Archive for September, 2010

Akiles CoilMac-ECI Spiral / Coil Binding Machine Review

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

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!

Top 7 Cheap Comb Binding Machines

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Cheap Comb Binding MachinesSo you need a comb binding machine, but need a good one for as little money as possible. I hear this every day. Times are tough, money is in short supply and everybody needs something for nothing. No worries. At ABC Office we offer a great selection of affordable comb binding machines.

You can actually get a comb binding machine for under $100. The best thing is that they aren’t junk. While not designed for high-volume jobs, we offer 7 comb binding machines for under $100 that are perfect for daily, occasional binding projects. This may be for home or small office use.

Here is a list of 7 comb binding machines for under $100. I am going to list these starting with the cheapest. Be aware that these prices are as of 09/07/10.

  1. Intelli-Bind IB100 Comb Binding Machine – $45
  2. SircleBind CB-60 Comb Binding Machine – $48
  3. Intelli-Bind IB150 Comb Binding Machine – $50
  4. Fellowes Starlet Comb Binding Machine – $53
  5. Intelli-Bind IB200 Comb Binding Machine – $60
  6. Fellowes Star Comb Binding Machine – $72
  7. Intelli-Bind IB250 Comb Binding Machine – $96

So there you have it. Cheap, affordable comb binding machines. If you have any questions about these models, call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our binding machine specialists. You can find our entire selection of comb binding machines here. Happy shopping and may you get the best deal possible!

Types Of Clear Report Covers

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Clear Report Binding CoversClear report covers are a great way to finish off a bound document, book or report. They are clear, protective and very affordable. So which style of clear cover should you use? I will explain what’s out there and hopefully help you make an educated decision on the best style for you.

The biggest difference in clear report covers is their thickness. Clear covers come in 5, 7 and 10 mil thicknesses. The higher the number, the thicker the cover. A mil is one-thousandth of an inch. Most people get 5 or 7 mil covers, but every so often someone wants the thicker 10 mil cover. The thickness is really a matter of preference. The thickness will affect the way the clear cover page turns.

Here are a few different styles of clear covers:

  • Clear vs Matte – Clear covers come in a 100% clear finish and a matte finish. The clear finish is the most popular type used, but some people prefer the frosted look of the matte cover.
  • Standard vs Oversize – Standard covers measure in at 8 ½ x 11-inches in size and have square corners. These covers are designed to match up with standard sheets of paper. Oversized clear covers are 8 ¾ x 11 ¼-inches and have round corners. Again, the style of cover used is a matter of personal preference.

Most clear covers can be punched in a binding machine. This includes comb, wire, coil and Velobind machines. I consider clear covers to be the best way to finish off a book or document. They simply look classy and professional.

You can find our entire selection of clear report & binding covers here. You can find our entire selection of report covers here.

Dahle 565 Premium Guillotine Paper Trimmer Review

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Dahle 565 Premium Guillotine Paper TrimmerAre you in need of a guillotine paper trimmer that is not only affordable, but accurate? One model that I would recommend looking at is the Dahle 565 premium guillotine paper trimmer (found here). This trimmer is growing in popularity and may be a good option for you. I have used this trimmer and this is my review.

Dahle’s premium line of guillotine paper trimmers come in a variety of sizes, ranging from 14 to 27-inches long. These trimmers are German engineered and German made. The Dahle 565 is a 15 ½-inch trimmer.

One of the most unique features of the Dahle 565 is the safety system that has been put in place. Unlike Kutrimmer guillotines that use a plexiglass safety shield, the Dahle 565 uses a corkscrew shaped guard that keeps the blade covered in all the right places during the cutting process. It is very interesting to see in action. To me it seems extremely innovative and effective.

The German Solingen steel blade is razor sharp. Not only does it come from the factory sharp, a self-sharpening system helps keep the blade sharpened during each cut. The lade is remarkably easy to pull and cutting through paper is effortless. The Dahle 565 can cut up to 35 sheets of paper in a single pass. A clamping mechanism keeps paper firmly in place.

The base of the cutter is made from metal. This gives the Dahle 565 a heavy-duty feel. The base has a grid printed on it for common cuts and a measuring ruler can be found along the edges of the cutter. An adjustable guide makes it easy to line up paper, photos and other material for continuous cutting.

The Dahle 565 measures in at 18 3/4″ x 14″ and weighs in at 23 pounds shipped. This means the Dahle 565 is extremely easy to pick up and move around. You can use it on just about any desk, table or workstation. This is pretty nice.

The cutter itself has a really nice build quality. Most of the cutter is made from metal. It should easily last for years. While the blade should easily last for a long time, replacement blades are available.

In wasn’t too impressed with old Dahle guillotine trimmers of the past, but this new design seems to really incorporate everything you need in a guillotine trimmer. I would even consider it to be right up there with Kutrimmer guillotines.

You can find the Dahle 565 premium guillotine paper trimmer here. You can find our entire selection of Dahle paper cutters here. You can find our entire selection of guillotine paper trimmers here.

Destroyit 2260 Personal Paper Shredder Review

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Destroyit 2260 Strip and Cross Cut Personal Paper ShredderAre you tired of buying cheap shredders from the local department store that seem to fall apart in just a few weeks to a few months? One shredder you may want to consider using in your home office or next to your office desk is the Destroyit 2260 personal paper shredder by Ideal (found here). This is my review.

Destroyit shredders, from Ideal, are considered by many to be some of the best shredders available today. They are German engineered and German made. Destroyit shredders range in size from home office to industrial size.

The Destroyit 2260 is available in both a strip cut and a cross cut design. The compact size of this shredder makes it perfect right next to a desk. This shredder measures in at 8 3/4″ x 13 1/2″ x 21″. It includes a 5-gallon shred bin, which is more than adequate for home office and deskside shredding.

The strip cut version of this shredder is able to cut up to 10-12 sheets of paper at a time (security level 2) and the cross cut version can handle up to 5-6 sheets of paper at a time (security level 3). This level of security is usually more than adequate for most businesses.

The mouth on this shredder is 8 ¾-inches wide. This means it is able to handle most common sizes of paper. Both the strip cut and the cross cut versions of this shredder run at about 12 feet per minute.

One feature that I really like about the 2260 is the clear window on the front of the shred bin. This window makes it easy to see how full the bin is. The bin itself pulls out for easy emptying.

Here is a video demonstrating several features of the Destroyit 2260.

Overall I really like this shredder. While it is more of an investment up front, this shredder should hold up for years without any issues. You can find the Destroyit 2260 personal paper shredder by Ideal here. You can find our entire selection of Destroyit paper shredders here.

Klopp KCS Series Coin Scale Review

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Klopp KCS Coin Scales Do you count a lot of coins per day and don’t have the time to wait for a person or a coin counter to get the job done? One of the quickest and most efficient ways to count coins and tokens is by using a coin scale. One model you may want to look into is the Klopp KCS series of coin scales (found here). This is my review.

Klopp is known for making a wide variety of coin sorters, coin counters and bill counters. Their machines are known for being reliable, efficient and easy to set up. The Klopp KCS series of coin scales follow with this tradition.

The Klopp KCS series of coin counting scales includes the KCS-12, KCS-30 and the KCS-60. The biggest difference between these different versions is the amount of coins they can weigh. The KSC-12 can handle up to 12 pounds of coins, the KCS-30 up to 30 pounds and the KCS-60 up to 60 pounds. It can even be used to count tokens and tickets.

This coin scale is easy to use. Simply set up the scale for the denomination you want to use and place the coins on the weighing surface. Three large LED displays indicate the denomination, weight and value of the coins. Calibration is simple and takes just seconds to do.

This scale includes 10 preset settings for common US denominations. It includes the ability to set up custom settings for other denominations. It can even be set up with password protection for use in the field.

Because this scale is so precise, there is no need to worry about inaccurate results. Many argue that coin scales are even more accurate than coin counters. I personally like both methods of counting coins. The method you use is a matter of preference, time and resources.

As mentioned earlier, the Klopp KCS coin scale can be set up to count tokens, foreign currencies and tickets. These are features that most traditional coin counters cannot support.  It can even be set up for batch counting.

You can get the Klopp KCS coin scales with an optional thermal printing kit, a carrying case and a coin scoop. These options can be requested prior to making a purchase by calling 1-800-658-8788.

I personally like the Klopp KCS coin scale and consider Klopp products to be some of the best on the market. You can find the Klopp KCS series of coin scales here. You can find our entire selection of coin counters here.

Best Hydraulic Paper Cutters

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Commercial Hydraulic Stack Paper CuttersAre you looking for a high-end stack cutter that can slice through reams of paper in just seconds? You may need what’s known as a hydraulic paper cutter. These cutters are designed for the toughest jobs and can get done in seconds what takes other paper cutters minutes to hours. This post includes a list of our most notable hydraulic paper cutters.

Hydraulic stack cutters are used for continuous, daily cutting operations. They are commonly used in the printing business for cutting down jobs. They can also be used for custom cutting card stock, laminated documents and more.

Best Hydraulic Paper Cutters

  1. Triumph 5222 Hydraulic Paper Cutter
  2. Duplo 660P Hydraulic Stack Paper Cutter
  3. Triumph 5550-EP Hydraulic Paper Cutter
  4. Triumph 721-LT Hydraulic Paper Cutter
  5. Duplo 490/490P Hydraulic Stack Paper Cutter
  6. Triumph 5551-EP Hydraulic Paper Cutter

As you can see, Triumph and Duplo make some of the most popular and most highly recommended stack paper cutters. You can find our entire selection of stack paper cutters here. Do you have questions about installation, setup and training or perhaps questions about an individual hydraulic paper cutter? Call one of our experts at 1-800-658-8788.

Best Commercial Paper Cutters

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Commercial Paper CuttersDo you cut large volumes of paper or need a precision paper cutter that will create professional cuts? I have compiled a list of paper cutters we offer that can be considered “commercial paper cutters.” Here is what our customers use for their commercial cutting jobs.

  1. Stack Paper Cutters – These cutters are the workhorses of the paper cutting industry. If any paper cutter can be considered a commercial paper cutter, these machines fit the bill. This includes stack cutters from Triumph, Dahle and others. This style of paper cutter is designed to cut card stock, reams of paper and much more. These cutters are available in manual, semi-auto and fully-automatic versions. Powered stack cutters are available in electric-powered and hydraulic-powered designs.
  2. Kutrimmer Guillotine Paper Trimmers – While not all guillotine paper trimmers can be categorized as commercial paper cutters, Kutrimmer guillotine trimmers deserve the title. These “arm style” trimmers can cut large volumes of paper, are safe to use and offer great precision.
  3. Rotatrim Technical & Neolt Rotary Paper Cutters – While these cutters don’t cut large volumes of cutters, they cut large sheets of paper. These cutters are used by architects, drafters, sign makers and more. These cutters are available in manual and electric versions. Some can even be wall mounted.

You can find our entire selection of paper cutters here. Feel free to call 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our paper cutter specialists.

SircleBind CB-150e Electric Comb Binding Machine Review

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

SircleBind CB-150e Electric Comb Binding Machine w/ Three- Hole PunchAre you looking for an electric dual-functioning binding machine capable of binding comb and three-hole punching paper? One binding machine you may want to look at before making a purchase is the SircleBind CB-150e electric comb binding machine (found here). This is my review.

Sircle makes some of the most unique book binding machines around. This includes comb, wire and coil. The designs used by SircleBind are unique and the multi-function designs of many of their binding machines are pretty nice.

The SircleBind CB-150e is both an electric comb binding machine and a three hole punch. This is a combination you rarely find in a binding machine. In fact, the last comb binding machine I can even remember that featured a three-hole punch was an Ibico binding machine that has long since been discontinued.

The electric portion of this machine is the punching mechanism. The comb opener is still manually operated. The electric punch on this machine is capable of punching through up to 15 sheets of paper at a time. This is done by pushing a button.

One feature I love about SircleBind machines is the vertical load punch. This feature can be found in the CB-150e. Most binding machines punch paper horizontally. Because the CB-150e punches paper vertically, edges are easily squared up and punching goes a little faster. The margin depth can be adjusted to two different positions.

The CB-150e is designed to be used with letter-size paper, although it can be used smaller sheets of paper. It is able to bind paper up to two-inches thick. This is pretty nice for binding reports.

The low-profile design of the SircleBind CB-150e allows it to sit on a shelf or be placed in a cupboard. It weighs in at 39 pounds shipped, which means it can be used on most tables and desks.

While not designed for high-volume binding, the SircleBind CB-150e can easily keep up with light to medium-volume binding and can be used on a daily basis without any issues. This binding machine is found in schools, copy centers and other businesses.

Overall I really like the modern design of the CB-150e and really enjoy the hassle free option of the electric punch. The three-hole punch is just an added bonus and eliminates the need for a separate machine.

You can find the SircleBind CB-150e electric comb binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of electric comb binding machines here.

Tamerica TCC2700 27” Roll Laminator Review

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Tamerica / Tahsin TCC2700 27" Roll LaminatorThere are few laminators out there capable of handling 10 mil laminating film under $2,000. If you need a sturdy roll laminator that is both affordable and able to handle 10 mil film, you should take a look at the Tamerica TCC2700 27″ roll laminator (found here). We have one of these on our showroom floor and this is my review.

The TCC2700 is made by Tamerica and is often referred to by its old name, the “Tahsin” TCC2700. This laminator is 27-inches wide and is designed to laminate paper, posters, signs and other material. You will find this laminator in schools, print shops and offices.

One of the biggest perks with this laminator is its ability to use laminating film from 1.5 to 10 mils thick. The price is also a huge plus. This is the least expensive roll laminator we offer capable of laminating film up to 10 mils thick. It can also be used to laminate material up to 3/16-inch thick. This laminator uses a 1″ diameter core, which is most common in a laminator of this size.

It is common (and often correct) to think that if something costs less, the quality is less as well. This isn’t the case with the Tamerica TCC2700. This roll laminator has great reputation with our customers and a great track record when it comes to malfunctions and issues.

This laminator handles laminating jobs well. The heated silicon rollers, adjustable temperature and adjustable speed (11″ to 38″ per minute) help the film turn out crystal clear. Heated rollers also help cut down on ripples, waves and bubbles in film.

Not only can this machine be used to laminate larger items, but it can also be used to laminate several smaller items at once. The mandrels can support up to a 1,000-foot roll of 1.5 mil film. That is impressive.

The TCC2700 also features:

  • Reverse motor capabilities.
  • Film trimmer.
  • UL approved.
  • Roller separator
  • Emergency motor shutoff.
  • Ready light with audible alert
  • An adjustable feed guide.
  • Spring loaded tension knobs.

These features and many others are just a few reasons why the Tamerica TCC2700 may be the right laminator for you. I personally like using it and consider it to be a great deal.

You can find the Tamerica TCC2700 27″ roll laminator here. You can find our entire selection of roll laminators here. Do you still have questions about this machine or other roll laminators? Call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our laminating experts.

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