Martin Yale 3800AP & 3800FC Alternatives

Martin Yale 3800AP & 3800FCOver the past decade, one of our most popular perforators and slitters has been the 3800AP (Auto Perforator) and the 3800FC (Forms Cutter). A little over a year ago Martin Yale discontinued these two machines. We still have customers looking for these machines and unfortunately Martin Yale has never released a replacement. So what do you do if you need an automatic perforator or an automatic forms cutter? Luckily there are still a few good options.

The Martin Yale 3800AP and 3800FC were both basically the same machine, but shipped with different attachments. The 3800AP had perforating wheels (10 perfs per inch) and the 3800FC had slitter wheels. These wheels were interchangeable between machines and they could even be equipped with scoring wheels. People used these to perforate, cut and score literature, tickets, coupons, marketing material and much more.

One of the most popular alternatives to the 3800AP is the Count PerfMaster (found here). The Perfmaster can be set up with perforating, scoring and slitting wheels. It has a 19″ wide feed capacity, which is very similar to the Martin Yale’s 18″ capacity. It can be equipped with up to 4 perforating wheels or scoring wheels and can easily be switched from perforating to scoring and back again. This machine has a feed tray that pulls single sheets in at a time (similar to the Martin Yale). The Count PerfMaster operates at 26,000 sheets per hour, which is more than double the 12,000 sheets per hour of the 3800AP and 3800FC.

While I recommend the Permaster as a great replacement to the Martin Yale 3800AP and 3800FC, we have some nice higher end machines you may want to consider as well:

  • Formax FD 572 (found here) – This is a cut sheet paper cutter and slitter that can be used with a wide range of paper sizes. It can be programmed with up to 100 different custom settings and is available with an optional perforator assembly.
  • Duplo Sheet Cutter V580 Cut Sheet Slitter (found here) – This cutter can create multiple cuts or perforations on a sheet of paper and is extremely popular for people crating cards, business cards, tickets and other material. It can be programmed with custom jobs and is extremely easy to set up and operate.
  • Count Auto Pro Plus I (found here) – This is a high-speed perorating and scoring machine designed for industrial and commercial applications. While it perforates and scores out of the box, it can be equipped with a wide variety of slit blades and perforating blades (18 teeth, 33 teeth and 45 teeth). This machine also comes equipped with a numbering machine.

Hopefully these high-quality alternatives help keep you scoring, perforationg and slitting your projects. If you have questions about any of the above mentioned machines, please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788.

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