What To Look For In A Paper Folding Machine

Paper Folding Machines from ABC OfficeHave you decided that you’ve had enough of paper cuts, crooked folds and mind numbing hours of folding paper by hand? If so, you may need to upgrade to a paper folding machine. Paper folders are wonderful machine. They save money, create professional folds and get folding jobs done quickly.

So what should you look for when shopping for a paper folding machine? The machine you get will depend on a lot of factors. What kind of fold do you need to create? How much paper will you fold per day? These questions and more will help influence your decision.

I have spoken with literally hundreds of different customers that were shopping for a paper folding machine and I have a pretty good idea as to the questions you should ask yourself prior to making a purchase. Here are a few questions and tips that may help you out.

  • What kind of fold do you need to create? Determine exactly what style of fold you need to create, including other folds you may need down the road. Different folding machines are capable of creating different styles of folds. Most paper folders will specify on the product page the types of folds they can create.
  • What type of paper are you folding? Are you folding standard paper, coated paper or glossy paper? Be aware that friction-feed paper folders, which constitute 80% of the machines out there, cannot fold glossy paper. The slick surface causes paper jams. If you need to fold slick paper, you will need an air feed (pneumatic) paper folder.
  • How large is the paper you will be folding? Paper folding machines typically have a minimum and maximum paper size they can handle. Be sure the machine you get can handle your paper size.
  • How thick is the paper you are folding? One of the biggest limiting factors with paper folding machines is the thickness of the paper. While most can handle standard 20# copy paper, not all can handle card stock. Be sure the machine you get can handle the paper thickness you are folding.
  • How many sheets do you need to fold in a day? The amount of paper you are folding will determine the machine you need. While the paper folding speed is a good determining factor in how much paper a machine can fold, ultimately you will want to determine the machine’s monthly duty cycle. Typically the more a machine costs, the more paper it will fold. This isn’t always the case, but it is a good rule of thumb.
  • Do you expect your folding volume to increase? Don’t shortchange yourself. There’s nothing worse than getting a machine that is woefully unequipped to handle the volume you need to fold.
  • Do you need any special features? Some paper folding machines come with features such as batch folding. Other machines have the ability to store custom folds or display total paper counted. Be sure to check out the “features” of the machine prior to making a purchase. Also, some paper folding machines are completely automatic, where others require some manual setup.
  • Where will you be using your paper folder? Be sure you have ample space for your folding machine. Check the weight and the dimensions of the machine prior to making a purchase. This way you won’t be surprised when you get a 100 pound machine that doesn’t fit anywhere.
  • Be aware that paper folding machines make noise. If you will be making long runs on a paper folder, you may want to consider using it in a different room from employees.

Hopefully these questions have helped you in your quest for a paper folding machine. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here. If you still have questions or would like some assistance placing an order, feel free to call one of our paper folding experts at 1-800-658-8788.

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