Top 8 Best Manual Coil Binding Machines

Intelli-Bind IC410 Manual Coil Binding MachineThe hottest type of binding for 2012 is coil binding (found here). This versatile and easy-to-use binding format can be used to bind presentations, cookbooks, reports, manuals and more. While this all sounds great, which machine should you use for your own coil binding operations? There are a lot of machines out there. Some of them are garbage and others are diamonds in the rough. Which machine should you use? I would like to visit 8 machines that have a great reputation with our customers.

Coil binding, often referred to as spiral binding, is a way to bind pages of paper together using spring-like PVC plastic coil binding elements. These coils spin through punched holes in the paper. Once the coils have been spun through the holes, the ends are cut and crimped off using a tool called coil-crimping pliers. The entire process takes just a few seconds to a few minutes, depending on the experience level of the operator.

There are many reasons people choose coil over wire or comb. To begin with, pages bound in coil can turn a full 360 degrees. This makes access to bound literature extremely easy. This binding format also allows books to lay flat open on a table or surface. This again makes reading and handling easy.

Akiles iCoil 41+ Coil Binding MachineCoil binding comes in two different hole patterns. The hole pattern is referred to as the pitch. A 4:1 pitch coil binding machine punches 4 holes per inch of paper and a 5:1 pitch coil binding machine punches 5 holes per inch of paper. The 4:1 pitch can bind more paper than the 5:1 pitch as the holes are spaced farther apart. If you don’t plan on binding more than about an inch of paper, either hole pattern will work for you (matter of preference). Once you settle on a hole pattern, you will need to be sure the supplies you buy match up with the hole pattern of your machine.

So which machines should you consider buying? I will list of 8 best sellers, but first I would like to familiarize you with a few reliable brands. If you’re shopping for a machine, consider a brand like Akiles, Tamerica, Intelli-Bind or Renz. These four brands are solid machines.

These 8 machines are what are known as manual coil binding machines. This means the punching is done by manually pulling a handle. The coil insertion process, however, is often still done with an electric motor while still being called a “manual” machine. Without further wait, here is my list.

Top 8 Best Manual Coil Binding Machines (Sorted by lowest to highest price)

I have hands-one experience with each of these machines. They’re solid. You won’t be disappointed. That said, you should still get a machine that is appropriate for the amount of books you are binding per day. If you would like to bind several hundred books a day, you may still want to¬† consider going with an electric coil binding machine (found here). Electric punches help speed up the process and require less manual effort to bind a book.

At ABC Office we offer a huge selection of coil binding machines (found here) and coil binding supplies (found here). We have been selling coil binding machines for over 30 years and have the experience and the knowledge to help you find a good machine. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

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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One Response to “Top 8 Best Manual Coil Binding Machines”

  1. Bindingguy22 Says:

    The IC410 has worked best for me in the past. Highly recommended.

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