GBC CombBind C800pro Comb Binding Machine Review

GBC CombBind C800pro Comb Binding MachineWere you a big fan of the classic Ibico EPK-21 comb binding machine? It was a customer favorite, and when it was discontinued, we had a lot of sad customers. The good news is that the EPK-21 now lives on as the GBC CombBind C800pro electric comb binding machine (found here). With a few exceptions, it is the same old reliable machine the EPK-21 used to be.

GBC is one of the largest manufacturers of book binding machine in the USA. They manufacture comb binding machines (CombBind), ProClick binding machines and VeloBind machines. Their line of binding machines are primarily targeted towards businesses.

The C800pro is an electric comb binding machine. It features a durable electric paper punch that can punch up to 25 sheets of paper at a time. The electric punch is operated by pressing on a foot pedal. The foot pedal allows for convenient hands-free operation. This is especially nice for high-volume book binding operations.

While the GBC CombBind C800pro features an electric punch, the opener itself is manual. This shouldn’t come across as too much of a letdown though. Very (emphasis on very) few electric comb binding machines have an electric comb opener. This is because manually opening combs takes just seconds. The comb opener handle is located on the left side of the machine (a minor annoyance for a righty like me).

The C800pro has a maximum punching width of 12″ and a maximum binding thickness of about 2″ (425 sheets of 20# paper). The added width and binding thickness allow you to bind just about any book, report or presentation.

The addition of disengageable punching pins makes the C800pro perfect for custom book binding. Any of the 21 punching pins can be disengaged. This completely eliminates half-punched holes and allows you to bind books ranging from a few inches to 12″ wide without any issues.

The all-metal build quality on the C800pro is very obvious when being handled. The housing, handles, punching pins and gears are all made out of metal. The build quality is exceptional, which is probably why it is rated for commercial-volume book binding.

Overall I really like this comb binding machine. If you are a business or copy center that needs a reliable comb binding machine, this will certainly fit the bill.

You can find the GBC CombBind C800pro electric comb binding machine here and our entire selection of comb 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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2 Responses to “GBC CombBind C800pro Comb Binding Machine Review”

  1. Sandy Line Says:

    Our company purchased this machine in 2009 and in just shy of the one year warranty needed to replace it due to the PLASTIC gear that engages a metal cog disintegrating. Our “new” machine is again down with the same issue. This is a design flaw I believe. Has anyone else had this problem? A $2700.00 machine should not cease to function in such a short time.

  2. Dave Says:

    That is strange. I know that the older Ibico EPK-21 was a beast and the GBC C800 (the replacement) was supposed to be equally as nice. While I have used the GBC C800, I don’t have any personal experience using it on a heavy-duty scale for an extended period of time. I’m not personally aware of long-term issues with this machine.

    While I’m not a big fan of GBC products in general (I’d rather use Akiles), the C800 is a nice system. I would recommend that you call our Service Department at 1-800-658-8788 x129. They may be able to shed more light on the situation and help get things up and running.

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