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Remotely Access Your Time Clock with the David-link W-1288PB

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

David-Link W-1288PB Biometric Time ClockBiometric time clocks are amazing devices. They are able to use your fingerprint to log in and out of work. We use one here at ABC Office. I never have to worry about losing a proximity card or an ID badge. I always have my finger with me. David-Link is by far our most popular manufacturer of biometric time clocks. These clocks are feature rich, very affordable and can be used for small or large businesses. So what do you do if you need to access time clock data and reports remotely? What you need is the David-Link W-1288PB (found here).

The W-1288PB is a biometric time clock that also offers the option of allowing employees to log in through the keypad or use a proximity card. The biometrics on the W-1288PB require that the employee only touch the scanner, not swipe their finger. This ensures better accuracy and means you won’t have to attempt multiple times before the machine recognizes your finger. It is a very smooth system. The W-1288PB also includes a battery backup in the event of a power outage.

I should also mention the W-1288PB includes David-Links time management software suite. This allows you to create reports, export data for use with payroll software and much more.

David Link Wiring & Setup Diagram

The W-1288PB can store up to 3,000 employee fingerprints and can hold up to 50,000 log records on the device itself. Data can be pulled off using an included USB flash drive, using an included USB cable or it can be connected to a computer or network via an Ethernet cable. The W-1288PB even allows for remote access. Here is how remote access works:

  1. Plug the David-Link time clock directly into network’s router or into the building’s hardwired network.
  2. Set up port forwarding in your router. This allows the router to connect the remote computer to the time clock. This involves setting up a port and the time clocks IP address in the router so that when the remote computer accesses your building’s IP address it will be forwarded to the appropriate device (in this case the time clock). Most router manufacturers will include instructions on how to set up port forwarding. The included David-Link software also includes some instructions.
  3. Install the David-Link software on the computer you want to remotely access the time clock.
  4. The software will ask you for your company’s Internet IP address.
  5. Once the IP address is entered, and assuming port forwarding has been set up correctly, you will be able to access the time clock remotely as if you were in your office building with the time clock.

Hopefully this helps. Once completed, the remotely connected computer is able to access the time clock and run reports as if you were in the building. It is a really nice system and gives the remotely connected computer a lot of power. Ultimately the David-Link W-1288PB is an amazing time clock. We sell these devices all the time and we rarely have any issues. The only issues that do pop up are technical setup questions and are usually easily resolved.

If you are looking for a biometric time clock with remote access capabilities, you should defiantly consider using the David-Link W-1288PB. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions or if you need to place an order or receive a quote. You can find our entire selection of time clocks here.

ABC Office September 2012 Coupon Code

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

I would like to start of by saying “Thank You” for following our official ABC Office company blog. It has been a great year and we at ABC Office appreciate your input, feedback and support. We would like to extend a coupon code discount to our loyal blog readers. You can use this coupon code to save 5% off your order during the month of September. This exclusive coupon code can be used for equipment or supply purchases.

The coupon code you will want to use during the month of September is SEP0512. This coupon can be applied directly to your shopping cart or it can be mentioned over the phone for savings. This coupon code will take 5% off of your order, not including shipping. If you are having trouble applying this code to your, please feel free to speak with one of our Customer Service Representatives at 1-800-658-8788.

ABC Office September 2012 Coupon Code

September is the end of many government and business fiscal year. If you are in need of some last minute office equipment, supply or accessory purchases, here are some popular items you may want to consider.

  • Paper Shredders (found here) – We offer a great selection of strip cut, cross cut, micro cut and high-security paper shredders. Our excellent selection includes brands such as Destroyit, Dahle, Intimus, HSM, Formax and many others. These shredders are designed to keep up with the daily rigors of office life.
  • Binding Machines (found here) – What better way to create a presentation or a proposal than to bind it using comb, wire or coil .At ABC Office we offer a huge selection of binding machines from Akiles, Intelli-Bind, Renz, Fellowes, Tamerican, GBC and more.
  • Roll Laminators (found here) – If you need to laminate maps, signs, banners and other material, a roll laminator is a great tool to have on hand. We offer standard poster laminators (25″ – 27″) and larger wide format roll laminators (45″+). Our great selection includes high-end laminators from GBC, Ledco, Tamerica, Pro-Lam, Laminators Specialties and others.
  • Roll Lamination Film (found here) – If you already own a roll laminator and need some affordable lamination film, stop by and check out our great selection of lamination rolls. We offer a wide range of film, including some very affordable 25″ and 27″ wide rolls. This includes 1.5, 3, 5, 7 and 10-mil thick film.
  • Paper Cutters (found here) – We offer a huge seletion of paper cutters and trimmers. This includes rotary paper trimmers, guillotine cutters, stack cutters and more. Brands include Rotatrim, Carl, Triumph, Kutrimmer, Dahle, Neolt, Keencut and more.

Please feel free to stop by ABCOffice.com and save using the above mentioned coupon code. Our prices are very competitive and our customer service is some of the best you’ll find online. You can read about our coupon code terms & conditions by visiting us here.

Shopping for 18″ Rotary Paper Cutters – Q&A

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Rotary Paper CuttersI recently had a conversation with a customer that was looking for an 18″ rotary paper cutter (found here). They had several good questions. Upon passing a few questions and answers back and forth, I was able to come up with some great options for the customer. I would like to share some of those questions and answers in an effort to try and help you find the right paper cutter for your applications.

  • Customer: We do a lot of our own printing and cutting in house, and I mean a lot. We need a new paper cutter and need something that can trim down anything from cardstock to labels. What type of paper cutter do you recommend?
  • Me: You mention you cut a lot of paper. Just how much do you cut at a time?
  • Customer: We need something that can cut multiple sheets of paper, but the most important feature we need is to be able to see exactly where the cut will be made. Many of the cutters we use make it difficult if not next to impossible to see where the cut will be made.
  • Me: If you need to see exactly where the cut will be made, you may want to consider one of our MBM Kutrimmer paper cutters (found here). Many of them now feature an optical cutting line, making it easy to see where the cut will be made.
  • Customer: Thank you for the suggestion, but I am more interested in a rotary paper cutter. I like how compact the rotary cutters are and need something that won’t get in the way. I need something that has an 18″ cutting length.
  • Me: When it comes to rotary paper cutters, the Rotatrim Professional Series (found here) are considered to be the best. The cutting head slides along two rails for added stability and you can get a good idea on where the cut will be made thanks to the included clamping mechanism. It also comes in an 18″ version.
  • Customer: I really like that cutter, but am not sure if I will be able to fit it into my budget. Do you have a couple of additional recommendations? I need 3 different models in order to make a decision.
  • Me: While the Rotatrim Professional is my first choice, Dahle makes some great rotary cutters. Their Model 552 Professional Rotary Cutter (found here) is 20 1/8″ long. While it is slightly longer than 18″, it is still a great option that is both affordable and currently features free shipping.  Another affordable option is the Rotatrim Mastercut (found here). There is an 18″ Mastercut available and it is also extremely affordable. While it isn’t quite as heavy-duty as the Rotatrim Professional Series, it does use a square rail that provides a lot of support to the cutting head.
  • Customer: You have been a great help. I will hand this list off to my Purchasing Manger and let him choose from there.

So there you have it! These are some great questions and answers you may even want to ask yourself when shopping around for a paper cutter. If you have questions that need answers, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of rotary paper cutters here.

Laminators Made in the USA

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Roll Laminators Made in the USAIf you are shopping around for a pouch or roll laminator, you probably want something that is of a high quality. While this isn’t necessarily always the case, laminators made in the USA (found here) tend to be some of the better machines out there. So if you want an American-made laminator, what brand should you consider using? When our customers ask me that question, I almost always reference one company in particular.

My favorite “Made in the USA” laminator company used to be Banner American. They used to make some of the best laminators in the industry until about a year ago when the company went under. Unfortunately Banner American is no more. Another company, thankfully, purchased banner American’s facilities and manufacturing plant. Banner American now lives on under the name Laminators Specialties Inc. This company still makes most of the same models that Banner American used to make, some with a few small improvements.

The parts used in the manufacturing process are still extremely high quality and their pouch and roll laminators are still made in the USA. My personal favorite pouch laminator, the PL12A, is still available as the Laminator Specialties PL12A. The EZ-Lam, Mighty-Lam and Value-Lam line of laminators are also all still available.

These are some of Laminators Specialties USA-made laminators that I highly recommend:

  • PL12A Pouch Laminator (found here) – This laminator is by far one of the most popular we offer and is a customer favorite (not to mention one of my favorites). This thing handles most sizes of pouches (up to 12 1/4″ wide), film up to 10 mils thick and it has independent motor and heat switches. It is just a solid machine all around.
  • PL4A Pouch Laminator (found here) – This is identical to the PL12A but with a 3 ¾” laminating width. This laminator is ideal for daily ID card production, laminating business card and other small card laminating needs.
  • Easy-Lam School Budget (found here) – This is one of the most affordable 27″ roll laminators available. I’m not aware of any models that cost less. While it doesn’t have the speed or the mil thickness capacity of other high-end machines, it can still be used to laminating posters / signs and can still handle 1.5 and 3 mil rolls of film. It is an excellent value for what you get.
  • Easy-Lam 27″ Roll Laminator (found here) – This is a well-rounded 27″ laminator that is excellent for use in a school or a copy shop. It can handle 1.5 and 3 mil film and is a little more robust and fast than the School Budget laminator. As is the case with all Laminators Specialties laminators, this is made in the USA.
  • ValueLam 4500HC Roll LaminatorMightyLam 2700HC Laminator (found here) – This is one of the most robust 27″ laminators available. It can be used for daily laminating and can use film up to 10 mils thick. It can even be used for mounting up to ¼” thick. This laminator is easy to use, is made in the USA and produces crystal clear results.
  • ValueLam 4500HC Wide Format Laminator (found here) – If you need a wide format laminator, up to 45″ wide, the American-made ValueLam 4500HC is a great option. This machine is robust, can be used for mounting up to ½” thick, uses a variety of film and can be used for laminating signs, banners and much more. A four-roller version of this is also available here.

So there you have some of the best machines offered by Laminators Specialties. You won’t be disappointed with the USA quality or with the versatility of these products. If you have additional questions about Laminators Specialties laminators (formerly Banner American), please don’t hesitate to call and speak with one of our experts at 1-800-658-8788.

Best Machines For Vacuum Packing Fish

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Vacuum Packing FishI have been working with and dealing with vacuum food sealers (found here) for over a decade now. I have used machines ranging from basic tabletop external sealers all the way up to industrial-grade chamber vacuum sealers. One question I commonly get is, “Which machine is best for packing fish?” Having sold several machines over the years, and receiving feedback from customers, I have a few personal favorites I would like to share with you.

Packing fish using a vacuum sealer has many advantages. For one, it locks in the smell and preserves the fish several times longer than without using film. It also provides a professional appearance and makes sanitary transportation and retail sale easy. It allows customers to pick up and handle the fish without the fear of contamination. It also provides a barrier to prevent freezer damage for cold storage purposes. The list of reasons why you may want to vacuum pack your fish is long.

I have used several brands over the years and I have to say that Minipack is by far my favorite vacuum sealer brand for packaging fish, meat, fruit, veggies and other food products. They aren’t always the cheapest, but when you take into consideration that their machines will outlast most other models by years, it is well worth the investment. Minipack machines are Italian made.

Vacuum Packing Fish w/ MinipackWhile their chamber sealers are excellent for packaging food on a large scale, their external machines are really good for packaging fish. They can be used for packing an entire fish, or fish fillets. My favorite all-around machine for packing fish is their line of Minipack Cyclone vacuum sealers (found here). These sealers come in 13″, 17″ and 21″ wide models. The Cyclone sealers use vacuum bags for packaging. The 4mm wide seal is extremely durable and holds up well.

Using the Minipack Cyclone for packing fish is as simple as a few steps:

  1. First take your vacuum bag and position it flat on a table or countertop.
  2. Take your fish (on or off a tray) and place it in the bag.
  3. Place the open end of the bag into the Cyclone’s sealing arm.
  4. Activate the machine and wait for it to remove the air and seal the bag shut. This usually only takes a few seconds.
  5. Remove the bag and if needed repeat the process.

The Cyclone sealers have 3 adjustable program settings and are made from non-corrosive aluminum construction. The digital controls are easy to use and it even comes equipped with a moisture collection basin. If you have more questions about vacuum packing fish using a Minipack Cyclone, please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788.

Five Ways You Can Improve Work Efficiency With Office Equipment

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

There are a lot of things you can do to improve efficiency and make your business more professional. A lot of this can be done by using the right equipment. This may involve transferring operations that are manually done to an automated process, or it may simply involve implementing a technology that can dramatically improve your business’s image. Here are five tips and pieces of equipment that I personally recommend every business have on hand.

Here are five things I recommend you use in your office:

  1. Paper ShreddersPaper Shredders (found here) – One of the first things I recommend businesses do is to use a paper shredder. While many people think tearing a sheet of paper up by hand gets the job done, you would be surprised how easy it is to quickly tape it back together. For proper security and protection, you should really be using a cross cut paper shredder of a Level 3 grade or higher. Cross cut particles of paper are near impossible to re-assemble. This also puts your business in compliance with FACTA.
  2. Paper Folding MachinesPaper Folding Machines (found here) – How many times have you or your business sat down and folded invoices, letters and other sheets of paper by hand? Not only is this time consuming, but it also results in poorly folded sheets. Letter folding machines are available for as little as a few hundred dollars, but can get the job done 10 or more times faster. This saves time and money while improving the professional appearance of your business.
  3. Paper CuttersPaper Cutters (found here)– If you are cutting a lot of paper, throw away those scissors and upgrade to a paper cutter. Paper cutters are faster and create straight and true cuts every time. Most businesses use a rotary paper trimmer or a guillotine paper cutter. These are nice to have on hand for a variety of projects that may come up. Most paper cutters and trimmers are also great at accurately cutting multiple sheets of paper at a time.
  4. Binding MachinesBinding Machines (found here) – If you are tired of dealing with an awkward 3-ring binder, you may want to consider using a binding machine. Binding machines produce books that are far easier to store and manage than a three-ring binder. They are also far more customizable and much more professional in appearance and functionality. The three most common binding formats businesses use are comb, wire and coil.
  5. LaminatorsLaminators (found here) – Have you ever found yourself breaking out the scotch tape to protect, preserve or add stability to a document? I know I’ve done that before. Rather than using up rolls of scotch tape, use a laminator. The film is cheap and the results are crisp and professional. Laminators can be used to protect important documents, for creating signs and much more. They are nice to have in the office even if they aren’t needed on a daily basis.

All five of these pieces of equipment will make your office environment more efficient and professional. We offer a wide range of equipment, so please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with your questions.

Common Roll Laminator Issues & Solutions

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Roll Laminator TroubleshootingRoll laminators are amazing machines. If you have never used one, you have probably seen something laminated on one. Roll laminators are typically easy machines to use, which is why it is so frustrating when things don’t go as planned. Roll laminators (found here), as amazing as they are, can cause some serious headaches. If you know what you’re doing, and what to look out for, you should be able to quickly remedy any issues you may run across. Here are some common issues and some simple solutions to help you out.

Before you troubleshoot a roll laminator, it is important to have basic knowledge on how they work. The process is simple when you break it down into a few simple features:

  1. Roll laminators use two rolls of film. One roll goes on the top and the other roll goes on the bottom. This is often referred to as double-sided lamination.
  2. Roll laminators use special film rolls that are placed on rods called mandrels. This is how laminating film is attached to a roll laminator and it is from there that the film is dispersed.
  3. Roll laminators use heat to melt the glue on the laminating film, causing it to stick to the document or item being laminated. When the item leaves the laminator, the glue cools and the process is completed.
  4. Paper enters the roll laminator from the front and exits it from the back.

With this basic knowledge in mind, here are a few of the most common issues that occur with roll laminators and simple solutions to fix them:

  • Cloudy Film – Symptoms of cloudy film involve patches of white throughout the laminated document. This is typically the result of non-melted film. When the adhesive melts on laminating film, it becomes crystal clear. The easiest way to remedy this issue is to turn the temperature up on the laminator. If this still doesn’t fix the problem, you may be using old film or defective film.
  • Ripples – If your film has ripples in it, the film may be being fed in incorrectly. When the top roll and bottom roll aren’t aligned, this can cause ripples and crinkles in the film. Try running the laminator without documents and see how the film is lining up. If it isn’t aligned, adjust the roll on the mandrel until it is lined up with the other roll. This could also be the result of the tension being far too high on one of the rolls, causing film to be dispersed faster on one roll than the other. Most user’s manuals include instructions on properly adjusting the tension on a mandrel.
  • Waves – Waves in laminating film is usually the result of the temperature being too hot. The glue is liquefying too quickly and slides around, resulting in waves when the glue solidifies. Try turning the temperature down and see if this remedies the problem. It could be that the tension on your film mandrels needs to be adjusted as well.
  • Bubbles – Bubbles in film is almost always the result of the temperature being too high. Many people don’t realize different mil thicknesses of film require different temperatures. If there are bubbles in the film, the glue is actually boiling, creating air pockets in the film Turn the temperature down and you will more than likely fix the problem.
  • Curl – If your film is curling, you have the tension too high or too low on one of the film roller’s mandrels. What is happening is one roller is dispensing film slightly faster or slower than the other roller. This causes the film to curl into a U shape after it is cut. While the results may look OK, curled film is difficult to work with and isn’t good for signs, posters and other documents. Try tightening or loosing the tension on one of the mandrels. Run a few tests and decide if more adjustments are necessary. If the curling gets worse, it means you need to loosen the tension rather than tighten it.
  • Jams – I have found that the most common culprit with a roll laminator jam is misfeeding the document from the start. This is where it is critical that you have your side guide properly lined up. If the document is fed crooked, even if it is off by a few millimeters, the angle will progressively get worse as the material is pulled into the laminator. Eventually the document will hit the side of the laminator and will cause a jam to occur. The only solution is to ensure the side guide is correct and that the item is fed in properly. This also happens when a user is trying to laminate an item that is probably too big for the laminator being used. A 27″ laminator can be used to laminate a 27″ wide document, but there is absolutely zero room for error.

This isn’t going to solve all your issues, but should help with the most common issues. We have a really nice Service Department here at ABC Office that can help you fix your roll laminator, get replacement parts and more. You can contact our Laminator Service Department by calling 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of roll laminators here.

May 2012 Discount Coupon Code from ABC Office

Friday, May 4th, 2012

If you are reading this blog entry, I would first like to thank you and all our customers that continue to make this blog one of the most popular office equipment information sites online. Second, I would like to extend another great coupon code to you, our subscribers. This coupon code will be valid during the entire month of March on as many orders (equipment or supplies) as you would like to place.

The coupon code for the month of May is MAY0512. This coupon can be applied to our secure shopping cart or may be mentioned over the phone while placing an order with one of our Sales Associates (800-658-8788).

May 2012 Coupon Code

Here are a few items you may want to consider purchasing during the month of May:

  • Carl RT-200N (found here) – With Mother’s Day coming up, the Carl RT-200N may be a great gift option. This paper cutter is excellent for mothers who like to scrapbook, trim photos and much more. It is made from 100% recycled material.
  • Carl DC-300N Premium Rotary TrimmerCarl DC-300N (found here) – This cutter is similar to the RT-200N but features a higher cutting capacity and includes a convenient carrying handle. This cutter is also made from 100% recycled materials.
  • Intelli-Cut 530D Heavy-Duty Paper Cutter (found here) – If your business is cutting a lot of paper on a regular basis, you may want to consider this affordable stack cutter. It can cut 1 ½” of paper at a time!
  • Intelli-Fold DE-112AF (found here) – If your business is tired of manually folding letters and invoices, consider using a paper-folding machine. The DE-112AF is fast (6,000 sheets per hour) and includes an exit conveyor that keeps paper neatly stacked after folding.
  • I-Bar Shrink Wrap Machines (found here) – If you are packaging your own art prints, food, software, music or other products, consider using an I-bar sealer from brands such as Traco or AIE.

Again, thank you for using us for your office equipment and supplies. We at ABC Office hope you enjoy using this code.  Some restrictions do apply (read here).

Green Office Paper Cutters Made from Recycled Materials

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Carl Green Rotary Paper Cutters Made from Recycled Plastic & MetalRegardless of whether you are a conservationist, an environmentalist or you simply want to support companies that use recycled goods; you may want to consider using a Carl paper cutter or trimmer (found here). About a year ago, Carl completely revised their cutters from the ground up. Most of their cutters and trimmers are now made from 100% recycled metal and plastic materials. This is a pretty cool endeavor on Carl’s part and is a first for any paper cutter manufacturer that I’m aware of.

Carl paper cutters really find their mark in small business and home use. My own wife uses a Carl RT-200 for her scrapbooking projects. They can be used to cut and trim down photographs, paper, card stock and more. Their cutters include features such as a grid on the baseboard, easy-to-replace cutting blades and more. Many of their cutters are capable of being used with optional patterned blades, scoring wheels and perforating wheels.

While not all Carl paper trimmers are “Green,” you can identify which are made from recycled material by the color of the paper clamp. If they feature a fluorescent green-yellow clamp, they are made from recycled wood and plastic. While this clamp is a great identifier, it also serves a very useful purpose. The green paper holder is made from a special acrylic material that helps gather and focus light, making it easier to see the object you are cutting.

At ABC Office, we currently offer 7 different green paper cutters from Carl. These include:

  1. Green Environmentally Friendly Rotary Paper CuttersCarl RBT-12 Rotary Trimmer (found here) – This is one of the smallest and most compact trimmers offered by Carl. It is designed to be compact, very portable and ideally used for light-volume cutting. It also includes a swingout ruler for added accuracy.
  2. Carl DC-95N Rotary Trimmer (found here) – This compact paper trimmer can cut paper and photos up to 6″ long. It is small enough to fit in many purses and is perfect for photo trimming.
  3. Carl RT-200N Professional Cutter (found here) – This is one of our bestsellers. It is cheap, made from recycled materials and can be used with optional cutting blades such as a scallop, pinking and squiggle cut blade.
  4. Carl DC-300N Scrapbooking Trimmer (found here) – This is considered by many to be a scrapbookers dream come true. It cuts most paper (up to 20 sheets), has all the guides and rules you want and even includes a convenient carrying handle.
  5. Carl DC-210N Heavy-Duty Rotary Trimmer (found here) – This cutter is ideal for professionals, photographers and others who need accuracy and cutting capacity. It has a 12″ cutting length and a 36 sheet cutting capacity. With common cutting patterns on the base and a razor-sharp cutting wheel, it can be used for cutting paper, card stock and photos.
  6. Carl DC-220N Rotary Trimmer (found here) – Similar to the DC-210N, this heavy-duty rotary trimmer can cut up to 36 sheets and is made from 100 percent recycled materials. It includes a paper guide, luminous clamp and a cutting grid.
  7. Carl DC-238N Heavy-Duty Trimmer (found here) – This cutter is almost identical to the DC-210N, but has a nice 18″ cutting length. It cuts 36 sheets of 20# bond paper and includes the handy luminous cutting clamp.

We are excited to offer these green paper cutters on our site. We are always excited to add more recycled products to our site. These cutters make great at-home cutters, gifts and more. They sit on just about any tabletop or desk and are extremely easy to use. Do your part to support this great company and by your Carl rotary paper trimmer today! Please call 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

Is Your Paper Drill Burning Your Paper? Solutions Found Here!

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Paper Drill MaintenanceIf you drill stacks of paper per day, you may have run into some rather hot issues. The problem many people find is that once they begin drilling paper, using a hollow spindle drill press, their paper drill (found here) may begin to start generating smoke or they may begin to smell burning wood. There is a reason for this and a rather simple solution. Here are a few tips that may help you out.

Paper drills use special drill bits for drilling through paper. These bits are hollow, allowing drilled particles of paper to travel up the shaft into a repository. These bits are made using special alloys that are designed to increase the sharpness and the longevity of a drill bit. One byproduct, however, of drilling paper over and over is heat. While the bits are designed to help channel heat, much like a heat sink, they will eventually succumb to friction.

What happens is as the bit spins through the paper, often at hundreds to thousands of revolutions per minute, friction begins to generate heat. This heat can get hot enough to generate smoke and will sometimes even begin to scorch the paper. I have seen drills cause the holes to turn tan to even dark brown from scorching. Have you ever seen someone start a fire using a bow and stick? It is the same concept. So what can be done to decrease the heat?

Two things cause paper drill friction-based heat. Heat is generated on the sharp rim of the drill bit by friction generated by cylindrical walls of the bit. There are two things you can do that will almost always cut down on heat and return your drilling back to normal.

Eliminate Paper Drill Bit Heat:

Paper Drill Bit SharpenerStep 1 – The first thing I recommend doing is sharpening the drill bit. As the sharp rim of the bit dulls, it begins to generate a lot more heat. Luckily there are many drill bit sharpeners out there that will help you easily re-sharpen the bits without having to buy a new one. At ABC Office, we offer 5 different paper drill bit sharpeners found here.  The sharpener you use will depend on the style of drill bit you are using and how often you sharpen the drill. Some feature tabletop designs where others are simply held in your hand. Most paper drill bits can be re-sharpened over and over without needing to be replaced.

Drill Ease Wax Sticks for Paper DrillsStep 2 – The second thing I recommend is using drilling wax. This wax goes by the name Drill-Ease wax and it is extremely cheap. You can buy a Drill-Ease wax stick (made by American Grease Stick Co.) for just $3 at the time of this article. This wax is applied to the drill bit and quickly reduces heat by a huge factor. You can find our AGS W171 Drill-Ease wax lubricating sticks here.

Following these two steps will eliminate smoke and smell from your paper drilling operations. It will also help product clean and professional results every time. If you still have questions about paper drills, please contact one of our Paper Drill Specialists at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of paper drills here and drill bits here.

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