Best GBC VeloBind Machine for You

GBC VeloBind System One Binding MachineGBC VeloBind machines provide a professional and nice looking bind. Having used VeloBind myself to bind several reports and presentations for college, I can vouch for the fact that they make a great impression. Few binding formats beat a VeloBound document with a nice clear cover front and a card stock back cover. So which machine should you purchase for your business or copy center? There are 4 viable options available and these are my recommendations.

Four Different VeloBind Machines:

Before you purchase a GBC VeloBind machine, there are 2 primary questions you need to ask yourself:

How thick are your documents? VeloBind machines are modeled and designed to handle a maximum thickness. The System One can handle 1″ of paper, the System Two can handle 2″ and the System Three can handle 3″ of paper. It is a pretty straightforward system. The larger machines, such as the GBC System Three Pro, can also handle 2″ and 1″ strips. The larger machines are all backwards compatible.

If you don’t think you will ever need to bind a book thicker than 1″, and you don’t need an electric punch, the VeloBind System One is going to be more than enough for you. If you need to bind up to1 ½” of paper, you’ll need a VeloBind System Two (etc…).

GBC VeloBind System Three Pro Book Binding MachineHow many books do you need to bind per day? Hot Knife VeloBind machines are partially automated. The cutting and heat sealing of the VeloBind strips is all automatic. The punch, however, is not electric on all the VeloBind machines. The Tamerica V200-Pro (SecureBind) and the GBC VeloBind System One both feature a manual punch. The GBC System Two and System Three Pro both have electric punches.

If you expect to bind more than a few dozen books a day, you may want to consider using an electric punch. This will be faster and will cut down on operator fatigue.

Customer Favorite – Having used all of the GBC VeloBind machines and the Tamerica V2000-Pro Secure Bind (SecureBind is Tamerica’s version of VeloBind), I have to say that the System One is my favorite simply because it is affordable and does a great job. That’s not to say that the System 2 or System 3 Pro are bad, they just aren’t as popular with our customers.

The Tamerica V2000Pro is a good alternative to the GBC System Two, however, I would personally go with the GBC System One over the Tamerica V2000-Pro for 1″ binding.  I personally think the GBC VeloBind machine is a slightly better built machine.

You can find our entire selection of VeloBind book binding machine here and our 11-prong hot knife VeloBind strips here.

Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any of your VeloBind questions. Have a great day!

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2 Responses to “Best GBC VeloBind Machine for You”

  1. Bryan Says:

    I have a question and I’ve been searching the internet for a good answer but I haven’t found one yet. Maybe you have some suggestions. (And please email me if you respond to this, so I know). I love my velobinder and I use it to organize huge chunks of paper and get them out of binders and boxes. The problem is that I now have a bookshelf full of velobound documents and from the spines, they all look the same. In order to tell what’s what, I’ve been hand-writing in marker on the spine to identify each “book” but it looks terrible and I just can’t have that in my office. I can’t afford to buy a bunch of the “book cover” type covers for the books. I have way too many documents and they still don’t provide a great way to label the spines without paying someone to emboss every one. Is there a labeling system designed for velobound book spines to identify the document on a bookshelf?

    Thanks

    Bryan

  2. Dave Says:

    I agree that the marker would look pretty bad. What you need is some sort of labeling machine. The only downside is that the standard adhesive on a labeling machine won’t stick to the spine of paper easily because of the uneven nature of bound paper. My only recommendation would be to find a labeling machine that comes equipped with glue that can seep into the paper, or apply a clear adhesive manually to the back of the label and stick it on that way. There isn’t much movement in the spine of Velobound paper, so once you have the label attached it probably won’t fall off with use.

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