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Tamerica TCC242 Durabind Comb Binding Machine Reviewed

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Tamerica TCC242 Durabind Comb Binding MachineBook binding shouldn’t be reserved for binderies and large businesses. With so many affordable options now available, just about anyone can bind a book. We have customers that use their binding machines to bind cookbooks, presentations, genealogy, photo albums, books and more. If you need a reliable book binding machine, you may want to consider the Tamerica TCC242 Durabind comb binding machine (found here). This is my review.

Comb binding is still one of the most popular binding formats around. The machines are commonly available and the supplies are cheap. I especially like the fact that comb binding allows you to remove pages, add pages and re-use spines.

The Tamerica TCC242 is one of the most well rounded machines we carry. It can be used with all binding combs and is capable of punching paper, card stock, clear covers, poly covers and much more. It can even be used to bind books up to 14” long!

The TCC242 is literally made of metal, from the handle to the base. The hollow ground dies are capable of quickly punching through up to 15 sheets of standard 20# paper at a time. The TCC242 is designed to bind legal and letter size paper, but can easily bind smaller documents.

Due to the high-quality manufacturing process of the punching dies, the TCC242 should stay sharp and punching for years to come. If you look at the picture of this machine you’ll notice the extra-long handle. This handle makes punching effortless.

One feature I really like about the Tamerica TCC242 is the disengageable (selectable) dies. This feature allows you to determine and choose exactly where holes will be punched. Simply pull out the pin and that die is disabled. This cuts down on half-punched holes and makes the binding of smaller documents extremely easy.

Not only does the TCC242 feature selectable punching dies, but it also has an adjustable margin depth. This makes punching books of varying thicknesses easier and helps prevent pages from accidentally tearing out. The TCC242 can bind a book as thin as a couple of pages or as thick as 2″.

The TCC242 weighs in at 28 pounds shipped. This is light enough that it can be used on most tables, desks and other surfaces. It is easy to pick up and move around, yet has enough heft to let you know it means business.

Reliable Alternatives:
Akiles Megabind 1 Comb Binding Machine

I really like the Tamerica TCC242. It has been around for years and has a great track record with our customers. It is a great binding machine for use at home, in a school or at the office.

You can find the Tamerica TCC242 comb binding machine here and our entire selection of comb binding machines here.

Intelli-Bind I23W Electric Wire Binding Machine Review

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Intelli-Bind I23W Electric Wire Binding MachineDo you or your business wire bind dozens, perhaps even hundreds of books per day? If so, you probably require the use of a heavy-duty binding machine. If you need to upgrade, or are simply in the market for a new binding machine, you may want to consider the Intelli-Bind I23W electric wire binding machine (found here) from Intelli-Zone. This is my review.

Wire binding is available in several different hole patterns, each with their own unique look. The hole pattern you use will depend on how your machine is built. The two most common hole patterns are 2:1 pitch (2 holes per inch) and 3:1 pitch (3 holes per inch).

The Intelli-Bind I23W has two different punching dies, allowing the operator to punch and bind in 2:1 or 3:1 wire. This is a huge benefit and is like having two machines in one. The format you use will depend on the look you prefer and the thickness of the book. A 2:1 pitch can bind a thicker book.

Each of these punching dies is electric, capable of punching up to 20 sheets of paper at a time. If you have ever manually punched paper for wire binding, over a dozen or more books a day, you can probably appreciate the convenience an electric punch provides. Simply place your paper in the machine and press the button located on the top of the machine. The I23W punches though paper without a problem.

The front of the I23W features a wire holder. This holder keeps a wire binding element in place while you add paper to it. Once all your paper is on the spine, it can be removed from the wire holder for placement in the wire closer.

Closing the wire is one of the most important parts of wire binding. If you don’t close the wire enough, pages will fall out. If you over-close the wire, pages won’t turn well and the book looks unprofessional.

The Intelli-Bind I23W has a special scale that makes wire closer adjustment easy. Simply locate the diameter of the wire you are using on the scale and adjust the dial accordingly. Once set, closing the wire is a piece of cake. While the wire closing is done manually, it literally takes seconds and requires very little manual effort.

Now let’s get to the build quality. Having handled this machine myself, I can vouch for the fact that it is made out of all-metal construction. It weighs in at 85 pounds shipped, so you may need up to 2 people to safely move it. While it is a heavy piece of machinery, most desks and tables will be able to support it.

For a heavy-duty wire binding machine, I have to say that the I23W is probably one of the most affordable machines out there. It is easy to use, extremely durable and should be able to easily keep up with your daily book binding needs.

You can find the Intelli-Bind I23W electric wire binding machine here and our entire selection of electric wire binding machines here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our book binding machine experts. Have a great day!

Best Binding Machines For College Reports

Friday, February 4th, 2011

College Report Binding MachinesCollege is all about studying, essays, reports, tests and presentations.  Perhaps it was just my degree, but I recall handing in at least one or more reports a week. While ultimately the content of your presentation should be what’s most important, looks often mean everything. First impressions mean a lot and this applies to college as well.

I remember heading over to the local copy shop and binding my college presentations and reports. They looked good, however, I had no idea what I was doing. Little did I know back then that I would end working in the binding industry.

There are about six different styles of book binding that I can think of that were commonly used for binding reports back in the day. These same six binding styles are still commonly used today. They are not only used for binding college reports, but also for binding business presentations.

The six binding styles I am referring to are comb, wire, coil, VeloBind, tape and thermal. Each of these binding formats has their benefits. I’ll cover the benefits (and the weaknesses) of each. I’ll rate these starting with my favorites.

  1. Wire Binding – This is probably my favorite binding format for college reports. Double loop wire binding looks classy, professional and keeps things together. I personally like to use a clear cover for the front, cardstock for the back and wire as the binding element. The only downside to wire is that it can bend.
  2. Coil Binding – Coil binding is durable, long lasting and colorful. This binding style allows pages to turn a full 3six0 degrees and pages can lay flat. Coil binding is great for cookbooks, albums and presentations. The only downside is that the coil ends can be a little difficult (initially) to crimp off. Once you know what you’re doing, however, it’s pretty easy.
  3. VeloBind – VeloBind looks great. The thin ¼” wide binding strip makes presentations look like they were bound in a professional bindery. This binding format is tamper proof and long lasting. The only downside is that pages in thicker reports may be difficult to keep open. These books won’t lie flat.
  4. Comb Binding – Comb binding is probably the most affordable binding format around. The spines are cheap. While I consider comb binding to be the best format for grade school level education, many people think it doesn’t look professional enough for a college-level report.
  5. Thermal Binding – Thermal binding usually involves some sort of glue in a pre-made binding cover. I really like the look of this style of binding. Thermal covers usually involve a clear cover with a cardstock backing. The only downside to this style of binding, for college report purposes, is the machines are harder to come by and the covers usually cost a bit more.
  6. Tape Binding – Tape binding ultimately looks good (as long as it’s done right), but most tape binding formats are temporary. The ultimate weakness is that pages will eventually start falling out. Simply put, tape binding is a temporary binding format.

I hope this helps you with your college reports. Binding documents is easy to do, looks great and provides for a great first impression.

You can find our entire selection of book binding machines here. I personally like using binding covers for my report found here. Good luck with your college reports!

Tamerica 213PB Multi Combo Wire & Comb Binding Machine Review

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Tamerica 213PB Multi Combo Wire & Comb Binding MachineComb and wire binding looks great. The end results are professional and they each have their own unique characteristics. If you are in the market for a book binding machine and can’t seem to settle on any one format, you may want to consider buying a machine like the Tamerica 213PB comb & wire binding machine (found here). I have had an opportunity to use this multi-format binding machine and this is my review.

Tamerica manufactures a lot of office equipment. Product lines include laminators, binding machines, paper cutters and much more. They are known for making great machines that are typically priced below comparable machines.

Officially called the Tamerica 213PB Multi Combo, this machine is what’s known as a multi-format or combination-binding machine. This is because it can be used to bind both plastic 19-ring comb binding and 19-ring Spiral-O double loop wire. This is a huge benefit for people who like both styles of binding, but don’t necessarily want to buy two separate machines.

Not only does the 213PB have the ability to bind books in both comb and wire, it also features an included 3-hole paper punch. If you’re like me, and have limited room on your desk, this is a huge plus. Few book binding machines include a 3-hole paper punch.

The punch can slice through up to about 20 sheets of paper at a time. This is pretty impressive for a manual punch and is due in part to the hollow ground punching dies. I have mentioned this before in previous binding machine reviews, but I would probably scale back the maximum amount of sheets punched to about 15 simply because I don’t like to max out a binding machine on every punch.

The build quality on the 213PB is above average. It features metal construction and upon handling them machine, it has some nice heft to it. It weighs in at 30 pounds shipped. This means it is durable, yet light enough to be moved around should the need arise.

The 213 features a built in comb opener and a wire closer. It basically has everything you need, from start to finish, to bind a report, presentation or booklet. All 21 punching dies on this machine are disengageable. This means you can select on a “per die” basis which punching dies you want to punch the paper. This cuts down on half-punched holes and makes binding small books much easier.

The Tamerica (sometimes called Tahsin) 213PB is a solid little machine. For the price, you are getting a great value. I would personally like to own one myself for my occasional binding projects. I would rate this machine as best for light to medium-volume binding projects.

You can find the Tamerica 213PB Multi Combo comb and wire binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of book binding machines here.

Feel free to call us up at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our book binding machine specialists. They are highly trained and very friendly. Have a great day!

A Comb Binding Machine For $45? You Bet!

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Intelli-Bind IB100 Comb Binding Machine from Intelli-ZoneIf you’re at home, a scrapbooker, a hobbyist or a small business, you may need an extremely affordable comb-binding machine. While there are some really nice machines out there, most cost several hundred dollars or more. If you’re daily binding volume is small, you should consider the Intelli-Bind IB100 comb binding machine from Intelli-Zone.

To begin with, the Intelli-Bind IB100 only costs $45. You’ll be hard pressed to find a high-quality comb-binding machine for that amount. Most sub $50 machines are garbage. The IB100, on the other hand, is a nicely built machine.

While the IB100 isn’t designed for hundreds of binding jobs a day, it is perfect for binding a few books a day. It has a 6-8 sheet punching capacity, depending on the paper thickness, and can bind a book up to 2” thick. This means you can easily bind a small cookbook or a larger photo album. The possibilities are pretty nice.

I have personally unboxed, assembled and used this comb binding machine. The quality is superb, especially for this price range. Unlike many other comb binding machines in this price range, the IB100 has a full-length lever for punching paper and opening combs. This makes comb binding much easier.

The IB100 is in stock and usually ships out the same day an order is placed. You can find the Intelli-Bind IB100 comb binding machine here and our entire selection of manual comb binding machines here. Enjoy!

Fun Facts About Comb Binding Machines

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Comb Binding Machines from ABC OfficeComb binding machines provide us with some of the most affordable book binding services available today. Machines are relatively inexpensive and supplies are cheap. Here are a few fun facts about comb binding machines that you may not be aware of.

Did You Know?

  1. Comb binding strips can be re-used and recycled.
  2. Comb binding strips allow to you add or remove pages.
  3. Comb binding is the most affordable binding method used today.
  4. Comb binding machines not only punch through paper, but can also punch through laminated paper, clear covers, poly covers and card stock.
  5. Comb binding strips can be cut down with scissors for use with smaller books.
  6. Comb binding can be used to bind books up to 2″ thick.
  7. People have been using comb binding since the 1960s.
  8. Comb binding can be used to bind photo albums, scrapbooks, cookbooks, reports, presentations and other literature.
  9. Comb binding strips come in about a dozen different standard colors.

At ABC office we offer dozens of different comb binding machines at affordable prices. You can find our entire selection of comb binding machines here. You can find our entire selection of comb binding supplies here.

Do you still have questions about comb binding? Speak with one of our comb binding experts at 1-800-658-8788 for answers to your questions.

What Is An Electric Binding Machine?

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Electric Binding Machines from ABC OfficeThere are a lot of binding machines being sold online and in stores. Some machines claim to be manually operated, while others claim to be fully electric. Some machines are even branded as being semi-automatic. With so many different labels floating around, it can be difficult to determine what is an “electric binding machine.” Here are a few tips that should help you sort through the confusion.

To begin with, the main feature that will determine whether a machine is electric or not is the paper punch. If the paper punch is operated by an electric motor, it is an electric binding machine. While there may be other “manual” or “electric” features on the machine, the punch is still the determining factor.

Electric paper punches on binding machines dramatically cut down on fatigue when binding dozens to hundreds of books a day. Not only are electric binding machines typically faster than manual, but they often also punch more paper.

Some people may ask for a binding machine to have everything electric. In this case, they are probably looking for what’s considered a fully automatic binding machine. Fully automatic binding machines require little human interaction.

The three most common electric binding machines used today are comb, wire and coil. Here are a few “automated” features you may find in them:

  • Electric Comb Binding Machines – Electric comb binding machines use an electric motor to punch 19 holes along the 11″ side of a sheet of paper. While uncommon, some machines feature an electric comb opener. Over 90% of the comb binding machines available today, however, use a manual comb opener. There is very little speed benefit to having an electric comb opener.
  • Electric Wire Binding Machines – Electric wire binding machines use an electric motor to punch paper in a 2:1, 3:1 or 19-ring hole pattern (depending on the machine). While there are machines available with an electric wire closer, I’m not aware of any specific brands or models at this time. There is no speed benefit to using an electric wire closer as the manual wire closer is fast and requires little effort to use.
  • Electric Coil Binding Machines – Electric coil binding machines use an electric motor to punch paper in a 4:1 or 5:1 pitch hole pattern. Many coil binding machines feature an electric coil inserter. Unlike the comb and wire electric accessories, the electric coil inserter is a huge time saver versus manually inserting coils. If you are coil binding more than 5-10 books a day, I highly recommend getting a machine with an electric coil inserter.

So there you have it. Electric binding machines are perfect for long runs and continuous binding use. Most electric binding machines feature thermally protected motors that can be used throughout the day.

You can find our entire selection of book binding machines here. Feel free to call one of our binding experts at 1-800-658-8788 for answers to your electric binding machine questions. Have a great day!

2:1 Or 3:1 Pitch Wire Binding Machine & Supplies?

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Twin Loop Wire Binding MachinesAre you shopping around for a wire binding machine and can’t seem to settle on a specific hole pattern? The two most common hole patterns found in twin-loop wire binding is 2:1 and 3:1 pitch. So which format is best for you and which is most popular? Here are a few answers that may help you out.

To begin with, 2:1 pitch wire has a two-holes-per-inch pattern, where 3:1 pitch wire has a three-holes-per-inch pattern. Both styles of wire look great and both have some great benefits. Here is a brief breakdown on the two hole patterns.

2:1 Pitch Wire

2:1 Pitch Wire Binding Supplies

  • Hole Pattern – 2 Holes Per Inch
  • Loop Wire Spaced Farther Apart
  • Binds Up To 1 ¼” Of Paper

3:1 Pitch Wire

3:1 Pitch Wire Binding Supplies

  • Hole Pattern – 3 Holes Per Inch
  • Loop Wire Spaced Tightly Together
  • Binds Up To 9/16″ Of Paper

Looking at these stats, you can see that 2:1 pitch wire can bind more sheets of paper together. This is the reason I believe 2:1 pitch wire is the most popular hole pattern used today. On the flip side, many people tell me they prefer the tighter look of the 3:1 wire. A lot of it depends on your personal preference.

Many people still have a tough time settling on any one hole pattern. For this reason many binding machine manufacturers have created multi-format / combination binding machines. These types of wire binding machines typically have two different punching dies. This allows you to bind in 2:1 and 3:1 wire. While these machines typically cost a little more, they do open the door to more binding options.

You can find our entire selection of wire binding machines here and wire binding supplies here. If you still have questions, feel free to speak with one of our wire binding machine specialists at 1-800-658-8788.

Best Types Of Binding And Report Covers

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Report and Binding Covers from ABC OfficeI have had people ask me which type of binding or report cover is the best. Most of these people simply want some advice or direction. To be honest, there really isn’t a best report cover, but there are situations that warrant one style over another.

There are a few questions you will want to ask yourself prior to purchasing a binding or report cover. Answers to these questions should help to point you in the right direction.

Which Covers Work Best With Binding Machines?

  • I have found that most binding machines can handle binding covers. You will, however, probably have to scale back the number you punch at a time as binding / report covers are typically heavier stock and thicker than standard copy paper.

Will You Be Printing On The Cover?

  • If you will be printing on the cover, you may want to go with a paper-based report cover versus a clear or poly cover.

Is The Document For Long-Term Or Short-Term Purposes?

  • If you expect the document to be thrown away within weeks or months of being bound, you may want to go with a paper-based cover that is more environmentally friendly. Many clear covers and poly covers, however, can be recycled.

Will The Bound Document Be Around Food?

  • If a bound document, such as a cookbook, will be around food, I recommend using a clear cover or poly cover. These covers are easy to clean and will not absorb food like paper-based covers will.

How Durable Does The Cover Need To Be?

  • If you are expecting your bound document to be banged around, stuffed in a bag or otherwise mishandled, you may want a poly cover. Polypropylene covers tend to maintain their form and have less a chance of bending than clear covers or paper-based covers.

Are You Trying To Match The Spine?

  • You shouldn’t have too much trouble matching your covers with the spine. Most of our report and binding covers are available in multiple colors. If you are unable to find a perfect match, you may want to consider using a clear cover for the front and a black cover for the back. This combination usually matches just about any binding spine (coil, wire, comb or Velobind) out there.

These are the different types of report and binding covers we offer:

  1. Clear Report Covers
  2. Polypropylene (Poly) Binding Covers
  3. Card Stock (Paper Based) Report Covers

These are just a few of the most common questions. Hopefully this has helped you determine which binding or report cover you should use. If you are still on the fence, or don’t know which cover to get, feel free to call one of our book binding specialists at 1-800-658-8788.

You can find our entire selection of book binding machines here.

Intelli-Bind IB850 Electric Comb Binding Machine Review

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Intelli-Bind IB850 Electric Comb Binding Machine from Intelli-ZoneDo you own a manual comb binding machine or are in the marketing for a new comb binding machine? Consider going electric! Electric comb binding machines can double or triple your book binding speed. One affordable option you should probably consider is the Intelli-Bind IB850 electric comb binding machine (found here). This is my review.

The Intelli-Bind IB850 comb binding machine is made by Intelli-Zone. Intelli-Zone currently makes over a dozen different comb, wire and coil binding machines. The IB850 is one of two electric comb binding machines made by Intelli-Zone.

The IB850 is what’s categorized as an electric comb binding machine. It has a foot pedal that activates an electric motor that punches the paper. I personally like the foot pedal as it allows for hands-free operation. This means you can easily keep paper firmly in place during the entire punching process.

The motor is capable of punching up to 20 sheets of paper at a time, which is impressive. As with any binding machine, however, I still recommend scaling that back (perhaps by 5 sheets). I firmly believe that not maxing out the punching capacity on a binding machine will help significantly prolong the life of the machine.

While the Intelli-Bind IB850 is electric, it is still pretty compact. The machine weighs in at 38 pounds shipped. A lot of the weight is from the heavy-duty metal components used in construction. It is heavy enough that you don’t want to move it around every day, but it isn’t bad enough that it can’t be moved.

The IB850 is designed to punch and bind paper up to about a letter-size sheet of paper, although the maximum punching length is officially 11.7 inches. All of the punching dies can be disengaged, thanks to selectable punching dies. This is a huge advantage when it comes to binding custom-sized books and smaller sheets of paper.

The Intelli-Bind IB850 is capable of binding books up to 2″. The typical book, that is about ¼” thick, takes only a couple of minutes to bind on this machine. It can easily be used in schools, churches and most businesses.

The price to value ratio on the IB850 is amazing. As of writing this article, the IB850 costs just under $300, which is unprecedented for an electric punch comb binding machine.

If you need a machine for medium-volume book binding, I highly recommend the IB850. The warranty is great, manufacturer support is excellent and it is inexpensive and affordable.

You can find the Intelli-Bind IB850 electric comb binding machine here and our entire selection of Intelli-Bind book binding machines here. Our entire selection of binding machines can be found here.

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