2:1 Or 3:1 Pitch Wire Binding Machine & Supplies?

Twin Loop Wire Binding MachinesAre you shopping around for a wire binding machine and can’t seem to settle on a specific hole pattern? The two most common hole patterns found in twin-loop wire binding is 2:1 and 3:1 pitch. So which format is best for you and which is most popular? Here are a few answers that may help you out.

To begin with, 2:1 pitch wire has a two-holes-per-inch pattern, where 3:1 pitch wire has a three-holes-per-inch pattern. Both styles of wire look great and both have some great benefits. Here is a brief breakdown on the two hole patterns.

2:1 Pitch Wire

2:1 Pitch Wire Binding Supplies

  • Hole Pattern – 2 Holes Per Inch
  • Loop Wire Spaced Farther Apart
  • Binds Up To 1 ¼” Of Paper

3:1 Pitch Wire

3:1 Pitch Wire Binding Supplies

  • Hole Pattern – 3 Holes Per Inch
  • Loop Wire Spaced Tightly Together
  • Binds Up To 9/16″ Of Paper

Looking at these stats, you can see that 2:1 pitch wire can bind more sheets of paper together. This is the reason I believe 2:1 pitch wire is the most popular hole pattern used today. On the flip side, many people tell me they prefer the tighter look of the 3:1 wire. A lot of it depends on your personal preference.

Many people still have a tough time settling on any one hole pattern. For this reason many binding machine manufacturers have created multi-format / combination binding machines. These types of wire binding machines typically have two different punching dies. This allows you to bind in 2:1 and 3:1 wire. While these machines typically cost a little more, they do open the door to more binding options.

You can find our entire selection of wire binding machines here and wire binding supplies here. If you still have questions, feel free to speak with one of our wire binding machine specialists at 1-800-658-8788.

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2 Responses to “2:1 Or 3:1 Pitch Wire Binding Machine & Supplies?”

  1. LIzette Says:

    Hello,
    I plan to buy a binding machine with 2:1 pitch (such as an Akiles WireMac) as I would need a machine that can bind a 100-sheet document. Can I also use this pitch for binding thinner books such as a 25 sheets-document?

  2. Dave Says:

    Yes. You just need to make sure you use the correct diameter of wire. The 2:1 pitch comes in a diameter for books as small as 25 sheets. Please let me know if you have more questions.

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