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SircleBind CW-150e Comb & Wire Binding Machine Review

Friday, September 10th, 2010

SircleBind CW-150e Comb and Wire Binding MachineAre you in the market for an affordable electric binding machine that can handle both comb and wire? The SircleBind CW-150e comb and wire binding machine (found here) may be the machine you need. We have one of these on our showroom and I have had a chance to use it. This is my review.

To begin with, Sircle is a well-known and reputable manufacturer. They make a wide variety of comb, wire and coil binding machines. They also have a line of laminators.

The Sircle CW-150e is an electric punch binding machine. It is able to punch hole patterns for 19-ring comb and 3:1 pitch wire. The electric punch is able to handle up to 15 sheets of 20# paper at a time. For the price, this isn’t half bad. Both the comb opener and the wire closer are manually operated.

I personally really like the multi-format capabilities of this machine. Comb binding is great for durability and the supplies are inexpensive. Wire looks very professional and is idea for proposals. This versatility is pretty nice.

The machine itself doesn’t weigh too much. It’s about 32 pounds. While still hefty, it is light enough to be used on most table sand desks. I haven’t personally cracked it open to see what’s inside, but it feels durable and the build quality seems to be right in line with the price and capabilities.

Punching on the CW-150 is done vertically, instead of horizontally. I personally like this feature because gravity naturally keeps the paper in line. It also has an adjustable margin depth for comb binding.

You can bind a book of about 100 sheets in about 1-2 minutes. The operating speed ultimately depends on the operator, but the electric motor really makes things move along smoothly. You can use the CW-150e to punch card stock and clear covers as well.

This type of a comb binding machine is great for schools, churches, copy centers and business that require the versatility of a multi-format binding machine.

Overall I enjoyed using this binding machine. It isn’t going to win any awards on looks, but for the price it is a steal for an electric comb and wire binding machine. It is great for low to medium-volume use.

You can find the SircleBind CW-150e comb and wire binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of binding machines here.

Akiles AlphaBind-CM Comb Binding Machine Review

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Akiles AlphaBind-CM Comb Binding MachineDo you need a simple, yet reliable, comb binding machine solution for your office? If you’re looking for a machine that is affordable, yet durable, you may want to consider looking at the Akiles AlphaBind-CM comb binding machine (found here). This is my review.

The brand name Akiles has almost become synonymous with binding. Akiles has been making machines for years and most of their machines have become classics. This includes the popular MegaBind and WireMac machines.

The AlphaBind-CM is one of the newest additions to the Akiles comb binding line. This new machine brings the all-metal construction Akiles is known for into a compact machine capable of comb binding documents up to 12-inches long. This makes the AlphaBind-CM ideal for binding letter-size documents.

The compact design of the AlphaBind-CM makes it ideal for use in an office environment. It weighs 41 pounds. While this is hefty (due to the metal construction), it is still light enough to be used on most desks and work surfaces.

Two features that I personally like about the AlphaBind-CM is the selectable punching pins and the adjustable margin depth.

Every one of the punching pins can be disengaged. This makes it possible to bind books of most sizes. If you are experiencing a half-punched or partially punched hole at the edge of the paper, simply disable that punching pin.

The margin depth can be adjusted to four different positions. Why is this nice? It’s nice because it makes it easier to bind both thin and thick books. Pages tend to rip out of thicker-bound books more easily. Punching farther into the paper helps remedy this problem.

This machine is completely manually operated. The punching is manual and the comb opening and closing is manual. The manual punch is capable of punching up to 25 sheets of paper at a time. While this machine is all manual, it is easy to use and requires little effort.

I would definitely rate the Akiles AlphaBind-CM as being ideal for low to medium-volume binding. It is a great option for businesses and organizations that need to occasionally bind books on a daily basis. It should easily hold up for years without any issues.

You can find the Akiles AlphaBind-CM comb binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of comb binding machines here.

Akiles CoilMac-ECI Spiral / Coil Binding Machine Review

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Akiles CoilMac-ECI Coil & Spiral Binding MachineAre you looking for a well-rounded spiral binding machine that can keep up with demand but not break the bank? One model you may want to consider looking at prior to making a purchase is the Akiles CoilMac-ECI coil binding machine (found here). We have one of these on our showroom floor and I have used it to bind my own books and reports. This is my review.

Akiles designs and manufactures solid binding machines. This includes comb, wire and coil. Their machines seem to be well thought out and always feature a magnificent build quality. The CoilMac-ECI is no exception to this tradition.

At first glance the CoilMac-ECI looks like any other binding machine. It features a cream color paint job and has the traditional lever-style arm punch. It isn’t until you actually touch and handle the machine that you get a sense as to what it really is.

Many binding machines, in order to save money, feature plastic designs, shells and components. The Akiles CoilMac-ECI is metal. All metal. The case isn’t made from simple sheet metal. It has a die-cast metal shell that houses metal punching pins, levers and components. The build quality is excellent.

The handle is located on the right side of the machine, which is a little inconvenient for the lefties out there, but it is easy to use. The punching die can punch through up to 20 sheets of standard copy paper. After 5 passes you’ll have 100 sheets punched. Twenty sheets is decent for a manually operated machine.

Five of the punching pins can be disengaged for punching different sizes of paper. The disengaging pin helps cut down on half-punched holes on the edges of paper. This is a nice feature to have for custom-sized books.

One of my favorite features of the CoilMac-ECI is the electric coil inserter (ECI). While manually inserting coils into a coil bound book isn’t the worst thing in the world, it is slow. The electric coil inserter easily increases the speed by a factor of 10 or more. It takes just seconds to complete the process.

The electric inserter is turned on and off by use of a foot pedal. This is ideal for hands-free operation. If you have ever used a coil binding machine, you’ll understand how nice hands-free coil insertion can be.

The machine weighs in at 52 pound. While heavy, it can still be used on most desks and tables without any issues. The overall design looks great and it fits right in with existing office décor and equipment.

Overall I give the Akiles CoilMac-ECI high marks. The build quality is great, it is easy to use and should easily hold up for years.

You can find the Akiles CoilMac-ECI coil binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of coil binding machines here. Do you still have questions? Call one of our binding machines specialists at 1-800-658-8788. Have a great day!

SircleBind CB-150e Electric Comb Binding Machine Review

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

SircleBind CB-150e Electric Comb Binding Machine w/ Three- Hole PunchAre you looking for an electric dual-functioning binding machine capable of binding comb and three-hole punching paper? One binding machine you may want to look at before making a purchase is the SircleBind CB-150e electric comb binding machine (found here). This is my review.

Sircle makes some of the most unique book binding machines around. This includes comb, wire and coil. The designs used by SircleBind are unique and the multi-function designs of many of their binding machines are pretty nice.

The SircleBind CB-150e is both an electric comb binding machine and a three hole punch. This is a combination you rarely find in a binding machine. In fact, the last comb binding machine I can even remember that featured a three-hole punch was an Ibico binding machine that has long since been discontinued.

The electric portion of this machine is the punching mechanism. The comb opener is still manually operated. The electric punch on this machine is capable of punching through up to 15 sheets of paper at a time. This is done by pushing a button.

One feature I love about SircleBind machines is the vertical load punch. This feature can be found in the CB-150e. Most binding machines punch paper horizontally. Because the CB-150e punches paper vertically, edges are easily squared up and punching goes a little faster. The margin depth can be adjusted to two different positions.

The CB-150e is designed to be used with letter-size paper, although it can be used smaller sheets of paper. It is able to bind paper up to two-inches thick. This is pretty nice for binding reports.

The low-profile design of the SircleBind CB-150e allows it to sit on a shelf or be placed in a cupboard. It weighs in at 39 pounds shipped, which means it can be used on most tables and desks.

While not designed for high-volume binding, the SircleBind CB-150e can easily keep up with light to medium-volume binding and can be used on a daily basis without any issues. This binding machine is found in schools, copy centers and other businesses.

Overall I really like the modern design of the CB-150e and really enjoy the hassle free option of the electric punch. The three-hole punch is just an added bonus and eliminates the need for a separate machine.

You can find the SircleBind CB-150e electric comb binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of electric comb binding machines here.

GBC CombBind C110 Comb Binding Machine Review

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

GBC CombBind C110 Comb Binding MachineWhether you need to bind a cookbook or simply need something for a presentation, comb binding is a great all-round format to use. So which comb binding machine should you buy? One model you may have already looked at is the GBC CombBind C110 comb binding machine (found here). I have used this comb binder and this is my review.

GBC, now owned by ACCO Brands, has been making office equipment for years. Their product lineup includes binding machines, staplers, paper cutters, laminators and more. Their line of comb binding machines are marketed under the name of CombBind. The C110 is one of their entry-level comb binding machines.

The GBC CombBind C110 is designed for light-volume use. It is capable of punching up to 15 sheets of paper at a time and can bind books up to 300 pages thick. This is based on 20# paper. It can be used to punch and bind card stock and other types of paper, but the punching capacity needs to be scaled back to handle the increased thickness.

One thing GBC is really good at is making their binding machines look nice. Like Fellowes, they clearly have a group of talented aesthetic designers. The C110 looks great and really fits in well in an office environment. It only weighs 19 pounds shipped, so it is light enough to be used on most desks, tables and counters.

The housing on the C110 is a formed plastic shell. The inside of the machine is metal. The build quality is decent, but I would definitely not use it for medium or high volume binding. It is really designed for only binding a few books a day or for occasional use.

For a similar dollar amount I also recommend these machines:

  1. Intelli-Bind IB650 Comb Binding Machine
  2. Akiles EcoBind-C Plastic Comb Binding Machine
  3. Intelli-Bind IB700 Manual Comb Binding Machine
  4. Tahsin 190PB Comb Binding Machine
  5. Intelli-Bind IB400 Comb Binding Machine

While I enjoy using the GBC ComBind C110, there are too many other good machines out there for me to settle on this particular machine. I would rather get a machine with selectable punching dies and an adjustable margin depth for the same amount of money.

You can find the GBC CombBind C110 comb binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of comb binding machines here.

SircleBind WB-110 Comb & Wire Binding Machine Review

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

SircleBind WB-110 Comb and Wire Binding MachineAre you on a budget and need an affordable book binding machine? Perhaps you can’t settle on one single binding format. If either of these situations apply to you, you may want to take a look at the SircleBind WB-110 comb and wire binding machine (found here). This is my review.

SircleBind (from Sircle) has only been around for a few years, but their machines have sent ripples through the binding industry. SircleBind machines are some of the most affordable today and are compared to the quality of GBC. Most of SircleBind’s machines are feature rich when compared to similarly priced machines.

The SircleBind WB-110 is both a comb and a wire-binding machine. It includes both a 3:1 pitch (three holes per inch) punch and a 19-ring comb punch. It also includes a wire closer and a comb opener. Essentially it has everything you need, start to finish, to bind a book in wire or comb. The only thing it doesn’t include is the supplies and the paper.

This machine is capable of punching through 12 sheets of standard 20# paper. This amount will decrease with card stock, but the WB-110 can still be used to punch card stock and clear covers. Multiple punches will be required to bind a book, but the process is pretty quick.

One thing I really like about the punches on the Wb-110 is the vertical punch. Most binding machines punch paper horizontally. The vertical punch makes it easier to punch paper evenly and keep the edges properly aligned. This is all done thanks to gravity.

One of the most unusual features in the WB-110 is the wire debinding feature. While comb is easy to open up, wire isn’t. The WB-110 has a wire opener that allows you to remove the wire binding element. While the re-opened wire can’t be re-used, this is a nice feature to have if you need to re-bind a book.

The WB-110 only weighs in at 18 pounds, so it is easy to move around and can easily be placed on just about any desk or table. This machine doesn’t look half-bad either. I think it looks pretty nice sitting on a desk.

Overall I consider the SircleBind WB-110 to be a great budget binding machine. Keep in mind that the SircleBind WB-110 is designed for low and entry-level binding. This means the WB-110 is perfect for home and small business use, but should not be used for large book binding production.

You can find the SircleBind WB-110 comb and wire binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of binding machines here.

Tamerica TCC-2100 Comb Binding Machine Review

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Tamerica TCC-2100 Comb Binding MachineComb binding continues to be one of the most common binding formats used today. Are you in the market for a comb binding machine? One comb binder you may want to look at prior to making a purchase is the Tamerica TCC-2100 comb binding machine (found here). This is my review.

Tamerica is known for making some of the most affordable book binging machines available today. They manufacture a variety of different binding machines, most of which are targeted towards low to medium volume binding.

The TCC-2100 is a very affordable comb binding machine for what it does. A few features that set this machine apart from the competition are selectable punching dies and an adjustable margin depth. Both of these features make it possible to bind custom size books and books of varying thicknesses.

The punch on the TCC-2100 is able to punch through up to 20 sheets of standard 20# paper at a time. While is may be the case, I would recommend scaling that back to 15-18 sheets initially. I don’t like to max out the punching capacity on binding machines on a consistent basis.

It is able to bind books up to two-inches thick, which is pretty much the thickest comb binding book you can bind with any machine. Simply put your paper in and punch it until you have completed punching all the paper.

When the paper is done being punched, place a comb on the opener, open the comb and insert the open comb fingers through the punched holes. You then release the comb opener, which closes the combs shut. That’s it. You’re ready to move on to the next book.

The TCC-2100 uses the same handle for punching the paper and opening the combs. Some people like to have two different levers for the two different functions, but I don’t mind. You pull the handle back to punch and push it forward to open combs.

The Tamerica TCC-2100 only weighs 27 pounds shipped, so it can easily be placed on desks, tables and other surfaces. It is also light enough to move around.

The build quality on the TCC-2100 seems to be fine for low to medium-volume binding applications. I would not use this comb binder for high-volume binding. For one it is a manual machine and secondly it simply isn’t build for that kind of volume.

Overall I like this machine, as I do most Tamerica comb binding machines. For the price, it is a great fit for schools, churches, businesses and even for home use.

You can find the Tamerica TCC-2100 comb binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of comb binding machines here.

Akiles DuoMac C41 / C51 Comb & Coil Binding Machine Review

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Akiles DuoMac C41 and C51 comb / coil binding machinesCombination and multi-format binding machines are extremely useful to have on hand and do the work of two separate machines. If you are in the market for a comb and coil binding machine, the Akiles DuoMac C41 and C51 comb / coil binding machines (found here) may be just what you need. This is my review.

Akiles makes some of the best binding machines available today. They are well rounded, the build quality is excellent and they are very easy to use. The DuoMac line is one of the most recent additions to the Akiles lineup. These machines are designed to bind in multiple formats. I am reviewing the C41 and the C51.

Both the DuoMac C41 an the C51 can bind in both coil and comb. The only difference between the two models is that the C41 can bind in 4:1 pitch coil and the C51 can bind in 5:1 pitch coil. The pitch is the hole pattern. The C41 punches coil in four holes per inch and the C51 is five holes per inch. Both punch holes for 19-ring comb.

At first view the DuoMac C41 and C51 machines look a little overwhelming. In use, however, they are very easy to set up and use. Both machines feature independent punching dies for both the coil and the comb. Both versions also include a comb opener and coil crimping pliers.

Both the comb and the coil paper punches are open ended. This means you can punch longer paper by sliding the paper and punching again. Both the comb and coil punches can punch up to 20 sheets of standard 20# paper. Some of the punching pins can be disengaged to help prevent half-punched holes.

Everything on these machines is manually operated. I would love to see an electric version of the DuoMac, but those aren’t around yet. I imagine Akiles will eventually release a line of DuoMac-E binding machines. For the price though, the manual version is great.

Overall the Akiles DuoMac C41 and C51 is solid binding machines. These machines can be found in copy shops, print shops, schools, offices and more. The DuoMac series is also available in comb-wire, coil-wire and coil-coil versions. You can see all versions of the Akiles DuoMac binding machines here.

You can find the Akiles DuoMac C41 and C51 comb / coil binding machines here. You can find our entire selection of book binding machines here.

SircleBind CW-4500 Electric Comb and Wire Binding Machine Review

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

SircleBind CW-4500 Electric Comb and Wire Binding MachineAre you looking for a combination comb and wire binding machine, but aren’t sure which model to go with? One model you may want to consider is the SircleBind CW-4500 electric comb and wire binding machine (found here). This is my review.

The SircleBind line of binding machines, made by Sircle, has only been around for a few years, but they have sent ripples through the binding industry. This is because Sircle binding machines are some of the most affordable today. Not only that, they aren’t half bad looking machines either.

The SircleBind CW-4500 features an electric punch and a manual comb opener and wire closer. The fact that the CW-4500 can bind both comb and wire is pretty cool. I love both formats. This way you don’t have to buy two separate machines.

The machine itself weighs in at 45 pounds, which is pretty hefty. It is, however, still light enough to be used on most desks, work benches and counters. Overall the build quality seems to be pretty nice. It does have a plastic case, but the internal components are metal.

The electric punch on the CW-4500 can punch up to 25 sheets of paper using a 19-ring comb punch and up to 20 sheets of wire in a 3:1 pitch (three holes per inch). Because the CW-4500 has a wire closer and a comb punch, it can also be used to bind books using 19-ring wire, sometimes called wire comb or Spiral-O. The electric punch is very useful and really speeds up the punching process.

Paper punching on the CW-4500 is done vertically, where most binding machines punch paper horizontally. I really like the vertical style punch. This means the edges are almost always squared up and properly aligned, thanks to gravity.

The SircleBind CW-4500 is primarily designed to punch and bind books that are letter size. The CW-4500 includes an adjustable margin depth, which is ideal for binding books of varying thicknesses.

While the CW-4500 isn’t designed for high-volume use, it can be used for low to medium-volume use without any issues. It is great for use in an office or copy shop and the design is easy on the eyes.

I highly recommend the SircleBind CW-4500. The price is right and it is a well-rounded machine.

You can find the SircleBInd CW-4500 electric comb and wire binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of comb, wire and combination binding machines here.

SircleBind WR-200 Wire Binding Machine Review

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

SircleBind WR-200 Wire Binding MachineWire binding looks great. It’s easy to do, can be used to bind a variety of documents and can be done by just about anyone. So what machine should you use? You may want to consider the SircleBind WR-200 wire binding machine (found here). Here are a few reasons why.

To begin with, Sircle’s line of SircleBind binding machines are some of the most affordable available online. They are packed with rich features typically found in more expensive machines. The SircleBind WR-200 is no exception.

The SircleBind WR-200 is a multi-pitch wire binding machine. This means it can punch paper with a 2:1 pitch (two holes per inch) or a 3:1 pitch (three holes per inch) hole pattern. This is because it has two separate punching dies. This is especially nice for those of you who have a tough time settling on one “look.”

Not only does the SircleBind WR-200 punch paper with two separate dies, but it also includes a wire closer. This means you can use the WR-200 from start to finish to complete the wire binding process.

The WR-200 features a sleek design. It looks really nice. The handle can fold down, making it a fairly compact machine. It is heavy enough to be rugged, but light enough that you can use it on pretty much any desk or table. It weighs in at 38 pounds. That’s about as much as a bag of water softener salt pellets (just loaded some up in my car during lunch today).

Two of my favorite features are the handle and the vertical load paper punch. I really like the handle because it can be accessed from the left or right side of the machine thanks to the “U” design. It is really easy to use and doesn’t discriminate against the lefties.

The WR-200 is able to punch up to 20 sheets of standard 20# paper. It can also be used to punch card stock, clear covers and more. These is a pretty good amount of paper for a manually operated wire binder.

The vertical load punch is nice because gravity keeps the paper aligned during the punching process. This means that the edge of the paper and the holes should all be squared up. This makes bound books like nicer and more professional.

Overall I am impressed with this little machine. It certainly isn’t designed for high-volume use, but it will be fine for light to medium-volume use.

You can find the SircleBind WR-200 wire binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of wire binding machines here.

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