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Akiles CardMac Business Card Cutter Review

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Akiles CardMac Business Card Slitter & CutterHave you ever wanted to create your own in-house business cards, but didn’t quite know where to start? The process is remarkably easy. All you need is a template for your computer, a printer and a business card cutter to finish the job. The business card making process is remarkably fast and is an effective method for individuals and small businesses to create their own cards. One line of machines you should consider using is the CardMac from Akiles (found here). There are four different versions to choose from.

Before you pick a business card cutter (aka slitter), you will need to answer two questions. First off, do you need a full bleed business card cutter and secondly do you want the machine to be manual or electric. I would like to go into more details on what a full bleed is.

Full Bleed Business Card – If you want color on your entire business card, from edge to edge, you are going to need a business card cutter that can cut out your cards without any white margin showing. Full bleed business cards use a special gutter cut template that allows bleeding of color over the edges, allowing for edge-to-edge color. The template for a full-bleed card is more complex than a standard business card template and requires a business card cutter capable of trimming out the cards. You cannot effectively create full bleed business cards with a standard no-bleed business card cutter.

No Bleed Business Cards – These are your more traditional business cards and feature a template with a mostly-white background. These business cards usually feature a logo, a name, some text and some contact information. They can feature rich colors, but don’t rely on the ability or need to print color all the way to the edge of the card.

Full Bleed Busienss Card Using Gutter Cut Pattern & Standard Business Card Pattern

So as mentioned before, Akiles offers four different CardMac business card cutters. Two are electric, two are full bleed and two are no bleed. I would like to cover each of these four models in some detail.

MANUAL AKILES CARDMAC

  • Akiles CardMac ACM-NB No Bleed Business Manual Card Cutter (found here) – This is a manual business card slitter that features the ability to cut cards by either turning a hand crank or a dial (both included). This cutter is designed for use with no bleed business cards using a 12-up business card template pattern. Simply print your cards, insert them into the feed tray and start turning the handle. This business card cutter requires two passes to create the cards. This can be later upgraded to an electric machine.
  • Akiles CardMac ACM-B Bleed Business Manual Card Cutter (found here) – This is almost the same as the above-mentioned machine, but uses a cutting pattern designed to handle full bleed business cards. It can be used with paper up to 0.3mm thick (12 mil). This machine uses a 10-up business card pattern. Like the ACM-NB, this machine can also be upgraded to an electric unit. The finished card size is 2″ x 3.5″.

ELECTRIC AKILES CARDMAC

  • Akiles CardMac ACM-EB / ACM-ENB Electric Business Card SlitterAkiles CardMac ACM-ENB No Bleed Electric Business Card Cutter (found here) – If you need a little added speed and a little less manual involvement, the ACM-ENB electric business card slitter is a great option. This cutter is designed for use with no bleed business cards and features a 12-up cutting pattern. Like the manual versions of these cutters, this model still requires two passes of the card. This is pretty much the same as the ACM-NB, but with the optional electric motor already attached.
  • Akiles CardMac ACM-EB Bleed Electric Business Card Cutter (found here) – If you need a full bleed electric business card cutter, the ACM-EB is the model you will need. This Akiles CardMac has a motor attached to the side. Load up your 10-up pattern full bleed business cards into the slitter and let the sheet run through (vertically). Then take those and run them through the machine again to finish the business card process. This equals out to be about 60 cards per minute.

The only real weakness I have found with these business card cutters is that they use friction to pull paper into the machine for cutting. This is excellent when cutting standard finish paper and card stock, but may cause some slippage with glossy or coated paper.

If you have additional questions about these machines, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of business card cutters and slitters here.

Akiles Pro-Lam Photo Pouch Laminator Review

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Akiles Pro-Lam Photo Pouch LaminatorLaminating photos is a delicate process and requires professional equipment if you want to ensure the job is done right every time. You don’t want to use just any off-the-shelf machine. Laminated photos look great, but when the process doesn’t work, a photo can be permanently destroyed. If you are a professional business, or need the utmost quality in your laminated photos, consider using the Akiles Pro-Lam Photo laminator (found here). This is my review.

There are several reasons why someone may want to laminate a photo. I have broken these down into two types of people:

  • Sentimental Preservation – Photographs can hold a lot of sentimental value, especially when it comes to memories. When dealing with older photos, rare photos and one-of-a-kind photos, you want to use the utmost care. One way many people like to protect and preserve a photo is by laminating it. You do not want ripples, bubbles or cloudiness in the film. The Akiles Pro-Lam Photo is an example of a laminator that can handle sentimental photos and laminate them correctly the first time.
  • Professional Presentation – If you are a photographer, or a business that needs quality laminated photos and signs, the Akiles Pro-Lam is also a great option. Many businesses use lamination for protection and to provide added support to signs, photos and other material. Lamination film has a way of enhancing and bringing out colors. The glossy finish also has a clean and fresh appearance.

There are a few reasons why the Akiles Pro-Lam Photo is so good at laminating photographs. It all starts with the design. To begin with, the Pro-Lam photo uses a 6-roller system. This consists of 4 heated rollers and two cold rollers. In most cases, the more rollers you have in a laminator the higher quality the results will be. Most department store laminators only have 2 rollers and most commercial business laminators have 4. More rollers ensure better heat distribution and better application of pressure.

Technology, along with a microprocessor, built into this laminator helps to regulate the temperature during the laminating process. This especially helps when laminating photographs. Because the temperature is so well regulated, bubbles and other artifacts in the final product are eliminated. This technology also ensures proper lamination regardless of the thickness of the film. The Pro-Lam Photo handles 3, 5, 7 and 10-mil film without a problem.

The Akiles Pro-Lam Photo isn’t just good for laminating photos. It can also be used for laminating standard paper, card stock, for mounting and even for use with some hot foiling. The wide 13″ laminating width handles a wide range of pouch sizes and material.

This laminator includes an auto memory function that will automatically remember the previous speed and temperature settings. This is ideal if you repeat the same job multiple times throughout the day or on a daily basis. When the laminator isn’t being used, it will go into standby mode, which is designed to save on energy as well as ensure a longer laminator lifespan.

A few additional features that make the Akiles Pro-Lam Photo a great option includes:

  • Jam Release Switch – This makes it easy to remove jams and misfeeds.
  • Cold Lamination Function – This allows the laminator to be used with cold lamination and pressure sensitive lamination film.
  • Silicon Rollers – These special rollers allow you to laminate products without or without the use of a carrier.
  • Overheating Protection – If for any reason the laminator gets too hot, it will automatically shut off to prevent a hazardous situation.
  • CE & TUV Certified

In conclusion, I can safely say that Akiles is one of the best manufacturers we work with. Their products, including their laminators and binding machines, are some of the best on the market. Their products are solid. If you do a lot of laminating, need a multi-roll laminator or need something for laminating photos, this is a great option. If you have additional questions about this laminator, please give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of pouch laminators here.

If you have this laminator or have used it, please post your experience at the end of this article as a comment. Thanks for reading!

Top 4 Best Countertop Corner Rounders in Town

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Top 4 Best Corner RoundersWhen it comes to lopping the corners off of paper, you probably want the best corner rounder (found here) for the dollar. Luckily companies like Lassco and Akiles produce some of the best corner rounders available, bar none. These are corner rounders that feature a great build quality, are highly customizable and take the labor out of high-capacity corner cutting. We offer four models that I feel you will like. These are machines that I have personally used and operated.

While all four of these corner rounders are excellent machines I have a personal favorite, the Lassco CR-20 (found here). It just works well and makes cutting corners so easy. I will go into more detail regarding is pros along with other corner rounders. Here is my top 4 list:

Top 4 Best Countertop Corner Rounders in Town

  1. CR-20 Corner RounderLassco CR-20 Cornerounder (found here) – This is my personal favorite. It features a compact design and works great on a table, desk or counter. It has a long lever that you push down to begin cutting the corners. A socket, found at the corner of the handle, holds a cutting die. This die is what does all the cutting. The CR-20 comes with one die and can be used with a variety of different sizes. One reason I really like this model is the fact that I never have customer service issues with it.
  2. Lassco CR-50B Corner RounderLassco CR-50B Cornerounder (found here) – This corner rounder is essentially a CR-20 on steroids. The reason you would want to use this corner rounder over the CR-20 is if you are cutting larger sheets of paper. It features a larger cutting base and a slightly longer handle for additional cutting leverage. Like the CR-20, the CR-50B also uses socket-loaded cutting dies and can be used with 1/8″, ¼”, 3/8″ and ½”. Other special dies are also available.
  3. Akiles Diamond-1 Corner RounderAkiles Diamond-1 Corner Rounder (found here) – Akiles makes some of our best binding machines and their corner rounders aren’t half bad either. While I think the CR-20 has a beefier cutting die, the Diamond-1 is an excellent alternative. It also can be used with several different cutting dies and comes with a ¼” die. The handle on the Diamond-1 is particularly easy to use thanks to an ergonomic handle.
  4. Akiles Diamond-5 Electric Corner RounderAkiles Diamond-5 Electric Corner Rounder (found here) – This is the only countertop electric corner rounder that I am aware of. Electric is ideal if you are rounding the corners on thousands of documents per day. The Diamond-5 has nearly a 2″ cutting capacity. While floor models are great machines, the convenience of a countertop model can’t be beat and this machine’s compact design helps save on space. It can be used with four different sizes of cutting dies.

Each of these four models are excellent products and I have no problem recommending them. They will each hold up with daily use and are all quality machines. If for any reason you have a question, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We are more than happy to help you out. You can find our entire selection of corner rounders here.

Akiles DuoMac 421 2-in-1 Wire and Coil Binding Machine Review

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Akiles DuoMac 421 Two-in-One Coil and Wire Binding MachineTwo of the most common and popular binding methods used today is coil binding (found here) and wire binding (found here). Both of these formats are used to bind reports, presentations, books, manuals and more. While both formats look great, it can be a bit costly to buy two “good” binding machines, not to mention the amount of space it takes up on a desk or table. The solution to this problem is to use what’s known as a combination or 2-in-1 binding machine. One solid machine you may want to consider using is the Akiles DuoMac 421 (found here).

Akiles is easily one of the best known manufacturers of book binding machines. Their CoilMac is the best selling coil binding machine to date. That just goes to show you how desirable their machines are. Three of their most popular lines of binding machines include the MegaBind, WireMac and CoilMac. Why are their machines so popular? It has a lot to do with the build quality and just how easy the machines are to use.

The Akiles DuoMac is a line of combination 2-in-1 binding machines. This includes coil / wire, comb / coil, comb / wire and many other combinations. Many of the DuoMac machines look like something concocted in Frankenstein’s laboratory. While these machines are literally a mish mash of multiple machines into one machine, they work remarkably well.

I decided to review the DuoMac 421 because it combines comb and wire, which are very popular right now. Not only does it combine these two formats, it combines the most popular hole patterns in both. The DuoMac 421 has a 2:1 pitch twin loop wire punch and a 4:1 pitch coil patter. The pitch is the amount of holes the machine punches per inch. A 4:1 pitch, for example, has four holes punched per inch of paper. Once you have a machine with a specific hole pattern, you need to make sure you purchase supplies that correspond with that pattern.

The DuoMac 421 has a coil binding punch on the front and a wire binding punch in the back. Both of the punching handles are located on the right side of the machine (a plus for those of you who are right handed). The two handles don’t get in the way of each other and each are leveraged to easily punch through up to 20 sheets of paper at a time. It can also be used to punch through clear covers (found here) and binding covers (found here).

The coil punch has five disengageable punching pins and the wire punch is completely disengageable. This is awesome if you like to punch sheet lengths of various sizes. It eliminates half-punched holes along the edge of the paper.

The wire punch has a 14″ punching length and the coil punch has a 13″ punching length. Both punches are open ended, which means you can actually punch longer lengths of paper by simply sliding the paper out the side of the machine and punching again.

The Akiles DuoMac 421 has a wire closer on the front of the machine, including a convenient wire hanger. The lever on the left-side of the machine is used for closing wire. Simply adjust the wire closer to coincide wit the diameter of wire you are using. This will ensure that the wire is closed perfectly. You never want wire to be under closed (pages fall out) or over closed (looks bad and pages are hard to turn).

Unfortunately this machine does not have an electric coil inserter. Based on my own capabilities, I am able to manually spin a coil through punched holes in about 20-30 seconds, which isn’t bad, however, it isn’t as fast as an electric inserter (3-5 seconds). A free pair of coil crimping pliers is included, which is a nice value in and of itself.

Overall I have to say that this is a solid piece of machinery. If you are a business, school, church or organization that wants a two-in-one machine, this is definitely one to consider. It takes up a much smaller footprint than owning two machines and is perfect for binding a few dozen to a few hundred books a day.

You can find the Akiles DuoMac 421 here and our entire selection of two-in-one binding machines here. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with questions or post your question here as a comment. Happy binding!

Akiles WireMac-Combo Binding Machine Review

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Akiels WireMac-Combo Wire / Comb Binding MachineAre you having trouble settling on either comb or wire binding? Do you feel that you have reports, presentations or books that could benefit from both binding styles? If you are torn, or are having trouble making a decision, you should consider the Akiles WireMac-Combo (found here). This book binding machine can be used to bind books using comb or wire. I have used this machine and this is my review.

Akiles is known for making some of the best binding machines out there. Having used over a dozen different models of Akiles machines myself, I can tell you that I personally like using them over GBC, Fellowes and many other brands. The build quality is simply some of the best I have ever seen in an office machine. The WireMac-Combo falls right in line with this tradition.

The WireMac-Combo is literally made from all-metal construction. Everything from the outer shell of the machine to the inner guts to the handles are made from metal. There are a few wood and plastic trim pieces, but I would say that at least 90% of the machine is made from metal. That really means something in a world where plastic seems to be replacing metal. Head to head, metal always wins over plastic.

The WireMac wire binding machine and the Akiles MegaBind are two great machines. The WireMac-Combo takes these two machines and smashes them into one unit. The end result is pure engineering genius. The WireMac-Combo has to separate and unique punching dies. One die punches paper in a 19-ring plastic comb hole pattern and the other punches paper using a 2:1 pitch or a 3:1 pitch hole pattern (depending on the version of the WireMac-Comb you go with).

Two separate punches mean you never have to worry about swapping out dies. Everything is right there in one machine. The WireMac-Combo also includes a manually operated wire close and a manually operated plastic comb opener / closer. While this may sound very complicated, and the picture of the machine may seem intimidating, it is actually pretty easy to use. Just remember, while there are 4 different handles on the machine, you will only ever use 2 of them when binding a book. Two of the handles are for wire and the other 2 are for comb.

The WireMac-Combo doesn’t just bind books using twin loop wire or plastic comb. It also includes a wide range of “luxury” features. This includes an adjustable margin depth (for the punches) and independent disengageable dies. This allows you to turn of individual punching pins, making custom book binding easy. This feature essentially cuts out the dreaded “half punched” hole. The base of the punching dies also feature a printed diagram showing you where the holes will be punched.

The WireMac-Combo also includes gauges, diagrams and tools that ensure proper binding. This includes a wire closing gauge that keeps the closer from under or over closing the wire.

This machine is excellent for use in an office or copy center. While a robust machine (20.5″ x 27″ x 20″), it will easily sit on most desks or tables. It is a little heavy, weighing in at 64 pounds, it can still be easily moved around by a couple of people.

Having used this machine, I would like to personally vouch for its quality and longevity. This machine is built to last and will easily hold up to daily use. Simply put, our customers love this machine.

You can find the Akiles WireMac-Combo wire and comb binding machine here and our entire selection of book binding machines here. Please do not hesitate to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

Akiles WireMac Wire Binding Machine Video

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Akiles WireMac Wire Binding MachineIf you’re considering purchasing the Akiles WireMac, you may want to see how it works. Having used this machine myself, I can vouch for the fact that it is a solid machine and is easy to use. A few years ago we shot a detailed video demo of the WireMac in use. I will include that video in this article.

Before I show you the video, I would like to explain why the Akiles WireMac is such a popular machine with our customers. To begin with, it has been around for some time and has developed a stalwart reputation with our customers. It is very common for this machine to literally last for years without experiencing any issues.

You can buy the WireMac in two different hole patterns. The most common is the 2:1 pitch, which is two holes per inch. This size is the most common because it can be used to bind the thickest books. The 2:1 pitch hole pattern can bind up to 1 ¼” of paper at a time. The 3:1 pitch, which has a tighter hole pattern (3 holes per inch) can only bind up to 9/16″ of paper. Both patterns look good, and if you don’t need to bind over ½” of paper, either format will work for you.

The Akiles WireMac itself is one of the best-built machines we offer. It features durable metal construction, which includes the innermost components. It features fully disengageable punching pins, an adjustable margin depth and much more.

This is a video demo of the Akiles WireMac in use.

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As you can see from this video, the WireMac is a pretty slick machine. Not only does it do a great job binding presentations, reports and booklets, but it looks great too. It is heavy enough to hold its own, yet is light enough to be used on just about any desk or countertop. Simply put, this is a great deal and a great option for binding paper.

You can find the Akiles WireMac binding machine here and our entire selection of wire binding machines here. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

Different Types of Akiles WireMac Binding Machines

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

The Akiles WireMac is one of the most popular wire binding machines in the United States. These machines are used to bind reports, presentations, books and much more. You will find the WireMac in businesses, schools, churches and other organizations. We currently offer 4 different variations of the WireMac. This article will explain the differences between each.

Types of Akiles WireMac Binding Machines

Akiles WireMac Binding MachineAkiles WireMac (2:1 or 3:1) – The first and most common version is the standard Akiles WireMac (found here). It is a manually operated machine and is available in a 2:1 pitch hole pattern or a 3:1 pitch hole pattern. This wire binding machine is completely manually operated. It includes a handle for punching paper and a separate handle for closing the wire. It features fully disengageable punching dies, an adjustable margin depth and a dial that sets the wire closer (prevents over closing or under closing wire). This is the most popular WireMac. This is because it is the least expensive, yet still features an extremely durable metal frame and shell.

Akiles WireMac-Combo Binding MachineAkiles WireMac-Combo (Comb / Wire) – This version of the WireMac combines both 2:1 wire and comb or a 3:1 wire and plastic 19-ring comb binding. The Akiles WireMac-Combo (found here) features a wire punch and a comb binding punch. Also included is a wire close and a comb opener / closer. This is especially nice for people that don’t want to settle on any one binding format. While this machine is completely manual, it is easy to use and is fast to operate. This machine is robust, powerful and is made from durable metal construction. It also features disengageable punching pins, an adjustable margin depth and much more.

Akiles WireMac-Duo 2:1 / 3:1 Binding MachineAkiles WireMac-Duo (2:1 & 3:1) – If you can’t settle on a wire binding hole pattern, you may want to consider the Akiles WireMac-Duo (found here). This version of the WireMac features both a 2:1 pitch and a 3:1 pitch punching die. This allows you to create reports using a tighter hole patter (3:1 pitch) or a wider spaced hole pattern (2:1 pitch) that allows for thicker books. It can also punch through clear covers, card stock and standard paper. This is a great wire binding machine for a business environment due to its versatility. The WireMac-Duo is a very popular binding machine. It is both affordable and features a superb build quality.

Akiles WireMac-E Binding MachineAkiles WireMac-E Electric Wire Binding Machine (2:1 or 3:1) – If you really like the WireMac, but need to increase your binding output, you may want to consider using the Akiles WireMac-E (found here). This version of the WireMac features an electric punch and a manual wire closer. This machine is available in either a 2:1 pitch hole pattern or a 3:1 pitch hole pattern. Unfortunately, as of the writing of this article, there is no WireMac-E-Combo that combines both hole patterns. This wire binder features a foot pedal for hands-free operation and can punch 20 sheets of paper at a time. This machine is a beast and will easily keep up with your daily wire binding operations.

The WireMac line of wire binding machines has an excellent track record with our customers. As long as you know the differences between the models, you should be very happy with your purchase. I personally love selling Akiles WireMac machines because I know that I won’t have to worry about customer service issues later down the road. I personally recommend that you invest a little extra money in a WireMac that will easily last for years, versus a slightly cheaper machine that may last 1 year.

You can find our entire selection of Akiles wire binding machines here. Please feel free to contact one of our customer service representatives at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions. We are more than happy to help you find the right machine. You are also more than welcome to post your question as a comment at the end of this article.

4:1 Pitch PVC Spiral Binding Coils

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

4:1 Pitch Coil Binding MachinesCoil binding looks good. It’s classy, can be used to bind a wide range of documents and is extremely functional. Coil binding (aka Spiral Binding) is available in two different hole patterns. These are 4:1 pitch (four holes per inch) and 5:1 pitch (five holes per inch). Four-to-one pitch coil is the most popular format used. Why is this? I’ll explain.

Let me go into a few more details about specifically what the differences are between 4:1 pitch and 5:1 pitch coil. I’ll start off with 4:1 pitch coil.

4:1 Pitch Coil Supplies4:1 Pitch Coils (0.25″) – When used on 11″ paper, you typically end up with a total of 43 to 44 holes, depending on how the punching die is aligned. Outside the United States, this pattern is referred to as a 6mm hole pattern. Supplies are available in diameters ranging from ¼” (6mm) up to 1 ¼” (32mm). Some larger diameter coils are available, but less common.

5:1 Pitch Coil Hole Pattern5:1 Pitch Coils – This hole pattern produces about 54-55 holes along the 11″ side of a sheet of paper. Outside the United States this is known as a 5mm hole pattern. Supplies are available in diameters ranging from ¼” (6mm) up to 13/16″ (20mm). While some larger diameter coils are available, they are generally not used or recommended due to the tight hole alignment of the 5:1 pitch pattern.

So why is 4:1 pitch more popular?
The 4:1 pitch hole pattern is more widely used because it can be used to bind more paper. The wider gap in the holes makes it possible to bind thicker books without the pages binding together (easier page turns).

Which hole pattern should you use? The hole pattern you use will depend on personal preference and functionality. If you like the tighter hole pattern, and are aware of the 13/16″ diameter limitation, you may want to consider a 5:1 pitch pattern. If you are unsure and don’t have a preference, 4:1 pitch is more versatile and more common.

Oval or Round?
– Akiles, one of the best-known manufacturers of coil binding machines, recently released a 4:1 Plus pitch hole pattern (0.248″). These holes are oval in shape. The advantage to the oval shape is that coil supplies are supposed to more easily spin through the holes. While they may be easier for coil insertion, you probably won’t notice a huge difference.

Metal or PVC? While you can buy spiral notebooks that are bound using metal coils, in-house coil binding is done by using spiral PVC coils. PVC coils are now the most prominent and widely used supply used for coil binding. PVC coils are popular because they are available in a wide range of colors, are extremely durable and are easier for use with a spiral binding machine.

I hope this helps clarify coil binding for you. If you still have questions, please feel free to call one of our book binding specialist at 1-800-658-8788.

You can find our entire selection of coil binding machines here and our entire selection of coil binding supplies here.

Akiles WireMac 2:1 / 3:1 Wire Binding Machine Reviewed

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Akiles WireMac 2:1 / 3:1 Wire Binding MachineCreating your own product is fun and fulfilling. One hobby that I enjoy, and many businesses perform on a daily basis, is bookbinding. It’s fun to produce something that is tangible and looks professional. One of the best-looking binding formats is wire binding. It’s clean, looks great and is ideal for the most important presentations and reports. One machine I personally recommend using is the Akiles WireMac wire binding machine (found here). I have used this machine myself and this is my review.

To start with, I have to say that Akiles is one of the best binding machine manufacturers around. They manufacture comb, wire and coil binding machines and they almost always turn out to be high quality products. The reason I bring this up is because if the WireMac doesn’t fit your bill, you should still consider an Akiles Machine.

The WireMac wire binding machine is designed for low to medium-volume book binding. That isn’t to say that it is a low-volume machine, but it features a manual punch. That means the WireMac’s biggest limiting factor to speed is the operator. The machine itself could stand up to higher-volume binding, but the operator would probably get tired.

You can get the Akiles WireMac in two different designs. One design comes with a 2:1 pitch hole pattern and the other comes with a 3:1 pitch hole pattern. The pitch you use depends entirely on your preference. I can say, however, that the 2:1 pitch has been more popular, due in part to the fact that a 2:1 pitch hole pattern can bind more paper.

Using the WireMac is extremely easy. Simply take a stack of paper (up to 20 sheets of 20 lb paper) and punch it. Keep punching paper until you have the designed amount punched. You then insert a wire binding element into the punched holes and close the wire shut using the built-in wire closer. Sounds easy, right? It really is an easy machine to use.

Don’t let this machine’s simplicity fool you. It is also packed with features. One of my favorite features is the selectable punching pins (aka disengageable dies). This allows you to shut of any of the 40 dies (3:1 pitch) or 27 dies (2:1 pitch). This eliminates half-punched holes and makes it possible to bind books of varying sizes. This machine has a 14″ punching length. Because it is open ended, you can technically punch paper even longer than 14″.

I also really like the adjustable margin depth and diameter selector. Both of these features make it extremely easy to bind books of varying thicknesses.

The WireMac has been around for years and we have sold untold amounts of these machines to customers. Akiles has a great track record with our customers and the WireMac has proven to be extremely reliable, lasing for years without any issues.

Having handled this machine myself, I can tell you that it is solid. The all-metal construction really helps improve the book binding experience. I highly recommend this machine for those interested in binding books, reports and presentations.

You can find the Akiles WireMac wire binding machine here and our entire selection of Akiles book binding machines here. You can find ABC Office’s entire selection of binding machines here.

Best Book Binding Machine Brands

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Best Binding Machine BrandsIf you’re looking for a book binding machine, you probably want to get one from a manufacturer that has a good reputation. While there is a lot of information out there on the best cars, Blu-ray players and laptops, there is little information regarding the best book binding machines. I have been using, selling and working with binding machines for over a decade. I have compiled a list of the best binding machine brands.

As previously mentioned, I have a lot of experience with book binding machines. This includes comb, wire, coil and many other formats. I have to admit that while I have used some absolute amazing binding machines, I have used a lot of lemons as well. I will explain why these binding machines brands are the best and why you may want to consider using them.

Best Book Binding Machine Brands

  1. Akiles Binding Machines – Akiles is probably one of the best and most reputable manufacturers of binding machines. They manufacture the WireMac, CoilMac and MegaBind book binding machines along with several other models. Akiles machines are known for their durable “metal” construction and ability to hold up after years of rigorous use.
  2. Intelli-Bind Binding Machines – Intelli-Bind, from Intelli-Zone, has been around for about a year and has developed a reputation for offering extremely affordable machines with many high-end features. Most of Intelli-Bind’s coil binding machines feature electric coil inserters. Other binding formats (coil, comb & wire) often feature disengageable punching pins and much more. These machines have a great track record with customers.
  3. Renz Binding Machines – Renz book binding machines feature elegant designs and the ability to handle higher-volume binding operations. They are probably best known for their high quality wire binding machines. Many publishers, copy centers and organizations like to use their machines for commercial wire binding operations.
  4. Tamerica Binding Machines – Tamerica (sometimes called Tahsin) offers a great line of comb, wire and coil binding machines. These machines are affordable and generally fall in the range of low to medium-volume book binding.
  5. SircleBind Binding Machines – SircleBind offers a great selection of comb, wire and coil binding machines. Having used these machines myself, I have to say that make a good low to medium-volume machine. The only thing I don’t like about their machines is there is a lot of plastic involved in the manufacturing process. That said, they have a good reputation with our customers.
  6. GBC Binding Machines – GBC offers a wide range of book binding machines, from coil to VeloBind. I have to say that it is hit and miss with GBC. I really like their VeloBind line of machines and really like their GBC C800 Pro comb binding machine, which is a modification of a very popular Ibico binding machine.

I hope this list helps you find a good machine. You can find our entire line of book binding machines here.

If you have questions, or simply need more information, feel free to speak with one of our binding machine specialists by calling 1-800-658-8788.

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