Martin Yale 1217A Paper Folding Machine Review

Martin Yale 1217A Paper Folding MachineFolding paper is a critical part of many business’ operations. It is used for mailers, brochures, pamphlets and much more. Finding the right machine is a difficult process. One model you may have looked at is the Martin Yale 1217A paper folding machine (found here). I have had the opportunity to use this machine and this is my review.

Martin Yale has been making paper folding machines for years. Machines like the 959, the CV7 (1501X) and the 1217A AutoFolder have been around for well over a decade. Little has changed with these machines. One of the reasons few changes have accompanied these folding machines over the years is because Martin Yale has determined that these machines have hit the mark.

The 1217A AutoFolder  is certainly a time proven machine. Even 10 years ago, when I started working for ABC Office, we had a 1217A on our showroom floor. Back then few automatic folding machines existed and almost everything involved manually adjusting folding plates.

The 1217A has a total of two folding plates. As the paper enters the machine, it bounces off one plate, creating the first fold, and then bounces of the second plate, creating the second fold. The folding plates on the 1217A are very easy to set up. Common folds are clearly marked on the plates for adjustment purposes.

The 1217A can easily create letter folds, zig-zag folds, single folds and much more. Because the folding plates are adjustable, custom folds can be easily done. It may take a little trial and error, but once your custom fold has been established, you can either write the settings down on paper or mark the folding plate with a marker.

The 1217A is a basic paper folding machine designed for medium-volume jobs. There isn’t much to it, which can be a good thing. I don’t hear about many issues with the 1217A.

A few features I would like to see in the 1217A include a paper counter and batch counting capabilities. While not critical for everyone, many people have batch folding needs.

I would also like Martin Yale to add more friction wheels to the paper feed tray. Right now the 1217A only has one and it’s fairly narrow. Many modern folding machines feature three friction wheels, which helps better pull paper into the machine.

Some big benefits include the ability to fold up to 90# paper. Another beneficial feature of the 1217A is the ability to fold paper as large as 11 ¾ x 18-inches big.

Overall I would consider the Martin Yale 1217A to be a solid machine. It has certainly been time tested and many people really like it. Remember that it is primarily designed for medium-volume use.

You can find the Martin Yale 1217A paper folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of friction paper folding machines 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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