Formax FD 342 Tabletop Folding Machine Review

Formax FD 342 Tabletop Paper Folding MachineDo you need a paper folding machine that is extremely versatile, capable of performing the most common and custom paper folds available? One great machine, with an equality great reputation, is the Formax FD 342 tabletop paper folding machine (found here). This folder can create C folds, gate folds, Z folds, cross folds and much more. This is my review.

Formax has developed a great reputation over the past decade for their high-quality line of paper folder inserters, folding machines and pressure sealers. The build quality on these machines extremely high, with many of there machines being made in the USA.

The Formax FD 342 is packed with features. Weighting in at 77 pounds shipped, the FD 342 is a solid piece of machinery. The build quality alone features a metal housing, metal folding plates, high-quality silicon rollers and much more. It is designed for the ground up to be able to be used continuously throughout the day.

One great feature about the FD 342 is the motor. It is tough, capable of folding up to 15,500 sheets per hour. It is fast and strong, which helps get jobs done quickly and with fewer jams.

The feed tray on the FD 342 can hold up to 500 sheets of 20# paper at time, with the ability to handle paper as large as 12″ x 18″ and as small as 3.5″ x 5″. This is a pretty impressive range and paper capacity.

The exit tray is completely powered and uses a conveyor system to assist the paper as it exits the machine. The exit tray is telescoping. This means it can be shortened to accommodate tight spaces or it can be fully extended to hold up to 500 sheets of folded paper.

Setting the FD 342 up is extremely easy. It uses two separate folding plates to set up the required fold. Setting the folding plates up is as easy as pressing on a slide stop and sliding the plate to the desired fold. A fine-tune adjustment knob is located on the back of the fold plate in case any fine adjustments need to be made.

You can see a demonstration of the folding plates being set up here:

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Once the fold has been selected and paper has been placed in the feed tray, you can press the 1X button to test one sheet of paper. This allows you to ensure everything looks correct before starting up the machine. Once everything looks good, you can press the green “go” button to start the machine.

Unlike many folding machines out there, the Formax FD 342 can create a French fold, sometimes called a cross fold. This machine is built from the ground up to handle this type of difficult fold and even includes a cross-fold feed arm to help assist the fold.

Overall I have to say that this machine is extremely precise, durable and excellent for the price. It can be used for continuous daily operation without any issues. I give this machine a solid 5 out of 5 stars.

You can find the Formax FD 342 tabletop paper folding machine here and our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

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