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Akiles WireMac-E Wire Binding Machine Review

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Akiles WireMac-E Electric Wire Binding MachineAre you in need of a solid electric wire binding machine for your book binding needs? One model you may want to consider is the Akiles WireMac-E wire binding machine (found here). I have had a chance to use this machine and this is my review.

Here at ABC Office we have a stocked showroom, so I am able to play around with much of the equipment we sell. We have a lot of binding machines from Akiles in stock and I have had a chance to use most of them. I have bound books using the WireMac-E. The first word that comes to mind when describing the WireMac-E is “solid.”

The build quality on the Akiles WireMac-E is exceptional. This is the case with most Akiles machines. The machine is made from cast iron with metal components. It weighs about 70 pounds, which gives you a pretty good idea on the build.

You can get the WireMac-E in either a 2:1 or 3:1 pitch. The pitch determines the hole pattern that is punched. A 2:1 pitch has two holes per inch where a 3:1 has three holes per inch.

Because the holes on a 2:1 are spaced farther apart, it can be used to bind thicker books than a 3:1. The look is a little different between the two. Ultimately the hole pattern you choose will depend entirely on the thickness of the book and the look you want.

Punching paper on the WireMac-E is very easy. It is food pedal operated, which frees up both hands for holding the paper. I really like hands-free operation on a binding machine. Both the 2:1 and 3:1 versions of the WireMac-E are capable of punching up to 20 sheets of paper at a time. Wire is still inserted manually and the wire closing is completed by pulling a lever.

Some people may find the positioning of the wire closing a little awkward, since it is on the left side of the machine, but that shouldn’t be a problem. I am right handed and closing wire with my left hand didn’t seem like a problem. I’m not entirely sure why they laid it out that way.

A dial on the right side of the machine is used to adjust how far the wire closer will close the wire. It seems to be dead on accurate. If you are using ¼-inch wire, you adjust the wire closer to ¼-inch and you’re ready to go. A good wire closer is critical in wire binding. If the wire isn’t closed enough, pages will fall out, and if it is closed to much, it looks odd and pages will bind up.

I’m only covering a few of the features found in this machine. It really is jam packed. My overall impression on the WireMac-E is very high. I consider it to be a high quality machine capable of daily continuous book binding.

You can find the Akiles WireMac-E wire binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of electric punch wire binding machines here.

Akiles WireMac Wire Binding Machine Review

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Akiles WireMac Duo Wire Binding MachinesThe Akiles WireMac series of wire binding machines have been around for some time now. The overall customer response to this line of wire binding machines has been remarkably positive, and there is a good reason for this. The Akiles WireMac (found here) may very well be one of the best-built lines of wire binding machines every manufactured.

I have personally used all of the WireMac wire binding machines and have to say the overall build quality is remarkable. These machines feel as if they were cast out of a single piece of iron. They are heavy, but solid as a rock.

There is nothing more annoying than ending up with a stuck pin while trying to punch paper. While I personally recommend scaling back the punching capacity of a binding machine by about 20% from what the manufacturer recommends, I can safely say that the maximum punching capacity given by Akiles is in fact the real punching capacity. I have yet to experience a stuck pin.

These are the four WireMac wire-binding machines that we offer and what I think about them:

  • Original WireMac (2:1 & 3:1 pitch) – The original WireMac is a manually operated machine. This means that the punching and wire closing are done manually. This machine has selectable punching dies, an adjustable margin depth and an adjustable wire closer. Overall, this may be one of my favorite manual wire binding machines of all time.
  • Akiles WireMac Duo – This wire-binding machine brings you the best of both worlds. It includes both a 2:1 pitch and 3:1 pitch punch. This means you don’t have to settle on any one-hole format. It’s basically two machines in one, which is pretty cool.
  • Akiles WireMac Combo – So you have comb and wire binding needs but don’t want to fork out the money for two different machines? The WireMac combo has a comb punch and opener and a wire punch and closer. This machine is available in a 2:1 pitch and a 3:1 pitch version. The build quality is equal to the basic WireMac and it is just as easy to use.
  • Akiles WireMac-E – This machine is basically the original WireMac but with an electric punch. The electric punch makes punching paper faster and is ideal for consistent daily punching and binding. Some binding machines sacrifice quality when an electric motor is included. The WireMac-E uses a motor that is equivalent to the overall build quality of Akiles. It is nice.

I know I am gushing over these wire-binding machines, but in all honesty, I really like using them. Best of all, I don’t have to worry about any potential customer service or repair issues with these machines. They do what they’re supposed to and work as promised. You will find our entire selection of Akiles binding machines here.

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