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MBM AutoBook Electric Booklet Maker Review

Monday, February 7th, 2011

MBM AutoBook Booklet MakerBooklet makers are useful machines to have on hand. They can be used to create booklets, reports, pamphlets and much more. There are dozens of different to choose from. Once machine that you may want to consider using is the MBM AutoBook booklet maker (found here). I have been lucky enough to use this machine on several occasions and this is my review.

MBM currently makes about 6 different models of booklet makers. This includes models that staple and models that stitch with wire. MBM has been making office equipment for some time now. This includes Destroyit shredders, Kutrimmer paper trimmers and Triumph paper cutters.

The AutoBook booklet maker is one of MBMs entry-level booklet makers and can be used for light to medium-volume booklet making. Setup of the AutoBook literally takes just a minute or two. Once out of the box, you should be able to have the MBM AutoBook up and running in no time.

Simply take your stack of paper, place it in the booklet maker, press a button and the machine does the rest. It essentially places 2 staples down the center of the paper and then folds it. The end results are professional, clean and they look great.

The AutoBook has a 15-sheet capacity (using 20# paper). This means you can bind a book, counting front and back, which features a total of 60 pages. The paper range goes from 8 ¼” x 10″ up to 12″ x 17″. This is pretty impressive, especially for a machine at this price.

The control panel on the AutoBook is pretty simple. An LCD screen makes navigation extremely easy. It allows you to select up to 6 different pre-set booklet sizes. A series of buttons make it easy to enter the menu, make adjustments and begin using the machine.

One thing I like about the AutoBook is that it’s compact and easy to use on just about any desk or table. It weighs in at 58 pounds shipped.

Another alternative you may want to consider is the Formax FD 180 booklet maker, which is extremely similar in setup and design. You can read my review of the FD 180 here.

Overall I consider the MBM AutoBook to be a great machine. The quality is there and it is backed by an excellent manufacturer. Just remember that this is not designed for high-volume use.

You can find the MBM AutoBook booklet maker here and our entire selection of booklet makers here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

Booklet Makers & Page Capacities Explained

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Formax FD 160 Electric Booklet MakerAre you looking for a booklet maker, but aren’t sure exactly which machine you need? One of the most confusing aspects of a booklet maker is the page capacity and the number of pages you end up with in your booklet. Here are a few tips that may help you out.

To begin with, booklet makers typically let you know how many sheets of paper they can fold and staple. What confuses many people is they think the number of sheets a booklet maker can handle equals the number of pages their book will have. This is not the case.

Let’s take the Formax FD 160 as an example. This booklet maker can fold and staple up to 12 sheets of paper at a time. Many people think, “Only 12 sheets?” What they don’t realize is that a single sheet of paper produces 4 pages in a booklet. This is because two pages are printed on each side of a sheet of paper.

This means that although the Formax FD 160 can fold and staple up to 12 sheets of paper, it can create a booklet up to 48 pages in size. That doesn’t sound quite as bad now does it?

A higher capacity machine like the MBM Sprint 3000 booklet maker can fold and staple up to 25 sheets at a time. This means it can create a booklet up to 100 pages in size.

Hopefully this clears things up. Be aware, however, that the amount of sheets a machine can fold and staple is based on standard 20# copy paper. If you will be using a card stock cover, the sheet capacity will go down.

You can find our entire selection of booklet making machines here. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our booklet making machine specialists. They are more than happy to help answer any additional questions.

Standard M2 Bookletmaker Review

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Standard M2 Electric BookletmakerBookletmakers are used to create a wide variety of literature. This includes instruction manuals, promotional literature, booklets and much more. If you are in the market for a bookletmaker, one model you may want to consider is the Standard M2 electric-powered bookletmaker (found here). I have used this machine and this is my review.

To begin with, this model has been around for some time. That isn’t a bad thing. That just means the design works, has been proven over years and continues to be popular. It is best suited for on-demand jobs.

While not as digital as many newer models, the M2 is still very easy to set up. It can be used with a wide range of paper sizes (6 x 8 ½-inches up to 11 x 17-inches).  Once the paper size has been set, the rest is very automated. The built quality is excellent and should easily last for years of trouble-free operation.

Simply take your stack of paper, place it in the feed tray and push a button. The machine then pulls that stack (up to 15 sheets), folds it and staples it along the spine. The newly created booklet exits the other side of the machine.

The M2 can single fold and staple up to 15 sheets of standard 20# paper at a time. This means it can create a booklet with up to 60 pages, which isn’t half bad. A total of two staplers are used to do the stapling, although it has enough slots for up to five. The motor itself runs at a speed of up to 800 booklets an hour.

This booklet maker can be found in schools, churches, clubs, corporate sales, marketing departments and much more.  It is ideal for any business that has the need of a short-run booklemaker. While not designed for high-volume production, it can be used for low to medium-volume jobs.

The only downside is that there isn’t any onboard storage system where you can create and store custom jobs. This isn’t a huge deal as the machine is easy to set up, but it would still be a nice feature to have.

Overall I really like the Standard M2 Bookletmaker. It is certainly a solid machine and can easily be used without any problems. The end result is professional and presentable. You can find the Standard M2 Bookletmaker here. You can find our entire selection of bookletmakers here. You can view a video demo of the M2 Bookletmaker here.

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