Akiles CoilMac-ECI Spiral / Coil Binding Machine Review

Akiles CoilMac-ECI Coil & Spiral Binding MachineAre you looking for a well-rounded spiral binding machine that can keep up with demand but not break the bank? One model you may want to consider looking at prior to making a purchase is the Akiles CoilMac-ECI coil binding machine (found here). We have one of these on our showroom floor and I have used it to bind my own books and reports. This is my review.

Akiles designs and manufactures solid binding machines. This includes comb, wire and coil. Their machines seem to be well thought out and always feature a magnificent build quality. The CoilMac-ECI is no exception to this tradition.

At first glance the CoilMac-ECI looks like any other binding machine. It features a cream color paint job and has the traditional lever-style arm punch. It isn’t until you actually touch and handle the machine that you get a sense as to what it really is.

Many binding machines, in order to save money, feature plastic designs, shells and components. The Akiles CoilMac-ECI is metal. All metal. The case isn’t made from simple sheet metal. It has a die-cast metal shell that houses metal punching pins, levers and components. The build quality is excellent.

The handle is located on the right side of the machine, which is a little inconvenient for the lefties out there, but it is easy to use. The punching die can punch through up to 20 sheets of standard copy paper. After 5 passes you’ll have 100 sheets punched. Twenty sheets is decent for a manually operated machine.

Five of the punching pins can be disengaged for punching different sizes of paper. The disengaging pin helps cut down on half-punched holes on the edges of paper. This is a nice feature to have for custom-sized books.

One of my favorite features of the CoilMac-ECI is the electric coil inserter (ECI). While manually inserting coils into a coil bound book isn’t the worst thing in the world, it is slow. The electric coil inserter easily increases the speed by a factor of 10 or more. It takes just seconds to complete the process.

The electric inserter is turned on and off by use of a foot pedal. This is ideal for hands-free operation. If you have ever used a coil binding machine, you’ll understand how nice hands-free coil insertion can be.

The machine weighs in at 52 pound. While heavy, it can still be used on most desks and tables without any issues. The overall design looks great and it fits right in with existing office décor and equipment.

Overall I give the Akiles CoilMac-ECI high marks. The build quality is great, it is easy to use and should easily hold up for years.

You can find the Akiles CoilMac-ECI coil binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of coil binding machines here. Do you still have questions? Call one of our binding machines specialists at 1-800-658-8788. Have a great day!

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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