Best Electric Wire Binding Machine for the Money – Intelli-Bind I23W

Intelli-Bind I23W Electric Wire Binding MachineWire binding is considered by many to be one of the classiest and nicest looking book binding formats around. For this reason, it is extremely popular for binding presentations and reports. If you are binding several books a day, or need something that makes punching paper easier, the Intelli-Bind I23W (found here) is an excellent option. It is also one of the cheapest electric wire binding machines on the market, costing hundreds of dollars less than comparable machines.

There are a lot of reasons why the I23W is such a good machine and a great option for you. To begin with, it is made of metal components. Even the casing is made out of metal, where many other manufactures have opted to go with a cheaper plastic housing. Even the wire closer handle on this thing feels like it was forged in a steel factory from WWII America. It is tough, which may also account for the heavy 85 pound shipping weight. All this metal goodness is a nice thing though and really helps it hold up with continuous use.

The I23W is a dual format wire binding machine. This means it can be used with 2:1 pitch twin loop wire or 3:1 pitch twin loop wire. The pitch of the wire is the amount of holes the machine punches per inch of paper. A 2:1 pitch creates about 22 holes along the 11″ side of a sheet of paper and a 3:1 pitch pattern is about 33 holes. The 3:1 pitch is the more common format used today, due to its tighter hole configuration, but the 2:1 pitch is popular for binding thicker books due to its higher sheet capacity. It is nice to have the luxury of using one or the other in the same machine.

The punching on this machine is all done with an electric motor. Up to 20 sheets of paper can be placed in the machine at a time. With the press of a button, the I23W will punch square holes into the paper. The margin depth on this machine can be adjusted to set the punched holes closer to the edge of the paper or farther into the paper. Individual holes can also be disabled or enabled using the build-in selectable punching pins (aka disengageable dies).

While the hole punching process is fully electric, the wire closing process is manual. There are few electric wire binding machines out there with an electric wire closer. One reason is because closing the wire with a handle is just as fast and easy (in many cases faster) than using an electric closer. All you need to do to use the wire closer is dial in the diameter of the wire you are using, insert the spine of the book into the closer and pull the handle (found on the left side of the machine). The wire closer, once the diameter is set, wont over close or under close the wire. The results are extremely professional.

The I23W can be used with all standard diameters or 2:1 and 3:1 pitch wire. It can also be used to punch holes in card stock, poly covers, clear covers and other types of paper. It is extremely versatile. As of this article, the I23W costs just $622, where the next closest metal build wire binding machine is the Akiles WireMacE, which comes in at $1626. That’s over $1,000 in savings on a machine of similar quality.

If you have questions about the Intelli-Bind I23W, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of electric wire binding machines here.

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