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Spiral-O Wire and Comb Binding Machines

Akiles MegaBind II Comb & Spiral-O Wire Binding MachineI had someone ask me today if Spiral-O wire could be used with any comb binding machine. Both Spiral-O and comb use the same hole pattern, so it would seem to make sense that they would be compatible. The quick answer to this question is no, but maybe. I’ll explain.

Spiral-O wire is a very unique type of double-loop wire. It is neither 2:1 nor 3:1 pitch (the most common wire hole patterns). It instead follows a 19-ring comb pattern. Ten-plus years ago, including two different punching dies in one machine was unheard of, so using the same punching die (comb) to punch holes for two different binding styles made sense.

While less common now than it used to be, binding machines are still made to handle both comb and Spiral-O wire. The nice thing about a combination machine that handles these two types of binding is that the machines are relatively compact (again, only one punch).

The only problem with using a standard comb binding machine that was not originally made to handle Spiral-O wire is that there is no wire closer. Sure you can punch the holes using a comb binding machine, but you can’t close the wire.

The only way you will be able to use Spiral-O wire with a standard comb binding machine is if you purchase or use a separate wire closer. Separate wire closers are nice to have on hand because one person can punch paper while another closes the wire. You can find our wire closers here.

At this point you will have to determine if it is in your best interest to buy a separate wire closer or just get a newer machine that has one built in. A big part of your decision will also depend on how much you spent on your original comb binding machine and how good a quality it is.

A good example of a combination binding machine that handles both 19-ring comb and Spiral-O wire is the Akiles MegaBind II.

You can find our entire selection of combination binding machines here. You can find our comb binding supplies here and our Spiral-O wire here.  Good luck and happy 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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