Types of EZ-LAM Roll Laminators (aka EasyLam)

January 10th, 2013

EZ-LAM Roll Laminators by Laminators SpecialtiesIf you’re in search of a high-quality roll laminator (found here) for your school or business, you may really enjoy using an EZ-LAM. These laminators, made by Laminators Specialties, have been around for well over a decade in one form or another. With several different versions of the EZ-LAM, which model should you consider using? I will cover all three models in this article.

To begin with, EZ-LAM used to be called EasyLam. Why the name change? EasyLam was the name of the laminators when they were produced by Banner American. After the company went out of business, Laminators Specialities took over the business and changed EasyLam to EZ-LAM. The quality is still the same and they are essentially the same laminator as they used to be. These laminators are all available with options that allow you to customize them.

When Laminators Specialities took over, they did drop a few of the EasyLam models including the EasyLam Green and the EasyLam II. Luckily we are still able to provide roll lamination film (found here) for all of the discontinued EasyLam roll laminators.

The three EZ-LAM roll laminators that survived the transition to new ownership are some of the best models available. These are the EZ-LAM School Budget, EZ-LAM Budget Pro and the standard EZ-LAM. Here is a little bit of information about the three:

  • EZ-LAM School Budget (found here) – This laminator is designed for low to medium-volume use in a school environment. Most schools are on a tight budget, but still need to laminate signs and banners. The EZ-LAM School Budget was designed just for this situation. While it isn’t terribly fast (3.5 feet per minute) and it only handles film up to 3 mils thick, it gets the job done right. This laminator can be used on many tables and desks and is very easy to set up and operate.
  • EZ-LAM Budget Pro (found here) – The EZ-LAM Budget Pro is a beefed up version of the School Budget. It includes the ability to mount material up to 3/16″ thick and is great entry-level machine for use in a print shop or copy center. It also has the ability to use all mil thicknesses of film including 10 mil.
  • EZ-LAM 27″ Laminator (found here) – This is the time-tested classic that has been around for years. It is used in businesses, copy centers, print shops and other organizations around the world. It can be used with film up to 3 mils thick and includes two rolls of 1.5 mil film. It can be used with larger core rolls of film using optional core adapters. It can also be built with features like cooling fans, a foot switch, side slitters and more.

All three of these laminators are solid products. The build quality is excellent. Unlike many manufacturers out there, Laminators Specialties uses steel side plates that are computer machined ensuring consistency in quality. We have had several of these machines out on our showroom floor and I have had the opportunity to use them myself. They are very easy to use and the quality of the laminated items is excellent. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any of your roll laminator questions. You can find our entire lineup of roll laminators here.

Best Shrink Wrap Machines for Packaging Food

January 7th, 2013

Food Packaging Shrink Wrap MachinesWhether you are trying to package chocolate or you simply need a way to package and present fruit baskets, shrink wrap (found here) is an effective food packaging tool. There are a few things you will need to know before purchasing a machine, but ultimately shrink wrap is an affordable and easy way to package food for a variety of reasons. I would like to cover a few machines that may help you and go over a few tips that may help you out.

There are two types of shrink wrap machines you’ll want to consider when packaging food. The first uses an I-bar sealer (found here) and the second uses an L-bar sealer (found here). An I-bar sealer shrinks film along one length at a time, requiring usually about two passes to seal a product in centerfold film. An L-bar sealer seals the film in two spots completing the sealing process in a single pass. As you might imagine, the L-bar sealer is much faster than an I-bar sealer, making it ideal for industrial and commercial applications. An I-bar sealer, however, is better for sealing and packaging products with awkward shapes and sizes.

When it comes to shopping around for film, you’ll probably want to use Polyolefin film (found here). Polyolefin film is safe for direct contact with food, where PVC film is only safe for indirect contact with food. Most shrink wrap machines can use either type of film.

What are the benefits of packaging food with shrink wrap? Shrink wrap provides a protective barrier from the outside. This may be handling by customers, shipping, the elements and much more. Shrink film also makes products look much more presentable. Shrink wrap can also have food preservation benefits by helping contain moisture and flavor.

Which machine design should you use? There are a lot of factors to take into consideration, but the biggest is packaging volume. I-bar sealers are good for packaging a few dozen to a few hundred items a day. If you are packaging more than that, you should really be using an L-bar sealer equipped machine.

What are some of the limiting factors? The biggest limiting factor will be the sealing width. In the case of an L-bar sealer it will be the width and the length. If you are using an L-bar sealer equipped with a heat tunnel, you will also need to take the height of the product into account. Many people remember the width and length, but forget the height. Remember, the height of the product will take up film. You’ don’t want to end up with a machine that won’t accommodate your product or future products.

What about heat damage? If you are worried your food item may suffer from heat damage, you may want to use a machine that utilizes a heat tunnel. A heat tunnel applies heat evenly and shrinks film much faster than a heat gun. Because heat guns are manually operated, they are subject to human error such as leaving the gun in a single spot for too long. I have had people package chocolates and other temperature sensitive food without suffering any damage.

Which brand is best? There are a lot of shrink wrap brands out there. Those that I have personally used and trust include AIE, Traco, Intelli-Pack, Minipack and Strategic Group.

If you still have questions about our shrink wrap machines, or if you would like samples to be tested on the machine we offer, please give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We have over 30 years of experience and are more than happy to help you out.

Packaging Pizzas – Should You Use Shrink Wrap or a Vacuum Sealer?

January 3rd, 2013

Pizza Packaging MachinesI had a great conversation with a customer yesterday who was interested in packaging his own pizzas. He had a small startup business and was only looking at packaging about 50 pizzas a day for retail sale. He was looking at several machines to package his 10″ and 12″ pizzas. He asked me, “Should I be using shrink wrap (found here) or a vacuum sealer (found here) for my pizzas?” This is how I answered him.

To begin with, I asked him what he was doing with the pizzas. He said he was packaging them for retail sale and needed professional packaging for sanitary purposes, preservation and professional presentation. These are all important when it comes to packaging food. While a good answer, this still isn’t enough information to answer the Shrink Wrap or Vacuum Sealer question. I then went on to explain why people use one or the other.

Shrink Wrap for Pizzas – Shrink wrap is one of the most common methods used for packaging pizzas. It is fast, looks great and is relatively affordable. One thing I let the customer know is that you need to use Polyolefin film (found here) when packaging pizzas. It is approved by the FDA for direct contact use with food. PVC shrink film is not. Shrink Wrap helps keep the food together (for presentation purposes), keeps it from drying out and also helps provide a barrier from outside contamination.

Shrink wrapping a pizza, however, is not good for long-term preservation. Shrink wrap is excellent for refrigerating a pizza, for use in displays and for a customer carrying the food home. It does not, however, provide adequate protection in a freezer. Most people, especially in a pizza retail environment, will be eating the purchased pizza the day they purchase the pizza or shortly thereafter. This is why shrink wrap is still extremely popular for packaging pizza. Shrink wrap is ultimately great for refrigerator preservation purposes.

Vacuum Sealers for Pizzas – Vacuum sealers are for pizza manufacturers that intend on distributing their pizzas to grocery stores and other food outlets. Vacuum sealers provide pizzas with excellent preservation. Vacuum sealers remove almost all of the air from the vacuum bag ensuring long term preservation. The vacuum seal bag also prevents the pizza from frost burn. I recommend that a cardboard backing be used or the pizza will loose its shape during the packaging process.

So which machines did I recommend? Before we established the type of packaging he needed, we went over these four machines for packaging his 10″ and 12″ pizzas:

  • AIE I-bar Sealer Shrink Wrap Machine (found here) – This machine is excellent for packaging a few dozen to perhaps a few hundred pizzas a day. It can be used with polyolefin film. Just be sure you get a machine that is the right size for your pizza. In this case, I recommended the 18″ model. Simply insert your pizza, seal the two open sides and use the heat gun to shrink the film.
  • Minipack Galaxy Shrink Wrap Machine (found here) – This machine is excellent if you need to package a pizza in a very short amount of time. Simply insert your pizza into the film, pull down the hood and let the machine do the rest. While the hood is down, the Galaxy will cut the film around the pizza and blast it with air to shrink the film.
  • Compack 5800 Shrink Wrap Machine (found here) – If you need a larger sealing area, the Compack 5800 is a great option. Like the Galaxy, it quickly packages products in seconds. It can be used, depending on the speed of the operator, to package 8-10 pizzas per minute. This machine has a great track record with our customers.
  • Minipack MVS 45X Vacuum Sealer (found here) – This is a vacuum sealer that can be used to vacuum seal pizzas in a very short amount of time. It is Italian-made and features high-quality components. It is a great machine to have for vacuum sealing pizzas on a daily basis.

The customer told me he was not selling directly to the public and needed something for longer-term food preservation purposes, so he ended up going with the Minipack MVS 45X vacuum sealer. At ABC Office we offer a huge lineup of shrink wrap machines and vacuum sealers. We are bound to have a machine that will fit your business’s needs. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 for answers to your pizza packaging questions.

Hopefully this information helps you out. Thank you for reading and have a great day!

FP-1XLS Heavy Duty Single Hole Punch Review

December 21st, 2012

FP-1XLS Single Hole Paper PunchIf you are looking for an affordable alternative to a single spindle paper drill, the FP-1XLS paper punch (found here) is an excellent alternative. This single-hole punch makes high-capacity paper punching easy. So is something like this a good fit for you and is it an adequate replacement for your paper drill? This article will provide a detailed overview of the FP-1XLS single-hole paper punch.

The FP-1XLS is very similar it setup and operation to a tabletop single spindle paper drill. Even the design of the worktable is similar. This paper punch features a tabletop design that allows it to be used on just about table, desk or surface. It weighs in at 18 pounds and is made from durable metal components. We have been selling the FP-1(B), a slightly scaled down version of the FP-1XLS, for years and it has had an excellent track record with our customers.

This paper punch is completely manual, however, it isn’t like other single hole punches. Rather than a crash bar or a small lever, the FP-1XLS has a handle. This handle has been leveraged and the mechanics of this punch have been geared to make paper punching easy and fast. It isn’t nearly as laborious as you might think when you hear the word “manual.” It has a 1″ punching capacity, which equals out to be about 300 sheets of paper. The punching bit is also hollow, which means less surface area to deal with as compared to a solid punching die found on cheaper hole punches.

One reason this punch is so similar to a single spindle paper drill, apart from the huge paper capacity, is the worktable. The FP-1XLS has a 14″ wide worktable that features stops that can be adjusted to accommodate one, two, three or even four hole punching. Simply set the stops where you want the holes punched, place your paper on the worktable, punch and slide the worktable to the next position. Again, this is very similar in setup to a paper drill.

The FP-1XLS comes shipped with a ¼” diameter punching bit. Optional punching dies in 3/16″, 3/8″ and 5/16″ are also available.

So why would you want this over a paper drill? For one, no electricity is required. It is completely manual. Price is another factor. As of this article, the FP-1XLS is about $255, which is $732 less than our cheapest single hole paper drill. If you don’t need the daily capacity of a paper drill, the FP-1XLS is an excellent alternative. This punch can easily keep up with most light to medium-volume paper hole punching operations.

With a solid build and durable metal construction, this is a solid product. Because replacement punch bits are so affordable, it is easy to keep this paper punch up and operational for very little money. It can be used to punch holes in paper, card stock and more. Casinos also use these types of punches for canceling playing cards.

You can find the FP-1XLS paper punch here and our entire selection of single-hole paper punches here.

Please feel free to call us with any questions at 1-800-658-8788.

Top 9 Best Rated Electric Letter Openers

December 20th, 2012

High Speed Letter OpenersIf your business needs a high speed and effective way to open letters and mail, consider using an electric letter opener (found here). These letter openers are designed for daily use in a mailroom and are excellent for business use. The model you use will depend entirely on where it is used and how much mail you need to open on a daily basis. To help assist you in your letter opener research, I would like to highlight nine models that have proven themselves to be exceptional.

There are a couple of things you should be aware of when shopping for an electric letter opener. I would like to highlight a few of these before showing you my top seven recommendations.

Opening Speed – Letter openers are rated by the speed of their motors. This is usually a pretty good indication on how “tough” it is and how much mail it can handle. One thing you should be aware of, however, is that the motor speed usually does not indicate the duty cycle. If a letter opener claims to have an operational speed of 18,000 pieces an hour, that doesn’t mean it can open that many pieces an hour during all business hours ever single day. That would quickly wear it out. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 of you need help determining the duty cycle of a machine.

Slitter Type – Some letter openers simply slit the mail open, where others cut a tiny slit of paper off the top of the letter. The type of opener you purchase will depend a lot on preference. Most people purchase openers that cut the entire top of the envelope off. Regardless of the format you choose, letter openers are all designed to prevent damage to the contents.

Letter Size & Thickness – Check and ensure the letter opener you purchase can handle all envelope sizes and thicknesses you receive in your mailroom. You don’t want to end up with a machine that can “almost” handle everything.

Top 9 Best Rated Electric Letter Openers (sorted from least to most expensive)

  1. Staplex MA-1 Letter Opener (found here) – This is a compact tabletop unit that is designed to open your mail as fast as you can feed it. It is designed for light to medium-volume use. It includes a catch tray. This machine is excellent for opening several hundred envelopes a day.
  2. DocuGEM 3010 (found here) – We have always had great luck with our DocuGEM letter openers. They are all well built machines. This just happens to be one of the most affordable letter openers we offer that includes a feed hopper for automatic feeding and opening. It slits letters open rather than cutting the tops off, meaning less mess for you.
  3. Martin Yale 1648 (found here) – Martin Yale has been making paper handling machines for some time. The Model 1648 is an excellent machine for the mailroom of a small business. It isn’t designed for heavy volume, but does a great job of opening several hundred to several thousand envelopes a day. It can handle a stack of envelopes up to 3″ thick and can handle envelopes up to ¼” thick.
  4. Martin Yale 62001 (found here) – If you need a letter opener that is a little faster and has more capacity than the 1648, this is a great option. It features fully enclosed self sharpening blades, automatically feeds in envelopes and runs at a speed of about 300 envelopes a minute. It also includes a convenient receiving tray.
  5. DocuGEM LO2145 Letter Opener (found here) – This is one of the best rounded envelope openers for a mailroom setting. It is fast, has a 100 envelope hopper and can handle envelopes up to ¼” thick. If you are a small or medium-size business, this is an excellent letter opener to have on hand. It features excellent build quality and is available in a version (the LO2120) with a digital counter.
  6. Formax FD 452 Envelope Opener (found here) – This is a solid piece of equipment and slits mail open rather than cutting the top off. This means no messy cleaning and easy letter opening. The feed tray can hold up to 80 #10 envelopes. It is easy to operate, features Formax’s well known quality and can be used on just about any desk or table.
  7. DocuGEM LO3253 High-Speed Letter Opener (found here) – This is a high speed letter opener that is perfect for medium-size business mailrooms. It has an operational speed of 8,000 envelopes per hour and can handle envelopes up to 1/3″ in thickness. This is a chadless envelope opener, which means there are no messy scraps to clean up. It is fast, effective and won’t damage the contents of the envelope. A receiving tray catches the opened mail.
  8. DocuGEM LO4063 (found here) – This is a very fast and very effective letter opener for high-speed operations. It has an operational speed of 12,000 envelopes an hour, features solid metal construction and includes a total of 2 motors for continuous operation.
  9. DocuGEM LO4073 Commercial Letter Opener (found here) – If you are in need of the king of letter openers, the DocuGem LO4073 is the machine for you. This letter opener is crazy fast. It can open mail at a speed of up to 20,000 pieces per hour. This machine is excellent for use in large businesses. It features durable metal construction and a nice one-year warranty. Service agreements are available.

Each of these letter openers have proven themselves over the years to be reliable machines. If you need help determining the correct model for your business, or if you simply need an answer to a question, please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788.

Five Podiums That Make Great Restaurant Host Stands

December 11th, 2012

Executive Wood Collegiate Restaurant Host StandWhether you’re opening a new restaurant or want to boost the professional credibility of an existing one, a host stand is a great piece of furniture to use. At ABC Office we offer a great selection of podiums and lecterns (found here) that also make great restaurant host stands. I would like to point out some customer favorites and cover a few custom modifications you may want to consider using. Here are just a few ideas.

To start, having a host stand provides a great location for a host or hostess to hold paperwork, reservation lists and other paperwork. It also provides a professional location for them to stand, greet and help customers as they enter the restaurant. A host stand should look professional, should be movable and should be functional. I would like to recommend five pulpits and lecterns that our customers really like.

Executive Wood Collegiate Podium (found here) – This is by far our most popular restaurant host stand (shown above). It is made from beautiful cherry hardwood and looks stunning in person. It includes a cabinet, a cubbyhole and a wide surface for holding material. The front of it shows the natural wood grant and it features a small trim around the top and a thicker trim around the base. It sits on concealed casters that allow it to be easily moved around a floor for easy positioning. You are going to be hard pressed to find a better looking, more functional or better quality restaurant host stand. Custom modifications are available including the addition of a lamp. Feel free to ask us about custom modifications. Buy your collegiate podium today!

Executive Wood Senator Host StandExecutive Wood Senator Podium (found here) – This podium has a more traditional look, but still looks excellent in a restaurant. It features a wider top, a more narrow column and a base that helps provide ample support. This podium works great as a host stand and is made from solid red oak and is available in several stains including light oak, medium oak and dark oak. Hidden casters make this podium easy to move around. This podium looks great and is our second most popular host stand that we offer.

Executive Wood Counselor Podium (found here) – This podium is a slightly “flashier” version of the senator podium. It features beveled patterns and a beautiful wood grain finish. You can buy this “host stand” in oak, cherry or walnut wood. The oak version is available with a light, medium or dark oak stain finish. This podium features a very functional surface and several shelves for an amazing storage capacity. This podium also features concealed casters that make it easy to move around the floor. This host stand is excellent for high-class dining / restaurants. The work surface can be angled or laid down flat. Grommets have been strategically placed to allow for wire chases. Order yours today!

Executive Wood Ambassador Host StandExecutive Wood Ambassador Podium (found here) – Does your restaurant cater to a lot of customers? Do you need amble workspace or use multiple hosts / hostesses? You may want to consider using the heavy-duty Executive Wood Ambassador. This host stand features a huge 46″ W by 29″ D work surface that can be used to hold reservations, buzzers, a cash register and much more. It is made from cherry hardwood and is by far one of the most elegant pieces we offer. It is made to last and features high-quality workmanship. It includes several storage compartments including cupboards and drawers. A total of four hidden casters make this podium easy to move around and make it excellent for use in a restaurant that needs to rearrange or move furniture on a regular basis. Custom modifications are available upon request including locking doors, a cooling fan and much more.

Executive Wood PSS248 Pedestal Host StandExecutive Wood PSS248 Pedestal (found here) – This speaker’s stand isn’t as large as the above podiums, but still looks elegant and still provides ample work surface. This stand is light enough to move around, but still provides an excellent location for a host or hostess. It is made from ¾” solid red oak and comes in a light, medium and dark oak stain. This is an affordable alternative to larger and more expensive host stands.

These five podiums make excellent restaurant host stands. As mentioned earlier, custom modifications are available. Call us at 1-800-658-8788 to discuss custom medications, quantity discounts or simply to ask us questions. These pieces of furniture have very high satisfaction rates with our customers. We have sold Executive Wood products for years now and we at ABC Office are always impressed with the quality and build. You can find our entire selection of lecterns and podiums here.

Trying to Track Documents? We Have Some Tools That Might Help.

December 6th, 2012

Document StampsHave you ever lost a document that was extremely important simply due to ineffective or poor document organization? I certainly have. When it comes to business operations, tracking, labeling and organizing documents can be critical. Common document tracking practices includes stamping them with a number, the date, the time or with text. At ABC Office, we offer a great lineup of numbering machines, text stamps, date stamps and text stamps (found here). Here’s a little information on how each is used.

Before I go into too much detail on our various document stamps, I would just like to say that these machines are pretty much all electric and are designed to be semi or fully automated. Our semi-automated machines require you to insert the paper, but the document stamp will do the rest. We also have machines that will automatically pull paper in and stamp it. Here are a few of the tools we offer:

  • Numbering Machines (found here) – Numbering machines are designed to put a number, usually ranging from one to five digits, on a document for tracking and organization purposes. We offer numbering machines that do sequential numbering, duplicates, triplicates and more. We offer machines from Acroprint, Standard and Widmer. Many of our numbering machines allow placement of the number on various places on the paper and most work with carbon interleaved and carbonless forms.
  • Text Stamps (found here) – If you need to add text to a document, we have the perfect text stamp for you. Most of these text stamps are customizable and can be used to stamp words such as RECEIVED, SENT, CANCELED and more. These stamps use ribbons to impress clear and legible stamps that are highly professional.
  • Text Perforators (found here) – Our text perforators are manual, heavy duty, portable and excellent for document control. We offer text perforators with the wording PAID, VOID, CANCEL and in Spanish with PAGADO and CANCELADO. There is even a customizable version that can be set up in the factory for any 5 to 6 character word. Text Stamps
  • Date and Time Stamps (found here) – One of the best ways to track down bottlenecks in workflow is to date and time stamp documents. This helps to improve work efficiency and keep track of document workflow. While a time clock can be used to do this (found here), our date and time stamps are designed to stamp documents on a high volume repetitive basis throughout the day. Many of these date and time stamps feature adjustable crash head pressure and can be used with carbonless and carbon interleaved forms.
  • Check & Document Signers (found here) – If you simply need to add a signature to a sheet of paper, a check or a contract, consider using one of our check and document signers. These amazing devices can print a legal signature. We offer cut sheet and continuous forms versions. Many of these can even be interfaced with a burster. Security features have been built into these machines to prevent unauthorized access. This is a great tool to have on hand for payroll purposes.

If you have questions about any of our document control tools, please give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. If you don’t see what you need on our site, chances are we can still get it for you. We have over 30 years experience with document control machines and equipment and we can help you out.

Christmas Scrapbooking Paper Trimmer Gift Ideas

December 4th, 2012

Carl RT-200 Scrapbooking Rotary Paper TrimmerIf you are looking for a great gift idea for your mother, sister, wife or good friend, you may want to consider a rotary paper trimmer or cutter (found here). These devices are perfect for people that love to scrapbook and can be used to cut down photographs, scrapbook paper, card stock, regular paper and more. At ABC Office, we offer a huge lineup of rotary trimmers and I would like to recommend a few favorites that you may want to consider as a Christmas gift.

Keep in mind that these recommendations are for “good” rotary paper trimmers and not for cheap models that will easily break.

Christmas Paper Trimmer Gift Ideas

  • Carl RT-200 (found here) – I would like to start off with this cutter as it is one that I purchased my own wife for her scrapbooking projects. It is one that many people love to use because it features interchangeable trimming blades. Pattern examples include the B-03 deckle cut, the B-04 shorwave blade, the B-06 scallop blade, the B-08 Victorian blade and several others. Counting the straight blade, there are 10 different blades available. As far as the cutter itself goes, it works well and is excellent for individual use.
  • Carl RT-200N Rotary Paper TrimmerCarl RT-200N (found here) – For the environmentally conscious family member, we have the Carl RT-200N. It is very similar to the standard RT-200, but is made entirely of recycled materials and includes a light gathering clamp that makes it easier to see what you are cutting. This is excellent for scrapbooking, however, unique patterned blades are not available.
  • Carl DC-95N (found here) – This is an affordable rotary cutter and makes a great stocking stuffer. This tiny cutter is designed for cutting smaller material (up to 6″ long) and is ideal for its portability. This cutter is also made entirely out of recycled materials.
  • Carl DC-300N (found here) – This rotary trimmer is the answer to a scrapbooker’s dreams. It includes a built in handle, can cut up to 20 sheets of paper at a time up to 12″ long and has a small compartment where replacement blades can be stored. It features an easy-to-use cutting guide, an ergonomic cutting handle and a light-enhancing clamp. It is also made from recycled materials.
  • Carl DC-210N Personal Rotary TrimmerCarl DC-210N (found here) – Do you need a trimmer that is a little tougher than the other stuff out there? The DC-210N has a 12″ cutting length and can cut up to 36 sheets of 20# bond paper at a time! This tough little cutter features a grid and pattern on the base that makes it easy to do “common” cutting patterns. The DC-210N is totally green (not literally) being made entirely out of recycled materials.
  • Rotatrim Mastercut (found here) – This paper cutter, made by Rotatrim, is a great low to medium-volume cutter. It is designed to create straight and seamless cuts and features a self-sharpening blade design that helps keep the round blade razor-sharp for a long time. This is ideal if you are cutting material that typically dulls the blades on most other cutters. This is still a great gift idea and is excellent for trimming a wide range of paper, photos and other material.
  • Carl DC-238N (found here) – If you are looking for a heavy-duty rotary cutter as a Christmas gift, the DC-238N is one of the most affordable we offer. This cutter can cut a sheet of paper up to 18″ long and has a 36 sheet cutting capacity. The DC-238N is made from recycled materials and also includes a handy adjustable side guide and illuminating paper clamp. Because of its capacity, this cutter is excellent for cutting thicker coverstock, laminated materials and more.
  • Rotatrim Professimal M Series Rotary TrimmerRotatrim Professional (found here) – If you are looking for the Crème de la Crème cutter that is the envy of every scrapbooker and even photographer, the Rotatrim Professional is your best choice. This cutter is made in England, features a dual rail system for supporting the cutting head, has a solid wood base and uses a self-sharpening cutting blade. This cutter can handle a wide range of material and is designed to last for literally years. This is the rotary cutter the professionals use.

Hopefully this list has helped you find a few good rotary trimmer Christmas gift ideas for that loved one. We have been selling scrapbooking paper cutters and trimmers for years, so feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of rotary paper cutters and trimmers here.

Intelli-Zone’s New United ST-12C Paper Shredder Review

December 4th, 2012

If you need a paper shredder that can handle in excess of 10 sheets of paper at a time using a Level 3 cross cut pattern, the New United ST-12C from Intelli-Zone (found here) is a great choice. This Level 3 shredder is compact enough to be used next to a desk and is excellent for shredding old documents, records and other paperwork. Is the ST-12C a good option for your business? Here are a few reasons why you may want to consider it.

The Intelli-Zone New United paper shredder lineup features a wide range of great-looking machines that work as well as they look, which is great. The ST-12C features more of a traditional front cabinet style design, but with a modern twist. The ST-12C has a matte black with a reflective gray two-tone finish. Angles are soft and rounded and there are no hard or sharp angles. It is excellent if you need a shredder that fits in well with your existing office’s equipment and furniture.

The ST-12C has a 12 sheet cutting capacity (based on 20# bond paper) and it cuts documents into 3.9mm x 38mm particles.  This level of shredding security is far superior strip cut shredders. This cutting pattern is both FACTA and HIPAA compliant. As paper is shredded, it is deposited into a 5-gallon shred bin. Considering this shredder is only 22″ tall, that is a lot of bin capacity, which means fewer bag changes for you.

Safety and convenience are built into this shredder. This shredder will not operate if the bin is not securely in place and it includes a built in load protector. If too much strain is being put on the motor, the ST-12C will stop, reverse the motor and notify the operator that it is over capacity. This technology helps prolong the life of the motor and prevents damage to the motor, gears and shredder blades.

When it comes to noise, the New United ST-12C makes very little. This shredder only produces 60 decibels of noise, which is very comfortable in an office environment. Having used this shredder for myself, I can confirm that it is remarkably quiet for a cross cut shredder.

While most shredders can only handle paper, the ST-12C can also be used to destroy credit cards and optical discs such as CDs, Blu-rays and DVDs. The shredder blades are also hard enough that they can handle paper clips and staples without suffering any nicks, chips or other damage.

This is a video demonstration of Intelli-Zone’s New United ST-12C in use:

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You will find this shredder at home or in the office. While it is a deskside shredder, it can be used by multiple people throughout the day. It looks great, is very affordable considering what it does and is a must-have shredder for offices, businesses, churches, homes and more.

This shredder features a very impressive two-year warranty with a five-year warranty on the shredder head. This is excellent; especially considering this is a deskside shredder. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions. You can find our entire lineup of paper shredders here.

Intelli-Zone ST-10C Cross Cut Shredder Review

November 30th, 2012

Intelli-Zone New United ST-10C Cross Cut Paper ShredderI’m going to be frank. When it comes to office deskside shredders out there, a lot of them are garbage and are barely worth the plastic they’re made from. I have used everything from over the can shredders to the local Wal-Mart special without much luck. The problem is that many of these shredders are made using the cheapest parts available and they just aren’t up to par with the paper we need to shred resulting in catastrophic failures. One deskside shredder that I have personally used, and I feel is up to the challenge, is the Intelli-Zone New United ST-10C (found here). This is my review.

The New United line of shredders, by Intelli-Zone, feature a very modern design and all share several features in common. While aesthetics ultimately doesn’t make the shredder work any better, I still consider it important, as it is a “piece of furniture” that you have to look at. The New United shredders, including the Intelli-Zone ST-10C, have eye-pleasing curves and colors that look great. The ST-10C even includes a nice blue LED light in the shred bin that turns on when the shredder is running. This blue light pours out of the bin’s window adding to the ambiance.

One thing I really like about the Intelli-Zone ST-10C is that it actually shreds what it says it can. How many times have you used a shredder that said it could shred “X” amount of sheets, but could barely handle 60% the amount? I have certainly had that issue. The ST-10C handles all 10 sheets without struggling. It can probably even handle more. Because it has load protection, it will actually stop and back the paper out if you put too much in. This means where other shredders would choke, jam and break, the ST-10C protects itself from suffering over feeding damage. This is pretty cool.

The Intelli-Zone New United ST-10C shreds paper in a Level 3 cross cut pattern. This is the most recommended pattern for standard office shredding and is both HIPPA and FACTA compliant. The particle sizes measure in at 3.9mm by 50mm. The particles fall into a 4-gallon bin that can be easily emptied by simply pulling it out front of the shredder. A window makes it easy to see how full the shredder is and it will automatically let you know when the bin is full by stopping the shredder and indicating “bag full” via an LED light on the top.

Another thing I really like about the ST-10C is that it can also be used to shred optical media such as CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays. It can also shred credit cards and will handle staples and paper clips. I personally recommend shredding any optical discs you need to discard as a CD or DVD can hold volumes more data than a stack of paper.

While everything I have mentioned about is excellent, my favorite feature about he ST-10C is the noise level. Cross cut shredders cut paper multiple times, often generating more noise than a strip cut shredder. The ST-10C has noise baffling technology that muffles the noise down to a pleasing 55 decibels. This shredder really is quiet, and I noticed this when using it. A quiet shredder makes an excellent office shredder and also ensures happier co-workers around your desk.

Here is a video demo of the ST-10C being used and operated:

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In conclusion I would like to say that the Intelli-Zone ST-10C is an excellent value. I rate it a solid 5 out of 5 stars. The New United line of shredders by Intelli-Zone are available in 8 different models and can all be found here. At ABC Office we offer hundreds of different shredders. You can find our entire lineup of paper shredders here.

Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions. We have over three decades of experience with office machines and are more than happy to answer your questions.

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