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MBM 407A Automatic Paper Folding Machine Review

Friday, September 17th, 2010

MBM 407A Paper Folding MachineAre you looking for a reliable paper folding machine that won’t require a lot of time to set up and use? One machine that you may want to look at is the MBM 407A paper folding machine (found here). This high-end paper folder is great for daily, frequent use. This is my review.

MBM is a leading manufacturer of high-end office equipment. This includes stack cutters, guillotine trimmers, paper folding machines and more. German in origin, MBM is known for making some of the best office equipment available today. The MBM 407A follows right in line with the rest of MBM’s equipment.

The 407A is an automatic paper folding machine. This means that the folding plates (total of 2) self-adjust, depending on the fold you are trying to create. Do you need to create a letter fold? Simply tell the machine and it will set itself up for a letter fold. It’s that easy. The entire process takes just seconds.

While I don’t personally mind manually setting up folding plates, many people find this annoying and time consuming. The MBM 407A comes pre-programmed with 6 common folds. This includes a letter fold, accordion fold, single fold, gate fold and more. An auxiliary paper guide allows for easy cross folding and French folding. It even has the ability to store up to 27 custom folds.

The MBM 407A can be used with paper of various sizes. The minimum paper size is 3 1/2″ x 5″ and the maximum size is 11″ x 17″. It has the ability to be used with standard copy paper and can also be used with paper as thin as 12# thick up to 80 #card stock.

The paper tray can hold up to 450 sheets of standard 20# paper. It includes a conveyor-style exit tray that is designed to keep paper aligned and in order. This is ideal for folding invoices, bills and other material that has to be in numerical or alphabetical order.

The 407A runs at a speed fast enough to keep up with most jobs. The motor itself runs at a speed of 11,520 sheets per hour. This folder can be used throughout the day and should be able to handle most medium to high-volume folding jobs.

In conclusion I have to say that if you are a fan of the MBM 307M (of which I am), you are going to love the 407A. MBM makes a solid folding machine and the 407A is no exception.

You can find the MBM 407A paper folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of MBM paper folding machine here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any paper folding questions.

Formax FD 1500 AutoSeal Pressure Sealer Review

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Formax FD 1500 AutoSeal Pressure SealerDo you need to fold and seal invoices, bills, w-2s and other information for mailing purposes? It sounds like what you need is a pressure seal. If this is the case, one model you may want to consider using is the Formax FD 1500 AutoSeal pressure sealer (found here). I have used one of these and this is my review.

To begin with, pressure sealers are wonderful machines to have on hand for mailing purposes. They use special cut sheet paper with pressure-activated pockets of glue. You can use this paper in just about any inkjet or laser printer. Once the invoice, bill, direct mail or other piece is printed, simply run it through the pressure sealer. The sealer will then letter-fold the document, sealing it along the edges.

How does this work? The pressure-activated glue, found along the edges of the paper, bursts open when run through the pressure sealer. This creates an “instant” seal for mailing. The edges of the paper are perforated in such a way that the sealed document is simple for the recipient to open up.

This is exactly what the FD 1500 AutoSeal does. The FD 1500 AutoSeal is designed to fold and seal up to 20,000 pieces of mail per month at a speed of about 85 pieces per minute. This isn’t bad. This particular model is considered to be a low volume pressure sealer. This involves using pressure seal paper up to 8 ½” x 14″ long.

While 20,000 pieces may not seem low volume to you, there are higher end pressure sealers capable of folding and sealing hundreds of thousands of documents per month. One of the biggest benefits of the FD 1500 AutoSeal is that it is affordable.

What are some of the most mailers sealed with the Formax FD 15000? Here is a list:

  • Invoices
  • Appointment Notices
  • Payroll/Checks
  • Grade Reports
  • Utility Bills
  • W-2s
  • Direct Mail
  • PIN Mailers
  • Rebates

The Formax FD 1500 AutoSeal uses a three-roller system to pull paper through the machine. Why is this nice? This is because the three rollers evenly pull paper into the machine. This helps keep the registry dead on and prevents jams. The hoper holds up to 150 sheets of paper.

I have personally used this folder sealer. I helped unbox it and set it up. My very first impression as I lifted it out of the box was, “this thing’s heavy!” This is because the machine is pretty much all metal. It weighs in at 90 pounds shipped. This is a plus. The build quality is excellent. I opened the machine up and can tell you it is solid. This is almost always the case with Formax machines.

Do I recommend this? You bet. This is a great option for low-volume folding and sealing operations. This pressure sealer is fun to use and Formax (as a company) is great to work with.

You can find the Formax FD 1500 AutoSeal pressure sealer here. You can find our entire selection of pressure sealers here. These machines may seem a little complex at first glance, so please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions. Have a great day!

Formax FD 312 Desktop Paper Folding Machine Review

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Formax FD 312 Paper Folding MachineDo you need a durable paper folding machine that can be used on your desk for mailing letters, folding brochures and other jobs? One model you may want to look at is the Formax FD 312 paper folding machine (found here). I have used this folding machine and this is my review.

Formax is a leading manufacturer of paper folding machines and paper folder inserters. They also manufacture a wide selection of paper shredders, bursters and other paper handling equipment.

The Formax FD 312 is compact, simple and extremely easy to use. It is about the size of a desktop printer (exact dimensions are 11.6″ L x 14″ W x 14.5″ H). It uses two folding plates to fold paper. These folding plates are manually adjusted. Setup time shouldn’t take more than a few minutes. Once the folding plates are set, the rest is quick and easy.

The FD 312 is designed for light to medium volume use. While not ideal for high-volume folding jobs, it is a solid machine. The feed tray can hold up to 200 sheets of paper and it is designed to fold standard 20# paper. It cannot be used to fold card stock. It can, however, be used to fold 11 and 14-inch long paper.

You can use the Formax FD 312 to create letter folds (C fold), half folds (V fold) and accordion folds (Z fold). The folding plates are customizable, so you can use this to create your own unique folds.

The control panel is simple. There are no adjustments or LCD screens to look at. It has a green “go” button and a “red” stop button. It really is a simple “no-nonsense” folding machine.

This machine is ideal for use in schools, churches, copy centers and other businesses that need to fold brochures, letters and other material. The construction is exceptional, so you shouldn’t experience any quirks or issues with it.

I personally like this folding machine and recommend it. Keep in mind, however, that it is not designed for heavy-volume usage.

You can find the Formax FD 312 paper folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Still have questions about the Formax FD 312? Call us up at 1-800-658-8788 and speak with one of our paper folding machine specialists.

MBM 207M Paper Folding Machine Review

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

MBM 207M Paper Folding MachineIf you are a business, a copy center or an organization that folds paper on a daily basis, you should really be using a paper folding machine. If you don’t have one, or are in the process of looking, you should take a close look at the MBM 207M paper folding machine. We have one of these on our showroom floor and I have been able to use it on several occasions. This is my review.

MBM, as a manufacturer, is synonymous with high quality. Their product line, ranging from paper shredders to paper cutters, are extremely reliable. Their folding machines follow with this tradition.

The 207M is MBM’s mid to high-volume folding machine. It is the successor to the extremely popular 206M. It is hard to believe that this folding machine is a manual setup. I can set up a fold on this machine faster than most can do on an automatic folding machine.

The folding plates (total of 2) have to be manually set. Unlike many comparable folding machines, this takes just seconds. Each folding plate has sliding adjustment. Simply pinch the adjustment bracket and slide the plate to the fold you want. It’s that simple. Fold types are clearly labeled on the folding plates.

While this is a manual setup folding machine, the 207M incorporates several computerized functions. Such functions include a clear LED counter (4 digit) and the capability to do batch folding. It is both UL and C UL approved.

The 207M features all-metal construction. You can tell that this machine is heavy duty when you try to move it. Weighing in at 72 pounds shipped, this machine is solid. It can still be used on most desks and tables.

Able to handle paper from 12# to 80# thick, the 207M can be used to create common folds such as a letter fold (C Fold), an accordion fold (Z Fold) and a single fold. It can also be used to create cross folds, including the French fold. The folding plates can be set up to create custom folds as well.

The exit tray uses a conveyor to keep paper properly lined up. This is a huge plus if you are folding invoices, bills and other material that needs to be kept in numerical or alphabetical order.

Overall, I have to say that the MBM 207M paper folding machine ranks up in my top 5 favorite paper folding machines. It really is that good.

You can find the MBM 207M paper folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Martin Yale 1501X (CV7) Folding Machine Review

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Martin Yale 1501X (CV7) Autofoler Paper Folding MachineIf you are an office, a copy center or a business that needs a low-budget folding machine, you have probably found that there are a lot models to choose from. One paper folding machine that has been around for some time, and you may want to consider, is the Martin Yale 1501X Autofolder paper folding machine (found here). I have used this machine for years now and this is my review.

To begin with, a lot of people get confused with regards to the model. Is it the 1501X or the CV7? Well, it goes by both models and they are the same machine. When I first started working for ABC Office (10 years ago), it was called the 1501X, then Martin Yale called it the CV7. It seems that Martin Yale is now calling it the 1501X again. It’s all a little confusing.

The 1501X is one of the original folding plate paper folding machines. It has been around for years, and has gone through a few design changes, but continues to be one of the most popular budget folding machines.

It uses a total of 2 folding plates. One is located on the front and the other is located on the back of the machine. These folding plates are adjusted to create the various folds. The 1501X can create a letter fold (c fold), an accordion fold (z fold), a single fold (double fold) and many more. Because the folding plates are manually adjusted, it is very easy to create custom folds.

The 1501X has a feed tray that is capable of holding up to 150 sheets of paper. Once the fold plates are set, and the paper has been inserted, simply hit the “go” button and let the machine do the rest. The 1501X (CV7) is a fast little folder. It is extremely compact, yet still features a lot of metal components not found in comparable models.

We have always used the 1501X on our showroom counter, but it is light enough to use on a table or desk. Moving the 1501X around isn’t too hard. I have picked it up and moved it myself without a problem. It weighs 33 pounds.

While the Martin Yale 1501X cannot be used with glossy paper, it handles standard copy paper without a problem. A feed table bypass makes it possible to manually feed and fold up to three stapled sheets of paper.

One thing the 1501X includes, that you don’t see in many folding machines, is a copper grounding cable that helps channel and ground out static electricity. This is designed to help cut down on paper jams.

While this folding machine is very simple, it is extremely easy to use and very affordable. I have used this machine for years and consider it to be ideal for low to medium-volume folding.

You can find the Martin Yale 1501X (CV7) Autofolder paper folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Martin Yale 1601 AutoFolder Paper Folding Machine Review

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Martin Yale 1601 AutoFolder Paper Folding MachineAre you searching for a compact, simple and easy-to-use paper folding machine? One model you may have stumbled across is the Martin Yale 1601 AutoFolder paper folding machine (found here). Is it the right machine for you? I have used this folding machine and this is my review.

Paper folding machines are invaluable to have around when folding letters, brochures, pamphlets and other material. Martin Yale has been manufacturing folding machines and makes some of the best known models available today.

The Martin Yale 1601 Ease-Of-Use AutoFolder is a compact folding machine designed for low to medium-volume jobs. It is designed to be used with paper up to 8 ½ x 14 in size and can be used to create letter folds (C Fold), accordion folds (Z Fold), half fold, double parallel fold and a right angle fold (French Fold).

The folding trays on the 1601 AutoFolder are very easy to set up, taking just seconds. The folds are clearly marked on the tray. Simply pull out one tray, adjust it, put it back in and repeat with the second tray.

The 1601 AutoFolder has a built-in jam detection system that shuts the machine off in the event of a jam. Why is this nice? Folding machines that don’t utilize this technology will continue to run, even with the jam in place. If you aren’t around, this can potentially ruin a folding machine’s motor or cause other damage.

One really nice feature is the multi-sheet bypass slot. This slot allows you to fold up to 5 stapled sheets of paper at a time. Simply gather the paper together and manually feed it into the slot.

This folding machine is one of the most affordable available with a conveyor exit table. Conveyor exit tables keep folded paper in order. This is especially nice when folding documents that are numerically or alphabetically in order. This is a huge improvement over the exit bin that other folding machines use.

The Martin Yale 1601 AutoFolder is made in the USA, which is a rarity now days. The build quality seems to be nice and the design is compact enough to sit on just about any table or desk.

Overall I consider the 1601 to be a great folding machine for low to medium-volume use. It can be used every day and shouldn’t cause any issues.

You can find the Martin Yale 1601 AutoFolder paper folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Martin Yale P6200 Desktop Letter Folding Machine Review

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Martin Yale P6200 Desktop Letter Folding MachineDo you send out letters on a daily basis and need to speed things up? You may want to consider getting a desktop folding machine. One model you may want to consider is the Martin Yale P6200 desktop letter folding machine (found here). This is my review.

Many businesses, and employees, have the need to letter fold documents. This may involve mailing invoices, letters, bills and much more. Many people manually fold this material. Paper that has been folded on a letter folding machine looks more professional and will save hours of time.

The P6200 is a letter folding machine designed to be placed on a desk. It only weighs nine pounds, so it can easily be moved around. It can be used to fold 1 to 3 sheets of paper at a time. Once folded, this paper can then be easily placed in an envelope.

The Martin Yale P6200 designed to create a letter fold, sometimes referred to as a C fold. This is the only type of fold that the P6200 does, however, 90+ percent of the people who fold paper only require that type of fold. Martin Yale does make another desktop letter folding machine called the P6400 (found here) that will create a letter and a single fold.

Most people that buy the P6200 realize that it is designed to create only a letter fold. If you are folding invoices, bills and letters for mailing purposes, this is the only type of fold you will ever need.

While not designed for high-volume folding, the P6200 is definitely more than adequate for most desktop letter folding jobs. The convenience and lack of paper cutters is worth the investment alone.

I have taken one of these folding machines out of the box, set it up and used it. It is very easy to use, requires no setup and gets the job done quickly. The results look professional and are perfect for placing in envelopes. I can definitely appreciate the benefits of using the P6200 over manually folding paper.

You can find the Martin Yale P6200 desktop letter folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Martin Yale 1217A Paper Folding Machine Review

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Martin Yale 1217A Paper Folding MachineFolding paper is a critical part of many business’ operations. It is used for mailers, brochures, pamphlets and much more. Finding the right machine is a difficult process. One model you may have looked at is the Martin Yale 1217A paper folding machine (found here). I have had the opportunity to use this machine and this is my review.

Martin Yale has been making paper folding machines for years. Machines like the 959, the CV7 (1501X) and the 1217A AutoFolder have been around for well over a decade. Little has changed with these machines. One of the reasons few changes have accompanied these folding machines over the years is because Martin Yale has determined that these machines have hit the mark.

The 1217A AutoFolder  is certainly a time proven machine. Even 10 years ago, when I started working for ABC Office, we had a 1217A on our showroom floor. Back then few automatic folding machines existed and almost everything involved manually adjusting folding plates.

The 1217A has a total of two folding plates. As the paper enters the machine, it bounces off one plate, creating the first fold, and then bounces of the second plate, creating the second fold. The folding plates on the 1217A are very easy to set up. Common folds are clearly marked on the plates for adjustment purposes.

The 1217A can easily create letter folds, zig-zag folds, single folds and much more. Because the folding plates are adjustable, custom folds can be easily done. It may take a little trial and error, but once your custom fold has been established, you can either write the settings down on paper or mark the folding plate with a marker.

The 1217A is a basic paper folding machine designed for medium-volume jobs. There isn’t much to it, which can be a good thing. I don’t hear about many issues with the 1217A.

A few features I would like to see in the 1217A include a paper counter and batch counting capabilities. While not critical for everyone, many people have batch folding needs.

I would also like Martin Yale to add more friction wheels to the paper feed tray. Right now the 1217A only has one and it’s fairly narrow. Many modern folding machines feature three friction wheels, which helps better pull paper into the machine.

Some big benefits include the ability to fold up to 90# paper. Another beneficial feature of the 1217A is the ability to fold paper as large as 11 ¾ x 18-inches big.

Overall I would consider the Martin Yale 1217A to be a solid machine. It has certainly been time tested and many people really like it. Remember that it is primarily designed for medium-volume use.

You can find the Martin Yale 1217A paper folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of friction paper folding machines here.

Martin Yale Premier RapidFold P7200 Paper Folding Machine Review

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Martin Yale Premier RapidFold P7200 Paper Folding MachineAre you in need of a machine for the occasional paper folding project? One model you may want to consider looking at is the Martin Yale Premier RapidFold P7200 paper folding machine (found here). I have had a chance to use this folding machine and this is my review.

The RapidFold 7200 is a compact paper folding machine that is designed to be used on a table or desk. It is designed for light-volume use. It can be used to create letter folds, single folds and several custom folds and is capable of handling paper up to 28# thick.

Assembly is very easy. Once pulled out of the box, you will need to insert the folding plates and assemble the exit tray, but this doesn’t take long to do. I had the paper folder out of the box and running in about 20 minutes.

The RapidFold 7200 is set up by adjusting two folding plates. Adjusting the plates isn’t hard to do. Simply loosen the folding plate and slide them to the appropriate fold. These folds are clearly marked on the plate.

As previously mentioned, the P7200 is designed for light-volume use.  This means it can be used every day, but not all day long. I wouldn’t fold more than a few hundred sheets a day. If you need to do more folding, you may want to consider upgrading to a Dynafold paper folding machine or an equivalent.

One of my favorite features found in the P7200 is the multi-sheet bypass slot. This slot, located on the top of the machine, allows the operator to manually feed up to three sheets of stapled paper at a time. While not fully automatic, this saves a lot of time over manually folding up to three sheets of paper at a time.

Complaints on this folder are few and far between. The majority of the complaints come from people that are using it for more folding volume than it was designed to do. Remember, the P7200 is designed for light-volume use.

Be aware that the Premier RapidFold P7200 uses friction wheels to feed paper. This means glossy paper may not work. This is because the friction wheels can potentially slip on the slick surface and cause a paper jam. This is the case with most friction-feed paper folding machines.

Overall I really like the RapidFold P7200, taking into account what it is designed to do. It gets the job done and saves a lot of time over manually folding paper. This type of paper folder is ideal for use in schools, churches and businesses that have occasional to light-duty folding needs.

You can find the Martin Yale Premier RapidFold P2000 folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Multi-Sheet Paper Folding Machine Q&A

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Multi-Sheet Paper Folding MachineI have a few customers a day ask me if there are any paper folding machines that are able to fold multiple sheets of paper at a time. The answer is kind of a mixed bag. There are solutions to multi-sheet paper folding. Here are a few options you may want to consider.

First of all, a standard paper folding machine cannot automatically fold multiple sheets of paper at a time. They are all designed to pull one sheet off the stack and fold it. In order for a paper folding machine to fold multiple sheets, it would need to have multiple feed trays. There are machines that can do this, which I will discuss a few paragraphs down.

Many standard paper folding machines have a bypass opening, which looks like a slot, located on the top of the machine (kind of like a paper shredder). Folding machine equipped with a bypass slot can often fold up to three sheets of paper at a time, but require the paper to be manually fed. An example of this type of folding machine is the MBM 87M folding machine found here.

Paper Folder Inserters / Inserting MachinesManually feeding three sheets of paper through the bypass slot is still much faster than folding paper by hand, but it is still not automated. For automated multi-sheet folding, you will need to use a paper folder inserter.

Paper folder inserters, designed to fold multiple sheets and insert them into an envelope, can be used for multi sheet folding. Simply turn off the inserting portion of the operation so it only folds paper.

At this time there aren’t any other options. You must use the bypass slot (if so equipment) on a standard folding machine or use a paper folder inserter equipped with multiple feed trays.

You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here. You can find our entire selection of paper folder inserters here.

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