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Martin Yale 1711 AutoFolder Folding Machine Review

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Martin Yale 1711 Electronic Ease-of-Use AutoFolder Paper Folding MachineAre you in the market for an affordable automatic paper folding machine? There are several models out there, many of which may break the bank. One affordable alternative you should take a good look at is the Martin Yale 1711 Electronic Ease-of-Use AutoFolder (found here). This is my review.

For the past few years Martin Yale has been re-designing many of their paper folding machines. Their latest upgrades are the 1611 and 1711 paper folding machines. The 1611 replaces the 1601 and the 1711 replaces the 1701. These newly revamped folding machines now have a similar look to the Martin Yale 2051 SmartFold.

The 1711 has a smooth black housing that really makes this machine stand out. I personally like the look of the 1711 a lot more than the older 1701. Much of the functionality between the 1701 and the 1711 remain the same.

The Martin Yale 1711 is a fully automatic paper folding machine. That means that there is little manual effort required to get this machine set up. This machine comes pre-programmed with 6 of the most common folds used today. This includes the letter fold, half fold, Z fold, double parallel fold, right angle fold and the baronial fold.

Simply select the fold you want to create and the 1711 will automatically adjust itself. After a few seconds the folding plates are set and the machine is ready to start folding paper. This is extremely convenient. Custom modifications can be made to the fold plates from the control panel in the event you want to create a custom fold.

The 1711 can be used with paper of various sizes, up to 8 ½” x 14″ large. While many machines out their struggle with folding legal-size documents, the 1711 handles them without any issues. This machine can handle paper thicknesses ranging from 16 lb. bond to 70 lb. index.

No pre-fanning of the paper is required with this paper folder. Simply take your paper, up to 150 sheets, and place them in the feed tray. While you don’t need to fan the paper, it is still a good idea to keep the paper jogged prior to folding.

A powered exit conveyor helps to keep paper aligned, versus other folding machines that simply spit the folded paper out into a tray. This is especially nice for folding documents that need to be kept in order.

Overall I really like the 1711. I would consider this to be a great option for medium-volume paper folding. The machine is compact enough to be used on most desks and tables and should be a great addition to any office.

You can find the Martin Yale 1711 Electronic Ease-of-Use AutoFolder here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Top 8 Most Common Types Of Paper Folds

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

When shopping around for a paper folding machine, you have probably seen under the specifications the various types of folds the machine can create. While this information is extremely useful, many of you may not be aware of or familiar with what these folds are. I have put together a list of the 8 most common folds used today.

Keep in mind that not all paper folding machines can create all types of folds. Some are limited to a couple of common fold types, while others are limited to specific sizes of paper. Most paper folding machines can handle what’s known as a letter fold (C Fold) and an accordion fold (Z Fold). Be aware that many of these common folds go by multiple names.

Top 8 Most Common Types Of Paper Folds

Letter Fold (C Fold)

Letter Fold

Accordion Fold (Z Fold)

Accordian Fold aka Z Fold

Single Fold (V Fold)

Single Fold aka V Fold

Double Parallel Fold

Double Parallel Fold
Engineering Fold (Half Accordion)

Engineering Fold (Half Accordion Fold)

Cross Fold (French Fold)

Cross Fold aka French Fold
Baronial Fold

Baronial Fold

Gate Fold

Gate Fold

So there you have the most common types of folds done by paper folding machines. While these are the most common folds performed by machines today, most paper folding machines can be set up for other non-traditional and custom folds.

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

MBM 93M Tabletop Paper Folding Machine Review

Monday, January 24th, 2011

MBM 93M Tabletop Paper Folding MachineDo you need to speed up your paper folding operations? One great way to do this is to use an automated paper folder. One machine you may want to consider is the MBM 93M paper folding machine (found here). This is my review.

If you are a fan of the MBM 87M paper folding machine, you’re probably going to love the 93M. This is because the 93M is the replacement for the now discontinued 87M. While the MBM 93M has made a few improvements, the quality and functionality is very similar.

The MBM 93M is a tabletop paper folder designed for low to medium-volume paper folding. Weighing in at 46 pounds shipped, the 93M is light enough to be used on most desks and tables. Setup only takes a few minutes.

The 93M utilizes two manually adjusted folding plates. This means you will have to adjust both of these plates by loosening a thumb screw and sliding the plates into the correct position. While this may sound a little intimidating, it is really easy. Settings are clearly marked (color coded) on both plates.

The MBM 93M can be used to create most common folds. This includes the letter fold, accordion fold and single fold. Because the folding plates are manually adjusted, it is possible to create custom folds.  The 93M is also able to handle 16 to 80 lbs thick paper.

The feed tray on this machine holds up to 150 sheets of paper. The 93M can fold all 150 sheets in just a few minutes. Unlike many folding machines in this price range, the exit tray on the 93M is powered. This means paper is kept organized the entire time. The powered conveyor system makes keeping paper in numerical and alphabetical order easy.

One feature I really like is the auto-stop. When the machine has finished folding the paper placed in the tray, it will automatically stop. This save wear and tear on the motor and makes it possible to leave the machine while it is folding paper.

The control panel is very easy to use. It includes a digital display that provides a paper count. Batch paper folding is built into the 93M.

For the price, few paper folding machines come close in features and quality. I would easily recommend the MBM 93M for small office, church and school paper folding operations.

You can find the MBM 93M paper folding machine here and our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Paper Folder Is Folding Crooked. Why?

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Duplo Paper Folding MachinesI had a customer inquire today as to why their Duplo paper folding machine was folding paper crooked. There are several possible reasons for this. Upon further discussion, we figured out what was wrong with the machine and fixed the problem. Here are the questions I asked our customer that will probably help you out as well.

What Type Of Paper Are You Folding?

  • I have found that folding paper that is thicker than what your machine can handle, or glossy paper on a friction feed machine, can cause paper to be folded crooked. If this is the case, you may need to change the type of paper you are using or get a machine that can handle the paper you need folded.

Does Your Machine Use Manual Folding Plates?

  • If your machine uses manual folding plates, it is possible that the plate has been locked into place crooked. This is probably one of the most common reasons paper is folded crooked. If this is the case, re-adjust your folding plates.

Is Your Feed Tray Aligned Correctly?

  • A malaligned feed tray will cause paper to be feed at an angle, resulting in a crooked fold. Be sure your feed tray side guides are straight and aligned.

Does Your Machine Have A Skew Adjustment Wheel?

  • Some higher-end paper folding machines have a skew adjustment wheel that can be turned and adjusted, which easily straightens out crooked folds.

Have You Cleaned Your Folding Machine Recently?

  • Folding machines accumulate dust and ink on the rubber rollers after prolonged use. This causes paper to slip and be folding incorrectly. I recommend cleaning these wheels (using roller cleaner rejuvenator) every week (if being used daily and continuously).

These are a few of the most common questions I ask when a customer is having paper folding issues. Hopefully these helped you out. If you are still having problems, even after going using these suggestions, you may need your paper folding machine serviced. We have a Service Department that should be able to help. For paper folding machine repairs, contact our Service Department by calling 800-658-8788.

If for any reason you need a new machine, you can find our great selection of paper folding machines here.

Best Legal Size Paper Folding Machines

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Legal Size Paper Folding MachineDo you need to fold legal size 8 ½” x 14″ paper, but all the machines you are looking at are designed for standard 8 ½” x 11” paper? I have come up with a list of some popular legal size paper folding machines (according to our customers). Not only do these machines fold legal size paper, they are good at it.

Legal size paper, as you probably already know, is as wide as standard paper, but slightly longer. This means the folding machine has to have slightly longer folding plates to accommodate the added length.

These paper folders have proven themselves time and time again to handle legal size paper well. These machines will allow you to letter fold (C Fold), accordion fold (Z Fold) and single fold (V Fold) legal size paper.

Best Legal Size Paper Folding Machines (Friction Feed)

  1. Intelli-Fold DE-102AF Paper Folder
  2. MBM 87M Paper Folding Machine
  3. Intelli-Fold DE-202AF Paper Folder
  4. Formax FD 312 Paper Folding Machine
  5. Tamerica TPF-42 Letter Folding Machine
  6. Intelli-Fold DE-322AF Paper Folder
  7. MBM 207M High Speed Letter Folder
  8. Martin Yale 959 High-Capacity Paper Folding Machine

These paper folders have proven themselves time and time again that they are capable of quickly and professionally folding legal size paper. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

How To Set Up Folding Plates On A Folding Machine

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Paper folding machines are wonderful to have whether you are letter folding documents, accordion folding brochures or single folding booklets. Many people out there have fears about setting up folding machines that use manual folding plates. No worries. These types of folding machines are actually pretty easy to set up. Here are a few tips that may help you out.

Friction Feed Paper Folding Machines

I would say that about 60-70% of the paper folding machines out there use manually adjusted folding plates. Manual folding plates cut down on manufacturing costs, which is why these types of machines typically cost less than automatic machines.

Most paper folding machines have two folding plates. The first folding plate, usually the longest one, typically sits about where the folded paper comes out of the machine. The second folding plate, usually the shortest one, typically sits below the feed tray. The position of the fold plate may vary, but this is the most common setup.

Friction Feed Paper FoldersEven automatic paper folding machines utilize two folding plates. The only difference is that automatic paper folding machines use a motor and a computer to adjust the folding plates.

Many of our Intelli-Fold paper folding machines utilize a “<” folding plate design. In this setup, folding plate 1 and 2 are on the same side of the machine, creating a < design.

Folding plates typically have the most common folds printed directly on the folding plate. Simply look at the guide (typically on the folding plate) and make the proper adjustments. Once you grasp the idea, setup will take less than a couple of minutes.

Friction Feed Paper Folding Machine Plates

Most folding plates have two thumb screws per plate. It is very important that the folding plate be aligned correctly, with both thumb screws tightened at equal positions. If the folding plate is a little crooked, the folds will be crooked as well. Keeping the folding plate even, however, is pretty easy as the guides help keep things in line.

Folding Plate Guide

One thing I really like about manual folding plates is that they can be set up for custom folding. Simply play around with the plates until you get the custom fold you want. You can even mark the folding plates with a marker to make custom folds easier to set up later on.
Most manual friction-feed folding machines require that one of the plates, either the short or the long plate, be turned around for a V fold (aka single fold). This blocks off the plate entirely. Some folding machines simply require the folding plate to be pushed all the way towards the machine, activating a metal plate that blocks of the tray. This is because only one folding plate is required for a V fold.

My best advice for people looking for a folding machine is to not be scared away by the term “manual setup.” These machines are easy to set up and often cost less. We offer manual setup machines that can even be used for high-volume paper folding.

You can find our entire selection of manual setup friction feed paper folding machines here. Please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any paper folding questions. Good luck!

New Pressure Seal Checks & Mailers Now Online

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Formax Pressure Sealer MachinesToday we have just added several new pressure seal checks and pressure seal mailers that can be used with most of the Formax and Duplo pressure sealers we offer online. These pressure seal checks and forms are made by Relyco and come in a variety of styles, colors and formats. This includes Z-fold, C-fold and V-fold pressure seal paper.

Pressure sealers, often confused with folder inserters, use special pressure seal paper that has built-in pressure activated glue. As a pressure seal check or mailer runs through a pressure sealer, steel metal rollers press the paper down and activate the pressure-activated glue. This glue holds the document in place, making it easy to mail.

Relyco Ultraseal Pressure Seal ChecksYou have probably received pressure seal checks or statements in your own mail at home. They are often used for mailing utility bills, checks, rebates, school grades, statements and other material. Typically the sides and ends are perforated (which are torn off), making contents easy to access and open.

Pressure seal paper can be used in most laser printers, inkjet printers and copy machines. Once the paper is printed on, it can be placed in a pressure sealer.

Why Use A Pressure Sealer?

  • Security – Pressure seal checks and paper are tamper proof. Contents cannot be access without obvious proof of tampering. Most pressure seal checks and forms also include a colored security watermark, making contents impossible to see without opening.
  • Convenience – Pressure sealed mail is really easy to open and has a higher open rate than conventional mail in envelopes. Pressure sealers also run at a much faster speed than folder inserters, making pressure sealers ideal for bulk mailing.
  • Cost – It is cheaper to fold pressure seal checks and forms than to fold paper and insert it into an envelope. Pressure sealers typically cost less than envelope stuffing machines. Pressure sealers completely eliminate the need of an envelope, cutting down on waste and cost.

These are just a few reasons why you may want to consider using a pressure sealer. If you have a pressure sealer, our Relyco Ultraseal pressure seal checks and mailers are some of the most compatible, affordable and durable available.

You can find our entire selection of Relyco pressure seal checks here and Relyco pressure seal mailers here. You can find our entire selection of pressure sealer machines here.

Martin Yale 959 Heavy-Duty AutoFolder Folding Machine Review

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Martin Yale 959 AutoFolder Paper Folding MachineDo you have high-volume paper folding needs and are in the process of shopping around for a machine? There are a lot of machines out there to choose from. One model that you have probably seen around is the Martin Yale 959 Heavy-Duty AutoFolder paper folding machine (found here). I have used this machine several times over the past 10 years and this is my review.

To begin with, the Martin Yale 959 folding machine has been around for some time. I remember this machine being around when I first started with ABC Office 10+ years ago. It features a time-tested design that has undergone few changes. This is because the formula works.

This folding machine is considered to be a heavy-duty machine and is the toughest friction-feed folding machine that Martin Yale offers. Martin Yale also makes an air-feed version of the 959.

The specs on this machine are very impressive, especially compared to what’s out there. While many machines tout the largest size of paper they can fold, which is 14″ x 20″ on the 959, few brag about the smallest sheet they can handle. The Model 959 can handle paper as small as 3 ½” x 3 ½”. This means you can use the 959 to fold paper large enough for restaurant menus or paper small enough for a wedding invitation.

The Martin Yale 959 can also handle an impressive range of paper thicknesses. It can handle card stock up to 110 lb. index or paper as thin as 9 lb. onion skin. While the 110 lb thickness is impressive, I am almost more impressed with its ability to handle the extremely thin stuff.

The 959 utilizes two manually adjusted folding plates. These plates are very easy to adjust and paper folds are clearly marked, making adjustments easy. Once set up, the folding plates stay in place. Folds are always registered correctly and the skew is dead on.

This is a tough folding machine, so I definitely would not consider it a desktop model. It weighs in at 108 lbs shipped. You will need a table, counter or work surface capable of handling this weight. Most desks are capable of holding this machine.

The Model 959 AutoFolder can handle the toughest, simples and most common folds out there. It can easily handle a letter fold (C fold) or an accordion fold (Z fold). It can also handle the difficult cross fold (French fold) and the Baronial fold. Because the folding plates are manually adjusted, custom folds are very easy to set up.

The exit tray on the 959 includes a conveyor system. This conveyor keeps folded material in order, which is ideal for alphanumerical documents.

A quick-release journal shaft can hold perforating, scoring and slitting wheels. This means you can perforate, cut or score paper while folding it. Few folding machines are capable of doing this. This is especially ideal for custom folding jobs, mailers and other material. It includes a 7-tooth perforating wheel and 2 scoring wheels.

I think the term “old school” sums up the Martin Yale 959. It is as tough as a steam engine and just seems to keep on going and going. I have always been impressed with this machine and consider it to be the best Martin Yale has to offer.

You can find the Martin Yale 959 Heavy-Duty AutoFolder paper folding machine here and our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Do you still have questions regarding the Martin Yale 959? Feel free to call one of our folding machine experts at 1-800-658-8788. They all have detailed experience with this machine and should be able to answer all your questions.

Have a great day!

Envelope Inserting Machine Problems? Consider Relyco Envelopes!

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Formax Envelope Stuffing MachineFolding and inserting machines are great for mailing bills, brochures, applications, receipts and a wide variety of other mail. These machines can insert paper into envelopes in a fraction of the time it takes to do it manually. While folding and inserting machines are great, they can sometimes be picky when it comes to envelopes.

At ABC Office we offer a wide variety of Formax envelope stuffing machines. Prior to sending out a machine, we typically require a customer to mail in envelope samples for testing. This is because some envelopes simply will not work with folding and inserting machines. Symptoms of incorrect envelopes include tearing, improper sealing and overall machine jams.

Reclyco #10 Inserter EnvelopeWhether you need to speed up your Formax inserter order or currently have a machine and are experiencing issues, you may want to consider using Relyco envelopes. We recently added several #9 and #10 Relyco envelopes to our site that are designed from the ground up to be used with Formax and other envelope stuffing machines.

Formax uses Relyco envelopes with their own inserting machines. These new envelopes include single window, dual window and bottom flap designs. They also feature a security tint that helps protect envelope contents from unwanted reading.

You can find our entire selection of envelope stuffing / inserting machines here and our entire selection of inserter friendly Relyco envelopes here.

Top 10 Best Letter Folding Machines

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Letter Folding Machines from ABC OfficeDo you fold letters on a daily basis? Folding paper by hand can be a miserable, boring and time-consuming job. It wastes time and costs money. Most employees can be more of a benefit doing other things. Whether you fold a few dozen or a few thousand a day, you can probably benefit from using an automatic letter folding machine. So which machine should you get?

Letter folding machines are designed, primarily, to create a C fold (aka Letter Fold). Paper that is letter folded is usually done so with the intention of being mailed. Many letter folders, although not all, can be set up to create other folds as well. Most letter folding machines are capable of creating hundreds of folds an hour, with many capable of creating thousands of folds an hour.

Example Of A Letter Fold (C Fold)

With literally dozens upon dozens of different machines out there, it can be a little tough to get the “right” letter folding machine. Having worked with and sold to thousands of customers, I have come up with a list of “solid” machines that should get the job done for you.

While there are more than 10 great letter folding machines out there, these particular machines have been and continue to be huge favorites with our customers.

Top 10 Best Letter Folding Machines

  1. Intelli-Fold DE-102AF Letter Folding Machine (Top Seller)
  2. MBM 87M Automatic Letter Folding Machine (Time-Tested Favorite)
  3. Dahle 10560 Letter Folding Machine (Great Value For The Dollar)
  4. Intelli-Fold IF300 Letter Folder (Rising Star)
  5. Intelli-Fold DE-202AF Letter Folding Machine (Compare To Dynafold – Classic Quality)
  6. Tamerica TPF-42 Letter Folder (Extremely Easy To Set Up)
  7. MBM 207M Letter Folding Machine (Heavy-Duty Workhorse)
  8. Martin Yale P6200 Desktop Letter Folder (Great Assistant For Occasional Letter Folding)
  9. Formax FD 305 Desktop Letter Folding Machine (Versatile Desktop Solution)
  10. Martin Yale 1501X / CV-7 Letter Folder (Decade-Tested Classic)

I personally consider all the letter folding machines we offer to be great machines. If they weren’t good, we wouldn’t continue to offer them. You can find our entire selection of letter folding machines here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our letter folding specialists.

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