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How To Use A Binding Machine

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Book Binding Machine How-To GuidesWhether you’re looking for a binding machine or already have one, you may need step-by-step instructions on how to use it. Manuals are often convoluted or don’t make sense and if you haven’t purchased a machine yet, you may want to know what you’re getting yourself into.

We have created detailed step-by-step guides on how to use coil, wire, comb and VeloBind machines.  These guides provide a detailed description, pictures and a video. Here are some links to our binding machine guides:

  1. How To Use A Comb Binding Machine (click here) – Comprehensive comb binding machine guide.
  2. How To Use A Wire Binding Machine (click here) – Comprehensive wire binding machine guide.
  3. How To Use A Coil Binding Machine (click here) – Comprehensive coil binding machine guide.
  4. How To Use A VeloBind Machine (click here) – Comprehensive VeloBind machine guide.

We can also help you track down replacement manuals if for any reason you have lost the original that came with your machine. You can do this by contacting our Service Department by filling out this form.

Because we have a Service Department, we are also able to provide repairs, parts and maintenance. You can find our entire selection of book binding machines here.

How To Make Your Own Custom Notepads

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Padding Presses and Notepad MakersWould you like to be able to create your own custom notepads, but don’t know where to start? I have created several notepads using a machine called a padding press. The process is affordable, quick and easy. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

To begin with, a padding press is a simple piece of equipment designed to clamp and hold paper in place while a special glue is applied. This glue, currently available in white and red colors, dries in a matter of minutes. Typical drying time takes about 10-15 minutes. Once dry, the clamp can be released and the pad of paper is ready to be used.

You can see a step-by-step guide (with pictures) as to how this is done by checking out our “how to use a padding press guide.”

So why create your own pads?

  1. Allows you to recycle paper.
  2. Allows for custom notepads.
  3. Affordable and can be done for years with the same machine.
  4. Great for taking notes.
  5. Fun to do.
  6. Creating prank job applications. J/K on that one, but you can read more here.

These are just a few quick reasons why you may want to create your own notepad.

So what are the biggest differences between padding presses? The biggest differences are padding capacity, paper sizes allowed and swivel bases.

Some padding presses are capable of padding reams upon reams of paper, upwards of 1,000 plus at a time. These large stacks are then quickly cut down into smaller stacks. Some padding presses can only handle notepad size paper (around 4-6 inches) where others can pad large 11 x 17 sheets.

The swivel base is more of a convenience than anything. This makes it easier to use a padding press on a countertop or surface that doesn’t have easy access. The swivel allows the operator to spin the platform around, apply glue and then spin it back 160 degrees for easy front access.

You can find our entire selection of padding presses and notepad makers here. Still have questions about creating notepads? Speak for free with one of our specialists at 1-800-658-8788. Happy padding!

How To Make Your Own Calendar Using Wire Binding

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Calendar Wire HangersDid you know that it is possible for you to make your own calendars? This may be for personal use or for resale. Either way, it is easy to do and we carry everything you need to make this happen. Here is how you make your own personalized calendars.

Here are some of the items you may need and where you can find them on our site:

Step 1 – The first thing you will want to do is print out your calendar. This can be done by using a variety of calendar creation programs. Many templates can be found online. It can even be done using Microsoft Word if you want to go with something fairly simple. Printing out your own calendar allows you to add your own photographs, pictures and art.

Step 2 – The next thing you will need is a wire binding machine. These are sometimes referred to as twin loop or double loop wire binders. These machines will make it possible to wire punch holes in paper.

Renz TC 20 Thumb Cut PunchStep 3 – Now you will need to use a thumb cut calendar punch. We carry the Renz TC 20 thumb cut punch. The thumb cut punch will cut a special notch it the paper that will provide space for the calendar hanger. The notch looks like a half-circle (semi circle). Once you have punched all your paper, organize it so that all the holes are aligned. Be sure the last page of the calendar is on top of the stack.

Step 4 – Now you will need to take a pair of basic wire snips (found at any hardware store) and clip your wire binding element in half. This will allow you to put each of the two wire element halves on each side of the wire hanger.

Step 5 – Insert the wire binding elements into the punched holes. Make sure the wire hanger is aligned with the half-circle thumb cut. Now close the wire shut. Turn the last page of the calendar (currently on top) to the back. This will hide the wire binding seam.

Step 6 – Clip off any excess wire.

Wire Binding MachineYou now have a calendar! Congratulations. You’re now ready to make more.

Please note: If you want to create a smaller calendar, all you have to do is use a pair of wire snips and cut the wire and calendar hanger down to size. It is recommended to use a wire binding machine with a selectable punching die if binding a smaller calendar as this will eliminate annoying half-punched holes.

Still have some questions? Call us at 1-800-658-8788 or post your question in a comment. We are more than happy to help you make your first calendar.

How To Eliminate Static Electricity From Paper

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Eliminate Static With A Paper JoggerIf you have ever dealt with static electricity in paper, you know how annoying it can be. It causes sheets of paper to stick together and can cause problems / jams when collating paper, folding paper, printing on paper and much more. Is there a good way to get rid of static electricity in paper?

There are a couple of things you can do. One of the best things you can do is use a paper jogger that is designed to cut down on static electricity. Most modern paper joggers will gather the electrical charge and ground it out, all while jogging and squaring up paper. This is one of my preferred ways of cutting down on static charge in paper. You can find our paper joggers here.

Static Eliminator SprayAnother option for cutting down on jam-causing static electricity is using a static eliminator spray on your collator, folding machine or copier. Static eliminator is sprayed on rubber rollers and other machine components, which dramatically cut down on static electricity. You can find our static eliminator spray here.

Good luck cutting down on static electricity. Do you have some additional ideas that have worked for you? Post them here in a comment!

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.

Feel free to e-mail us, post a comment or call us at 1-800-658-8788 with your booklet making questions.

How To Properly Oil A Paper Shredder

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Oiling a paper shredder is critical part of keeping a paper shredder up and running. It is important to remember that a paper shredder has a shredder head full of cutting blades and knives. These blades, when shredding paper, rub against each other.

As with a car’s motor, the metal-on-metal friction creates heat and wears down the shredder. Oiling a shredder is easy, yet will dramatically increase your shredder’s lifespan. Here are a few easy steps on keeping a shredder properly oiled.

Shredder Oiling Steps

1. Oil the shredder every time you change the bag.

2. Put shredder oil on a sheet of paper, preferably in a zig-zag pattern that goes the entire width of the paper. Remember you want to try and oil all parts of the shredder, from edge to edge.

3. Run the oiled paper through the shredder for a few seconds.

4. Once the paper has run through the machine, run the shredder in “reverse” mode for 5-10 seconds.

5. If it has been a while since you last oiled your shredder, it isn’t a bad idea to repeat steps 2-4.

If access to the shredder blades is easy, you can squirt the oil directly across the blades and run the shredder in reverse for 5-10 seconds. This does an even better job than oiling the shredder with oil-coated paper.

Aerosol shredder oil should only be used on shredders that specifically say it is OK as aerosol oil has been know to cause fires in unapproved shredders. Also be aware that WD-40 and cooking (vegetable) oil cannot be used as they will eventually accumulate in the shredder head and cause sludge and paper to gum up the machine.

You can find paper shredder oil from by clicking here.

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