How to use Coil Crimping Pliers

Coil Crimping Pliers for Coil BindingIf you own a coil binding machine, you have either mastered or have gotten very frustrated with the final step of the binding process; the coil crimping pliers (found here). If you have coil crimping pliers, or you are considering buying a coil binder, you will want to read this article. I am going to go through the coil crimping process step by step. This guide should help you to master the art of coil crimping.

Coil binding supplies come in 12″ lengths for use in binding 11″ documents. The added length is done on purpose. Once a coil is spun through paper that has been punched for coil, the coil supply is spun through. The result is about ½” of excess coil on each end of the book. This allows the operator of the machine to cut off and crimp the excess coil. The crimping prevents the coil from spinning back out. The process is actually quite ingenuous and it works well.

Coil crimping pliers look a lot like needle nose pliers. They are relatively small and fit in the palm of your hand. Some binding machines include the pliers, where others require you to purchase them separately. The are spring loaded and all you really need to do is position them correctly and squeeze them shut. Here is a step-by-step guide on exactly how to use them:

  1. Pick up the book you are binding with your left hand.
  2. Grab the coil crimping pliers with your right.
  3. Point the red dot on the coil crimping pliers towards the document you are binding.
  4. Insert the coil into the mouth of the pliers. The closer you can get to the edge of the book the better.
  5. Squeeze the crimping pliers.
  6. If done correctly, it will cut of excess coil and will crimp the coil 40 to 90 degrees, preventing the coils from slipping back out.
  7. Repeat this process for the other side of the book. You can switch hands if you are left handed.

Sometimes seeing this done is even more helpful. Here is a video demo of coil crimping pliers in use.

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Once you have the technique down, it really isn’t that hard. I can crimp both sizes of a document in under 10 seconds easily and often faster. It definitely looks far more complicated than it really is. If you don’t want to bother with coil crimping pliers, or you simply want to speed up the process, there are machines out there that cut and crimp both sides off simultaneously. An example of a coil crimping machine is the Akiles Finish-A-Coil E1 (found here)

I have had many people ask me if they can simply use needle nose pliers. You can, but you have to be more careful and the process is slower. Most people take the needle nose pliers, cut off the excess coil and then using the sample pliers to bend the coil over.

I hope this guide helps you out! If you still have questions, or need help, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We would love to help you out. We also have a great selection of coil binding machines (found here) and coil binding supplies (found here).

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