Martin Yale 62001 Letter & Envelope Opener Review

March 19th, 2013

Martin Yale 62001 Letter & Envelope OpenerIf your business receives letters and envelopes in excess of a hundred pieces a day, you may need a letter opening machine. One model I would like to feature in this article is the Martin Yale 62001 (found here). This letter opener has been around for years and can be found in mailrooms of businesses around the world. So is this letter opener good for your business? Read on!

Martin Yale is a leading manufacturer of specialized office equipment. They have been around for decades and as of this article they make about a half dozen different letter openers. The Martin Yale 62001 is their highest-speed letter opening machine, although I would categorize it as a medium to medium-high volume machine. There are other manufactures out there such as Staplex, Formax and DocuGem that make machines on the high /commercial end of things. Don’t let this discourage you though. The 62001 still has some impressive features and is still a deal for the money.

I would like to start with the 62001 letter opener’s build quality. The 62001 actually features a metal build, which is uncommon with so many other manufacturers out there going with plastic. I have personally handled and used this machine and can say that it has a very solid feel to it. It is hefty (at 41 pounds) and seems to be very tough, which is ideal for a mailroom environment. It also includes a mail catch tray that helps keep the chaos of letter opening a little more organized.

The Martin Yale 62001 features one of the fastest motors you can find in a letter opening machine. It operates at a speed of 17,500 envelopes per hour, which is a speed of about 4.8 pieces a second. That means the operator will probably have a hard time even keeping up with the motor’s speed. This is a good thing. While it can open a lot of envelopes in an hour, I wouldn’t categorize this as something that should be run at full speed non-stop during the entire day, but it should be able to keep up with most small to medium-size business’ mail load. If you do need something that is running nonstop for the entire day, you may need an industrial-level machine like the DocuGem LO4073 (found here).

The 62001 has a feed tray that can handle a 6″ stack of mail. Just place the stack of mail on the feed tray and the 62001’s feeding belt will automatically pull the pieces in one at a time. As the pieces are opened, they end up in the receiving tray. The 62001 can handle mail pieces as thick as ¼”. It is a versatile machine, capable of being adjusted to accommodate a wide range of mail and envelope sizes.

As the envelopes are run through this machine, a slitter inside the machine slits the envelope open, making it possible to easily access the contents. The 62001 is able to do this without damaging the contents inside. We have sold a lot of these and I have never heard a customer complain about the mail contents being damaged in the process.

In conclusion, I would have to say that the Martin Yale 62001 offers an excellent compromise of price and speed. It is remarkably easy to use and because it has been around so long and is in such wide circulation, parts and service are easy to come by. I recommend this for most businesses. If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of automatic letter openers here.

What to Look for in a Paper Padding Press

March 14th, 2013

Paper Padding PressPaper padding presses (found here) are simple yet highly effective tools when it comes to creating your own scratch pads and notepads. They can pad a wide range of paper styles and types. While these machines are ultimately simple in design, there are a lot of differences from one model to another. Having spoken to several customers over the years regarding these presses, I have come up with a list of features you may want to consider having when purchasing a machine.

To begin with, padding presses are essentially clamping mechanisms that help keep paper in place while applying glue. Sounds pretty simple doesn’t it? Many people, after receiving their presses, are often surprised to see that some of the models out there are nothing more than a few slabs of wood, a few hardware clamps and some piping that has been fitted together to create a support or frame.

Some people even make their own padding presses. One thing I can tell you about our manufacturers is that they have years of experience making these tools and they work very well. I still recommend using a manufactured padding press when making your own notepads. With that said, here are a few features you need to be aware of when shopping around.

  • Capacity – All padding presses are rated by the capacity of paper they can handle. This is usually measured in inches. An example would be the Blane Graphics Mini 2 (found here). It has a 12 ½” padding capacity. That means you can put up to 12 ½” of paper in it at a time. Those large pads can later be cut down into smaller pads. Some of our larger padding presses can pad dual stacks of paper (side-by-side) for even more capacity.
  • Size – Be sure the padding press you buy can handle the sheet size you’re padding. A larger padding press can still be used to pad smaller sizes of paper. The reason I bring this up is that some padding presses are only 4 ½” wide and can’t pad letter-size paper. Just be sure the padding press you buy fits your paper.
  • Padding Press with Swivel BaseSwivel Base – This is a feature I personally like. A swivel base allows the padding press to be easily rotated 180 degrees to allow you to easily apply glue to the back of the paper. Padding presses without a swivel base require you to either go to the other side of the table to apply the glue or manually turn the entire padding press around, which can be laborious. The Blane Graphics Superpad padding press (found here) is a good example of a press with a swivel base.
  • Tilt Base – In order to get the paper two square up properly, it needs to be jogged. This is necessary for the glue to be applied evenly and for the pad to look professional. While you can use a paper jogger prior to placing the paper in the press, some manufacturers have gotten creative using a tilt base. A tile base uses gravity to naturally square up the paper. Most padding presses are set at an angle for this purpose, but it is a feature you may want to look for. The General Graphic PP-2 padding press (found here) is an example of a press with a nice tilted base.
  • Material – This isn’t quite as important in purchasing a machine, but you should be aware that most padding presses are made mostly out of wood. Some, especially those made by Martin Yale, are made from metal. While metal is nice, the wood padding presses hold up remarkably well.
  • Glue Padding glue (found here) is available in both white and red colors and in pint or gallon containers. The glue usually takes anywhere from 10-20 minutes to try depending on how thick you put it on. Some people like to leave the padding press for 30 minutes to an hour in order to ensure everything has dried properly.
  • Tools – There are a few padding tools (found here) you may want to buy for your padding press. This includes the glue, a padding brush, a pad counter (aka paper stabber) and a pad knife. The padding brush is used to apply the glue, the pad counter makes it easy to separate large padded stacks into equal smaller pads and the padding knife is designed to make it easy to cut the glue on larger pads into smaller pads. I recommend you at least have glue and a brush for your padding press.

This is how a padding press works:

  1. Put the paper in the padding press.
  2. Tighten down the paper clamps to keep the paper held tightly in place.
  3. Remove the back jogging plate from the padding press.
  4. Apply the glue to the back of the notepad.
  5. Wait for the glue to dry.
  6. Loosen the clamps
  7. Remove the paper.

It really is that easy. The longest part of padding your own notepad is the glue drying time.

Here is a video demo of a padding press in use:

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If you want to create your own scratch pads and notepads, you should seriously consider using a paper padding press. The machines themselves are pretty cheap, but they can literally be used for years. I have heard of people with a padding press over a decade old that are still using them as if they were new. I have found that schools, doctor’s offices and other businesses like to use padding presses. You can find our entire selection of padding presses here.

We have been selling padding presses since 1980, so we have a lot of experience on using them and choosing a good model. Please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788 for answers to your padding questions. If you own one, or have some additional advice, please feel free to post that information right here as a comment. Thank you for reading and have a great day!

Fargo DTC1000 Photo ID Card Printer Review

March 13th, 2013

Fargo DTC1000 ID Card PrinterIf your business or organization uses ID badges, PVC time cards or other photo identification, you should really consider printing your own cards in house. It is remarkably fast, about as easy as using a standard desktop printer and is much less expensive than outsourcing. One solid printer you may want to consider using is the Fargo DTC1000 (found here). This high-tech ID card printer is available in several different versions depending on what you want to print.

Fargo has been making high-end photo ID printers for well over a decade. I have personally used them to create ID badges and have always felt that the quality is right where it should be. One thing that I have been very impressed with is that as their technology improves, the prices seem to always get lower. I suppose that’s just the way it is with technology.

The latest addition of the DTC1000 brings quality and affordability to the user. This printer incorporates a lot of features and technology that you used to have to pay extra for. Here are a few of the new features that I particularly like:

  • Cleaning Roller – ID card printers use thermal print heads that begin to gum up and get dirty with repeated use. The results of a dirty print head can range anywhere from blurry images to incorrect colors or a complete failure of the print job. It used to be that you had to purchase a separate cleaning kit for proper maintenance on the printer. The DTC1000 now incorporates a cleaning roller in the printer ribbon itself. This means the DTC1000 now cleans the thermal print head using the same ribbon that is used to print cards. This is very cool.
  • ID Card Software – In order to create an ID card, you need software to lay out the design, template, text, picture and other information prior to printing. The Fargo DTC1000 includes Swift ID software. While it isn’t as robust as a photo ID software suite, it will allow you to quickly create a card and print it out. This is a huge plus in my book. I recommend you try out the included software and see what you think prior to purchasing 3rd party ID card software.

The Fargo DTC1000 is currently available in three different flavors. Each of the three designs also come with additional available modifications. The three versions are:

  1. DTC1000M Monochrome Printer (found here) – If you don’t need a lot of different colors and simply need clear, crisp data on a card, the DTC1000M is a good option. This printer can print in black and white or it can use several different colors of monochrome ribbons. It can still print edge-to-edge, can still be used with CR-80 and CR-79 card ranging in thickness from 9 to 40 mils thick. It can still print photos, text and even bar codes. It is also much faster than a color printer.
  2. DTC1000 Single Sided Printer (found here) – This is an excellent printer for full color single-sided printing. It can even print on the other side of the card with a second pass. You can buy this printer with a built-in print server, magnetic strip encoder or smart card encoder. It prints cards in a resolution of 300 dpi and takes about 24 seconds to print a card, which is a speed of about 150 cards a minute. This printer is extremely compact and sits nicely on just about any desk or table. It connects via a USB cable directly to a printer for easy setup. The print server version can be tied in directly with a network.
  3. DTC1000DS Double Sided Printer (found here) – This printer is very similar to the single sided version, but can print both sides of the card in a single pass. It is also available with a magnetic stripe encoder or an internal print server. It can print full color on both sides of the card, or it can be used with a YMCKOK ribbon that prints full color on one side and a single color on the back, saving cost on ribbons. This printer is highly versatile and extremely affordable for a double-sided printer.

All three of these printers are solid products and are extremely easy to use. I recommend businesses use these for creating ID badges, universities for student ID cards and for much more. They can even be used for creating novelty cards or by businesses for creating membership cards. You can find our entire selection of photo ID card printers here. If you still have questions about ID card printers, please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788. We have years of experience with these machines and can help answer your questions.

Have you used the Fargo DTC1000? Post your feedback and experience with it here as a comment! Thanks for reading.

Sealer Sales KF-300CS & KF-200CS Heat Sealer Review

March 6th, 2013

Sealer Sales KF-200CS & KF-300CS Direct Heat SealersWhen it comes to sealing thicker bags shut, such as cellophane, coffee bags, coated aluminum and Kraft paper, you are probably going to need something a little tougher than your standard impulse bag sealer. That is where direct heat sealers come into play. Two of our most popular direct heat sealers are the KF-200CS (found here) and the KF-300CS (found here) from Sealer Sales. These machines are similar in every way except the sealing width. So is the KF series direct heat sealers a good match for you? Read on!

Impulse sealers are extremely popular tools for sealing bags shut, often made from materials such as polypropylene and polyethylene. Impulse sealers are designed to be quick, safe to operate and efficient. The only downside with impulse sealers is that the often can’t handle the thicker stuff, unless you go with a double impulse sealer (often more expensive). For this reason, direct heat sealers (often called constant heat sealers) fit the bill.

Direct heat sealers are continually on and produce a lot of heat. The result is the ability to quickly seal thicker bags shut such as those made from cellophane, Kraft paper and coated aluminum. The KF-300CS is 12″ wide and the KF-200CS is 8″ wide. This is enough width to seal most retail food bags and other thicker bags. Both models feature an adjustable temperature control. The seal produced by both of these sealers features a nice serrated pattern (horizontal lines) that is 15mm thick.

These sealers do produce a lot of heat. As a result, both of these sealers have had their jaws coated in PTFE, which is a non-stick surface much like what you find in a pan. This helps the sealer to seal the plastic shut without sticking to it. The design works remarkably well and is very fast, taking just seconds to seal a bag shut.

Because both of these sealers feature a portable handheld design, they are extremely easy to use, maneuver and operate. They are also great for use with odd sized packages and material. An included stand helps to keep the sealer in place when not in use or in place while packaging. Rubber handgrips help to protect the operator from the heat.

Here is a video demo of the KF series of direct heat sealers in action:

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One thing to keep in mind while using either the KF-300CS or the KF-200CS is that they get very hot. They take about 5-15 minutes to fully warm up and take several minutes to cool back down. Do not touch the jaws at any time as you could seriously burn yourself. As long as you take the proper precautions, you will be very happy with these direct heat sealers.

As is the case with most Sealer Sales products, both the KF-300C and KF-200CS are solid products. They are made using high quality metal products including the jaws and the handles.  If you need something a little bigger than 12″, you may want to consider using the 16″ FKR-400 bag sealer found here. You can find our entire selection of bag and hand sealers here. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

Traco Wand SuperSealer Shrink Wrap Machines now Available

February 27th, 2013

Traco Wand SuperSealer Shrink Wrap MachinesWe are proud to announce the addition of Traco Wand SuperSealer shrink wrap machines (found here) to our site. We have offered their fixed I-bar models for over a decade and they have been a best seller for years. We are excited to have this new addition to our lineup of shrink wrap machines and expect them to be very popular with people who need a wand style sealer for packaging products for storage or retail sale. Here are just a few things you may not know about the Traco wand sealers.

To begin with, we are offering the wand sealers in three different sizes. These are 24″, 32″ and 40″. The size you use will depend entirely on what you are packaging. Be aware that the larger sizes are perfectly compatible with smaller rolls of film. Just be sure you take into account what your future needs may be.

A wand sealer is essentially an I-bar sealer, but with a detached I-bar. The concept and the technology behind the sealing process is the same as you will find with any standard I-bar sealer. This detached “wand” is extremely portable and versatile, allowing the operator to cut the film at several different angles. This makes our Traco wand sealers excellent for use in packaging odd sized objects or for situations where multiple passes of the sealing bar may be required.

Because you’re not dealing with a hinge, as you find in fixed I-bar sealers, there is a lot of freedom in where that sealing bar can go. The wand sealer is pressed against the shred film you are cutting and ultimately ends up resting on a heat resistant pad that helps protect the table, counter or desk you are working on. These types of shrink wrap sealers are also ideal for use in smaller workspaces and in locates where working around a fixed bar may be difficult.

Much like traditional I-bar sealers, our Traco wand sealers still include a centerfold film roll dispenser and a film separator, making it easy to create pockets of shrink film for packaging products. Also included is the HotShot heat gun, which is the same gun you will find with the Traco Standard and Deluxe I-bar sealers. This heat gun has several temperature settings and includes a high and low trigger switch.

Our Traco wand sealers, and the included heat gun, are compatible with both PVC and Polyolefin centerfold film (found here). The Traco Wand SuperSealer includes a 100 foot roll of PVC centerfold shrink film, which means you get everything you need to get up and going with one single purchase.

As mentioned earlier, our Traco products have an excellent track record and we consider Traco to be a reputable and reliable manufacturer. Their products hold up well with continuous use and replacement parts, when needed, are readily available.

Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions you may have about wand sealers. You can find our entire selection of I-bar sealers by visiting us here.

Best Electric Wire Binding Machine for the Money – Intelli-Bind I23W

February 22nd, 2013

Intelli-Bind I23W Electric Wire Binding MachineWire binding is considered by many to be one of the classiest and nicest looking book binding formats around. For this reason, it is extremely popular for binding presentations and reports. If you are binding several books a day, or need something that makes punching paper easier, the Intelli-Bind I23W (found here) is an excellent option. It is also one of the cheapest electric wire binding machines on the market, costing hundreds of dollars less than comparable machines.

There are a lot of reasons why the I23W is such a good machine and a great option for you. To begin with, it is made of metal components. Even the casing is made out of metal, where many other manufactures have opted to go with a cheaper plastic housing. Even the wire closer handle on this thing feels like it was forged in a steel factory from WWII America. It is tough, which may also account for the heavy 85 pound shipping weight. All this metal goodness is a nice thing though and really helps it hold up with continuous use.

The I23W is a dual format wire binding machine. This means it can be used with 2:1 pitch twin loop wire or 3:1 pitch twin loop wire. The pitch of the wire is the amount of holes the machine punches per inch of paper. A 2:1 pitch creates about 22 holes along the 11″ side of a sheet of paper and a 3:1 pitch pattern is about 33 holes. The 3:1 pitch is the more common format used today, due to its tighter hole configuration, but the 2:1 pitch is popular for binding thicker books due to its higher sheet capacity. It is nice to have the luxury of using one or the other in the same machine.

The punching on this machine is all done with an electric motor. Up to 20 sheets of paper can be placed in the machine at a time. With the press of a button, the I23W will punch square holes into the paper. The margin depth on this machine can be adjusted to set the punched holes closer to the edge of the paper or farther into the paper. Individual holes can also be disabled or enabled using the build-in selectable punching pins (aka disengageable dies).

While the hole punching process is fully electric, the wire closing process is manual. There are few electric wire binding machines out there with an electric wire closer. One reason is because closing the wire with a handle is just as fast and easy (in many cases faster) than using an electric closer. All you need to do to use the wire closer is dial in the diameter of the wire you are using, insert the spine of the book into the closer and pull the handle (found on the left side of the machine). The wire closer, once the diameter is set, wont over close or under close the wire. The results are extremely professional.

The I23W can be used with all standard diameters or 2:1 and 3:1 pitch wire. It can also be used to punch holes in card stock, poly covers, clear covers and other types of paper. It is extremely versatile. As of this article, the I23W costs just $622, where the next closest metal build wire binding machine is the Akiles WireMacE, which comes in at $1626. That’s over $1,000 in savings on a machine of similar quality.

If you have questions about the Intelli-Bind I23W, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of electric wire binding machines here.

Best Way to Vacuum Seal Liquids

February 15th, 2013

Minipack Chamber Vacuum SealersVacuum sealing liquids, or even sometimes powder, can be a tricky ordeal. Most external sealers can’t package liquids because they literally pull the air out of the bag. For this reason, a chamber vacuum sealer (found here) is the necessary machine to get the job done. The only problem with vacuum sealing liquids using a chamber sealer is that it is still difficult to get the bag to stay in place. Minipack has developed a very effective system to help get the job done.

Chamber sealers by design have a huge advantage over external sealers when it comes to packaging liquids and powders. Unlike external sealers, chamber sealers remove air from the entire chamber, rather than directly from the bag. As a result, the possibility of liquid actually getting sucked into the pump is extremely remote. This also allows the bag to stand up rather than lay on its side.

Trying to keep a bag of water, juice, soup, wine or other liquid upright during the vacuum sealing process is a challenge. The bag, by nature (and thanks to gravity), wants to fall back down on its side. As a result of this frustrating series of events, Minipack now manufactures a special kit for their chamber sealers that makes vacuum packing liquids extremely easy.

The kit is called the Angled Tray Kit. Rather than trying to balance the bag on end and against the flat side of the chamber, the kit uses a stainless steel angled tray that keeps the liquids upright at a slight angle. While this may seem simple, it works remarkably well.

Special volume plates have been developed to fit inside the chamber that are cut to fit next to the angled tray. These volume plates can be added or removed, depending on the size of the bag being packaged. These same volume plates help provide additional support for the bag being sealed.

These pictures help demonstrate just how the Minipack angled tray kit and volume plates work with vacuum packing a liquid:

Minipack Angled Tray Kits

If you still have additional questions about the angled tray kit, or if you need additional advice about vacuum sealing liquids, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788.  These kits can be purchased with new machines or for existing machines. You can find our entire selection of vacuum sealers here.

Replacement 27″ Rolls of Lamination Film – Machine Compatibility List

February 11th, 2013

27" Wide Roll Lamination FilmIf you own a laminator and are looking for some replacement lamination film (found here), you may be wondering if the film you are finding is going to work with your machine. At ABC Office, we offer a great selection of affordable film, so I have taken each of our 27″ wide roll laminators and have created a list that shows which machine is compatible with our standard 27″ wide film. This list will help you find compatible roll lamination film.

The most common type of 27″ roll lamination film we offer is what’s known as thermal lamination film, meaning the glue is activated by heat. This film has a glossy finish and is totally clear when laminated. We offer our 27″ wide roll film in 1.5, 3, 5 and 10 mil thicknesses. The length of the film depends on the thickness of the film. Our 1.5 mil film is 500 feet long, where our 10 mil film is 100 feet long. The higher the mil thickness, the thicker the film. One mil equals 0.001″.

I will begin by listing our 27″ wide 1.5 mil thick film that has a 1″ core and will go up from there. Remember, I am only covering the 27″ wide film in this article. Also be aware that most 27″ laminators can use smaller width rolls.

27" Wide Roll Laminators27″ Film 1.5 Mil w/ 1″ Core (found here)
Compatible Roll Laminators:

  • EZLam School Budget
  • ARL 2700 Roll Laminator
  • Tamerica TCC2700
  • EZLam 27″ Roll Laminator
  • GBC Pinnacle 27 (Non EZLoad Version)
  • GBC Ultima 65 Roll Laminator
  • Mightly-Lam 2700 Roll Laminator
  • Ledco Compass Roll Laminator
  • Ledco Premier 4 Roll Laminator
  • Ledco Professor Laminator
  • SircleLam SRL-2700-HR
  • SircleLam SRL-2700-Plus
  • SircleLam Eclipse
  • SircleLam QuickPrint 27

ARL2700 Roll Laminator27″ Film 3 Mil w/ 1″ Core (found here)
Compatible Roll Laminators:

  • EZLam School Budget
  • ARL 2700 Roll Laminator
  • Tamerica TCC2700
  • EZLam 27″ Roll Laminator
  • GBC Pinnacle 27 (Non EZLoad Version)
  • GBC Ultima 65 Roll Laminator
  • Mightly-Lam 2700 Roll Laminator
  • Ledco Compass Roll Laminator
  • Ledco Premier 4 Roll Laminator
  • Ledco Professor Laminator
  • SircleLam SRL-2700-HR
  • SircleLam SRL-2700-Plus
  • SircleLam Eclipse
  • SircleLam QuickPrint 27

Ledco Compass 27" Roll Laminator27″ Film 5 Mil w/ 1″ Core (found here)
Compatible Roll Laminators:

  • Tamerica TCC2700
  • EZLam 27″ Roll Laminator
  • Mightly-Lam 2700 Roll Laminator
  • Ledco Compass Roll Laminator
  • Ledco Premier 4 Roll Laminator
  • Ledco Professor Laminator
  • SircleLam Eclipse
  • SircleLam QuickPrint 27

Ledco Professor 27" Roll Laminator27″ Film 10 Mil w/ 1″ Core (found here)
Compatible Roll Laminators:

  • Tamerica TCC2700
  • EZLam 27″ Roll Laminator
  • Mightly-Lam 2700 Roll Laminator
  • Ledco Compass Roll Laminator
  • Ledco Premier 4 Roll Laminator
  • Ledco Professor Laminator
  • SircleLam Eclipse
  • SircleLam QuickPrint 27

One thing you may notice as you look through this list is that there are far fewer roll laminators capable of handling the thicker 5 and 10 mil film. If you have a 27″ wide thermal roll laminator with a 1″ core, you can more than likely use all of the 1″ core film found on this page. You can find our entire selection of 27″ wide roll laminators here. If you are unsure, or have additional questions about compatibility with your laminator, please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788. We would love to help you out.

Carnation CR2 Money Counter Review

February 7th, 2013

Carnation CR2 Money CounterFast, effective and accurate are all words that can be used to describe most money counters (found here). You put a stack of bills in the hopper and in seconds the entire stack is counted. At ABC Office we offer a wide variety of money counters from brands such as Intelli-Count, Cassida, Semacon, Magner and others. We recently added a new brand to our site by Carnation and I will be reviewing the Carnation CR2 money counter (found here) in this article.

When it comes to money counting machines, many of them look like clones of each other and there aren’t usually many features that make them unique from each other. We are always looking for new and unique products to add to our site. The Carnation CR2 has many unique features that set it apart from other machines.

To begin with, the Carnation CR2 is an industrial level machine, meaning it can be used with larger organizations such as banks, credit unions and casinos. It features a variable speed control that allows it to operate at speeds ranging from 800-1500 bills a minute. At 1500 bills per minute, this is one of the fastest money counters on the market.

Another feature I really like about the CR2 is the large feeder and carrier. Most money counters feature a feeding hopper that holds around 200 new or 100 used bills. This machine has a feeder with a capacity of 400 new bills, which is pretty large. This means you don’t have to load it as frequently, which results in you getting more done in a shorter period of time.

Over the years the problem of counterfeit bills has continued to grow with the improvements in printing and copying technology. The CR2 is equipped with counterfeit detection capabilities. It uses three different technologies to do this. These are ultraviolet (UV), magnetic (MG) and Infrared (IR). Using these built in counterfeit detection tools, it can scan bills on the fly and quickly determine if they are real or fake. In the event that a counterfeit bill is detected, the CR2 will stop and notify the operator.

The CR2 can also be set up for various counting functions. It can be used to count the bills in a stack, count them and add them to additional stacks and it can be used for batch counting. Batch counting is especially nice for sorting, organizing and storing bills. The feeder can be used to count US currency, but also works with Canadian bills, Euros and currencies from other countries.

Another cool feature of the Carnation CR2 is the control panel. I have used a lot of money counters since working at ABC Office and I can safely say I have never seen one with a touch screen control panel. The CR2 is equipped with a touch screen control that is extremely easy to navigate. Data, such as counted bills, is shown on the left screen.

One thing you should be aware of is that the CR2 does not distinguish the difference between different denominations. This means it will provide you with a total number of bills counted, but not the total value. If you need a bill counter that will count and provide the value, you will need to go with something like the Carnation CR3 mixed bill counter (found here).

In conclusion, the CR2 is one of the most robust machines we offer for higher-end money counting. It features a nice one-year warranty and includes pretty much every feature you could want in a money counter that doesn’t distinguish denominations. Please feel free to contact us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions. You can find our entire selection of money counters here.

Make Your Own Horse Bedding from Cardboard

January 31st, 2013

Cardboard Shredders for Making Horse BeddingWhen you think of cardboard, the last thing that probably comes to your mind is horse bedding. Believe it or not, however, shredded cardboard is quickly becoming a favorite horse bedding material for horse owners. There are many reasons why this is the case. I would like to cover all of the reasons in this article and would like to recommend some cardboard shredders (found here) that you may want to consider using for your own horse bedding production.

At ABC Office we sell a lot of office equipment and supplies designed to help streamline and simplify business operations. A few years ago we started noticing that stable operators and owners were purchasing cardboard shredders. As we came to find out, these people where purchasing the shredders to quickly and easily shred cardboard down into soft horse bedding. So why use cardboard?

Advantages of using cardboard for horse bedding:

  • Availability – Cardboard is readily available. In fact, many department stores simply throw away used boxes and are more than willing to give them away. This means zero cost for the actual cardboard material.
  • Environmentally Sound – Cardboard quickly breaks down back into soil, making it excellent for compost and for environmentally sound disposal. This is also a material that is often thrown away, allowing you to get a second use out of it.
  • Texture – While you may think cardboard sounds uncomfortable, it is actually remarkably soft. From what customers have told me, horses love to lie down and sleep on it.
  • Cleanup – Sweeping up, shoveling and cleaning soiled or old cardboard shreddings is very easy and is actually easier in many cases than straw or wood shavings.

Things to watch out for:

  • Staples – You don’t want sharp objects in your shredded cardboard as this may pose a health hazard to horses. While many boxes are glued together, some are stapled. If you are using boxes that include staples, be sure to remove them before shredding the boxes.
  • Dust – The cardboard shredders we offer cut cardboard in a waffle pattern that creates very little dust. If you aren’t using a dedicated cardboard shredder, you will want to be careful that there isn’t too much dust that could adversely affect the respiratory health of the horse.

Different Cardboard Shredder Models:

  • HSM Profi Pack 400 (found here) – This is a very affordable and compact cardboard shredder that is perfect for areas with limited space. It uses hardened steel rollers to quickly chop up cardboard into horse bedding.
  • Martin Yale PacMate (found here) – This shredder easily sits on the end of a table or bench and has a nice bag holder for catching the shredded cardboard as it leaves the machine.
  • HSM Profi Pack 425 (found here) – This is the king of all cardboard shredders and is excellent for shredding a lot of cardboard throughout the day. It can handle cardboard in upwards of 2-3 layers thick. This shredder cuts down cardboard at a speed of 39 feet per minute, making it extremely fast.

All three of the above-mentioned models work great and have proven themselves to be solid machines. They are all easy to use and can all be used for creating horse bedding. We are more than happy to send you a sample of shredded cardboard upon request. If you have additional questions about cardboard shredders and how they work, please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788.

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