasar 500 electric. Both of these machines are essentially the same in design with the only difference being the manner in which paper is punched.  I will be covering the manual version

The Fellowes Quasar 500 manual is a compact comb binding machine designed for low-volume binding jobs. It is called the Quasar 500 because it is able to comb bind up to 500 sheets of paper at a time. This equals about a two-inch thick book. This is pretty nice for a machine this compact.

Fellowes has hired some very talented office equipment designers. As is the case with their shredders, the Fellowes line of binding machines are very attractive in their design. This makes it easy to put a Fellowes binding machine on your desk without it detracting from the ambiance.

One of the biggest pros of the Fellowes Quasar 500 is the vertical load punching die. Most comb binding machines have the paper punched horizontally. Because the Quasar punches the paper vertically, the holes more easily line up and paper is punched evenly (thanks to gravity).

One thing I wish the Quasar had was selectable punching dies. In this price range, selectable punching dies are not very common, however, Akiles does make a machine in that price range with selectable dies.

I do consider the Fellowes Quasar 500 to be a good comb binding machine. As is the case with most Fellowes products, the build quality isn’t as good as it should be.  Fellowes does offer some of the best warranties available though, so if you do experience any issues, getting your Fellowes comb binder fixed shouldn’t be a problem.

Here are a couple of Quasar 500 alternatives:

You will find our entire selection of manual comb binding machines here. Do you own a Fellowes Quasar 500? Post your experience here in a comment.

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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