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Akiles CoilMac-ER Plus Coil Binding Machine Review

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Akiles CoilMac-ER Plus Coil Binding MachineCoil binding has quickly jumped up to the top of the popular list and is now one of the most common book binding formats used today. Finding the right coil binder isn’t always an easy task. One machine you may want to consider using is the Akiles CoilMac-ER Plus coil binding machine (found here). This is my review.

To begin with, the CoilMac-ER Plus coil binding machine uses a 4:1 pitch hole pattern. This means that it punches four holes per inch of paper. This is the most common hole pattern used in coil binding machines today. Coil binding can be used to bind cookbooks, manuals, books, textbooks and much more.

The CoilMac-ER Plus uses a manual punch to punch through up to 20 sheets of 20 lbs paper at a time. This is fairly large amount of paper for a manual punch machine. You will notice in the picture that the CoilMac-ER has a fairly long punching handle. This added length provides additional leverage, making it easier to punch paper.

The build quality of the CoilMac-ER is great. The machine is made from metal and should easily last several years without any issues. The CoilMac-ER weighs 38 pounds, which should give you a pretty good idea on how solid it is.

The CoilMac-ER Plus has two benefits over the standard CoilMac-ER.

  1. Oval Punching Pins – The CoilMac-ER uses a punching die that punches oval-shaped holes. Oval-shaped holes are supposed to make pages easier to turn than standard round holes.
  2. Selectable Punching Pins – Selectable (disengaging) punching pins means you can choose exactly which hole punches. This is ideal for binding larger or smaller documents. By disengaging a punching pin, you can eliminate half-punched holes.

The CoilMac-ER also includes a built in electric coil inserter. Electrically spinning coils through punched paper is several times faster than manually inserting coils. The electric inserter is located on the top-left of the machine. The CoilMac-ER Plus uses a food pedal activated inserter for hands-free operation.

Overall I am very impressed with the Akiles CoilMac-ER. It is very easy to use, seems to be very solid and can be used for light to medium-volume book binding. This machine can be used in copy shops, schools, churches and other businesses without any issues.

You can find the CoilMac-ER Plus coil binding machine here. You can find the standard Akiles CoilMac-ER here. You can find our entire selection of manual coil binding machines here.

Akiles CoilMac-M Coil Binding Machine Review

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Akiles CoilMac-M Coil Binding MachineCoil binding (aka spiral binding) is one of the most attractive and durable binding formats available today. If you are in the market for a coil binding machine, you’ve probably discovered there are a lot of options. One machine you may want to consider is the Akiles CoilMac-M coil binding machine (found here). I have used this machine and this is my review.

To begin with, the CoilMac-M is available in two different versions. One is the basic CoilMac-M and the other is the CoilMac-M Plus. There are only two significant differences between these two machines.

The CoilMac-M has five selectable (disengageable) punching pins where the CoilMac-M Plus has 54. The CoilMac-M punches round holes where the CoilMac-M Plus punches oval-shaped holes. More selectable dies is always nice and the oval holes are suppose to make for easier page turns.

Akiles CoilMac Hole PatternsBoth machines are made from solid metal and feature durable construction. This is the case with most Akiles machines. I can’t even think of I time I heard a complaint back from a customer regarding the CoilMac-M.

Both the CoilMac-M and the Plus weigh in at 35 pounds, which gives you an idea on how tough they are. They punch a total of 20 holes of paper at a time, which is pretty good for a manual-punch machine.

The CoilMac-M uses a 4:1 pitch hole pattern. This means it punches a total of four holes per inch of paper. This is the most common coil binding hole pattern and the supplies are very common.

I suppose my biggest complaint with the CoilMac-M series of binding machines is that they don’t have an electric inserter. Coils have to be manually inserted through the holes. If you are only binding a dozen books a day, that isn’t an issue.

If you need to bind dozens or more books a day, you may want to go with something that has an inserter like the Akiles CoilMac-ER, CoilMac-ECI or CoilMac-ECI Plus.

Overall I really like the CoilMac-M coil binders. I would rate these as being perfect for low to medium-volume use. You can easily use the CoilMac-M to create booklets, reports, cookbooks and more. You can find the CoilMac-M here and the CoilMac-M Plus here. You can find our entire selection of coil binding machines here.

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