Formax Paper Shredders Reviewed

September 28th, 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

GuilloMax & GuilloMax Plus Paper Cutters Now Available!

September 24th, 2009

We have been busy lately adding several new products to our site. Just this week we added over 10 new products from Tamerica to our site. As part of the new Tamerica addition, we have added the GuilloMax and GuilloMax Plus paper cutters to our sites. These are both guillotine-style stack paper cutters designed to cut hundreds of sheets of paper at once.

These types of paper cutters are great for cutting larger paper down to size, cutting business cards and much more. We are very excited about the GuilloMax paper cutter because it fills in a niche that we previously didn’t cover. It is the least expensive stack cutter we currently offer online.

The GuilloMax Plus is very similar in specifications to the MBM Triumph 4705 at a fraction the price. It can cut up to 800 sheets of paper at a time! Stop by and take a look at the Guillomax and Guillomax Plus paper cutters today!

Business Card Holders & Displays – Get Organized!

September 17th, 2009

Business cards are a great way to get your name and business advertised to potential customers. They have also been known to win a free lunch from time to time. Although business cards play an important part in many companies, these cards don’t like to stay in a neat stack. Just try stacking them and see how long the stay organized. Much like a deck of cards, business cards will eventually end up scattered everywhere.

Business card holders are a great way to harness these cards and keep them organized. Business card holders come in a wide variety of styles and designs. The two most popular types of business card holders are tabletop (countertop) and wall-mounted designs. The type you use will depend on personal preference and available space.

Business card holders and displays are most commonly available in wood and clear plastic (acrylic) materials. Again, the material used depends on personal preference. Business card holders come with different quantities of pockets, depending on how many and different types need to be displayed. Some are capable of holding over a dozen different separate piles of business cards.

ABC Office carries several of these business card holders and they are very affordable to purchase. The usefulness of a business card holder is well worth the minimal cost. Click here to see ABC Office’s entire selection.

Hat & Coat Racks Now At ABC Office

September 17th, 2009

We have just added a new selection of hat and coat racks to our Web site from Wooden Mallet. These racks are available in a variety of wood stains and designs. Coat racks include models that feature brass hooks, wooden pegs and models that feature a bar for hanging up coats using traditional hangers.

These new racks look nice. They include all necessary hardware to hang them on a wall and are available in multiple wood stains. Many of these racks also feature a shelf where purses and briefcases can be placed.

Along with hat and coat racks, we have also just added new tissue and latex glove boxes. The purpose of these boxes is to cover up retail packaging so that tissue boxes and glove boxes don’t stand out like a sore thumb. These boxes are made from wood and blend in very well with existing furniture. You will find these boxes in lobbies, reception areas, hospitals and medical facilities.

Time permitting, stop by our site and take a look! You can find our entire selection of Wooden Mallet products by clicking here.

Children’s Furniture From Tuffyland Now Available!

September 14th, 2009

We currently offer a great selection of furniture for offices and are proud to announce that we now also offer a great selection of Children’s furniture from Tuffyland. This furniture is designed to be extremely safe and extremely durable. We sell a lot of furniture to schools and this new line of furniture is perfect for use in an elementary school or preschool.

This new product line includes over 10 new types of products and dozens of different models. This includes different sizes of plastic chairs, tables and storage bins. One nice advantage about the Tuffyland products is that they are designed with safety as a number one priority. There are no sharp edges and the seamless design helps to prevent scratches. The furniture made in bright colors, which kids love!

You can browse through our new Tuffyland products here:

Activity Chairs
Sand & Water Table
Children’s Storage Units / Bins

ABC Office Makes Government Office Equipment Purchases Easier!

September 10th, 2009

At ABC Office, we are always looking for new and better ways to make our site easier to navigate and use. Federal, state and local governments are valued customers here at ABC Office, and in an effort to make government purchases faster and more convenient, we now have a newly re-designed government resources index available.

This index covers a wide range of topics  including GSA pricing, purchase orders, I.M.P.A.C. Cards, SmartPay Cards and more. We also offer the government the option of receiving three different official quotes for bidding purposes. We are more than happy to accommodate any of our customers and can provide any quotes, paperwork or other documentation required prior to making a purchase.

Also be aware that ABC Office has its own service department, which means we can fully service our equipment and can offer service contracts with machine purchases. You can visit our newly re-designed government resources page by clicking here.

Top 7 Best Comb Binding Machines

August 28th, 2009

Comb binding machines continue to be the most popular way to bind books and documents. There are a lot of reasons for this. For one, binding a book using a comb binder is very easy to do. It requires little training and takes little time to complete the entire process. Comb binding supplies are also very inexpensive and cheap to buy. Comb binding supplies can also be re-opened and re-used.

Many customers ask us, “Which comb binding machine is best?” While there is no definitive answer, we certainly have several models that have excellent track records and great customer satisfaction.

Here are the top 7 best comb binding machines we sell according to our customers:

  1. Akiles Megabind I
  2. Akiles Megabind II
  3. Renz Combinette
  4. Tahsin TCC 242
  5. Tahsin 213-PB
  6. Tahsin 210-PB
  7. Akiles OffiBind

New Renz Pouch Laminators Online

August 14th, 2009

Renz is not an unfamiliar name in the office equipment industry. This German company has been around for years and is very popular for its line of high-quality binding machines. This includes comb, wire and coil binding machines.

This company has now released several new laminators, with three of them just being added to our site. These laminators are the HT 320, HT 320 C and HT 320 P. Feel free to stop by our site and look over these new laminators today!

Renz HT 320 C

The entire machine is only 18.1-inches wide, which means this laminator has a small footprint. It can be used on a desk or table and is extremely easy to use.

Renz HT 320

This pouch laminator is 12.6-inches wide and can handle paper up to 12-inches wide or A3-size documents. This laminator’s heat can be variably adjusted to accommodate different types of film and material.

Renz HT 320 P

The Renz HT 320 P is one of Renz’s top-of-the-line pouch laminators capable of clearly laminating materials such as photos and color copies.

Electric Letter Openers – Best Features To Look For

August 11th, 2009

Electric letter openers are a critical and essential part to any mailroom. They can be a lifesaver or a nightmare, depending on the quality and reliability of the model being used. They key word there is “model being used.” Are you using the right model?

One of the biggest customer service issues I see, regarding letter openers, is customers using an electric letter opener for a job that is much bigger than the letter opener was designed to handle. It isn’t that the poor letter opener is malfunctioning, but rather it is being misused.

You won’t see a bicycle being used in NASCAR. Although a bike gets you from point A to point B, it won’t win any races. OK. Bad analogy on my part, but hopefully you get the point. Here are a few things to look for in an electric letter opener prior to making a purchase:

Mess – Many letter openers are now available in a chadless format. This means there isn’t any messy clippings laying around after a job.

Speed – Check out the letter openers speed. Make sure it will handle what you need to open now and in the future.

Thickness – Make sure your letter opener can handle your thickest letter. You don’t want any jams!

Tray – Do you need an exit tray? Some letter openers come with an exit tray for the opened mail.

You can find ABC Office’s entire selection of electric letter openers here. Also, we have some well-trained experts here who know a lot about the various models we carry, so feel free to call them and ask questions at 1-800-658-8788. Enjoy!

Multi-Purpose, Combination Binding Machines

August 3rd, 2009

I frequently get asked questions regarding binding machines and what they can bind. One of the most common questions asked is whether or not one binding machine can use supplies designed for another. An example would be a comb-binding machine using wire-binding supplies, or a wire binding machine using coil supplies. You can’t blame people for asking the question. We all want to get a machine that can do it all, but do binding machines exist that can bind multiple binding formats? The answer to this is more complex than a simple yes or no.

There is only one type of binding machine that uses a single punching die to punch holes for two totally different binding formats. This machine is a 19-ring comb-binding machine with a wire closer. Special wire supplies, called Spiral-O or 19-ring wire, is available that will accommodate a comb punch pattern. Multi-format comb binding machines have simply added a wire closer to finish the process. The Akiles MegaBind II is an example of this type of machine.

Although there is only one type of machine capable of using the same punching die for two different binding formats, there are other machines out there capable of using multiple punching dies for multiple binding formats. Akiles manufactures a couple of wire binding machines capable of binding 2:1 pitch wire and 3:1 pitch wire, such as the WireMac Duo. The advantage of having a multi-format machine is that you are not limited to just one binding format.

A very common way to purchasing a single binding machine, capable of binding multiple formats, is to purchase a punching base with interchangeable dies. This way you can buy a Velobind die, a comb-binding die, a coil binding die, etc. The dies slide in and lock into place and can easily be removed and replaced. The other part of the binding process, such as a comb opener, a wire closer or a coil inserter can be attached to the base. An example of this would be the Rhin-O-Tuff OD4000 and OD4800.

You can see our entire selection of combination / multi-purpose binding machines here.

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