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Martin Yale BM101 Booklet Maker Review

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Martin Yale BM101 Booklet MakerBooklet makers are handy machines to have around, especially if you are a school, church or other organization that makes your own booklets in house. If you are looking for a machine, one model you may want to consider is the Martin Yale BM101 booklet maker (found here). This is my review.

To begin with, the Martin Yale BM101 fits nicely on just about any table or desk. It only weighs 39 pounds, so most desks will be able to support this weight. The entire machine is very compact. The footprint isn’t bad, measuring in at 20-inches long by 15.375-inches wide. It stands at 8.5-inches tall.

Unlike a lot of the office equipment made today, the BM101 is made in the USA. The build quality seems to be pretty nice, with many of the components being made from metal.

One thing I really like about the BM101 design is how easy it is to use. The side guides are set up for 8 ½ x 11 and 11 x 17-inch paper sizes. The guides are designed in such a way that the paper is automatically centered for stapling. It is also set up to accept European B5 and A3 paper sizes.

A total of two staples are used for the booklet making process, with a total of four different stapling positions. The staplers themselves accept standard paper staples, so there is no need to worry about tracking down supplies.

Once the paper is in place, simply pull the manual handle to staple the paper. Once the handle is returned back to its resting position, a motor will then pull the paper through and fold it. The end result looks great and the entire process takes just seconds.

The BM101 is capable of stapling and folding up to 10 sheets of 20 lb. bond paper. This ends up being 40 total pages in the booklet (front and back).

While not designed for high-volume production use, the BM101 can be easily used for low to medium volume jobs without a problem. Your only speed limitation will be the speed of the person operating the booklet maker.

Overall I really like the Martin Yale BM101 booklet maker. The build quality seems to be good and it is really easy to use.

You can find the Martin Yale BM101 booklet maker here. You can find our entire selection of booklet makers here.

Standard M2 Bookletmaker Review

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Standard M2 Electric BookletmakerBookletmakers are used to create a wide variety of literature. This includes instruction manuals, promotional literature, booklets and much more. If you are in the market for a bookletmaker, one model you may want to consider is the Standard M2 electric-powered bookletmaker (found here). I have used this machine and this is my review.

To begin with, this model has been around for some time. That isn’t a bad thing. That just means the design works, has been proven over years and continues to be popular. It is best suited for on-demand jobs.

While not as digital as many newer models, the M2 is still very easy to set up. It can be used with a wide range of paper sizes (6 x 8 ½-inches up to 11 x 17-inches).  Once the paper size has been set, the rest is very automated. The built quality is excellent and should easily last for years of trouble-free operation.

Simply take your stack of paper, place it in the feed tray and push a button. The machine then pulls that stack (up to 15 sheets), folds it and staples it along the spine. The newly created booklet exits the other side of the machine.

The M2 can single fold and staple up to 15 sheets of standard 20# paper at a time. This means it can create a booklet with up to 60 pages, which isn’t half bad. A total of two staplers are used to do the stapling, although it has enough slots for up to five. The motor itself runs at a speed of up to 800 booklets an hour.

This booklet maker can be found in schools, churches, clubs, corporate sales, marketing departments and much more.  It is ideal for any business that has the need of a short-run booklemaker. While not designed for high-volume production, it can be used for low to medium-volume jobs.

The only downside is that there isn’t any onboard storage system where you can create and store custom jobs. This isn’t a huge deal as the machine is easy to set up, but it would still be a nice feature to have.

Overall I really like the Standard M2 Bookletmaker. It is certainly a solid machine and can easily be used without any problems. The end result is professional and presentable. You can find the Standard M2 Bookletmaker here. You can find our entire selection of bookletmakers here. You can view a video demo of the M2 Bookletmaker here.

Formax FD 180 Booklet Maker Review

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Formax FD 180 Booklet MakerDo you need an affordable booklet making solution? Booklet makers are one of the best ways you can do this. These machines fold and staple paper in a fraction the time it would take manually. One of the newest machines available to create booklets is the Formax FD 180 (found here). I have had the opportunity to play around with and use this booklet maker. This is my review.

Formax has been making booklet makers for some time now. Their most recent lineup includes the Formax FD 180 and Formax FD 160. The FD 180 is probably one of the most affordable booklet makers that both folds and staples the paper for you automatically.

The FD 180 is extremely easy to set up. It comes with six preset folding sizes. Select the one you want, place your paper inside and push a button. The machine will then staple the paper down the center and fold it. The booklet comes out the top of the machine. You’re now ready to move on to the next booklet. Every time I have used this booklet maker the paper has come out registered and properly aligned.

Formax FD-160 Control Panel

The Formax FD 180 is designed to staple and fold up to 15 sheets of 20# paper. This comes out to be a total of 60 booklet pages. You can get four booklet pages (front and back) per one sheet of paper. It can be used to fold and staple thicker sheet of paper, but the thicker the paper the fewer sheets you will be able to fold and staple.  Although manually fed, the FD 180 is rated at an operational speed of up to 500 booklets per hour.

Two built-in stapling heads can be adjusted to five different positions, often depending on the size of paper you will be stapling. One nice thing about the FD 180 is that it uses standard paper staples. The Formax FD 180 can be used to fold and staple paper as large as 12 x 17-inches in size or as small as 8.25 x 10 inches.

The Formax FD 180 is commonly used by churches, schools, print shops and other organizations for creating brochures, booklets, stories, user manuals and other literature that fits within 60 pages. It weights in at about 60 pounds, which means it can be used on most tables and surfaces.

Overall I have to say that I am impressed both with the build quality and easy-of-use. I think any business or organization that has low to medium-volume booklet making needs could really benefit from using the Formax FD 180.

You can find the Formax FD 180 booklet maker here. You can find our entire selection of booklet makers here.

Formax FD 160 Booklet Maker Review

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Formax FD 160 Booklet MakerSo you need to create a booklet, but don’t know exactly how to do it? Have you considered using a booklet-making machine? Booklet makers are great for creating user manuals, reports, storybooks and much more. They are easy to use and save a lot of time versus outsourcing or using a paper folder and stapler. One booklet maker you may want to consider using is the Formax FD 160 (found here). Here’s why:

The Formax FD 160 booklet maker is considered to be a semi-automatic machine. It is very easy to use and the manual involvement is minimal. The FD 160 includes two staplers with a maximum of four total stapling positions. The stapling heads are mounted on some bars attached to manually activated handle.

Once the handle is brought down, it staples the paper. As the staplers are released, automatic paper folding rollers pull up the paper and fold it down the center. The result is a compact, professional booklet. The Formax FD 160 is designed to fold and staple a total of 12 sheets of paper, which equals out to be a 48-page booklet. You can get four booklet pages (front and back) per sheet of paper. It can be used with paper as large as 11 ¾ by 18 ½-inches in size.

I would rate the FD-160 to be capable of low to medium-volume booklet making. It is a tough little machine, and Formax is known for making high quality products. It is compact enough to sit on most tables and desks. It is light enough that it can be picked up and moved, however, it does weigh 41 pounds, so you may need two people.

The biggest downside to the Formax FD 160 is that it is not designed to be used with glossy or slick paper. This isn’t to say that it can’t work with glossy paper, but due to the slick nature of glossy paper, this cannot be guaranteed. As is the case with most friction-based machines, the rollers can potentially slip on glossy surfaces and cause a jam.

Overall I would personally consider using this booklet maker for myself. It is a solid piece of equipment. Just be sure that a 12 sheet maximum capacity (48 pages) is OK with what you’re doing. You will find the Formax FD 160 booklet maker here. You can find our entire selection of booklet makers here. If you like the idea of the FD 160, but would like something more automated, consider the Formax FD 180 found here.

How To Create Your Own Stapled Booklets

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Booklet MakersI have been asked by several customers what my recommendations are on creating stapled booklets. These are the booklets that are typically anywhere from 4-80 pages thick, typically used to create instruction booklets, reports, short stories and other literature. There are two options on creating these types of booklets.

Before purchasing any booklet making equipment, you should ask yourself how many booklets you are creating per day and what your budget will be. One option, which I will discuss, is slower but sometimes less expensive.

These are my two booklet making recommendations:

Option 1 – The fastest and most effective way to create booklets is by using a booklet maker. These machines vary from semi to fully automatic. They take paper, staple it along the center and then fold it in half. These machines vary on the amount of paper they can fold and staple. You may find our entire selection of booklet makers here.

Option 2 – Your second, and sometimes less expensive option, is to use two separate machines like a paper folder and a saddle stapler. You can create the same effect of a booklet maker by single folding paper and then manually saddle stapling it using something like the Skrebba W115 or the Rapid 106. If you already have a paper folder, or a saddle stapler on hand, this may be the route you want to go.

Buying a paper folder and a saddle stapler used to be much less expensive than getting a booklet maker, but with booklet makers like the BookletMate and Formax FD 160, it is now often less expensive to simply go with a booklet maker.

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