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SircleBind CB-60 Comb Binding Machine Review

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

SircleBind CB-60 Comb Binding MachineIf you like to bind books as a hobby, run a home business or have small-volume book binding needs, you probably don’t need a binding machine that costs thousands of dollars. You probably need something pretty basic, yet professional. As part of my under $100 binding machine reviews, I would like to introduce you to the Sircle CB-60 comb binding machine (found here). This is my review.

SircleBind (aka Sircle) has been around for a few years now, which is long enough to have developed a reputation for offering “budget” binding machines. Their machines provide a nice blend between affordability and functionality.

The SircleBind CB-60 comb binding machine is one of the most affordable comb binding machines we offer. As of this article, you can pick one up for about $57. For that price, you can’t expect high-volume binding capacities, but it certainly has its place.

To begin with, this machine is extremely compact. It only weighs 5 pounds shipped. It is also very easy to pick up and move around. The handle itself can be folded down and locked into place. If you need a portable book binding machine, this may be just what you need.

The CB-60 can punch through about 6 sheets of paper at a time, however, I would recommend scaling that back to 4-5 sheets. This machine utilizes a lot of plastic parts and I think scaling back the punching amount will extend the life of this machine. It can be used to punch card stock, clear covers and other binding covers, but I would recommend punching one at a time. Don’t force this machine to punch paper. If it feels like you are straining too much, back off. You don’t want to break it.

The binding capacity on this machine is somewhat limited, maxing out at a ½” thick (12mm diameter). That equals out to be about 95 sheets of paper. This means you won’t be able to use the CB-60 to bind thicker books, but it is good for binding booklets, presentations and other reports.

While you can use the CB-60 to bind custom-size books, I would recommend staying with 8 ½” x 11″ paper. It doesn’t have disengageable punching pins, so you could potentially end up with a half-punched hole if you are binding material smaller than letter-size paper.

Having used this little machine myself, I have to say that I highly recommend that it not be used for anything more than light-volume book binding. I have used many binding machines (dozens upon dozens) and I have to say that I have never before seen a comb binding machine that used plastic fingers for opening combs.

The construction is plastic. The shell is plastic, the comb opener is plastic and the catch tray is plastic. If you use this machine for more than light volume use, you will probably be disappointed.

If you are using this for just the occasional book or report, I think you’ll like its compact nature, sleek design and great price point.

Here are a few affordable comb binding alternatives:

You can find the SircleBind CB-60 comb binding machine here and our entire selection of comb binding machines here.

MBM Destroyit 3104 Cross Cut Paper Shredder (Level 3) Review

Friday, May 27th, 2011

MBM Destroyit 3104 Cross Cut Paper ShredderWhen shopping for a paper shredder, chances are that you want something that’s affordable, a great value and reliable. It is possible to find the right shredder that hits all the points your business needs. One great option for a small business or organization is the Destroyit 3104 cross cut paper shredder from MBM (found here). This review will cover its various qualities, specifications and if any, weaknesses.

If you’re new to the paper shredder industry, or are simply not familiar with MBM, let me get you up to speed. While there are a lot of “OK” brands out there, Destroyit is considered to be the “crème de la crème” of shredders. In other words, businesses and government entities that do a lot of shredding often go with the Destroyit shredders.

There are a lot of reasons why Destroyit shredders are so highly regarded, and the Destroyit 3104 cross cut shredder hits all these points. To begin with, the Destroyit 3104 is a German engineered and built shredder. This means it has been put together with the highest-quality parts available, unlike many comparable shredders that are built with “budget” parts.

While I personally think any business would be happy with the Destroyit 3104 cross cut, it is best suited for use in small to medium-size businesses or as a departmental shredder. I would say this shredder could easily be used constantly throughout the day by 5-10 people without a problem. By constant, I am referring to heavy use.

The MBM Destroyit 3104 utilizes a thermally protected motor that is designed to be used continuously without suffering from overheating. Many shredders require a cool down period. Not so with the 3104. The 3104 uses a 1 horsepower (0.64 KW) single phase motor that runs on 110-120 volts of electricity. The motor is powerful, fast (18 feet per minute) and reliable.

I remember years ago when we used to tell customers to remove paper clips and staples (if possible) prior to shredding paper. The Destroyit 3104 uses a strong hardened steel cutting shaft that can easily handle staples and paper clips without suffering any damage. It can also be used to not only shred paper, but credit cards, DVDs and CDs as well. MBM is so confident in the cutting shafts that they are covered by a lifetime warranty.

The control panel on the Destroyit line of shredders, including the Destroyit 3104, is one of the easiest-to-use available today. IF you look at the picture, you will see a large round button. MBM calls this the “Easy Switch.” You can run pretty much every operation on this shredder from that button. It tilts to turn the shredder on or put it in reverse and built-in backlit symbols let you know the status of the shredder. This includes when the cabinet door is open and the bag is full.

This is a video demo of the Destroyit 3104 in use:

The throat on this shredder measures in at 12″, which is more than enough for most paper, forms and documents. The sheet capacity on this shredder is 22-25 sheets at a time, which is impressive for a level 3 cross cut shredder. Once shredded, paper is turned into tiny 3/16″ x 1 1/2″ (4 x 40 mm) particles. A large 32-gallon bin holds the shredded paper, which is pretty large. This means fewer bag changes for you!

Overall I have to give this shredder a solid 5 out of 5 stars. I am confident you will enjoy this shredder. It should provide you with years of reliable use.

You can find the Destroyit 3104 cross cut paper shredder here and our entire line of Destroyit paper shredders here. We also offer a great selection of other brands. You can find our entire selection of paper shredders here.

MBM Destroyit 3804 Cross Cut Paper Shredder Review

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

MBM Destroyit 3804 Cross Cut Paper ShredderWhat is it that you want in your office paper shredder? Most people would respond that they need speed, security, capacity and reliability. If these four points sound like something you need in a machine, consider looking at the MBM Destroyit 3804 cross cut paper shredder (found here). This is my review.

MBM Destroyit (known as IDEAL in Europe) have been making shredders for decades. One thing remains constant, their shredders are considered to be some of the best in the industry. Shredder designs and styles range from home office up to industrial shredding. The Destroyit 3804 is one of the latest additions to this tradition.

The MBM Destroyit 3804 cross cut shredder encompasses pretty much everything I would want in a paper shredder. Let me start with capacity. This shredder hits high capacities on just about every level.

To begin with, the Destroyit 3804 has a massive 44-gallon shred bin. Consider the fact that most cars have a 15-25 gallon gas tank. This shredder can hold about double that amount in shredded paper. This means much fewer bag changes for you and makes it possible for multiple people to use this shredder without the “Bag Full” indicator always being on.

Another “capacity” feature of this shredder is the wide capacity shredder throat. This machine can shred paper up to 16″ wide. That means you can shred a lot of small stuff or larger computer forms. Not only can you feed paper into this beast, but it can also handle shredding credit cards and CDs and will accept staples and paper clips without a hitch.

The next feature that impresses me is the speed. While the Destroyit 3804 cross cut already has an impressive 20-22 sheet shredding capacity, it can shred that paper at a speed of 20 feet per minute. That means you can shred over a football field’s length of 20-20 sheets in an hour. That’s just plain fast.

Also consider the fact that this shredder cuts paper down to a Level 3 security level, which is the most sought-after security level for office paper shredding. That means the Destroyit 3804 CC cuts paper into 3/16″ x 1 1/2″ (4 x 40 mm). Break out a ruler and measure that out. Small….right? You aren’t putting that back together.

Shredding speed, capacity and security all make this shredder perfect for departmental and centralized office shredding. Now let’s cover the “dependability” part of this review.

While I love stuff made in the USA, I have complete respect for German products. German shredders are THE benchmark when it comes to office paper shredders. From the hardened steel blades to the twin drive single-phase motor, this shredder is designed for heavy-use.

Even the motor has been thermally protected for continuous use. You will never have to wait 30 minutes for the motor to cool down with a Destroyit paper shredder.

In summary, you can do much better than a Destroyit paper shredder, and the Destroyit 3804 cross cut is one of the best options you have for office paper shredding. The build quality is excellent, it is reliable, secure and very fast. I use Destroyit shredders here at ABC Office and love them.

You can find the MBM Destroyit 3804 cross cut paper shredder here, our entire selection of Destroyit paper shredders here and our huge selection of all our paper shredders here.

Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our paper shredding specialists.

Formax AutoSeal FD 2030 Folder / Pressure Sealer Review

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Formax AutoSeal FD 2030 Paper Folding / Pressure Sealing MachineYou’re probably familiar with envelope stuffing machines, or at least the concept of folding paper, placing it in an envelope and mailing it out. While this is still one of the most common ways to mail out material, another method is quickly gaining in popularity. If you are only mailing out one sheet of paper, perhaps an invoice, check or bill, you may want to consider using a machine like the Formax AutoSeal FD 2030 pressure sealer (found here). I recently had a chance to use this machine and this is my review.

Pressure sealers use a special type of pressure sensitive paper. This paper has tiny pressure-activated glue pockets located in special areas around the paper. This paper (found here) can be easily run through a laser printer, inkjet printer or copy machine. Once it is ready to be mailed, it can be fed in to a pressure sealer where it is folded, subsequently bursting open the pockets of glue and sealing the mailer shut.

The FD 2030 is a great mid-grade pressure-sealing machine. It can be used with paper up to 8 ½” x 14″. I have personally run both 8 ½” x 11″ and 8 ½” x 14″ on this machine and the results turned out great. You simply need to adjust a couple of folding plates prior to operation.

By mid-grade I don’t mean to convey that this is a light volume machine. It is in fact capable of folding and sealing up to 75,000 forms per month and runs at a speed of about 9,000 sheets per hour. By mid-grade I mean that it is neither on the low end nor on the highest-end of the pressure sealer spectrum.

The control panel on the AutoSeal FD 2030 is extremely easy to use. The right side of the control panel features a paper counter and right to the left of it is a reset button that can be used to reset the counter. To the left of the control panel you will find a start button, a stop / reset button and a jog button. The jog button is used to test a few sheets prior to firing up the machine for full-blown use.

Placing paper in the feed tray is extremely easy and works pretty much like any paper folding machine. The hopper holds about 25 sheets of 24# (90gsm) paper. No pre-fanning of the paper is required. Folded and sealed paper exits out the other side of the machine. An optional 18″ conveyor exit tray may be used.

This is a video demo of me using the Formax AutoSeal FD 2030 and should give you a great idea as to how it operates:

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The Formax AutoSeal FD 2030 can also be purchased with an optional locking cabinet or with a 4’ high capacity conveyor w/ photo eye. If you need a feature that you aren’t seeing in this machine, call us at 1-800-658-8788. It is possible that we may be able to get some features factory-installed or we can find another machine that meets your needs.

The build quality on the FD 2030 is exceptional. Everything that can be metal is made out of metal. It is a hefty machine, weighing in at 88.5 pounds. I have removed the folding plates, checked out the inner workings of the machine and can safely say that it is solid. Formax products in general have an excellent track record.

In conclusion, I have to say that if the paper size and speed specifications meet your needs, this is definitely the machine for you. I thoroughly enjoyed using it and feel confident in saying you will too.

You can find the Formax AutoSeal FD 2030 pressure sealer here and our entire selection of paper folder pressure sealers here. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

Martin Yale SP100 Score and Perf Machine Review

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Martin Yale SP100 Scoring & Perforating MachineAre you the kind of person that likes to make creative cards, produce tickets or are in the business of creating literature? One highly valuable tool is a paper perforator or a paper scorer. Paper scorers are great for creasing card stock and paper perforators can be used for creating tickets, coupons and much more. The Martin Yale SP100 score and perf machine (found here) makes scoring and perforating easy. This is my review.

Martin Yale currently manufactures a wide selection of paper cutters, folding machines, business card slitters and more. Their lines of paper handling equipment have a great reputation.

While there are a lot of manual scoring machines and perforating machines out there, they are limited by the speed of the user. One great way to speed things up is by using an electric perforator and scorer like the Martin Yale SP100. The SP100 hits a nice price point. It is electric, so it’s fast, but it won’t cost you several thousand dollars like many higher-end machines.

Using the SP100 is easy. It contains one 14-tooth perforating wheel and one scoring wheel. Both of these wheels are fully adjustable. Simply use the included wrench to loosen the wheels and adjust them where the cuts need to be made. If you only need to perforate, move the scoring wheel out of the way or vice versa. Both the perf wheel and scoring wheel can be used simultaneously.

While this particular machine can’t make multiple perforations or scores in a single pass, paper can be re-fed for multiple perforations or scores. It’s that easy.

The feed tray on the SP100 can be adjusted to accommodate paper ranging from 3 ½” up to 12″ wide and it can handle paper ranging from 20 lb. to 100 lb. cover. This is very impressive, especially considering how affordable the SP100 is.

I have used this machine myself and have to say that while it is pretty simple in construction, the end results are very professional.

This is a video demonstration of me using the Martin Yale SP100.

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The build quality on the SP100 is very nice. It features great metal components and seems to hold up well. The machine itself measures in at 8″ x 15″ x 6″ and weighs 23 pounds.

My only problem with this machine is that the friction wheel that pulls the paper in has to be properly adjusted to accommodate the paper being used. Initially I had a few problems getting it set up, but once I figured out how it worked, setting it up became a fairly fast process.

If you need an affordable electric / semi-automatic scoring and perforating machine, the Martin Yale SP100 may fit the bill. It is an affordable alternative and is great for low to medium-volume use.

You can find the Martin Yale SP100 score and perf machine here and our entire selection of perforating machines here and scoring machines here.

UPC Code: 0-11991-00100-6

Fellowes Cosmic 125 12″ Pouch Laminator Review

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Fellowes Costmic CL-125 12" Thermal Pouch LaminatorDo you need a reliable pouch laminating machine for use at home or in a small business environment? If you’re in the shopping process right now, you have probably discovered a huge selection of machines. One model I would recommend you look at is the Fellowes Cosmic 125 12” pouch laminator (found here). This is my review.

Fellowes, although better known for their shredders, also makes a wide variety of pouch laminators. The Cosmic 125 (aka CL-125) pouch laminator is the home / small office version of the heavier-duty Saturn 125. This laminator has been around for some time now and has a great reputation for light to medium-volume jobs.

Let me get down to the basic specs. This laminator has a 12 ½” wide opening that is designed to laminate wider documents or several smaller documents. As far as pouch laminators go, a 12 ½” wide opening is very large. This allows you to use the Cosmic 125 to laminate signs, menus, photos and much more. The Cosmic 125 literally measures in at 3.5625″ x 20.6875″ x 7.875″

Aesthetically, the Fellowes Cosmic 125 is one of the best looking laminators around. It features a calm white and gray color scheme. Rounded edges almost make this laminator look like a piece of home entertainment equipment than a piece of office machinery. It should easily fit in with your existing office products.

This particular laminator is designed to be used both 3 and 5 mil thick pouches. A mil is a thousandth of an inch. The 5-mil thickness is compatible for use with index card size items and smaller. The 3-mil thickness can be used with larger documents. While this is a thermal laminator, capable of heating up in 5 minutes, it can also be used for cold laminating.

If you have ever used a pouch laminator, you may have noticed that they can get pretty hot. Some are extremely hot to the touch. The Cosmic 125 uses special HeatGuard technology that keeps the laminator cool to touch. This is nice when you need to quickly unplug and move (or re-position) the laminator.

Portability is extremely easy with the Cosmic 125. An included carrying handle is located on the back of the laminator. It also features cord storage. This is nice for packing up and moving the laminator.

Have you ever started laminating something only to notice that you fed it in crooked? If not fixed, this can result in a jam. The Cosmic 125 features a release lever that disengages pouches, making them easy to remove or re-position. Once you’re ready, this lever can be re-engaged and laminating can re-commence.

Overall I think the Cosmic 125 is a good value. Just remember that this is not designed for high-volume use. It is best used for low to medium-volume laminating. Also be aware that you cannot use this laminator with 7 or 10-mil thick pouches.

You can find the Fellowes Cosmic 125 12″ pouch laminator here and our entire selection pouch laminators here.

Model: Cosmic 125 Laminator
CRC: 52160
Item Number: 5216001

MBM Triumph 4850 D Automatic Paper Cutter Review

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

MBM Triumph 4850 D Automatic Stack Paper CutterStack paper cutters are amazing machines. They can literally slice through a stack of paper, often times an entire ream, in a matter of seconds. The shear force involved is impressive, and most stack cutters are designed to perform repeat cuts throughout the day. One solid stack cutter you may want to consider purchasing for your business is the MBM Triumph 4850 D automatic paper cutter (found here). This is my review.

MBM Triumph, by Ideal, is probably the best-known and most reputable line of automated and manual stack paper cutters around. German engineered and built, these cutters are used throughout the United States and other countries in print shops, copy centers and other manufacturing plants. One word describes Triumph, “Solid.”

The MBM Triumph 4850 D is an automatic stack paper cutter. It is automated in that the motor and clamp are completely electric. While the backstop is manually adjusted by turning a crank handle, the backstop’s position is displayed on a digital readout in either inches or centimeters (hence the D in the model name).

This stack cutter is designed to cut paper up to a maximum width of 18 7/8″. It can also be used to cut much thinner material as well. The cutting height is a very impressive 3″. Few stack cutters can slice through paper like this machine. It’s almost like watching a hot knife slice through butter.

I have been asked how the accuracy and registration are on this cutter. I have to say that it is dead on. Once the backstop has been set, with the digital display providing you with extremely accurate measurements, the cut is straight, aligned and accurate. The electric clamping mechanism keeps paper firmly in place during the entire cutting process.

The blade on the Triumph 4850 D is made out of Solingen steel, which is considered to be the finest and highest-quality steel on the planet. This steel comes from Solingen German, and it holds up to all the hype. This blade is sharp. It is so sharp that a special blade removal kit comes with this machine so that you can safely remove the blade for sharpening without hurting yourself. Yes, the blade can be sharpened up to three times before it has to be discarded.

The stand displayed in this picture comes with the Triumph 4850 D, which means you don’t have to hassle with finding your own stand or bench to place it on. The stand is made from solid all-metal construction and even features a convenient shelf where paper and other material can be stored.

Operation of the 4850 D is simple. Adjust the backstop, place your paper in the cutter and press a few buttons. With the press of a few buttons, a motor will bring down the clamp and blade. Unlike many comparable stack cutters, the 4850 D uses a clamp that applies equal pressure along the entire width. This helps keep paper in place.

This is a brief video demo of the Triumph 4850 D in use:

The Triumph 4850 D includes a safety cutting system (SCS) package for your protection. This includes a main witch and safety lock (with key), two-handed operation, transparent safety guards and much more. While I still recommend caution when using a machine of this magnitude, it really is safe to use.

Overall I have to say that this is probably one of the best semi-automated stack paper cutters available. It can be used throughout the day, features durable metal construction and should hold up for years upon years. I can attest to the fact that this is a high quality machine. We rarely hear back from customers that select the Triumph 4850 D for their cutting projects.

You can find the MBM Triumph 4850 D automatic paper cutter here and our entire selection of stack paper cutters here. Feel free to call one of our paper cutter specialists at 1-800-658-8788 for answers to your stack cutter questions.

MBM Triumph 4305 Stack Paper Cutter Review

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

MBM Triumph 4305 Stack Paper CutterAre you in the market for a stack paper cutter, or do you use a cheap stack cutter that is inaccurate or seems to fall apart at the most inopportune times? One great stack cutter you should look at is the MBM Triumph 4305 stack paper cutter (found here). This is a great new or upgrade cutter for your business. This is my review.

MBM manufactures Destroyit paper shredders, Kutrimmer guillotine paper trimmers and Triumph stack cutters. One thing all these machines have in common is German engineering and build. From the ground up, these machines are designed to hold up and last.

The Triumph 4305 is a manual stack cutter. Don’t be fooled by thinking manual means this cutter is basic or entry level. It is geared and designed to cut up to 1 ½” of paper in a single pass. I can tell you from personal experience that the cutting handle is extremely easy to use. I have even used my own pinky finger to pull the handle and cut a stack of paper. It really is that easy.

For those of you who do not know, the Triumph 4305 is the successor to the VERY popular Triumph 4205, which was the successor to the Triumph 3905. Basically this cutter is the next in a long line of very popular stack cutters.

You can use this stack cutter to trim or cut paper, card stock, laminated material, chipboard and much more. I have personally used stack cutters to create my own business cards (on a large scale) and cut down card stock for use as report covers. You will find the Triumph 4305 in copy centers, print shops and more.

You can view a few additional details on the Triumph 4305 in this video:

The blade in this machine is razor sharp, made from Soligen steel. Unlike many comparable stack cutters, the blade can be re-sharpened up to 3 times before needing to be replaced. This is a huge money saver as new cutting blades can cost hundreds of dollars. The cuts are extremely accurate and the blade easily cuts through the entire stack.

Removing the blade from the cutter is extremely easy. A blade removal tool is included so that you don’t have to personally touch the blade with your hands, which is excellent for safety reasons. Once the blade removal handle is attached, the bolts holding the blade in place can be removed. Unlike some of the older versions of this cutter, the 4305 doesn’t require the cover to be removed.

Setting up the 4305 for cuts is very easy. It uses a spindle-driven back gauge. A specially calibrated crank, located on the front of the machine, can be turned clockwise or counter clockwise to brink the backstop forward or back. A measuring device is located next to the backstop, letting you know where it is in inches or cm.

While I still recommend taking safety precaution around stack cutters, MBM has implemented several safety features into this machine. This includes a couple of transparent safety guards (front guard is hinged), a safety catch and much more.

The build quality on this paper cutter is solid. The tolerances are tight and the accuracy is excellent. The only weakness you may find is cutting glossy or slick paper. This is because the clamping mechanism is dependent on the operator and how tight the clamp it down. If the paper is too glossy or slick, some shift could occur in the stack. I have never personally experienced this issue, but thought you may want to know.

Overall I rate this cutter a solid 5 out of 5. It is tough, durable and made out of metal components. It is excellent for daily use and can be used for light to medium-volume cutting. Very little effort is needed to operate the machine, cutting down on operator strain.

You can find the MBM Triumph 4305 stack paper cutter and our entire selection of stack paper cutters here.

Magner 35-3 Currency Counter Review

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Magner 35-3 Automatic Bill CounterWhen you think about bill counters, brands like Semacon, Cassida and Klopp are probably a few that come to mind. One of the most popular brands, however, is Magner. One of our most popular Magner bill counters is the Magner 35-3 high-speed bill counter (found here). It has been around for years and has developed quite a reputation. This is my review.

Magner is a very popular manufacturer of bill counters, coin counters, coin wrappers and counterfeit detectors. They are well known for their Model 20, Model 75 and Model 75V. While these are all great machines, their most popular machine, according to our customers, is the Model 35-3.

If you have ever used a bill counter, you may know that one of the most frustrating things about using one is the issue of misfeeds. While this doesn’t occur with all counters, many require adjustments and finicky settings to work correctly. The Magner 35-3 works as advertised right out of the box. While there are some adjustments that can be made, few are required.

Magner claims that the 35 series is the longest-ever produced bill counter and the #1 best selling bill counter in the world. While I can’t confirm all these claims, I can tell you that it is a solid bill counter. Here are a few reasons why.

To begin with, it is accurate. You can take a stack of bills, place them in the hopper, and it will count them with extreme precision every time. When operating a business, accuracy can mean a big difference. When operating a bank, accuracy can mean someone’s job.

Speed shouldn’t be an issue with the 35-3. It has a variable speed motor, capable of counting bills at 600, 1200 or 1500 banknotes per minute. Simply select the desired speed from the control panel. As someone who has used several bill counters, I can vouch for the fact that 1500 bills per minute is screaming fast.

The Magner 35-3 is great at detecting flaws in bills and feed issues. It has a double, chain and half-note detection. It will also alert you in the rare event that a jam occurs. It also has 5 adjustable density settings, making this bill counter idea for use with not just US currencies, but foreign currencies as well.

The control panel is very easy to navigate. A digital display lets you know what’s going on at all times. The display also provides you with a total number of bills counted.

The Magner 35-3 can handle be set up for standard counting, batch counting or accumulative counting. Standard counting resets the machine every time a new stack of bills are placed in the hopper. Batch counting lets you tell the machine how many bills to count before stopping. Accumulative counting remembers previous counts and keeps them all tallied until reset.

You will want to be aware that the Magner 35-3 does not sort bills, it only counts them. It will give you a total number of bills counted, not a total value of bills counted. If you need the actual dollar value, and to have the bills sorted, you will need what’s known as a bill discriminator. Most people are fine with the total number of bills and bills are typically pre-sorted prior to counting.

From start to finish, the Magner 35-3 bill counter is a high quality and accurate machine. Considering how long it has been around, the fact that it has been time tested with customers and is made from high-quality materials, you will more than likely be highly satisfied with this machine.

You can find the Magner 35-3 automatic currency counter here and our entire selection of bill counters here.

If you still have questions about bill / currency counters, feel free to call and speak with one of our money counting specialists by calling 1-800-658-8788. Have a great day!

Intelli-Bind IC21E Electric Coil Binding Machine Review

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Intelli-Bind IC21E Electric Coil Binding Machine Most coil binding machines look the same. This isn’t a bad thing, although quality does vary from one model to another. What most people want in a coil binding machine is simplicity, durability and quality. You get all three of these features in the new Intelli-Bind IC21E electric coil binding machine (found here) from Intelli-Zone. This is my review.

Intelli-Bind is a well-known brand of book binding machines, comparable to Tamerica and Akiles in functionality and quality. They currently make coil, comb and wire binding machines. Intelli-Bind is most known for its value. You can get a lot of machine for very little money.

The Intelli-Bind IC21E is a very unique coil binding machine, much different in appearance and use than comparable machines. To begin with, it doesn’t look like a binding machine. Having used this machine myself, I have to say that it almost looks closer in appearance to a printer. Simply put, it blends in well with existing office equipment.

The IC21E is an extremely compact and unobtrusive machine. Most binding machines feature a horizontal punch accompanied by a handle. If equipped, disengageable dies are usually exposed and in the open. The IC21E has a paper punch that literally folds up when not in use. When folded up, the disengageable dies are also covered. When ready, the punch opening can be pulled down and binding can begin. Not only is this design sleek, it helps keep dust out of critical machine components.

This binding machine features an electric punch that can handle up to 20 sheets of paper at a time. Because it is electric, punching capacity doesn’t depend on the strength of the operator. Simply insert your paper and press the punch button. In a few seconds, the paper will be punched and you can move along to the next stack of paper.

The electric punch punches paper in a 4:1 pitch hole pattern. This hole pattern is the most common used today, with supplies readily available. This equals out to 4 holes per inch of paper. Each of the 46 punching pins can be individually disabled, allowing for precise and professional custom book sizes. This also helps cut down on half-punched holes.  The finished results look great.

The punch on the Intelli-Bind IC21E can be easily adjusted to accommodate various book thicknesses. This is due in large part to the adjustable margin depth. A dial, located on the right side of the machine, makes margin depth adjustments extremely easy. Directly below the margin depth dial is the waste paper tray.

Once paper has been punched, coils can quickly be inserted through the holes by means of a built-in electric coil inserter. Simply manually feed the coil through the first 3-4 holes and let the inserter do the rest. The inserter spins coils through the holes in just seconds. Once inserted, excess coil can quickly be cut and crimped.

From start to finish, books can be bound on the IC21E in just minutes. It can bind books ranging in thickness from about ¼” up to 1 ¼”. It is versatile, practical and bet of all it’s affordable. I highly recommend this machine for medium-volume coil binding operations.

You can find the Intelli-Bind IC21E electric coil binding machine here and our entire selection of coil binding machines here.

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