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Fellowes Galaxy Comb Binding Machine Review (Electric and Manual)

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Fellowes Galaxy Comb Binding MachineSo you’re looking for a good quality comb-binding machine and have come across the Fellowes Galaxy comb-binding machine. So now you’re wondering if it is any good. I will review some of the pros and cons of the Fellowes Galaxy. Fellowes makes the Galaxy in a manual version and an electric version. You will find the manual Fellowes Galaxy here and the electric Fellowes Galaxy here.

Fellowes has been making paper shredders for years now, but it has only been in the last few years that they started making binding machines. I have to say that their engineers seem to know what they are doing. The Fellowes Galaxy seems to be a pretty solid machine.

Both the manual and the electric versions of the Fellowes Galaxy claim to punch 25 sheets of paper at a time, which is a LOT of paper for a binding machine. I would personally recommend scaling that number back about 15-20%. This is just a good practice to keep in mind as most manufacturers give you the absolute maximum amount of sheets you can punch prior to breaking the machine.

Both the manual and the electric versions of the Galaxy are of a similar build quality. The internal components are made from metal and it features a stylish plastic shell. It includes a drawer where combs can be placed and an easy-to-use comb selector tool that helps you determine the correct size comb you need to use for the document you are binding.

One of my favorite features of the Fellowes Galaxy comb binding machines is the vertical load function. Because the paper loads vertically, it keeps the edge of the paper flush and makes it easier to keep the holes aligned, which can sometimes be an issue with hole-punch binding machines.

The biggest con, in my opinion, is the lack of selectable punching dies. I personally like to be able to disable punching dies. This helps eliminate annoying half-punched holes and is ideal for punching non-standard sizes of paper.

Overall I really like the Fellowes Galaxy comb binding machine. It gets the job done quickly. The biggest benefit of the electric over the manual Galaxy is the easy of using an electric motor. Other than that, there is no significant difference between the two versions of the galaxy.

I would not, however, put the Fellowes Galaxy in the same league as Akiles. Akiles still has a better build quality.

Here are some good alternatives to the Fellowes Galaxy:

Manual Alternatives

Electric Alternatives

You will find our entire selection of comb binding machines here. Have you used the Fellowes Galaxy? Post your comments 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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