Martin Yale J1824 Giant Padding Press Review

Martin Yale J1824 Giant Padding PressPadding presses are cool little devices. They make it easy to recycle paper, create notepads and scratchpads. So what do you do if you need to pad thousands of sheets of paper at a time? What you need is a giant padding press like the Martin Yale J1824 Giant Padding Press (found here). This is my review.

Martin Yale is probably better known for their shredders, paper cutters, forms cutters and paper folders than for their padding presses. While Martin Yale doesn’t make dozens of padding presses, like they do paper cutters, they certainly hold up well.

The Martin Yale J1824 Giant Padding Press is called giant for a reason. It can pad a stack of paper up to 19 ¾” high by 17 ¾” wide. Now break out a ruler and take a look at those dimensions. Big, isn’t it? Not only can the J1824 pad larger paper, it can also be used to pad two separate stacks of letter-size 8 ½” x 11″ paper (or A4 paper) at a time.

This padding press can be used to pad paper, carbonless forms, note pads, scratch pads and more. Paper thickness doesn’t really matter. This makes it possible to pad notepads with chipboard on the bottom, with card stock and much more.

The J1824 is a pretty simple machine, and that’s by design. The first thing you will want to do is put your paper in the padding press. The padding press tips back, which in turn helps to jog the paper being padded. This keeps everything squared up and aligned.

Once the paper is in the Martin Yale J1824, two sets of wing screws are tightened down. This helps apply pressure along the back of the paper stack. This helps to produce a neat and professional pad of paper. Once the screws are tightened, glue can be applied. Once the glue has dried, the wing screws can be loosened.

Depending on how thick the pad of paper is, you may want to consider using a padding knife to cut the separate stacks of paper apart. Once everything has been removed, you are able to use the padding press again. You are really only limited by the glue drying time as far as padding speed is concerned.

The build quality on the J1824 is exceptional. Unlike many pressed wood padding presses out there, the J1824 is made from sturdy steel construction. This makes the J1824 durable, reliable and easier to clean up.

I would personally recommend the J1824 to anyone interested in light to medium volume paper padding projects. Weighing in at only 26 pounds, this padding press can be used on most tables and desks.

You can find the Martin Yale J1824 Giant Padding Press here and our entire selection of paper padding presses here. Good luck and happy padding!

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