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Reviewed: The Tamerica Guillomax Stack Paper Cutter

May 28th, 2010

Tamerica Guillomax Stack Paper CutterSo you’re in need of a stack paper cutter, but don’t have the budget to buy a high-end Triumph cutter. So what do you do? Have you considered the Tamerica Guillomax stack cutter? If you’re on a limited budget, you may want to consider it. You will find our Tamerica Guillomax Stack Cutter here. We have one of these cutters in our showroom and I had a chance to play around with it.

To begin with, the Guillomax is much cheaper (in price) than most other manual stack paper cutters. This is due in part to the fact that it is made in China versus Germany (like Triumph and Dahle). Manufacturing costs are simply going to be lower when made in China.

The stability definitely isn’t there when compared to a Dahle or Triumph model. This isn’t to say it’s going to fall apart on you, but the handle has some play in it that I’m not used to. The blade itself, however, seems to be pretty stable and the cuts I have made so far seem to be accurate and reliable.

Setting up the backstop on the Tamerica Guillomax is pretty easy and straightforward. You first loosen the backstop knob, where you then manually slide it back and forth on a rail and then tighten it back up once adjustments are done.

The cutting process doesn’t require much manual effort. It isn’t as easy as a Triumph cutter, but you won’t be using the Guillomax as much as you would a Triumph cutter anyway.

Safety features in the Guillomax aren’t the same as in a Triumph cutter. There is no safety Plexiglas guard in place, so keep that in mind. The blades themselves are very sharp and seem to get the job done, but they cannot be re-sharpened like the Triumph blades. Once the blade is dull, it has to be replaced.

My biggest annoyance with the Tamerica Guillomax is the cutting stick. As with any stack cutter, the cutting stick has to be rotated every so often. Getting the cutting stick out and back in is a beast of its own. It can be done, but don’t be surprised if you’re at it for 5-10 minutes.

My overall feeling about the Tamerica Guillomax is that it’s a decent cutter for the price. You can’t expect a cutter of the quality found in Triumph for $500 or less. I wouldn’t use this cutter for high-volume jobs, but it is more than adequate for low to medium-volume jobs.

If you need to make more than a dozen cuts per day, you may want to consider going with the Dahle 842 or the Triumph 4205.

Have you used the Tamerica Guillomax? Post your thoughts.

Reviewed: The MBM Triumph 4205 Stack Paper Cutter

May 28th, 2010

MBM Triumph 4205 Stack Paper Cutter by IdealStack paper cutters are useful machines. They can be used to cut reams of copy paper, stacks of cardstock paper and much more. They are commonly found in printing presses and can even be used to cut down business cards. The MBM Triumph 4205 is one of the best examples of quality and precision in a manual stack paper cutter. You will find the MBM Triumph 4205 stack cutter here (found here).

If I were to come up with a comparison, I would have to say Triumph is the Porsche of the stack paper cutter world. These things are nice. German engineered and German built, the Triumph 4205 is designed to last for years. The Triumph 4205 replaces the popular Triumph 3905 stack cutter.

Although the Triumph 4205 is a manual cutter, and does not have the bells and whistles of digital / programmable designs, I would consider this cutter to be capable of commercial and industrial cutting jobs with its only limitation being speed.

So I have personally used this cutter, in fact we have one out on our showroom floor right now. It is very similar to the 3905 with one significant change. The cutting sticks are now much easier to change because they now slide out from the side of the cutter. The older 3905 required that you fish the cutting stick out from within the machine.

The cutter itself has several safety features. The cutting blade won’t work until the Plexiglas cover is down, preventing bodily injury. There is also a lever that has to be pulled before the cutting arm can be brought down, requiring two hands.

The arm is geared in such a way that it requires very little effort to pull down. I have actually tried cutting a stack of paper using only my pinky finger, and it worked!

Adjustments are easy enough. The backstop is adjusted by using a handle located on the front of the machine. A ruler-style measuring device is positioned next to the backstop, making measurements easy.

The only weakness I feel this cutter has is the clamping mechanism. It is a manually set pressure-style clamp that is engaged by pulling down a handle. As long as the handle is pulled down properly, you won’t have any problems. If you haven’t pulled down the handle enough, there could be some play in the paper, causing crooked cuts. If this is a concern, we do sell the Triumph 4705 that uses a screw-style clamp that is more effective. You will find the MBM Triumph 4705 here.

I hope you have enjoyed this review. Please feel free to post any questions or comments you have about the Triumph 4205.

Introducing: The Soleus Air HumidiBreeze Misting Fan and Humidifier

May 27th, 2010

Soleus Air HumidiBreeze Misting Fan and HumidifierSo the hot summer days are now upon us. Excessive heat is uncomfortable, irritating and can decrease productivity. Whether you are outdoors reading a book, or are in a hot stuffy office, you may be able to benefit from the new Soleus Air HumidiBreeze Misting Fan and Humidifier (Model MT1-19-32).

So here’s the breakdown on the HumidiBreeze. It basically takes water, breaks it up into small particles and blows it around. The breeze itself is cooling and for many is even relaxing. In hot conditions, it has been known to lower the ambient temperature by as much as 20 degrees.

The machine itself is able to pump out up to 19-gallons of moisture throughout the day, while only using 70 watts of electricity per hour. That’s about the same amount of electricity a standard incandescent bulb uses.

Don’t need misting air blowing in your direction? It can be used as a humidifier. If you live in the desert west like I do, a humidifier is a welcome product.

If you have ever used a misting nozzle outdoors, perhaps on a patio, you know how hard water and deposits can quickly clog up the nozzle. The HumidiBreeze uses a special non-clogging spray nozzle, which means the HumidiBreeze will be with you for years to come.

You can find the HumidiBreeze Misting Fan and Humidifier here. Do you already own one? Let me know what you think about it by posting a comment. Have a great (and possibly cool & relaxing) day!

New Portable Room and Office Air Conditioners from Soleus Air

May 27th, 2010

Portable Air Conditioners (Office & Home) from Soleus AirAs of today we have just added four new portable air conditioning units from Soleus Air. We are pretty excited about these new additions. For many older homes and buildings, central air is simply not an option. For those who have central air, but may not want to cool an entire building, air conditioners from Soleus Air are a perfect match.

These new air conditioners utilize modern-day evaporative air cooling technology, which is very energy efficient and creates a lot less moisture condensation. Most of these new air conditioners include built-in timers and remote controls. Several of these air conditioning systems include casters, making mobility simple.

Three of the four new air conditioning units from Soleus Air double as heaters during the winter. These are ideal year-round systems for rooms, garages, homes, offices and other building structures.

These are the four new air conditioners just added to our site:

  1. Soleus Air PH1-14R-03 (KY-36) 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner and Heater
  2. Soleus Air LX-140 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner and Heater
  3. Soleus Air PA1-12R-32 12,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner and Heater
  4. Soleus Air PE2-09R-32 9,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner

We are pretty excited about this new addition and feel that it fits in nicely with our existing line of office products.

New Soleus Air Oscillating Room Fans

May 27th, 2010

Soleus Air Room & Office FansWe are proud to announce a new partnership with Soleus Air. Soleus Air manufactures several room and office fans designed to cool things down using the latest in technology. This fan selection includes tabletop designs, wall-mounted fans and free standing designs.

Four out of five of the new air-circulating fans can oscillate, providing maximum air flow. Many of our new Soleus Air fans also include remote controls. How cool is that? Perhaps it is me becoming too lazy, but I’m all for remote controls. Many of these fans include built-in timers as well, which saves you electricity.

You can check out these five new room / office fans here:

  1. Soleus Air FC1-42R-03 Stand Tower Fan (with Remote Control)
  2. Soleus Air FS2-40R-32 16″ Pedestal Fan
  3. Soleus Air FSM-45 18″ Metal Pedestal Fan
  4. Soleus Air FT1-20-10 8″ Soft Blade Table Fan
  5. Soleus Air FTY-25 10″ Table or Wall Mounted Fan

Do you have questions about these new room fans? Post your questions here!

Paper Folding Machine Maintenance Tips

May 27th, 2010

Automatic Paper Folding MachinesPaper folding machines are an investment and most businesses want to see that investment last for years. So how do you keep a paper folding machine up and running for years? Here are a few useful tips that will help you get the most out of your paper folding machine.

Clearing Jams – Paper folders can experience paper jams throughout their life. A few important things to remember when clearing a paper jam is:

  1. Don’t force the paper folder to do something it doesn’t want to. What does this mean? If the roller wheels aren’t turning, don’t force them or they may break.
  2. Don’t use scissors or a screw driver to fish out the paper. This can damage the rubber rollers, and they aren’t cheap to replace.

Paper Thickness – Make sure you don’t run paper through your paper folder that is thicker than the maximum specifications. The same can be said for paper that is too thin.

Paper Finish – The finish of the paper can play a huge roll in how the paper folding machine will operate. If you have a friction-feed paper folder (one that uses a wheel to pull paper into the machine), glossy paper may cause slips resulting in jams.

Staples – Do not run stapled paper through a paper folder. The metal from the staples will cause nicks in the delicate rubber rollers, resulting in a decreased lifespan.

Rubber Cleaner Rejuvenator – Rubber cleaner rejuvenator helps to moisturize rollers, cutting down on cracks. It also helps to remove jam-causing dust and ink buildup. Rubber cleaner rejuvinator can be found here.

Static Eliminator – Static electricity can cause sheets of paper to stick together. In a paper folding machine, this can result in misfeeds and multiple sheets being pulled into the folder. This ultimately leads to paper jams.  Static eliminator can be found here.

If you are experiencing problems with your paper folder, or if you need repairs, we have a talented Service Department that can help get you replacement parts or even fix your paper folding machine. Our Service Department can be reached by filling out this form.

Are you in need of a replacement paper folding machine? We have a huge selection of paper folding machines from Dynafold, Duplo, Martin Yale, Dahle and much more. You will find our new paper folding machines here.

Types Of Text Perforators / Perforating Machines

May 27th, 2010

Text Perforators / Perforating MachinesWhen most people think of perforators, they think of a machine that creates tiny hole in a straight line, much like the perforations found in your checkbook, making paper easy to tear. So what is a text perforator? Text perforators, like perforating machines, create tiny holes in paper, but that’s where the similarities end.

Text perforators are used much like a stamp. They punch tiny holes in paper in the form of text. That text may say PAID, VOID or CANCEL. This is often done for document control purposes. Some text perforators allow for custom text, thanks to an adjustable perforating dial.

At ABC Office we offer two different text-perforating machines made by Widmer. These are the Widmer P-400 series text perforators and the model ABE 800-1 date perforator.

I have personally handled text perforators and the models we carry are made from die cast metal and are extremely heavy duty. The text perforating process is very simple. Place the paper into the text perforator and pull the handle. The manual effort involved in pulling the handle is minimal. Most of our perforators are able to handle 15 sheets of standard paper at a time.

The Widemer P-400 is available in six different designs, depending on what you want the text to say. Text options are PAID, VOID, CANCEL, PAGADO, CANCELADO and customizable sixth model designed to perforate up to 5 or 6 characters. You can find the Widmer P400 text perforator here.

The Widmer ABE 800-1 is a date perforator designed to perforate the date into paper. The date is set up by adjusting a dial. You can find the Widmer ABE 800-1 date perforator here.

Text perforations are great for document control. These are especially good for voiding and canceling documents. Unlike ink stamps, perforated text is very easy to read and will not become smudged or unreadable.

Electric Comb Binding Machines vs Manual Comb Binders

May 26th, 2010

Electric Comb Binding MachinesComb binding can be used for scrapbooking, to create books, bind reports and much more. Comb binding is still one of the most widely used binding formats used today. There are many reasons for this.

  • Comb binding is easy. Simply punch the paper an insert the spine.
  • Comb binding spines are available in a wide variety of colors.
  • Comb binding spines are extremely cheap compared to other binding styles.
  • Comb binding spines are very durable. They can take a beating and still maintain their appearance.
  • Comb binding allows pages to be added and removed.
  • Comb binding spines can be re-used, which is environmentally sound and saves money.

Comb binding machines come in both electric and manual designs. So why would you ever want to pick one over another. Are electric comb binding machines really faster than manual comb binding machines?

Manual Comb Binders:

Manual comb binding machines are more than adequate for most people. These machines are referred to as manual because the punching is done by pulling a handle. They are rated for low to medium-volume use.

Why not high volume use? This isn’t necessarily because a manual biding machine can’t bind large volumes of books, but is because a person will become tired after manually punching paper throughout the day, not to mention manually punching hundreds of books can become tedious. You will find our entire selection of manual comb binding machines here.

Electric Comb Binders

Electric comb binding machines are very convenient to use. They are branded electric because the punching is typically done by an electric-powered motor. While most electric punches punch more paper than a manual punch machine, this isn’t always the case.

Electric comb binding machines are most ideal for medium to high-volume comb binding. This is because the electric punch requires little manual effort and does not tire a person out like a manual-punch machine can over time.

Electric comb binders don’t have to be used for high volume binding. Many people simply prefer the convenience of an electric punch to a manual punch. You will find our entire selection of electric comb binding machines here.

You can learn more about comb binding machines by reading our comb binding guide found here.

Best Employee Time Clocks – Useful Tips

May 26th, 2010

Employee Time ClocksFinding a good employee time clock is tough. You certainly want to get the most out of your dollar, but at the same time you don’t want an employee time clock that is cheap. You also need to find a time clock that can do everything you need it to do. Time clocks, after all, are designed to save you time. Getting a time clock that doesn’t do all you need will cost you time in the long run.

Here is a list of the most common feature you may want to look for in a time clock.

Type of Employee Time Clock – Employee time clocks come in several formats. The most popular types of time clocks are punch card, card swipe, digital keypad and biometric time clocks. There is also the option of using time clock software that can be installed on a computer.

Compatibility – If you use payroll software, you may want to use a digital time clock that has the ability to export data for use with popular payroll software such as ADP, Paychex, QuickBooks, Excel and more.

Data Storage – If you are using a digital employee time clock, do you want to use it with a computer or as a stand-alone clock? Some digital time clocks have to be interfaced with a computer via a network or USB cable. Others can be used with a computer or as a stand-alone that can later export the data.

Number of Employees – How many employees will be using your time clock? Punch-style time clocks can be used with a variety of employees, but digital time clocks that are used with a computer or software are often limited to a certain number of employees with the option of upgrading to more later down the road.

Location – Where would you like to use your time clock? Card punch time clocks can be used almost anywhere. Digital time clocks, such as keypad, biometric and card swipe, may need to be linked to a computer or network. Some time clocks sit on a desktop while others are wall mounted. These are all things to take into consideration prior to purchasing an employee time clock.

You can read more about time clocks by visiting our time clock guide. You will find our entire selection of employee time clocks here.

Best Minipack Vacuum Sealers – Chamber & External

May 24th, 2010

Minipack Chamber Vacuum SealersLooking for a reliable, high quality vacuum sealer that will stand the test of time? Vacuum sealers have the potential of extending the life of food by up to 3-5 times longer than unpackaged food.These machines can be used to package fruits, vegetables, meat and more.

The motors in vacuum sealers, especially chamber sealers, go through a lot of strain. Many chamber sealers can remove as much as 99.9 percent of the air. A cheap motor can quickly overheat, and after hours of use, can sustain serious damage.  If you are going to be packaging food on a regular basis, you need a sealer with commercial / industrial qualities.

Minipack vacuum sealers, both chamber and external, are considered to be some of the best models available today. These vacuum sealers are Italian engineered and built. The metal casing is extremely durable and the wire sealing components are tough.

One of the most differentiating designs found in the Minipack chamber sealers are the bins. The bins are made from a solid, seamless design, which is ideal for cleanup and sanitation. This makes Minipack chamber sealers ideal for packaging liquids, powders and other materials. We have even had customers use Minipack chamber sealers for vacuum sealing entire chickens.

Here is a list of some of the most popular Minipack models our customers like to buy:

External Sealers:

Chamber Sealers:

You will find our entire selection of Minipack Vacuum Sealers here.

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