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Formax Paper Shredders Reviewed

Monday, September 28th, 2009

I can still remember a few years ago when Formax, well known for their line of folder inserters, stepped into the paper shredder market. In all honesty I was initially pretty skeptical. They did have a few things going for them. The company itself has been around for some time, since 1987, and their line of folder inserters has stood the test of time.

I’ve seen dozens of makes and models, from other manufacturers, come into existence and land with a big thud. A big part of why a new line of paper shredders fails is the quality factor. Many new models, especially foreign imports, are made out of cheap components and don’t last long. I certainly never expected Formax to compete with the well-known quality brands, such as Destroyit, Intimus and HSM.

Formax was kind enough to send several models to us for testing. My first impression was, “Hey, this thing is made out of a lot of metal,” which is usually a good sign. They were also pretty heavy, which is another good sign for an office shredder. Upon looking over the Model 8600 shredder, I found control panel easy to use and it seemed to feature a lot of information.

Upon further review, I found the Model 8600 had indicators to let you know if the door was open, if the bag was full, if it was on manual or automatic mode and even had a level indicator to tell you if the shredder was under too much of a load (too much paper). We shot a video demo of the Model 8600 that day, which you can find here.

It has been several years now and Formax Paper Shredders are now synonymous with high quality and reliability. They are now purchased, with confidence, by many government entities. One thing we really like, here at ABC Office, is that we don’t have to deal with servicing issues because they seem to hold up so well.

You can view our entire line of Formax Paper Shredders here. I would highly recommend at least considering them prior to purchasing a high-end, high-quality paper shredder. Right now they even have free shipping!

Top Ten Best Paper Folders

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Paper folders are an important part of any business, copy shop, church or school that folds paper on a regular basis. Even an entry-level paper folder can fold faster than a human by a factor of five. Finding the right paper folder can be a difficult task, and choosing the wrong paper folder can be a nightmare.

We have come up with a list of the top 10 best paper folders in existence. This list focuses on paper folders that use friction to pull paper into the machine and paper folders that use folding plates. This list is based on customer popularity and customers satisfaction. Be aware that the paper folder you choose should be tailored around the volume of paper you will be folding, which means the number one paper folder may not work for you.

Top Ten Best Paper Folders (Friction Feed Edition):

  1. MBM 207M Paper Folder
  2. Intelli-Fold 102AF Paper Folder
  3. Intelli-Fold 202AF Paper Folder
  4. Duplo DF-755 Paper Folder
  5. MBM 307A Paper Folder
  6. Intimus 2051 SmartFold Paper Folder
  7. Techko LF283B Paper Folder
  8. Formax FD 320 Paper Folder
  9. Duplo DF-915 Paper Folder
  10. Martin Yale 1217A Paper Folder

Top Ten Best Binding Machines

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Finding a good binding machine can sometimes be difficult. A lot of the binding machines out there are now made from plastic components and just don’t stand the test of time. We have compiled a list of the best comb, wire and coil binding machines. This list is based off of customer satisfaction, volume sold and customer service record. Enjoy!

Top 10 Best Binding Machines:

1. Akiles WireMac Wire Binding Machine

2. Akiles CoilMac-ECI Coil Binding Machine

3. Tahsin 210 PB Comb Binder

4. Renz RW Wire Binding Machine

5. Akiles Megabind Comb Binder

6. Akiles WireMac Duo Wire Binding Machine

7. Akiles WireMac Combo Comb & Wire Binding Machine

8. Akiles CoilMac-M Coil Binding Machine

9. Renz Combi-S Comb Binding Machine

10. EB-32 Wire Binding Machine

Scrapbookers & scrappers of the world unite and take over – Carl RT200

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

In case you haven’t been around the past decade, scrapbooking is huge. It is a multi-million dollar business and is popular in both hard and computer formats. Although scrapbooking by means of a computer has its benefits, most of the people I know use traditional stamps, custom-printed cardstock, scissors, glue and printed photographs.Carl RT-200

Carl RT-200I have been asked on several occasions, by customers, family and friends, which paper cutter is the best for scrapbooking. A lot of it depends on what you plan on doing, but I have personally purchased the Carl RT-200 paper cutter for my wife and she loves it. I’ll explain.

The RT-200, although a low-volume cutter, is inexpensive and is packed with features. It uses a rotary blade, which ensures a straight cut every time. Not only that, but about 11 different blades are available depending on the cut you desire. This varies from a perforating blade and a deckle blade to scallop or Victorian blade. It cuts through cardstock and photographs without a problem.

You can find the Carl RT-200 cutter here. For the price you really can’t go wrong, especially considering the cost of ink stamps, thermography powder and other scrapbooking equipment. Good luck with your scrapbooking!

Duplo V-350 Forms Burster Review

Friday, March 10th, 2006

Duplo V-350 BursterA few days ago I set up the Duplo V-350 in our show room to shoot an online video demo. I have used the Martin Yale 970A burster (found here) in the past. I used this to help gauge the performance of the V-350. I was surprised how easy it was to set up the V-350 for operation. Setting up the machine required a few simple adjustments. Once the adjustments were made, I fed the paper through the machine. This was easy to do thanks to a jog button.

After feeding paper through the machine I was able to see the paper being burst apart. Using the jog button I was able to run the machine with the protective cover open as I made sure things were operating properly. Once I let up on the jog button, the machine ceased to operate. Pressing the button forward allowed the machine to operate in continuously without having to keep the jog button pressed in. The machine cannot operate continuous mode unless the protective cover is down. This helps prevent personal injury.

I ended up running three different sizes of paper through the machine. The first stack I ran through the machine didn’t have tractor feed on the sides. The paper was perforated every four inches. I set the machine up for four-inch burst intervals. The V-350 ran flawlessly. The second stack of paper had tractor feed on the sides that was slit off using the V-350’s side slitters. It was burst every 11-inches along the perforations. The last stack of paper I ran through the machine was some billing forms that a customer had sent in for testing. The billing forms were burst every four-inches and had the side tractor feed slit off.

The machine created little mess and the papers came out the other side of the machine in order and organized, thanks to a conveyor-style exit tray. This was especially nice in comparison to bursters that throw bursted paper into a catch bin, leaving the paper unorganized.

To sum things up, I would rate the V-350 a solid five out of five stars. The components that are used to make the machine are high quality and the rubber rollers used to pull paper through the machine are very solid and should last a long time. You can find the Duplo V-350 here. The demo we shot should be available in a couple of weeks.

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