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Spiral-O, Wire-O & Wire Comb. What Is The Difference?

April 13th, 2010

Wire Binding SuppliesTerms like Spiral-O, Wire-O and wire comb are all used to describe what is more commonly known as wire binding. With all these terms floating around, it’s no wonder so many people get confused. I will try and break down exactly why these terms exist and what they mean.

First off, there are three different types of wire binding supplies. These are 3:1, 2:1 and 19-ring pitches. Basically these three formats are different hole patterns. The hole spacing on 3:1 is three holes per inch, 2:1 is two holes per inch and 19-ring is 19 holes along an 11-inch sheet of paper.

Both 3:1 and 2:1 pitch holes can be round or square, although round is far more common. Nineteen-ring holes are always rectangular in shape.  The format you use depends on the look you prefer and the amount of sheets you need to bind.

These are some of the terms used to describe the different wire binding hole formats:

  • Spiral-O – This is another term used for 19-ring wire binding. Nineteen-ring wire hole patters are the same as comb binding.
  • Wire-O – This is a trademarked term commonly used to describe 3:1 pitch wire, although many retailers will use it for 2:1 pitch wire as well.
  • Wire Comb – This is a term used to describe wire (19-ring) that has the same hole pattern as comb binding.
  • Double Loop Binding – A generic term used for all wire binding.
  • Twin Loop binding – Another generic term used for all wire binding.

Wire binding looks great. It holds up well and is available in a variety of colors. You may find our entire selection of wire binding supplies here.

Best Binding Machine For Making Cookbooks

April 12th, 2010

Coil Bound CookbooksYou’ve probably seen them, homemade cookbooks that are passed around amongst friends and family. These cookbooks often contain some of the tastiest recipes and are a great way to keep popular recipes in the family. These homemade cookbooks are often printed right from a computer and later bound. What is the best way to bind a cookbook?

Of the three most common binding machine formats (coil, wire & comb), coil binding is by far the best method for binding cookbooks. Why is this? Coil (aka Spiral) binding is very durable and can be stacked next to other cookbooks without being damaged.

Unlike comb or wire bound documents, coil binding allows the reader to flip pages a complete 360 degrees. Coils are also available in multiple colors, allowing you to customize the look of the cookbook.  Be aware that coil machines & supplies come in different hole patterns (pitches). I personally like 4:1 pitch hole patters for cookbooks.

Spiral Binding MachineMy recommendations for a coil-bound cookbook are as follows:

  • A 4:1 pitch coil binding machine (5:1 pitch can be used) found here.
  • Coil binding spirals (4:1 pitch) found here. A 5:1 pitch coil may be used if you have a 5:1 pitch machine.
  • A clear cover for the front page. This will protect the book, but allow you to still see the front page. You may find our clear binding covers here.
  • A card stock sheet to protect the back pages. You may find our card stock report covers here.

Most cookbook binding jobs aren’t going to be huge. If you are only binding 1-50 books, a manual coil-binding machine should be more than adequate. Read step-by-step instructions on how to use a coil binding machine here.

Have an additional question about binding a cookbook? Post a comment and I will answer it!

Product Spotlight: The FP-1 Single-Hole Punch

April 9th, 2010

FP-1 Single Hole PunchSo you have a job that needs to be punched, but don’t quite have the budget for a paper drill? You could always try using a three-hole punch, but that will probably take you the rest of your life. Standard hole punches just don’t cut it (pardon the pun) when it comes to punching hundreds of sheets of paper.

In comes the industrial FP-1 single-hole paper punch. This manually operated single-hole punch is capable of punching through a stack of 300 sheets of paper in one pass. Because of the way the handle is designed, and the gears are positioned, it doesn’t take nearly as much manual effort to use as you might expect.

What if you need to three-hole punch a lot of paper? Simply punch one hole at a time. Punching one hole only takes a matter of seconds. Once one hole is punched, the stack can be slid and another hole may be punched.

The punch itself only weighs about 14 pounds, which means it can be easily moved from one area to another. Four different punching dies are available; depending on the diameter of hole you need for your job.

You may find the General Graphic FP-1 single-hole punch here.

Top 5 Best Corner Rounders

April 8th, 2010

Best Corner RoundersSeveral customers have recently asked me which one of our corner rounders is the best. This question isn’t too hard for me to answer as I have been handling, using and selling corner rounders for 10 years. To start with, I can tell you hands down that Lassco and Akiles are by far the two most superior corner rounder manufacturers out there. Lassco is well known for its Cornerounder® line.

The corner rounder you use will ultimately depend on how many sheets you need to round, what you will be cutting and where you need to use it. Corner rounders come in desktop, floor model, manual, electric and pneumatic designs. For most corner rounding jobs, I would highly recommend the following models:

Top 5 Best Corner Rounders

  1. Lassco CR-20 Cornerounder
  2. Akiles Diamond-1 Corner Rounder
  3. Lassco CR-50B Cornerounder
  4. Lassco CR-50XP Pneumatic Cornerounder
  5. Akiles Diamond-5 Industrial Corner Rounder

You may find our entire selection of corner rounders here.

Best Business Card Cutter For The Dollar

March 30th, 2010

Business Card CuttersCreating business cards in-house is a fast growing trend. Many businesses, home businesses and entrepreneurs are realizing how much money they can save by creating business cards by using a business card cutter. Which business card cutter is the best deal for the dollar though?

The business card cutter you go with will depend a lot on what you intend to cut and the template you decide to use. Ten-up and 12-up patterns are still the most popular used today, but if you want to create business cards with full edge-to-edge color, you may need what is known as a gutter cut. This article will focus on non gutter cut machines.

Business Card Cutter Patterns

If you are creating standard business cards, I highly recommend these two models. Option one is manually operated (and very affordable), while option two is electric:

Option 1: Cardmate Business Card Cutter

Option 2: Martin Yale BCS210 & BCS220

I have personally used both of these machines and can recommend them both. As far as manual business card cutters go, the Cardmate is in a league of its own. Nothing else out there (manually operated) even comes close.

You may find our entire selection of business card cutters here.

Tamerica TPF-42 Paper Folder – One Solid Machine

March 29th, 2010

Tamerica TPF-42 Paper FolderWe just put a Tamerica TPF-42 paper folder out in our showroom last week and I got a chance to play around with it. Taking this paper folder from the box, assembling it and getting it to work is pretty easy. There are a couple of rubber rollers that have to be inserted prior to using the machine, but they aren’t too difficult to install.

One thing I immediately noticed, while assembling and using the machine, was how similar it was to the MBM 207M. The installation of the rubber rollers, the folding plates and the user interface are almost identical, if not the same. The folding plates even utilize a sliding method for setup that is the same as the MBM 207M. The case, digital readout and colors are a little different.

Having used both the Tamerica TPF-42 and the MBM 207M, I would have to say they are equally comparable in both quality and functionality. Along with the Dynafold paper folders we sell, the TPF-42 and 207M are both in my top 10 list of paper folders.

As far as the manual setup of a paper folder is concerned, the pinch-and-slide method the MBM and Tamerica folders use is probably the easiest on the market. Simply press a bracket on the fold plate and the plate slides back and forth. The skew ends up being very precise and the fold looks great.

You may view and compare both the Tamerica and MBM folders here:

Tamerica TPF-42 Paper Folder
MBM 207M Paper Folder

Introducing: The New Fargo DTC550 Series ID Printers

March 25th, 2010

Fargo DTC550 ID Card PrinterWe are proud to announce the addition of the Fargo DTC550 ID card printer. This printer comes in nine different variations. This includes single sided, double sided, printers capable of encoding magnetic stripes and models that include a lamination cartridge.

Fargo has been around for well over a decade and makes some of the most renowned ID card printer available today. The color and image sharpness looks lifelike, allowing for edge to edge printing without any issues.

Fargo ID card printers can be used to create ID cards, badges, novelty cards and much more. ID card software is so easy to use now that creating an ID badge template can be done by just about anyone.

You can view the new Fargo DTC-Series printers by going to these following links:

How To Create Your Own Stapled Booklets

March 24th, 2010

Booklet MakersI have been asked by several customers what my recommendations are on creating stapled booklets. These are the booklets that are typically anywhere from 4-80 pages thick, typically used to create instruction booklets, reports, short stories and other literature. There are two options on creating these types of booklets.

Before purchasing any booklet making equipment, you should ask yourself how many booklets you are creating per day and what your budget will be. One option, which I will discuss, is slower but sometimes less expensive.

These are my two booklet making recommendations:

Option 1 – The fastest and most effective way to create booklets is by using a booklet maker. These machines vary from semi to fully automatic. They take paper, staple it along the center and then fold it in half. These machines vary on the amount of paper they can fold and staple. You may find our entire selection of booklet makers here.

Option 2 – Your second, and sometimes less expensive option, is to use two separate machines like a paper folder and a saddle stapler. You can create the same effect of a booklet maker by single folding paper and then manually saddle stapling it using something like the Skrebba W115 or the Rapid 106. If you already have a paper folder, or a saddle stapler on hand, this may be the route you want to go.

Buying a paper folder and a saddle stapler used to be much less expensive than getting a booklet maker, but with booklet makers like the BookletMate and Formax FD 160, it is now often less expensive to simply go with a booklet maker.

Feel free to e-mail us, post a comment or call us at 1-800-658-8788 with your booklet making questions.

AIE I-Bar Shrink Wrap Machine Review

March 24th, 2010

AIE I-Bar Shrink Wrap Machine With GunSo you want to package your own soap, DVDs, fruit baskets, chocolates or boxes. No matter what it is you want to package, an AIE i-bar shrink-wrap sealer may be just what you need. I have hands-on experience with several AIE shrink-wrap systems and will be reviewing the AIE-20XXX series machines. This includes the AIE-2013I, AIE-2018I, AIE-2024I and AIE-2032I.

To start with, all four of these models are essentially the same machine. The only difference is the length of the cutting bar. If you think you may be on the edge of being too big for one model, simply move to the next larger size. The larger systems can still use smaller rolls of film and can still be used to package smaller objects. The price difference between sizes isn’t much and it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

One of my favorite things about the AIE series I-bar shrink-wrap machines is the fact that they come with the sealer / cutter, a heat gun and a starter roll of shrink wrap film. For the price, you get everything you need to get up and running. I wish more manufacturers would do this.

The machine itself comes assembled right out of the box. Just pull it out and set it on a table. The film is extremely easy to feed on this machine. Simply put the roll on the bearing rollers and insert the film separator into the open end of the centerfold film. You’re now ready to start.

The build quality on the AIE I-bar shrink wrap systems is extremely high, which is usually the case with AIE products. I decided to shrink wrap a couple of Star Wars DVDs to test out the machine. I put the DVDs in the film, made a few cuts with the cutting arm and then ran the heat gun over the film. The film contracted and after a few seconds the DVDs looked like they would on a store shelf.

One nice thing about I-bar sealers, sometimes called straight-bar sealers, is that there aren’t as many height restrictions as you would have with a higher-end commercial L-bar system. It is easy to make cuts around odd-sized and odd-shaped objects thanks to the versatility of the heated cutting blade.

The AIE system, although it was new, created very little smoke. Dirty blades can tend to create more smoke, but the AIE was notably cleaner than I am used to. I would guess that it would take the average operator about one minute to completely package a DVD. This isn’t bad, but it still doesn’t compare to the higher-end L-bar systems. The AIE I-bar system is rated for low to medium-volume use.

In conclusion, I would highly recommend the AIE I-bar system as one of the best I-bar shrink wrappers I have used. If you are in the market, you should seriously considering getting this machine. You can find all of our I-bar shrink wrap machine here.

Have you used this particular model or do you have questions? Post your comments here!

Best Cutter For Cutting Plexiglas, Acrylic and Glass – Keencut SteelTrak

March 18th, 2010

Keencut SteelTrak Plexiglas, Acrylic & Glass Cutter. Question: I am looking for a cutter capable of cutting Plexiglas and Acrylic. The sizes I am cutting will vary throughout the day, so I need something that is easy to adjust. Every so often I get a special request to cut glass, so that would be a nice option as well. What do you suggest?

Answer:
While there are many good cutters out there capable of doing what you require, one of our most versatile cutters is the Keencut SteelTrak cutter from Foster. This cutter includes scoring blade capable of cutting through Plexiglas and acrylic and another scoring blade capable of cutting glass.

One nice thing about the Keencut SteelTrak is that the cutting blades and scoring wheels are built into the cutter. This means you can cut acrylic, rotate the cutting head to the glass-scoring wheel, and begin cutting glass. This cutter also features a blade (built into the rotating cutting head) that can cut through ½-inc thick materials.

Stop by and check out the Foster Keencut SteelTrak here.

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