Double-Loop Wire Binding Capacity & Diameter Guide

Do you have a wire binding machine, but aren’t sure what diameter of wire you should use for the paper you are binding? While many binding manuals will offer some assistance, many machines leave users in the dark. There are many reasons why it is important that you use the correct size of double-loop wire when binding books.

Double Loop Wire Binding Supplies

To begin with, a book bound using a wire that is too large will look funny. It will still be functional, but it will not look proportional or professional. Binding a book using a wire that is too small will cause pages to bind, tear and fall out.

I am including in this post a guide that should help you determine the amount of sheets you can use for a specific diameter of wire. This should help smooth out the binding process and will hopefully save you a headache later down the road. This applies to 2:1 pitch, 3:1 pitch and Spiral-O 19-ring wire. Be aware that 2:1 pitch diameters go up to 1 1/4″, 3:1 pitch diameters go up to 9/16″ and Spiral-O 19-Ring diameters go up to 1″.

Double-Loop Wire Binding Sheet Capacity & Diameter Guide
(Based On 20# Paper)

3/16″ (4.76mm) – 10 Sheets
1/4″ (6.35mm) – 20 Sheets
5/16″ (7.94mm) – 40 Sheets
3/8″ (9.53mm) – 55 Sheets
7/16″ (11.11mm) – 70 Sheets
1/2″ (12.7mm) – 90 Sheets
9/16″ (14.29mm) – 100 Sheets
5/8″ (15.88mm) – 120 Sheets
3/4″ (19.05mm) – 50 Sheets
7/8″ (22.23mm) – 170 Sheets
1″ (25.4mm) – 200 Sheets
1 1/8″ (28.58mm) – 220 Sheets
1 1/4″ (31.75mm) – 230 Sheets

At ABC Office we offer our wire supplies in all the diameters listed above. Our double-loop wire is made out of durable heavy-gauge wire and comes in a variety of different colors. You can find our entire selection of double-loop wire here and our entire selection of wire binding machines here.

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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