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Clear Stand Up Zip Lock Pouches Now Available

July 12th, 2013

Clear Stand Up Ziplock Pouches & BagsIf you’ve been to the grocery store and have purchase a bag of beef jerky, trail mix, dehydrated fruit or nuts, you have probably noticed that many of the packages now include a ziplock style opening on the top that makes the bag easy to open and close. This is an excellent addition to packaging, helps keep things fresh and eliminates the need to use a twist tie. At ABC Office we have just added those very same stand up zip lock pouches (found here) to package your own food products.

These new stand up pouches work very similarly to other bag sealer bags. It essentially ships as a flat bag with an open top. When expanded, the bag is then able to stand up thanks to a gusset bottom. Nuts, cookies, candies and other food items can then be placed in the after which the bag can be sealed shut using a heat sealer (found here). The entire process is extremely simple and best of all it can be done by just about anyone. A sealed zip lock is included on the bag, providing access to the contents by the consumer.

Right now we offer ten different sizes of bags. This includes five OPP / CPP bags and then five PET / CPP (Y Version) bags that are freezer safe. The mil thickness of the plastic used gets thicker as the bag gets bigger. Mil thickness ranges anywhere from 4 mil to 13 mil thick, again depending on the size of the bag. Our smallest bag measures in at 4” x 6” x 2.5” and our largest bag measures in at 7” x 12” x 4” (Height x Width x Gusset). These bags are the perfect sizes for snacks.

The plastic used in these bags is FDA approved for use with food and is manufactured in a multilayer barrier design to help ensure durability. These bags will stand straight up when placed on a shelf. These bags are completely clear, making the contents easy to see. These stand up pouches can be used for packaging your own food at home for food storage purposes or for retail sale at a farmer’s market, grocery store and much more.

Stand Up Zip Lock Pouches from Sealer SalesMost of the bag sealers, impulse sealers and direct heat sealers we offer online are compatible with these bags as they react to direct thermal sealing. Our heat sealers come in different sealing widths, depending on your personal preference and how much durability you would like at the top of the bag. You can use these with hand sealers or foot sealers.

While these bags come in quantities of 250 or 500 pieces per box, we can get these to you in much higher quantities, often at a bulk discount. If you have questions, or need additional information or pricing, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We would love to help you out and help you find the appropriate packaging material for your storage or retail needs.

Have you used these bags or do you have experience with them? Feel free to post your experience as a comment. I would love to hear from you. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Options for Folding Packing Slips & Lists

July 11th, 2013

Packing List Evenlope SleeveIf your business ships products out of a warehouse on a daily basis, you are probably familiar with packing slips. These slips of paper typically include an address, a list of items shipped and other pertinent pieces of information.  These are sometimes placed in the box and other times are inserted into an adhesive plastic bag and stuck to a box. Regardless of the type of packing slip you use, you probably want it to look professional. Paper folding machines (found here) offer a professional and effective way to do just that.

As mentioned earlier, packing slips typically included on the outside or inside of the box being shipped. This is often for the warehouse to ensure everything has been properly packaged and also for the customer to see that everything was shipped at the right price. When it comes to folding these, I have seen several different types of folds used. The type of fold depends on the way thePacking Slip / List Folding Machines business or organization does things.

While there are sophisticated machines out there that interface directly with a laser printer, fold the packing slip and insert it into a bag, many small or medium-size businesses don’t need something that sophisticated or on that large a scale. This is where a paper-folding machine is a great option. Paper folding machines can be used to fold a few dozen to a few hundred (or more) packing slips a day.

There are three very common folds used for packing slips.

Letter Fold / C FoldLetter Fold – A letter fold (aka C fold) is THE most common fold used today. This fold consists of three equal panels and two folding points. When used on letter-size paper, the fold ends up being about 8 ½” x 3.6”. A packing list folded like this can be easily placed in a box and is sometimes placed in a larger packing envelope sleeve.

Cross Fold – A cross fold (aka French Fold) consists of a sheet of paper that has been half or letter folded and then folded in half again. This makes the sheet of paper very small. This is what most businesses do when using 5.5” x 7” packing list envelopes. Not all paper folding machines can create a cross fold, so be sure to check before purchasing a machine.

Cross Fold / French FoldManual Cross Fold – A manual cross fold involves creating a letter fold on a paper folding machine and then manually folding it in half again. This is probably one of the most affordable ways to create a cross fold. You can purchase a cheaper machine that can’t do a cross fold and then manually finish the job. The end results still look very professional.

In each of these scenarios the paper-folding machine is used to fold the paper and the slip is then manually inserted into the plastic sleeve envelope or placed in a box. The plastic sleeves are usually 5.5” x 7” in size although some people use larger sleeves that eliminate the need for a cross fold.

If you are looking for a packing list folding machine, or if you have a few questions, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. Don’t worry, we won’t pressure you to buy a machine. We just want to help you out. We have over 30 years of experience and can either help answer your questions or point you in the right direction. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Martin Yale 1611 Vs. the 1711 Paper Folding Machine

July 10th, 2013

Martin Yale 1711 Paper Folding MachineTwo very popular paper folding machines used by businesses today include the Martin Yale 1611 and 1711. Both of these models are very similar in appearance and design. I just spoke with a customer today who was wondering what the differences are between the two models. I would like to discuss both the similarities and the differences between these two machines in this article. You can find all of our paper folding machines here.

To begin with, Martin Yale is one of the oldest and best known manufacturers of paper folding machines in the industry. You may be familiar with some of their time tested classics such as the CV-7 (aka 1501x) and the 1217a. Their machines are used in mailrooms across the country. The 1611 replaces the 1601 and the 1711 replaces the 1701. Both of these two new machines implement modern technology into an affordable machine.

Having personally used both of these machines, I can safety say that I actually really enjoy using them. Some of Martin Yale’s older machines used to frustrate me because you had to adjust the tension and fan the paper prior to putting it in the machine. The 1611 and 1711 feature drop-in feed systems. This means you don’t have to fan the paper and you don’t have to adjust the tension. Simply press down on the spring-loaded tray, drop in the paper and release the tray. It is that easy.

The internals on both of these machines are actually pretty much the same. The speed on both machines is 9,000 sheets per hour, the sheet capacity is 150 and both handle a paper thickness ranging from 16# bond to 70# index. Both of these machines also feature the same paper size range, with is 3 ½” x 5” up to 8 ½” x 14”. Both machines are built on the same metal frame. Both of these machines also feature a manual bypass slot that allows you to fold up to 5 sheets of stapled paper at once (aka multi-sheet folding). Both machines also feature powered exit conveyors with stacker rollers.

While both of these machines are very similar visually and mechanically, there are some fundamental differences between the two. Here are the biggest differences:

  • Martin Yale 1611 Folding Machine (found here) – This machine is a manual setup machine. This means both of the folding plates have to be manually set to the fold you want to create. This isn’t hard to do, and folds are clearly marked on the machine, but there is some manual involvement required.
  • Martin Yale 1711 Folding Machine (found here) – This machine is an automatic setup machine. This means all you need to do is select the fold you want to create from the control panel and the machine will automatically adjust the folding plates. Little motors actually adjust the plates to the precise points needed for whichever fold you need.

Ultimately, when deciding between the two machine, you need to decide if you are OK with manually setting the machine or if you would like something more automated. As of this article, you are looking at about $434 more for the automation feature in the 1711 over the 1611.

Both machines produce folds of equal quality. The 1611 is very affordable fore what you get and the 1711 is one of the most affordable automatic paper folding machines money can buy. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here. If you have any questions about either of these machines, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-658-8788.

Mighty Mutt MPV-18 Vacuum Sealer Review

July 10th, 2013

Mighty Mutt MPV-18 Impulse Vacuum SealerIf your business is in need of an industrial quality impulse vacuum sealer, the Mighty Mutt MPV-18 (found here) is certainly an option to consider. It has been around for years, is made in the USA, is a well-known brand and is commonly used for packaging anything from medical supplies to food. With all the vacuum sealers out there, is this particular one the right choice for you?

The Mighty Mutt MPV-18 falls under the category of external vacuum sealer because it the bags are always outside the machine during the sealing process, unlike a chamber sealer. The advantage to this is that there are no height restrictions. With a wide 17.5” sealing width, the Mighty Mutt can be used to vacuum seal and package a wide variety of products.

This vacuum sealer also falls under the category of impulse sealer. Impulse sealing is a technology that doesn’t require any warm-up time prior to use. The sealing wire heats up and quickly cools down with every use, also making it very safe to use. The MPV-18 seals bags shut using a ¼” (6mm) flat band seal, which is more than enough sealing width for most packaging applications. A footswitch makes hands-free operation extremely easy.

The Might Mutt uses what’s known as a retractable nozzle system (made of stainless steel). When the top of the bag is inserted into the sealer, the nozzle slips inside the bag. This nozzle is what actually removes the air from the package. Once the designated amount of air has been removed, the nozzle will actually remove itself, allowing the bag to be sealed shut. The stainless steel nozzle is extremely easy to clean and far more durable than the plastic nozzles found on many competitors’ machines.

One thing that really sets the Mighty Mutt apart from the competition is the use of the Venturi Vacuum. This type of vacuum is a Seco Gramatech exclusive. Unlike other pumps, it uses no moving or electrical parts. This makes the machine extremely quiet, much more so than the competition. This also helps to improve the compressor life and improves the cycle rate of the machine. If you have ever seen this machine in use, you will be surprised to see just how fast the air is removed from the bag.

Here is a video of the MPV-18 Might Mutt in action:

This sealer is very easy to set up. It includes dials that allow you to adjust things such as the dwell, vacuum, seal and gas settings. It can be fitted with an optional internal compressor, single stage gas flush, bi-active seal system and it can be fitted for use with an optional 220V electrical system.

Weighing it at about 60 pounds, this vacuum sealer can be used on most workbenches, counters, tables or desks. It is designed to be fast, simple to operate and can be used just about anywhere. This machine is ideal for packaging medical supplies, parts, tools and even food.

Be aware that this vacuum sealer does require an external air compressor to operate.

If you have questions about this vacuum sealer, feel free to speak with one of our Packaging Experts at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of external vacuum sealers here and chamber vacuum sealers here. We also have a Service Department that can provide you with replacement parts, service and technical support.

Five Things to Bind with Your New Binding Machine

July 9th, 2013

Have you recently purchased a binding machine and now aren’t quite sure what to do with it? Whether you are using it at home or in the office, there is always something that can be bound. Having dealt with many customers over the years, I have heard of a lot of things (normal and strange) that people have bound. I would like to share five of the top things people bind with their machines.

Binding machines come in a wide variety of formats. The three most popular are comb, wire and coil (found here). All three of these binding formats, while different, can be used to bind many of the same things. The nice thing about binding machines is that they are very easy to use, can be used with most types of paper and the supplies are relatively cheap.

Five Things To Bind With Your New Binding Machine

  1. Custom Bound BookBooks – Many people use binding machines to bind their own books. This is sometimes for retail sale purposes and other times for hobby purposes. I have had parents even call up wanting a machine so their kid could bind their own book. The nice thing about a binding machine, especially those with selectable pins, is they can be used to bind books in all different sizes and thicknesses. I have seen people bind children’s books, automotive manuals and much more.
  2. Bound Scrapbook or Photo AlbumScrapbooks / Photo Albums – Over the past five years I have seen a huge increase in customers buying binding machines to bind their own scrapbooks. Those scrapbooks have to be put together somehow and a comb, wire or binding machine allows you to customize the book in your own way. Comb, wire and coil is also all available in a variety of colors and sizes, allowing you to easily match or compliment your scrapbook or photo album’s cover and design. Binding machines can be used create baby scrapbooks, family scrapbooks, memory books, photo albums and much more.
  3. Bound CookbookCookbooks – I can’t begin to tell you how many people I’ve spoken with have used their binding machine to make a cookbook. It is often for personal use, to create something for the family, a church or a neighborhood. Coil and comb are probably the two most common formats used for binding a cookbook. Coil is especially popular because the pages can be wrapped around, freeing up counter space during cooking. While coil is popular, comb is also very popular simply because it is extremely affordable and can be reopened for adding or removing pages.
  4. Bound Presentation or ReportReports / Presentations – I can’t leave out reports and presentations. This is what most businesses use binding machines for. They are excellent for creating quick presentations and reports in a professional way. Twin loop wire is probably most common for binding a professional report. These books are usually no more than ¼” thick at the most. They are also excellent for binding promotional sales material.
  5. Bound School AlbumSchool Albums – Many schools like to use binding machines, especially comb, for binding school projects on an elementary school level. They can be used to bind English assignments, art projects, journals and much more. Kids love to bind their own material and it really gives them a feeling of accomplishment when they see their own material in a bound format.

At ABC Office we have been selling binding machines for decades (since 1980). We are extremely familiar with all the binding formats out there and would love to help you out. You can reach us by calling 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of binding machines here.

What Are Shredder Blades, Cutting Cylinders and Rollers Made From?

July 9th, 2013

Dahle Cutting ShaftThere is a lot that goes into making a good paper shredder. This includes sound dampening technology, safety features, automation, capacity and much more. One feature that is often overlooked is the shredding blades. The blades on a shredder can vary widely as well as the quality. This can mean the difference between a shredder that lasts a year and a shredder that lasts a decade. I would like to cover how the shredder blades are built on a variety of our top brand paper shredders (found here).

At ABC Office we try to limit our paper shredder selection to the highest quality and reliable models out there. We have had opportunities to add cheaper shredders, but have opted not to for the sake of our customers. The shredders we sell are from reputable brands that stand behind their machines. Many of these companies offer a lifetime warranty on their shredder blades. I would like to cover the shredder blade technology that each of these manufacturers use.

  • Dahle – This manufacturer uses precision milled solid cylinders milled from a block of German steel. This allows for perfect alignment in an all-steel frame. Most of these shredder blades are guaranteed for life. These shredders are almost all made in Germany, ensuring excellent quality control.
  • Destroyit – These paper shredders are all made in Germany and their cross cut shredders use hardened steel cutting shafts. This allows them to accept staples, paper clips and credit cards without suffering any damage. Most of their standard cross cut cutting shafts feature a lifetime warranty and their super micro cut (SMC) feature a one-year warranty.
  • HSM – This is another German paper shredder manufacturer. Both their strip and cross cut shredders use hardened steel in their cutting rollers. Most of their strip and cross cut shredders are warranted to be free of manufacturer defect for the life of the shredder. Their higher-security shredders feature a five-year warranty on the cutting rollers from the date of the invoice.
  • Formax – This company has been manufacturing paper shredders for over half a decade now and their shredder lineup has proven the test of time. They use heat-treated steel cutters that are specially ground for longevity and require minimal oiling. Most of their shredders feature a lifetime warranty on the cutting head.
  • Kobra – Most of Kobra’s shredders use carbon hardened cutting knives in their paper shredders, which are unaffected by staples or paper clips.
  • Intimus – This company has been around for years. It used to be known as Intimus Schleicher International. The company is now owned by Martin Yale. They use hardened steel cutting cylinders. Many of their shredders use separate cutting blocks for shredding paper and digital media.

Each of the above mentioned brands have been around for years. They all make office shredders designed for daily continuous use. You can find our entire selection of paper shredders here. If you have additional questions about shredders, their features or warranties, please give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. Because we are an authorized dealer for each of these brands, we are also able to provide you with parts and service.

Top 10 Best Counterfeit Bill Detectors for 2013

July 3rd, 2013

Best Counterfeit Bill DetectorsIf you run, own or manage a business that handles a lot of cash on a daily basis, especially high value bills, you really should be using a counterfeit bill detector (found here). These devices are designed to catch some of the best “fakes” out there and are remarkably affordable. Considering how much money they could potentially save you, I recommend that most businesses use them, especially considering that some cost less that $10.

Counterfeit bill detectors are designed to let you know whether or not a bill is legitimate or not. Counterfeiting methods are numerous and many people out there want to take advantage of you. Most modern counterfeit detectors take advantage of three tools to catch fake bills dead in their tracks. These features are:

  • UV – Ultraviolet lights and scanners can detect special strips in bills that light up greenish yellow under a UV light. These types of bill detectors can be as simple as a handheld light or as complex as a computer-powered device that can sense these features. Here is more information on UV detection. You can find the location of each of these UV strips by going here. The location varies depending on the value of the bill.
  • MG – Legitimate bills use magnetic ink in strategic spots. This ink can be detected by special magnetic sensors built into many counterfeit detectors. Capabilities range from manually sliding the surface of the bill over a scanner to high-end bill counters that can scan hundreds of bills a minute. You can read more about MG detection here.
  • WM – Have you ever held a bill up to a light in order to see the face of an individual? This is what’s referred to as a watermark. These watermarks are only visible when held up to a backlight source. Many counterfeit detectors include a powerful light that the bill can be laid on top of for easy viewing.

Having dealt with and sold many counterfeit detectors over the years, I have come up with a list of some of the best models available. I would like to list these in this article. These counterfeit detectors are listed by price. I will cover their pros and their cons.

Top 10 Best Counterfeit Bill Detectors for the Money

  1. MD-118 FL Portable UV Detector (found here) – As of this article, the MD-118 FL costs less than $10. It is battery powered and uses a UV light that can easily be held over bills for fast and affordable UV detection. It can easily fit in a pocket and is very portable.  Because it uses batteries, it can be used just about anywhere.
  2. ABC 100 Counterfeit DetectorABC 100 Counterfeit Bill Detector (found here) – This model is also a UV detector, but includes a cover that helps to block out light, making UV detection even easier. A switch also allows a white backlight to be turned on for easy watermark detection. This model is extremely affordable and can be used on any desk or table. It can also fit in almost any cupboard or drawer for storage.
  3. https://www.abcoffice.com/images/abc95_t.jpgABC-95 Counterfeit Detector (found here) – This counterfeit detector includes a UV light, a white backlight, a counterfeit detection pen, a magnifying glass and a magnetic ink scanner. Each of these tools can be used on a bill to verify its authenticity. While this is a manually operated machine, it should catch just about anything.
  4. ABC-75 Counterfeit Bill Station (found here) – This is one of our most popular models. It includes a built-in magnifying glass, a UV scanner, a white light backlight for watermarks and includes a built-in magnetic ink scanner. Everything is built into the device and there are no separate tools that could be lost.  This station conveniently sits on just about any desk or table and is very easy to use.
  5. Cassida SmartCheck Counterfeit DetectorCassida SmartCheck (found here) – This is an excellent machine to have on hand if you need something that is extremely fast. It can be used to verify bills, IDs, credit cards and other UV identifiable items. The bill can simply be swiped through without any visual observation required. A separate UV light can be used for visual authentication as well.
  6. ABC 1150 Ultra Bill Counter (found here) – This is a bill counter that includes magnetic and ultraviolet counterfeit detection. Incorporating both technologies, this bill counter can count and scan bills for counterfeit properties at a speed of 1,000 bills a minute. This is a remarkable piece of technology and is extremely affordable. This is an excellent detector to have if you need to verify a lot of bills at once in a short period of time.
  7. Cashscan Model 1800 Bill Scanner (found here) – If you want to remove human error from the equation, the Model 1800 is an excellent counterfeit detector. This machine is as easy as inserting a bill and having the machine pull it in and scan it. A red light means the bill is fake, a green light means it is legitimate. This works with the new $100 bills.
  8. Cassida 2200 Bill Detector (found here) – This bill detector incorporates UV detection, MG detection and infrared (IR) detection that is visible on a built-in screen. The bill’s IR image is transmitted to a built-in monitor, making the IR properties easy to visually identify. The tower design means this detector has a small footprint and takes up very little space.
  9. Cassida 3300 Automatic Counterfeit Detector (found here) – This bill counter uses UV and MG detection without any visual involvement by the operator. This cuts out the element of human error. This bill scanner verifies magnetic marks, Infrared security marks and ultraviolet marks. It also works with the new $100 bills. A built in LCD screen lets you know in a second if the bill is real and it will display the denominational value on the screen. This counter is extremely compact
  10. Cashscan Ultrascan 2600 (found here) – This is another no-nonsense counterfeit bill scanner. You simply insert your bill, the machine pulls it in, scans it and lets you know if it is legitimate or not. It has been used with 100 of the most common counterfeit “supernotes” and catches them all. This is one of the most accurate and efficient counterfeit bill detectors out there. It will provide you with the denominational value of the bill, quantity of authentic notes and the total dollar value of the notes.

As you can see, we offer a lot of counterfeit bill detectors. You can find our entire selection here. We have decades of experience with these machines, so please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788 with any counterfeit bill questions. We would love to help you out.

TC-350FLR Fish Chamber Vacuum Sealer Review

July 1st, 2013

TC-350FLR Fish Vacuum Chamber SealerOne of the best ways to package a fish is to use a vacuum sealer. One of the most effective ways to package fish on a full scale commercial level is to use a chamber vacuum sealer (found here). These large industrial machines can be used all day to package fish for storage, transportation, preservation and much more. They can be used to package fish cutlets, supremes, steaks, fletches and much more. If you are trying to vacuum seal full size fillets or the entire fish, you may have run into a few space issues.

While most chamber vacuum sealers are excellent for packaging meat, fruits, vegetables and more, many people who are packaging fish need length, not necessarily width. Most chamber sealers, however, feature square-shaped sealing basins that just don’t work with larger fillets or trying to vacuum seal the entire fish. This is where the TC-350FLR (found here) really finds its place.

The TC-350FLR features a rare design. It is far longer than it is wide, designed to package fish on a commercial level. This sealer measures in at almost 40” wide by 15” wide. The front sealing bar itself is just shy of 33” long. This long chamber is perfect for packaging fish or other long food items. It also features two 14.1” sealing bars on the left and right side of the machine.  There are many reasons why this sealer is such an excellent option for fish packaging purposes.

This fish vacuum sealer features a stainless steel design. Anyone familiar with the chamber vacuum sealing industry knows that BUSCH vacuum pumps are some of the best in the business. This sealer features a durable BUSCH vacuum pump. This allows the sealer to be used on a continuous basis without suffering the wear and issues found in vacuum sealers that utilize cheaper components.

The sealer itself contains an MPC 20 microprocessor that helps assist with the sealing process, ensuring a solid and professional seal every time. The LCD control panel is extremely easy to navigate and the electrical box is IP 65 rated against water. The control panel also features the ability to store up to 20 programs and includes an oil indicator light for maintenance purposes.

The cycling time, which includes sealing and removal of air, takes about 25-35 seconds, depending on the size of the object being packaged. This means you can easily package several hundred items a day without a problem. It is designed to be used with vacuum sealing bags up to 6 mil thick and seals these bags shut using a 6mm sealing wire. Bladder activated sealing and helps assist with the sealing quality and vacuum removal.

Overall, this is the perfect machine for fish vacuum sealing and packaging. You couldn’t ask for a better designed machine. It can be used for packaging small and large fish and is the perfect addition to any fish processing plant or even the die-hard fisher that wants the ability to pack and freeze his / her own catch.

If you still have questions about this vacuum sealer, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We have decades of experience with chamber vacuum sealers and we would love to help you out. You can find our entire selection of external vacuum sealers here and chamber vacuum sealers here.

Dahle 507 & 508 Personal Rotary Paper Trimmers Review

June 27th, 2013

Dahle 507 & 508 Rolling Paper TrimmersI’ve spoken to a lot of people over the years who are looking for a solid scrapbook or craft paper cutter that can cut through their card stock, photos and is easy to set up. One model I frequently recommend is the Dahle 507 and 508 personal rotary trimmers (found here). These compact rotary paper cutters have been around for years. I have personally used them and would like to share my experience with you.

I hear a lot of complaints from people regarding cheap department store paper cutters. I have heard everything from it just feels cheap to the blade dulls too quickly. I have heard my fair share of complaints. Dahle has been around for decades and is known for their paper cutters. The Dahle 507 and 508 cutters, especially considering the price, do an excellent job.

So what is a rotary paper cutter (aka rolling trimmer)? A rotary cutter is a type of trimmer that uses a round cutting blade. This blade usually sits in some sort of housing that slides along a rail. These types of cutters are especially known for their precision. The are also immensely popular with scrapbookers.

Let me go into just a little more detail on the blade. Many “cheap” rotary cutters, such as those made by a company that rhymes with whiskers, use blades that roll along a rubber or plastic base. This often results in poorly trimmed paper or situations where the bottom sheet doesn’t cut at all. These Dahle cutters use a blade that actually slides up against a metal bar. This produces a very clean cut. This same cutting process also helps to sharpen the rolling blade, thus dramatically extending the lifespan of the trimmer.

Both of these cutters share several things in common. Both of these cutters feature a 7 sheet paper cutting capacity based on 20# bond paper. Both of these cutters are also German engineered. Both of these trimmers feature a plastic clamping mechanism that helps keep the paper in place during the cutting process, which really helps with keeping the cut straight during the entire trimming process. Both of these trimmers also feature a metal base that has a preprinted guide for easy paper alignment.

I would like to cover a few specifications between the two trimmers:

  • Dahle 507 – This trimmer has a 12 ½” cutting length, making it perfect for cutting photos and letter size paper. This is the most popular size for scrapbookers and hobbyists. It is extremely lightweight and very easy to carry around.
  • Dahle 508 – This trimmer has an 18” cutting length, allowing it to easily cut paper larger than letter size. It is excellent for trimming down larger photos, signs and small stuff as well.

Many scrapbookers out there like to use a rotary paper trimmer that has the option of using special cutting blades. You can actually buy the Dahle 507 as the Dahle 507K (kit). This kit includes the standard straight blade as well as a wavy blade, deckle cut blade and a perforating blade. The blades are extremely easy to swap out.

In conclusion, I have to say that both the Dahle 507 and 508 are excellent budget paper trimmers. If you are OK with the 7 sheet capacity, and don’t plan on using them in a print shop for heavy-duty use, I think you will really like these cutters. They are perfect for home or small business use and make great gifts.

If you still have questions, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We would love to help answer your questions. You can find the Dahle 507 and 508 here and our entire selection of rotary paper cutters here.

ABC Office Announces New Specials Page

June 26th, 2013

ABC OfficeDo you need to save some money on some specialized office equipment? Are you looking for a way to push that end-of-year budget a little farther? You’re in luck! We have recently re-designed our site and have added a specials page (found here) where we are adding some heavily discounted products. These products are often listed well below retail and are changing frequently, so be sure to check back often.

Our current lineup of products includes everything from binding machines and paper folding machines to laminators and paper cutters. These are the types of machines that are designed to do very specific and specialized tasks. Many of these machines can save businesses a lot of money by moving commonly needed operations in house. The cost of a machine is quickly made up by eliminating outsourced services.

If you see a product you like, but the money simply isn’t there right now, lock in that price with a quote. Simply call us at 1-800-658-8788 or fill out this form. By requesting a quote, you can lock in the low price for 30 days, which may be enough time for you get a budget proposal in place. We have many customers that take advantage of these free quotes.

At ABC Office we accept several different payments:

Purchase Orders – If you are a government entity, we will gladly accept a purchase order. If you aren’t government, we will still accept purchase orders, but a credit application must first be filled out and sent in to us. You can find the credit application here.

Checks – If you would like to pay with a check, you may mail it into us at:

1142 W. Flint Meadow Dr.
Kaysville, UT  84037

Once the check has cleared with our bank, we can go ahead and send out your product.

Credit Cards – We accept all major credit cards. This includes Visa, Master Card, American Express and Discover.

PayPal – We are set up to accept payments via PayPal, which is often a very simple and seamless payment method for many people.

Google Checkout – We are set up to accept payments via Google Checkout.

Wire Transfer – If you are outside the United States or Canada, you may still purchase products from us by paying via bank wire transfer.

ABC Office has been in business for over 30 years and we have developed a reputation for being some of the best in the business. We have years of experience and knowledge that can help you select the right product for the job. We also have a fully staffed Service Department that can help with repairs, replacement parts, service and much more. You can contact us by calling 1-800-658-8788.

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