MBM Simplimatic Paper Folding Machine Review

MBM Simplimatic Paper Folding MachineOne of the biggest complaints I hear from customers regarding folding machines is the paper folding plates. Short of going with a fully automatic machine, are there any other more automated options out there? One machine you may want to consider using is the semi-automatic MBM Simplimatic paper folding machine (found here). I have used this paper folder and this is my review.

MBM, while best known for their paper shredders & cutters (Destroyit, Kutrimmer & Triumph), also makes a great selection of paper folding machines. Their machines are regarded as having a great build quality and for being overall dependable.

While most of their paper folding machines are designed for higher-end applications, their MBM Simplimatic is designed for low to medium-volume use. It can be used to create single folds, letter folds and accordion folds. These are by far the most common folds used by businesses today.

The most unique feature of this machine is the setup. Most non-automatic paper folding machines require some sort of manual manipulation of the folding plates. Why the Simplimatic does not have electric-powered folding plates, they are much easier to set up than most machines.

The folding plates are set up by twisting a dial selector wheel found on the side of the machine. One of the wheels is for adjusting the first folding plate and the other is for adjusting the second folding plate. Folds are clearly marked on the wheel and “dialing” in a fold is extremely easy. Because the folding plates are fully enclosed, this folding machine is generally quiet when compared to other folding machines.

While the dial concept is nice, and works as advertised, I’m not entirely sold on it’s necessity. I have used manually adjusted folding plates, and this machine’s dial system, and I think it takes about the same amount of time either way. I almost prefer manually adjusting the plates as I feel it gives me more control over the machine. The dial system isn’t bad though and many customers will prefer it.

One big benefit of this machine, especially considering the affordable price, is the fact that it has one feed roller and two roller guides. A combination of these three rollers helps ensure that paper is fed into the machine in an aligned fashion, helping improve the overall registry of the folds.

The hopper on this machine holds up to 150 sheets of standard 20# paper. Be aware that this amount may fluctuate with thicker and thinner paper. It can ultimately be used with paper ranging in thicknesses from 16# up to 60#. This is really nice for a paper folding machine.

The MBM Simplimatic has the ability to fold up to 3 stapled 20# sheets of paper at a time. This isn’t done automatically, but requires that the three sheets be feed manually into the machine. This is the way most multi-sheet folding machines handle multiple sheets of paper.

Overall I have to say that this machine gets good marks from me. It isn’t my favorite paper folding machine in this price range, but is great for low to medium-volume paper folding. That isn’t to say it’s a bad machine, but just be sure you aren’t expecting it to keep up with high volume projects.

Here are a few alternatives that fall within a similar price range

You can find the MBM Simplimatic paper folding machine here and our entire selection of paper folding 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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