Akiles CoilMac-ER Plus Coil Binding Machine Review

Akiles CoilMac-ER Plus Coil Binding MachineCoil binding has quickly jumped up to the top of the popular list and is now one of the most common book binding formats used today. Finding the right coil binder isn’t always an easy task. One machine you may want to consider using is the Akiles CoilMac-ER Plus coil binding machine (found here). This is my review.

To begin with, the CoilMac-ER Plus coil binding machine uses a 4:1 pitch hole pattern. This means that it punches four holes per inch of paper. This is the most common hole pattern used in coil binding machines today. Coil binding can be used to bind cookbooks, manuals, books, textbooks and much more.

The CoilMac-ER Plus uses a manual punch to punch through up to 20 sheets of 20 lbs paper at a time. This is fairly large amount of paper for a manual punch machine. You will notice in the picture that the CoilMac-ER has a fairly long punching handle. This added length provides additional leverage, making it easier to punch paper.

The build quality of the CoilMac-ER is great. The machine is made from metal and should easily last several years without any issues. The CoilMac-ER weighs 38 pounds, which should give you a pretty good idea on how solid it is.

The CoilMac-ER Plus has two benefits over the standard CoilMac-ER.

  1. Oval Punching Pins – The CoilMac-ER uses a punching die that punches oval-shaped holes. Oval-shaped holes are supposed to make pages easier to turn than standard round holes.
  2. Selectable Punching Pins – Selectable (disengaging) punching pins means you can choose exactly which hole punches. This is ideal for binding larger or smaller documents. By disengaging a punching pin, you can eliminate half-punched holes.

The CoilMac-ER also includes a built in electric coil inserter. Electrically spinning coils through punched paper is several times faster than manually inserting coils. The electric inserter is located on the top-left of the machine. The CoilMac-ER Plus uses a food pedal activated inserter for hands-free operation.

Overall I am very impressed with the Akiles CoilMac-ER. It is very easy to use, seems to be very solid and can be used for light to medium-volume book binding. This machine can be used in copy shops, schools, churches and other businesses without any issues.

You can find the CoilMac-ER Plus coil binding machine here. You can find the standard Akiles CoilMac-ER here. You can find our entire selection of manual coil binding machines here.

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