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Can Comb Binding Machines Use 19 Ring Spiral-O Wire?

Wire Binding Machines & SuppliesI had a customer ask me yesterday if a comb binding machine can be used to bind books using double loop wire. The answer to this question is yes and no. Here is the answer I gave the customer.

Comb binding machines use a 19-hole punching pattern to bind books on an 8 ½  x 11-inch sheet of paper. Double loop wire is available in a 19-hole pattern called Spiral-O or wire comb binding. The Spiral-O hole pattern (19-ring) is exactly the same as a comb binding pattern (19-ring).

The biggest problem you will have using a comb binding machine to do wire binding is closing the wire. Comb binding machines do not have built-in wire closers. You can, however, purchase separate wire closers.

This is exactly what you will need to do wire binding on your comb binding machine:

The most common double loop wire binding hole patterns are 2:1 (two holes per inch) and 3:1 (three holes per inch) pitches. Nineteen-ring wire (Spiral-O) is closest in look to 2:1 pitch wire.

Some multi-format binding machines are capable of binding both comb and wire right out of the box. You can find our entire selection of combination binding machines here.

Still confused? Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our binding machine specialists. They should be able to help you get exactly what you need for both comb and wire binding.

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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