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GBC CombBind C800pro Comb Binding Machine Review

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

GBC CombBind C800pro Comb Binding MachineWere you a big fan of the classic Ibico EPK-21 comb binding machine? It was a customer favorite, and when it was discontinued, we had a lot of sad customers. The good news is that the EPK-21 now lives on as the GBC CombBind C800pro electric comb binding machine (found here). With a few exceptions, it is the same old reliable machine the EPK-21 used to be.

GBC is one of the largest manufacturers of book binding machine in the USA. They manufacture comb binding machines (CombBind), ProClick binding machines and VeloBind machines. Their line of binding machines are primarily targeted towards businesses.

The C800pro is an electric comb binding machine. It features a durable electric paper punch that can punch up to 25 sheets of paper at a time. The electric punch is operated by pressing on a foot pedal. The foot pedal allows for convenient hands-free operation. This is especially nice for high-volume book binding operations.

While the GBC CombBind C800pro features an electric punch, the opener itself is manual. This shouldn’t come across as too much of a letdown though. Very (emphasis on very) few electric comb binding machines have an electric comb opener. This is because manually opening combs takes just seconds. The comb opener handle is located on the left side of the machine (a minor annoyance for a righty like me).

The C800pro has a maximum punching width of 12″ and a maximum binding thickness of about 2″ (425 sheets of 20# paper). The added width and binding thickness allow you to bind just about any book, report or presentation.

The addition of disengageable punching pins makes the C800pro perfect for custom book binding. Any of the 21 punching pins can be disengaged. This completely eliminates half-punched holes and allows you to bind books ranging from a few inches to 12″ wide without any issues.

The all-metal build quality on the C800pro is very obvious when being handled. The housing, handles, punching pins and gears are all made out of metal. The build quality is exceptional, which is probably why it is rated for commercial-volume book binding.

Overall I really like this comb binding machine. If you are a business or copy center that needs a reliable comb binding machine, this will certainly fit the bill.

You can find the GBC CombBind C800pro electric comb binding machine here and our entire selection of comb binding machines here.

Akiles OffiBind Comb Binding Machine Review

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Akiles OffiBind Comb Binding MachineAre you looking for a small, compact and affordable comb binding machine from a reputable manufacturer? Few manufacturers have as much credibility and positive reputation as Akiles. One model you may want to consider buying is the Akiles OffiBind comb binding machine (found here). I have had the opportunity to use this comb binder and this is my review.

To begin with, Akiles makes over a dozen different binding machines. This ranges from comb and wire to coil and combo machines. Akiles is considered by many of our customers to be some of the best machines around. The build quality is exceptional.

The Akiels OffiBind is an entry level comb binding machine. This means it is designed for light-volume binding. This could be at home or in a small business environment. I personally wouldn’t use it for more than a dozen books a day. It simply isn’t designed for anything more than that.

The paper punch on the OffiBind is capable of punching 8-10 sheets of 20# paper at a time. The punching capacity really depends entirely on the type of paper being used. I recommend starting off small and working up the punching capacity until you have a good feel for what the machine is capable of.

The OffiBind has 3 different disengageable punching pins. This means that 3 of the punching pins can be turned off in the event half-punched holes are occurring. This is a pretty nice feature to have in a machine as inexpensive as this one.

While this is a light-volume comb binder, the Akiles OffiBind is still capable of binding books as thick as 2″. You simply need to punch sheets of paper until you reach a 2″ stack. At an average punching capacity of 8-10 sheets, a 2″ stack may take a few minutes, but it is completely possible. Two-inches of paper is about 500 sheets of 20# paper.

The Akiles OffiBind has what’s known as an open throat. This means that although the OffiBind is designed to punch paper up to letter (A4) paper size, larger paper can be punched. Simply punch what you can, slide the paper over and punch the rest of the paper. I personally don’t like using an open ended binding machine for punching larger sheets of paper. It is just to hard to keep the holes aligned.

While fairly simple in design, the Akiles OffiBind is a solid little machine. The punching dies cut through paper without any issues, and for the price, the build construction is exceptional. I would personally be fine with using the OffiBind for my own light-volume book binding projects.

You can find the Akiles OffiBind comb binding machine here and our entire selection of comb binding machines here.

Akiles iCoil 41 Coil Binding Machine Review

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Akiles iCoil 41 Coil Binding MachineDo you need a compact, all-in-one coil binding machine that includes everything you need to start book binding? One model you may want to look at is the Akiles iCoil 41 coil binding machine (found here). While new, this compact coil binder has become a hit. This is my review.

Akiles has been manufacturing coil binding machines for years. One thing I have come to expect form Akiles machine is quality. Akiles coil binders are built from the ground up with longevity in mind. I can safely say that when an Akiles machine leaves our warehouse, we rarely ever hear regarding issues or problems.

The Akiles iCoil 41 is one of the latest coil binding machines offered by Akiles. This machine is built for small office and home use. It is extremely compact with compartments and flaps that make this extremely easy to store in a cupboard or drawer.

Aesthetically the iCoil 41 looks great. It has a built in pocket that stores a pair of included coil binding pliers. A paper support folds down over the machine, protecting the punching die and electric coil inserter from dust while not in use.

The iCoil 41 punches paper in a 4:1 pitch hole pattern. This means that holes are punched every 4 holes per inch. This is by far the most popular coil binding hole pattern used today.

The Akiles iCoil 41 can manually punch up to 15 sheets of 20# paper at a time. For as small and compact as this binding machine is, 15 sheets isn’t bad. I still recommend scaling that number back a few sheets to prolong the life of the machine.

Once all the sheets have been punched, coils are easily inserted thanks to an electric coil inserter. You’ll notice on the picture of this machine that the electric coil inserter is only a few inches wide. This is OK though as you don’t need much to spin the coil.

The iCoil 41 includes a foot pedal that turns the inserter on and off. When it comes to inserting coils, having both hands free is a huge plus. Few machines in this affordable price range include a foot pedal. Once the coil has been inserted, the open ends can be quickly crimped off with the included

Not only does the Akiles iCoil include all the bells and whistles, it also includes charts and guides on the machine that make machine operation and supply selection easy.

I personally give the Akiles iCoil 41 high marks. While it shouldn’t be used for more than medium-volume binding, it is perfect for home and small office use.

You can find the Akiles iCoil 41 coil binding machine here and our entire selection of coil book binding machines here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

Akiles VersaMac Multi-Format Electric Binding Punch Review

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Akiles VersaMac Electric Book Binding PunchDo you bind dozens to perhaps even hundreds of books a day? Trying to bind hundreds of books a day can be pretty tough, especially if you don’t have the right equipment. Many modern-day binding machines only punch 10-20 sheets at a time. If you need more punching capacity, you may want to look at the Akiles VersaMac heavy-duty electric binding punch (found here). This is my review.

Akiles makes a lot of book binding machines. This includes comb, wire and coil binding machines. The Akiles VersaMac is capable of punching paper for all these book binding styles and more. This is all due to the interchangeable punching die system the VersaMac uses.

Interchangeable means the VersaMac can use a punching die for one hole patter, let’s say wire, which can later be removed and replaced with another punching die (such as comb). Because the dies can physically be swapped out, punching possibilities on the VersaMac are only limited by the punching dies available.

To date, punching dies for the VersaMac include:

  • Comb (19-Ring)
  • Wire (2:1 & 3:1 pitch in square or round holes)
  • Coil (4:1 round or oval holes)
  • VeloBind
  • 3-Hole Punch

This ends up being about 9 different interchangeable punching dies. This is very impressive.

So why would you want a stand-alone book binding punch? The biggest reason is for high-volume or commercial binding purposes. Most binding machines punch a dozen or so sheets at a time. The VersaMac can punch 35-55 sheets of 20# paper at a time, depending on the punching die being used.

Because the VersaMac has such a high punching capacity, it can be used in conjunction with other binding machines for significantly increased output. The VersaMac can also be used with independent wire closers, comb openers and coil inserters.

The build quality of the VersaMac is very impressive. It is made out of all-metal construction. It weighs in at 121 pounds shipped. That gives you an idea as to just how much metal is used in it’s construction.

Not only is the Akiles VersaMac tough and capable of punching a lot of paper, but it also includes disengageable punching pins, an adjustable margin depth, a diameter scale, a foot pedal and many other high-end features.

I am impressed with Akiles in general and have to say that the VersaMac is an impressive piece of machinery. I have no doubt that if treated properly it will easily last for years. For a binding punch, I give the VersaMac a solid 5 out of 5 stars.

You can find the Akiles VersaMac heavy-duty electric binding punch here and our entire selection of book binding machines here.

SircleBind CB-210 Plastic Comb Binding Machine Review

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

SircleBind CB-210 Plastic Comb Binding MachinePlastic comb binding machines are affordable, make it easy to bind your own books and produce solid results. With literally dozens of models to choose from, you may be wondering where to start. One comb binding machine you may want to consider is the SircleBind CB-210 plastic comb binding machine (found here). This is my review.

Sircle, the manufactures of SircleBind, have been making binding machines for a few years now. Their machines have been thoroughly tested and seem to be a great value for the dollar spent. SircleBind machines are available in comb and wire formats.

The CB-210 comb binder is a nice looking machine. It features a white shell that blends in nicely with existing office furniture. On a table, it fits right in with copy machines, printers and other office equipment. Looks aren’t everything. How does this machine perform?

To begin with, the SircleBind CB-210 can manually punch up to 18 sheets of standard 20# paper at a time. This is pretty impressive for a binding machine in this price range. It can also be used to punch report covers, clear covers and card stock. Be aware that you will have to scale back the amount of sheets you punch when handling thicker paper.

The CB-210 has a maximum binding capacity of about 2″ of paper or 500 sheets of 20# paper. This means you can bind a book that is just a few pages thick or several hundred pages thick with this comb binder. Again, this is impressive.

Once pages have been punched, you will need to open a comb on the comb opener. The CB-210’s comb opener is located on the top of the machine. Comb is opened by using the same handle used to punch paper. Once the comb is opened, you can easily add your punched pages and close the comb.

While the SircleBind CB-210 is primarily designed for punching and binding books about 11″ long, it can be used to punch and bind smaller books. This is possible thanks to the built-in disengageable punching pins. Simply pull out the pin and disable the hole you don’t want punched. This is great for custom book binding and for eliminating half-punched holes.

Another nice benefit you will find in the CB-210 is the adjustable margin depth. This adjustment allows you to determine how far into the paper you want to punch the holes. This is ideal for binding extremely thin and extremely thick books.

Alternative Binding Machines

While the CB-210 isn’t quite up to par with some of the larger Akiles machines, it is a great binding machine for home or small office use. It can easily keep up with binding projects equaling a few to a few dozen books a day. I give this binding machine 4 out of 5 stars.

You can find the SircleBind CB-210 plastic comb binding machine here and our entire selection of SircleBind binding machines here.

Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our binding machine specialists with any questions you may have.

Tamerica VersaBind-E 4-in-1 Electric Binding Machine Review

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Tamerica VersaBind-E 4-in-1 Electric Binding MachineHow many times have you wanted to bind a book in a different format than what you already have? We always want what we can’t have, right? Well now maybe you can. With the Tamerica VersaBind-E 4 in 1 electric binding machine (found here), you can bind books in up to 4 different popular formats. This is my review.

Tamerica is one of the leading book binding machine manufacturers around. They manufacture a wide selection of popular binding machines, laminators and paper cutters. Their machines feature a good build quality at a decent price.

The VersaBind-E is one of the most versatile book binding machines around. That is because it can bind books in 19-ring plastic comb, 3:1 Wire-O wire, 2:1 wire and 4:1 coil. This is pretty impressive for any binding machine.

The machine itself utilizes what’s known as interchangeable punching dies, which Tamerica calls the EZ slide system. This means that the punching die can be removed and a new one can be added. You literally slide out the die and insert another. This is not only nice because you can punch holes for multiple binding formats, but it also makes it extremely easy to replace punching dies when the become dull.

The Tamerica VersaBind-E includes a comb opener, a wire closer and a coil insertion channel. It is basically like having 4 different binding machines in one single model. This is pretty neat if you ask me.

The punching die on the VersaBind-E is completely electric. It is operated by use of a foot pedal. This allows you to hold the paper you are punching with both hands. This allows for accurate and aligned punching. A foot pedal also helps speed the entire book binding process. The electric punch is capable of punching through up to 20 sheets of paper at a time.

The build quality on the Tamerica VersaBind-E is actually pretty nice. The punching dies are metal and the machine itself appears to be made from durable metal components. The price is certainly right, especially considering everything you get.

I have to say that I personally really like the VersaBind-E, especially considering all the different binding formats it can perform. This is a great binding machine to have in an office, school, church or copy center. Not only does it have interchangeable dies, but it is electric.

You can find the Tamerica VersaBind-E 4 in 1 electric binding machine here and our entire selection of book binding machines here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

Akiles CoilMac-EPI Electric Coil Binding Machine Review

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Akiles CoilMac-EPI Electric Coil Binding MachineAre you in need of a strong, durable and confident coil binding machine? Are you binding dozens to perhaps even hundreds of books a day? You’re going to need a machine designed for continuous use. One great machine I would recommend you to consider is the Akiles CoilMac-EPI electric coil binding machine (found here). I have used this machine many times and this is my review.

The CoilMac-EPI is one of Akiles’ most popular coil binding machines. It punches paper in a 4:1 pitch (0.250″), which is 4 holes per inch. This is the most popular coil binding pitch and allows you to bind books, reports, presentations, cookbooks and more.

The first thing I would like to point out is the build quality of the CoilMac-EPI. This machine is all metal. The punching pins, base, handle and gears are all metal. This is what allows the CoilMac-EPI to hold up so well with continuous use throughout the day. We have sold several of these machines. Once they leave our building, I never hear back from the customer.

The Akiles CoilMac-EPI is an electric coil binding machine. It has an electric paper punch capable of punching through up to 25 sheets of paper at a time. This is impressive for any binding machine. The process takes just seconds. The CoilMac-EPI includes a foot pedal. I personally like this feature because it allows you to hold the paper with both hands while activating the punch. This keeps alignment in check and produces beautiful results.

Once paper is punched, the built in motor spins coils through the punched holes. Unlike many machines out there that have electric coil inserters, the CoilMac-EPI utilizes an industrial-grade roller motor. This means it will hold up with continuous use throughout the day. Did I mention this machine is a high-quality product?

The CoilMac-EPI has a 13″ wide punching length. Because it is open ended, you can use this machine to punch paper up to 26” wide. Several of the punching dies on this coil binder are disengageable (total of 5).

Akiles states that the CoilMac-EPI is manufactured under ISO9001 & 14001 guidelines for highest quality control & environmental management standards.

I can’t even begin to express how much I like this machine. It is a high-quality piece of machinery and you will not be disappointed in it. I rate this machine a solid 5 out of 5 stars. It is perfect for use in any office, bindery or copy center.

You can find the Akiles CoilMac-EPI electric coil binding machine here and our entire selection of coil binding machines here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

Tamerica TCC242 Durabind Comb Binding Machine Reviewed

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Tamerica TCC242 Durabind Comb Binding MachineBook binding shouldn’t be reserved for binderies and large businesses. With so many affordable options now available, just about anyone can bind a book. We have customers that use their binding machines to bind cookbooks, presentations, genealogy, photo albums, books and more. If you need a reliable book binding machine, you may want to consider the Tamerica TCC242 Durabind comb binding machine (found here). This is my review.

Comb binding is still one of the most popular binding formats around. The machines are commonly available and the supplies are cheap. I especially like the fact that comb binding allows you to remove pages, add pages and re-use spines.

The Tamerica TCC242 is one of the most well rounded machines we carry. It can be used with all binding combs and is capable of punching paper, card stock, clear covers, poly covers and much more. It can even be used to bind books up to 14” long!

The TCC242 is literally made of metal, from the handle to the base. The hollow ground dies are capable of quickly punching through up to 15 sheets of standard 20# paper at a time. The TCC242 is designed to bind legal and letter size paper, but can easily bind smaller documents.

Due to the high-quality manufacturing process of the punching dies, the TCC242 should stay sharp and punching for years to come. If you look at the picture of this machine you’ll notice the extra-long handle. This handle makes punching effortless.

One feature I really like about the Tamerica TCC242 is the disengageable (selectable) dies. This feature allows you to determine and choose exactly where holes will be punched. Simply pull out the pin and that die is disabled. This cuts down on half-punched holes and makes the binding of smaller documents extremely easy.

Not only does the TCC242 feature selectable punching dies, but it also has an adjustable margin depth. This makes punching books of varying thicknesses easier and helps prevent pages from accidentally tearing out. The TCC242 can bind a book as thin as a couple of pages or as thick as 2″.

The TCC242 weighs in at 28 pounds shipped. This is light enough that it can be used on most tables, desks and other surfaces. It is easy to pick up and move around, yet has enough heft to let you know it means business.

Reliable Alternatives:
Akiles Megabind 1 Comb Binding Machine

I really like the Tamerica TCC242. It has been around for years and has a great track record with our customers. It is a great binding machine for use at home, in a school or at the office.

You can find the Tamerica TCC242 comb binding machine here and our entire selection of comb binding machines here.

Intelli-Bind I23W Electric Wire Binding Machine Review

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Intelli-Bind I23W Electric Wire Binding MachineDo you or your business wire bind dozens, perhaps even hundreds of books per day? If so, you probably require the use of a heavy-duty binding machine. If you need to upgrade, or are simply in the market for a new binding machine, you may want to consider the Intelli-Bind I23W electric wire binding machine (found here) from Intelli-Zone. This is my review.

Wire binding is available in several different hole patterns, each with their own unique look. The hole pattern you use will depend on how your machine is built. The two most common hole patterns are 2:1 pitch (2 holes per inch) and 3:1 pitch (3 holes per inch).

The Intelli-Bind I23W has two different punching dies, allowing the operator to punch and bind in 2:1 or 3:1 wire. This is a huge benefit and is like having two machines in one. The format you use will depend on the look you prefer and the thickness of the book. A 2:1 pitch can bind a thicker book.

Each of these punching dies is electric, capable of punching up to 20 sheets of paper at a time. If you have ever manually punched paper for wire binding, over a dozen or more books a day, you can probably appreciate the convenience an electric punch provides. Simply place your paper in the machine and press the button located on the top of the machine. The I23W punches though paper without a problem.

The front of the I23W features a wire holder. This holder keeps a wire binding element in place while you add paper to it. Once all your paper is on the spine, it can be removed from the wire holder for placement in the wire closer.

Closing the wire is one of the most important parts of wire binding. If you don’t close the wire enough, pages will fall out. If you over-close the wire, pages won’t turn well and the book looks unprofessional.

The Intelli-Bind I23W has a special scale that makes wire closer adjustment easy. Simply locate the diameter of the wire you are using on the scale and adjust the dial accordingly. Once set, closing the wire is a piece of cake. While the wire closing is done manually, it literally takes seconds and requires very little manual effort.

Now let’s get to the build quality. Having handled this machine myself, I can vouch for the fact that it is made out of all-metal construction. It weighs in at 85 pounds shipped, so you may need up to 2 people to safely move it. While it is a heavy piece of machinery, most desks and tables will be able to support it.

For a heavy-duty wire binding machine, I have to say that the I23W is probably one of the most affordable machines out there. It is easy to use, extremely durable and should be able to easily keep up with your daily book binding needs.

You can find the Intelli-Bind I23W electric wire binding machine here and our entire selection of electric wire binding machines here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our book binding machine experts. Have a great day!

Tamerica 213PB Multi Combo Wire & Comb Binding Machine Review

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Tamerica 213PB Multi Combo Wire & Comb Binding MachineComb and wire binding looks great. The end results are professional and they each have their own unique characteristics. If you are in the market for a book binding machine and can’t seem to settle on any one format, you may want to consider buying a machine like the Tamerica 213PB comb & wire binding machine (found here). I have had an opportunity to use this multi-format binding machine and this is my review.

Tamerica manufactures a lot of office equipment. Product lines include laminators, binding machines, paper cutters and much more. They are known for making great machines that are typically priced below comparable machines.

Officially called the Tamerica 213PB Multi Combo, this machine is what’s known as a multi-format or combination-binding machine. This is because it can be used to bind both plastic 19-ring comb binding and 19-ring Spiral-O double loop wire. This is a huge benefit for people who like both styles of binding, but don’t necessarily want to buy two separate machines.

Not only does the 213PB have the ability to bind books in both comb and wire, it also features an included 3-hole paper punch. If you’re like me, and have limited room on your desk, this is a huge plus. Few book binding machines include a 3-hole paper punch.

The punch can slice through up to about 20 sheets of paper at a time. This is pretty impressive for a manual punch and is due in part to the hollow ground punching dies. I have mentioned this before in previous binding machine reviews, but I would probably scale back the maximum amount of sheets punched to about 15 simply because I don’t like to max out a binding machine on every punch.

The build quality on the 213PB is above average. It features metal construction and upon handling them machine, it has some nice heft to it. It weighs in at 30 pounds shipped. This means it is durable, yet light enough to be moved around should the need arise.

The 213 features a built in comb opener and a wire closer. It basically has everything you need, from start to finish, to bind a report, presentation or booklet. All 21 punching dies on this machine are disengageable. This means you can select on a “per die” basis which punching dies you want to punch the paper. This cuts down on half-punched holes and makes binding small books much easier.

The Tamerica (sometimes called Tahsin) 213PB is a solid little machine. For the price, you are getting a great value. I would personally like to own one myself for my occasional binding projects. I would rate this machine as best for light to medium-volume binding projects.

You can find the Tamerica 213PB Multi Combo comb and wire binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of book binding machines here.

Feel free to call us up at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our book binding machine specialists. They are highly trained and very friendly. Have a great day!

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