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Can A Binding Machine Handle Clear Covers, Card Stock and Chipboard?

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Intelli-Bind IB850 Electric Comb Binding MachineI recently had a conversation with a customer who was buying a comb binding machine (found here). They asked me if the comb binding machine they were looking at could be used to punch non-standard paper items such as clear covers, card stock and chipboard. While capacities can vary from machine to machine, my answer to them was yes. I did have a few bits of advice, however, that you should take into account when punching thicker materials with your binding machine.

  • Binding Clear Covers (found here) – Most wire, coil and comb binding machines can handle clear covers. All binding machines have a maximum sheet capacity that they can handle. This sheet capacity is based on standard 20# bond paper. Because clear covers are made of a different material and are sometimes thicker, you may not be able to punch as many at a time. I recommend you start by punching just one clear cover to start with. See how that goes and increase the amount until it starts to become difficult. The most important thing is to not strain the binding machine.
  • Book Binding CoversBinding Card Stock (found here) – Card stock, often called binding covers or report covers, are often used on the back and sometimes the front of a bound document. As is the case with clear covers, I recommend that you scale the punching back to just one sheet until you can get a feel for how your machine handles it. Most binding machines can handle card stock. I have punched everything from paper-based card stock up to synthetic polypropylene covers without issue. I have even punched laminated paper without a problem. If you are concerned your card stock cover may be too thick, send in a sample and we can test it out.
  • Binding Chipboard (found here) – Punching chipboard with your binding machine can be iffy depending on the machine and how thick the chipboard is. The chipboard we offer is about 20 mils thick (0.021″), which is thin enough that most binding machines can handle it. The only downside is that some people out there offer some very thick chipboard that will not work with all machines. As far as chipboard is concerned (unless you are buying ours), I recommend sending in a sample to have tested prior to making a binding machine purchase.

The best thing about using clear covers, card stock and chipboard for binding books is you can add your own touch and personality to the finished product.  Most book binding machines are very versatile and you shouldn’t have any problem. We stock much of what we sell, so please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-658-8788 to have your samples tested or to ask a question. You can find our entire selection of binding machines here.

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