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Dahle 10560 Paper Folding Machine Review

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Dahle 10560 Paper Folding MachineDo you need a cheap and affordable paper folder that can also multi-fold up to three sheets at a time? If so, the Dahle 10560 paper folding machine (found here) may be just what you need. I have used this machine several times and will post my thoughts and feelings on it in this article. Hopefully this will help you determine if this is the right folding machine for you.

To begin with, the Dahle 10560 falls within a very select group of sub $500 paper folding machines. These types of paper folding machines are designed for low-volume use. This doesn’t mean you can only fold a few sheets per day, but it isn’t meant to be used continuously for large jobs.

The time it takes to pull this folding machine out of the box and set it up takes on a few minutes. Luckily very little assembly is required. All you really have to do is set up the stand and attach a couple of components.

The Dahle 10560 uses folding plates to create letter folds, accordion folds, single folds and more. The folds are clearly marked on the two folding plates. Once these plates have been adjusted for the fold, the 10560 can begin folding paper.

The hopper on the Dahle 10560 holds up to 50 sheets of paper. It is designed to be used with either 8 ½” x 11″ letter-size or A4 paper. It is designed to be used with 16-20lb paper, so nothing thicker than copy paper. It will not work with glossy or coated paper as the rubber wheels tend to slip on the slick surface.

This folding machine is extremely compact and very easy to move around. It weighs in at 21 pounds. I picked it up and it didn’t seem much heavier to me than a basic printer. I do, however, recommend moving the folding machine and the stand separately.

The Dahle 10560 is perfect for using on the side of a desk or on a table. It is several times faster than folding paper by hand and is a significant step up from the basic electric letter folding machines out there.  It is  great for folding invoices, letters, bills, pamphlets and more.

My favorite feature of the Dahle 10560 is the multi-sheet folding capability. A bypass slot on the top of the folding machine allows you to manually feed up to three sheets of stapled or unstapled paper for multi-sheet folding. This feature works remarkably well. Just be aware that it will only multi-fold paper as fast as you can feed it into the machine.

Overall I consider this to be a great little folding machine. If you treat it well, and set it up properly, it should easily last you for a long time.

You can find the Dahle 10560 paper folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of friction-feed paper folding machines here.

Intelli-Bind IW400 Wire Binding Machine Review (2:1 & 3:1 Pitch)

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Intelli-Bind IW400 Wire Binding Machine (Double Loop Wire)Are you looking for a wire binding machine that is made to last for years? If so, you probably want a machine that is built from the ground up from metal components. If this is your goal, you may want to consider looking at the Intelli-Bind IW400 wire binding machine (found here) from Intelli-Zone. I have had a chance to use this machine and this is my review.

I’ve got the Intelli-Bind IW400 sitting next to me and the first thing I am noticing is the build quality. Just moving this thing over to my desk took a little effort. The case of the IW400 is made out of cast iron and the handle, punching pins and gears are all metal as well. It weighs in at 37 pounds shipped.

It has a total of two handles, located on the right side. The longer of the two handles is used to punch paper (up to 20 sheets) and the shorter handle is used for closing the wire. The handles are both long enough that the punching and closing takes very little effort. The way this machine is designed, you will need to use your right hand to operate it.

The IW400 is designed to punch and bind paper up to 13″ long, but has an open end. This means you can punch and bind longer sheets by sliding the longer paper and punching it again. I’ve always liked having an open-ended binding machine. I wish all wire binding machines were made like this.

The 2:1 pitch version of this machine has 27 punching pins and the 3:1 pitch has 40 punching pins. The term pitch is used to describe the hole pattern used. Each of the punching pins can be disengaged, which is pretty nice. This is especially ideal for punching and binding custom-sizes of paper. The punched holes are rectangular in shape.

The Intelli-Bind IW400 has a dial on the side of the machine where you can adjust how far into the paper the holes are punched. There is another dial on the top of the machine where you can adjust the wire closer. The wire closer is found in the back of the machine.

One thing unique to the IW400, versus many other wire machines, is the wire holder. There is a convenient clamp located on the front of the machine that is used to hold wire in place while paper is added. This is especially nice, making the holes easier to line up.

Did I mention the build quality? Wow. This thing is tough.

A wide catch tray drawer is found on the front of this machine. It spans the width of the machine and almost the entire length. This means it holds a lot of paper, requiring you to empty it less often.

Overall I have to say that the IW400 is more than adequate for medium-volume, continuous binding. It is probably one of the heaviest-duty manual wire binding machines I have used to date. You won’t be disappointed.

You can find the 3:1 pitch Intelli-Bind IW400 wire binding machine here and the 2:1 pitch Intelli-Bind IW400 wire binding machine here.  You can find our entire selection of manual-punch wire binding machines here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our binding machine specialists.

Counting Mixed Bills & Bill Discriminators

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Mixed Bill Counter / Currency DiscriminatorI have a lot of customers ask me, “Do bill counters tell the difference between dollar values?” The quick answer is that most bill counters do not distinguish the difference between denominations. There are many reasons for this.

To begin with, creating a coin counter that sorts coins and a bill counter that sorts bills are two different challenges. Coin counters get away with this easily because coins come in different sizes. Bills do not. Building a bill counter that can tell the difference between bill values isn’t cheap.

Most people who use bill counters do not need a machine that sorts bills. Most retail stores, shops and businesses have bills pre-sorted in cash drawers. Most of these businesses simply need to find out how many bills of each denomination there are. This is what most bill counters do. They tell you the total number of bills counted, not the value.

Does a machine exist that can tell the difference between bill values? Yes. These machines are called bill discriminators or mixed bill counters. The Klopp PLUS Banking Systems P-624 is an example of a bill discriminator that we carry.

Standard bill counters, other than distinguishing value, get the job done for most people. Many standard bill counters even include counterfeit detection.

Do you still have questions about bill counters? Try reading our bill counter guide found here. You can also speak with one of our money counting specialists by calling 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of bill counters here.

Custom Size Coils for Coil Binding Machines

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Custom Coil Binding CoilsI have customers ask me all the time whether or not we offer custom size coils for coil binding machines. While my answer to this question may take a few sentences to explain, the short and simple answer is yes, we do offer custom coil sizes. Most people don’t realize how easy it is. I’ll explain how.

To begin with, coil binding is probably one of the most customizable binding formats out there. You’re really not limited to book size like you are with many other binding systems (i.e. VeloBind).

One very important part of coil binding a book is using coil crimping pliers to cut off and crimp the excess coil. As long as you have coil crimping pliers (or are skilled with needle nose pliers), you can coil bind just about anything.

At ABC Office, we sell binding coils in two lengths, 12″ and 36″. If you are binding something smaller than 11″ long, you can simply cut off the excess coil. The leftover coil can then be used for another custom-size book. This means you can easily bind books that are 8″ or 6″ long.

If you are binding books that are longer than 11″ (say 14″), simply use the 36″ coil and cut off the excess. You can get three 12″ books or two 14″ books out of a 36″ long coil. While there may be a little waste on odd-size books, the price is affordable.

Coil binding looks great. The color selection is incredible and the look is vibrant. Pages turn a full 360 degrees and the bind holds up well.

You can find our entire selection of 4:1 and 5:1 pitch binding coils here. You can find our entire selection of coil binding machines here. Happy binding!

Intelli-Bind IB500 Comb Binding Machine Review

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Intelli-Bind IB500 Comb Binding Machine from Intelli-ZoneAre you looking for a well-rounded comb binding machine that will hold up with continued use? Perhaps a machine made with metal components? If so, you may want to consider looking at the Intelli-Bind IB500 comb binding machine (found here) from Intelli-Zone. I have had a chance to use this and this is my review.

To begin with, the Intelli-Bind IB500 reminds me of the old Ibico Ibimatic (aka CombBind C150). It even handles a lot like it. Do you remember that comb binding machines? Ibico was later bought out by GBC and the machine was altered and changed, but the IB500 handles a lot like the original Ibimatic. The biggest difference is the addition of disengageable punching pins.

This compact little comb binding machine is pretty fun to use. It features a metal housing and metal components, which is really nice in any piece of office equipment. While the IB500 hasn’t been around long enough for me to tell you just how long it will last, I wouldn’t be surprised if this machine held up for several years without issue.

While not designed for high-volume binding jobs, it can certainly be used on a daily basis. The punching mechanism is manually operated, capable of punching about 20 sheets of standard 20# paper at a time. Technically it has 21 punching dies (for A4 paper) but it is able to do 19-ring comb binding with letter-size paper. It will easily bind up to 2-inches of paper.

The paper punching and comb opening are all done on the same lever. You pull the lever down to punch the paper and push it back to open / close the combs. The handle is angled in an ergonomic way, making paper punching less strenuous. Sorry lefties, but this machine is definitely designed for the right-handed individual.

As paper is punched, the punched holes are collected in a bin located under the machine. A drawer, which you can probably see in the picture, can be slid out and emptied.

The Intelli-Bind IB500 weighs in at 26 pounds shipped. This means it is still a hefty little machine, but still light enough to be moved around and used on just about any table or desk.

Having handled this machine myself, I can say that it is definitely a solid little machine. The build quality feels good and it is extremely easy to operate. If you have light to medium-volume binding needs, this is a great machine to have on hand. It is certainly priced to move.

You can find the Intelli-Bind IB500 comb binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of manual-punch comb binding machines here. Feel free to speak with one of our binding machine specialists at 1-800-658-8788 with any book binding questions.

FP60 Paper Drilling Machine Review

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

FP60 Paper Drill / File Pecker Paper Drilling MachineDo you need to drill holes through up to 2 ½” of paper at a time and are in the market for a paper drilling machine? If this is the case, you may want to look at the FP60 paper drill (found here). This is my review.

To begin with, the FP60 is one of the least expensive paper drills with a 2 ½” drilling capacity. It has a single spindle that can be used to drill one or multiple holes in a stack of paper. Multiple holes will require multiple passes.

One little known fact about the FP60 is that the FP stands for File Pecker. No, I’m not kidding. So you can refer to this as the FP60 or the File Pecker 60. Either way, it can drill (or peck) through a lot of paper.

The base of the FP60 is capable of handling paper as long as 14-inches, however, most people use this drill for drilling holes in letter-size paper.

While the drill on the FP60 is electrically powered, the drilling pressure is manually applied. This is done by pulling down on a handle. Very little effort is required to drill through paper as the sharp drill bit quickly cuts through paper.

The FP60 uses a style F drill bit, which is available in several different diameters. You can find our style F drill bits here. The FP60 comes with one ¼” drill bit with the purchase of the machine.

Unlike many paper drills out there, the FP60’s drill bit spindle is attached directly to the drilling shaft. This cuts down on vibrations and noise, making the FP60 ideal to use around other people.

This drill weighs in at 65 pounds shipped. This means it is pretty heavy duty, but you should still be able to use it on most desks and counter surfaces.

The overall build quality is exceptional. A metal housing, metal components and a metal handle show that the FP60 means business.

The FP60 is also available in a version called the FP60-LS (found here). The LS version is equipped with two pre-programmed bars. These guide bars are set up for easy single hole, two holes and three hole drilling. Just press the table release to move the paper to the next stop for fast accurate drilling.

You can find the FP60 paper drill here. You can find our entire selection of paper drills here.

Best Bill Counters For Banks

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Semacon S-1400 Series Bill Counters (S-1400, S-1415, S-1425, S-1450)Using a machine to count bills saves time, and lots of it. Banks, by nature, handle a lot of money and have a need for the most robust and reliable bill counters around. I had a customer yesterday tell me that he (and his bank) were getting frustrated with the time they were wasting with quirky, finicky bill counters. Here is what I told him.

I first asked this customer which bill counters he was using. He listed off a few models. While the models he listed weren’t bad brands or machines, they weren’t designed for continuous non-stop counting required at banks.

I then went on to suggest a few models that have a great track record with banks. He specifically wanted machines that had counterfeit detection capabilities. For this particular customer, I recommended Semacon bill counters.

Why Semacon? Semacon has a great record with banks, credit unions, casinos, retail stores, restaurants and more. Their machines, unlike many others out there, are made in factories that implement some of the highest quality control standard. While Semacon machines may cost a little more up front, the improvement in quality and customer support is amazing.

For this specific customer I recommended the Semacon S-1400 series bill counter, specifically the S-1415 or S-1425 with counterfeit detection. You can find the Semacon S-1400 series of bill counters here. This also includes the S-1400 and S-1450. This bill counter is widely used by banks.

Here are some other great Semacon bill counters:

  1. Semacon S-1025 Mini Bill Counter
  2. Semacon S-1015 Mini Bill Counter
  3. Semacon S-1000 Mini Bill Counter

You can find our entire selection of bill counters here. Feel free to speak will one of our bill counting specialists at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

Wet Floor Caution Cones (Piso Mojado) – Workplace Safety Tips

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Wet Floor Caution Cones - Cuidado Piso MojadoKeeping the workplace safe is an important part of any business’s daily operations. This includes retail store environments that have to not only keep employees safe, but also customers. One important way to do this is to have a wet floor caution cone on hand.

Caution cones alert customers to dangerous situations, including wet floors that may be cause by rain, snow or a food spill. At ABC Office we offer deployable wet floor caution cones. The main benefit of a deployable caution cone is space.

Traditional orange wet floor cones can take up a lot of space. Deployable cones are compact and fold up. Some models have a strap that keeps them compact, where others include a tube that they can be placed in for storage. Deployable cones turn into a large wet floor cone in just seconds. This is do to the spring loaded design. Once deployed, these cones remind me of a pop-up tent.

Our wet floor deployable cones state “Caution – Wet Floor” in English and “Cuidado – Piso Mojado” in Spanish. These cones are available in different heights. They are all available in a bright yellow design, with some also available in an orange design.

You will find our wet floor caution cones in schools, hospitals, universities, grocery stores, retail stores and other buildings where patients, clients, customers and students reside. You can find our entire selection of wet floor caution cones here.

High Strength, Fast-Drying Padding Compound / Adhesive

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Padding Adhesive / Glue from ABC OfficeI was doing a little research today on padding presses and was surprised to discover that a lot of people out there are pretty unhappy with the padding adhesive / compound that they are using. Complaints ranged from the glue being too weak to taking too long to dry.

We have been selling padding glue for well over a decade now and I’m not aware of any customer complaints regarding our padding adhesive. We sell a lot of it. This is what I can tell you about our padding glue.

Padding Presses from ABC OfficeOur padding compound comes from General Graphic and is available in two different colors, both red and white. We offer the glue in two different sizes as well. You can get it in a quart container or a gallon container.

Our padding compound is very strong and will not fall apart or break down over time. The consistency of the glue is similar to Elmer’s glue and drying time takes about 20 minutes, which is pretty fast considering that it is cold, air-dried glue. The thicker you apply the glue, the longer it will take to dry.

Our padding compound can be used with all pressure-based padding presses. Sure I’m a little biased, but I think our padding glue is some of the best out there. I have personally used it for creating pads and it works just like it should.

You can find our padding glue & adhesive here. You can find our entire selection of padding presses here.

Martin Yale J1811 Jiffy Padding Press Review

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Martin Yale J1811 Jiffy Padding PressDo you need to pad carbonless forms, notepads or scratch pads? If so, one model you may want to consider using is the Martin Yale J1811 Jiffy Padding Press (found here). This unique padding press is one of the most popular available today and this is my review.

Padding presses not only make it easy to create note and scratch pads, but they are also a great way to recycle old, used paper. Assuming the contents of the old paper aren’t of a sensitive nature, you can often flit that paper over, pad it and have easy-to-use notepads.

Many of the padding presses available today are made from crude, simplistic designs. This is not the case with the J1811 Jiffy Padding Press. Upon first view, you will notice that the construction is above the norm. Not only that, it is a classy-looking padding press.

Unlike many comparable padding presses that are made out of pressed wood, the J1811 Jiffy Padding Press is made out of metal. This means that it will not only get the job done, but should last years longer than wood-based padding presses.

The cream color of the J1811 fits in nicely with existing office décor. Because it only weighs in at 18 pounds, it can be easily be used on most desks, tables and work benches.

The padding area of the J1811 can fit paper up to 5 ¾” high and 17 ¾” wide. This means you can pad paper of various sizes. This also means you can easily pad multiple stacks of letter-size (8 ½” x 11″) paper simultaneously.

Simply place your paper, card stock, carbonless forms or other paper-based material on the padding press and clamp down the clamping brackets. This is done by twisting wing screws. Once the paper is firmly clamped down, padding adhesive can be applied. After about 15-20 minutes, the clamps can be removed and more paper can be padded.

You will often find padding presses in print shops, schools, churches and other businesses. I have even heard of people at home using padding presses to recycle and create their own unique pads of paper.

I consider the J1811 padding press to be a solid, good investment and a great choice for padding needs.

You can find the Martin Yale J1811 Jiffy Padding Press here. You can find our entire selection of adhesive padding presses here.

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