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Best Coil Binding Lengths – 12” and 36”

Coil Binding SuppliesAs is the case with any coil binding machine, they all need binding coil supplies to work properly. Prices, diameters and colors vary a lot. At ABC Office we currently offer two different coil binding lengths. These are 12″ and 36″. So which is the best length to use?

You should first be aware that coil binding comes in 4:1 and 5:1 pitch hole patterns. Both hole patterns are available in 12″ and 36″ lengths. Be sure your machine and the supplies you buy are the same hole pattern.

Many people ask me why coil binding comes in a 12″ length and not an 11″ length. There is a very good reason for this. When a coil has been spun through punched holes, each end of the coil has to be crimped and cut. The excess length allows the operator plenty of excess room to finish the coil binding process. The 12″ length is by far the most popular choice.

So why would you need a 36″ length? I have found that the 36″ is ideal for binding custom size books. This may be extra-small books are longer legal-size books. The 36″ length is long enough to be used to bind multiple books per spiral element.

So is there any pricing benefit to buying the longer 36″ length compared to the 12″ length? There really isn’t. If you will only be binding 11″ letter-size books, I would stick with the 12″ length. Per inch, the 12″ length usually costs less money.

Coil binding is probably one of my favorite book binding formats. It looks nice, pages turn a full 360 degrees and it is easy to bind a book with coil.

You can find our entire selection of coil binding supplies here and coil 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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