Akiles Pro-Lam 230 Pouch Laminator Review

Akiles Pro-Lam 230 Pouch LaminatorAre you looking for a pouch laminator that is about nine-inches wide or perhaps big enough to laminate a document up to 8 ½ x 11-inches? There are a lot of models out there. One you may want to consider is the Akiles Pro-Lam 230 pouch laminator (found here). Here is my review.

To start with, the Akiles Pro-Lam series of pouch laminators really don’t get the credit they deserve. They have been around for years, but often get passed up for “prettier” laminators from manufacturers like Fellowes. What it all comes down to is that the Akiles Pro-Lam laminators are solid machines, capable of daily, continuous use.

The Pro-Lam 230 (aka PL-230) weighs in at 20 pounds. That means that 20-pounds of heavy-duty metal have been packed into a smaller nine-inch pouch laminator (9.10-inches to be specific). That just goes to show you how heavy duty it is.  Even the gears in this laminator are made from steel when many comparable laminators use plastic or nylon gears.

The Pro-Lam 230 uses a total of four rollers, which ensures even pressure and heat distribution. The extruding aluminum heat plates also better distribute the heat. The end result is cleaner, clearer laminated material. This also helps cut down on cloudiness, bubbles and ripples in the film.

The Pro-Lam 230 uses electronic circuitry to adjust the operating temperatures. This means the temperature you set the laminator to is the temperature you get. The temperature varies from 230 to 356 degrees Fahrenheit. This laminator is hot enough and tough enough to easily handle 10-mil (4/6) lamination.

Although the manufacturer says you don’t have to use a carrier with the film, I still recommend it. Sometimes when the pouch gets heated up, excess glue will spill out the sides when run through the rollers. A carrier will help catch this glue and cut down on glue messes gumming up the rollers.

Overall I am very impressed with this laminator. Simply put, it is a workhorse. It is designed for commercial use throughout the day. You can find the Akiles Pro-Lam 230 pouch laminator here. You can find our entire selection of pouch laminators 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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