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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Coil Binding

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Coil Binding MachinesSo you’re interested in coil binding, but you have a whole lot of questions that need answering before you make a purchase? That’s OK. When it comes to investing $100s to potentially $1000s of dollars in a binding machine, you should know everything there is to know about the format. I have over a decade of experience with coil binding machines (found here) and I would like to share some of that information with you.

To begin with, coil binding is a book binding format that uses coils (often called spirals) that have a spring-like appearance. Have you ever used a spiral notebook? That is a type of coil binding, which uses metal coils. The binding I am going to talk about in this article is very similar except that it uses PVC plastic coils instead of metal.

Coil binding has some huge perks over other book binding formats. Here are just a few of the reasons coil binding has become so popular over the last few years:

  • Coil BindingPages Lay Flat – Due to the nature of coil binding, coil bound books can be opened and will lay flat on a table. This makes coil binding excellent for instructional information such as manuals and cookbooks.
  • Pages Turn 360 Degrees – That’s right! Pages on a coil bound book will wrap around a full 360 degrees. This is excellent for reading and accessing information. I have a manual for an old 1979 VW diesel rabbit that was coil bound. I loved it because I could turn right to the section I needed, wrapped the page around and laid it on the front of my car while doing automotive work.
  • Durability – Plastic PVC binding coils are extremely durable. In situations where comb would fall apart or wire would bend, PVC binding coils hold up. You can drop coil bound books or step on them and they just seem to hold up.
  • Customization – Plastic PVC coils are available in over a dozen different colors and are available in several different diameters. This makes it possible to bind a book that is just a few pages thick or something that is a hundred pages thick. This customizability makes it possible to bind a book that is unique and classy.
  • Affordability – Plastic binding coils are affordable and readily available.

So what types of coil binding machines are there and which is best for you?

  • Manual Punch Coil Binding Machines (found here) – Manual coil binding machines have a punch that is manually operated. This is usually done via a lever located on the right side of the machine. Manual punch machines usually vary from 10-20 pages per punching pass, depending on the machine. This style of book binding machine is ideal for low to medium-volume book binding.
  • Electric Punch Coil Binding Machines (found here) – Electric punch machines have an electric motor that punches the paper. This requires little manual effort and is ideal when binding a lot of books throughout the day. Most electric punch machines have a food pedal that activates the punch although some use a button and others uses a combination food pedal / switch.
  • Electric Coil Inserters – Some manual and most electric punch machines have what’s known as an electric coil inserter. These inserters are designed to quickly spin coil through pre-punched holes. The process is extremely fast and is far quicker than manually inserting coils.
  • 4:1 Coil Binding Pitch PatternPitch – Coil binding machines come in either 4:1 pitch or 5:1 pitch hole patterns. The pitch is how many holes are punched per inch of paper. This means a 4:1 pitch machine has four holes per inch of paper. Once you purchase a machine 5:1 Pitch Coil Binding Hole Patternwith a punch set in a certain pitch, you need to make sure the supplies (found here) you purchase are the same pitch. Unfortunately 5:1 pitch supplies will not work with a 4:1 pitch machine and vice versa. The 4:1 pitch is the most popular used in the United States.

Which brand should you use? I have used many brands of coil binding machines. Some work better than others and some hold up better than others. From personal experience, I can safely say that personally like Akiles and Intelli-Bind. Both brands are reliable and seem to hold up well with continuous use.

Would you like to see a coil binding machine in use? Here are video demos of manual coil binding machines and electric coil binding machines. These videos should give you a good idea as to how these machines work:

MANUAL COIL BINDING MACHINE

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ELECTRIC COIL BINDING MACHINE

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You can find our entire selection of coil binding machines here and coil binding supplies here. We also have a great step-by-step guide on how to use a coil binding machine that you can find here.

If you still have questions about coil binding, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We have over 30 years of experience with coil binding and would love to help point you in the right direction.

Most Popular Book Binding Supplies by Diameter

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Book Binding Machines & SuppliesIf you are binding a book, whether it is coil, comb or wire, you have to select a specific supply diameter to finish the process. Many customers get a little frustrated not knowing what size of supply they should get. Comb, wire and coil binding supplies are typically sold in quantities of 100. So which diameter of comb, coil or wire should you use?

If you don’t do a lot of book binding, yet need to order supplies for your machine, you have a few options. We offer a capacity guide on our supplies that will give you an approximate amount of sheets that can be bound for any given diameter.

Is there a well-rounded diameter that you can use for a lot of stuff? I have found that most customers purchase a ¼” diameter element for typical report, presentation and booklet binding. The ¼” size can handle up to 20 sheets, yet doesn’t look funny when binding 10.

Here is a good list of binding supply diameters and their binding capacities:

  • Binding Machine Diameter Capacities3/16″ — Binds up to 12 sheets
  • ¼” — Binds up 20 sheets.
  • 5/16″ — binds up to 40 sheets.
  • 3/8″ — Binds up to 55 sheets
  • 7/16″ — binds up to 70 sheets
  • ½” — binds up to 90 sheets
  • 9/16″ — binds up to 100 sheets
  • 5/8″ — binds up to 120 sheets
  • ¾” — binds up to 150 sheets
  • 7/8″ — binds up to 170 sheets
  • 1″ — Binds up to 200 sheets
  • 1 1/8″ — Binds up to 220 sheets
  • 1 ¼” — Binds up to 230 sheets
  • 1 ½” — Binds up to 290 sheets
  • 1 ¾” — Binds up to 360 sheets
  • 2″ — binds up to 425 sheets

These diameters and capacities apply to comb, wire and coil. These capacities are based on 20# paper, so if you are using card stock or clear covers you may need to scale that amount back a little.

Be aware that while you can use a larger-than-required diameter to bind fewer sheets, you don’t too few sheets as the end results may look odd. An example would be binding only 5 sheets using a 5/16″ binding element.

You can find our book binding supplies here:


Not only do we offer a great selection of book binding supplies, but we also offer an excellent selection of machines. If you need a machine, you can find our entire selection of book binding machines here.

Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our book binding specialists. They are more than happy to help answer your questions.

4:1 Pitch PVC Spiral Binding Coils

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

4:1 Pitch Coil Binding MachinesCoil binding looks good. It’s classy, can be used to bind a wide range of documents and is extremely functional. Coil binding (aka Spiral Binding) is available in two different hole patterns. These are 4:1 pitch (four holes per inch) and 5:1 pitch (five holes per inch). Four-to-one pitch coil is the most popular format used. Why is this? I’ll explain.

Let me go into a few more details about specifically what the differences are between 4:1 pitch and 5:1 pitch coil. I’ll start off with 4:1 pitch coil.

4:1 Pitch Coil Supplies4:1 Pitch Coils (0.25″) – When used on 11″ paper, you typically end up with a total of 43 to 44 holes, depending on how the punching die is aligned. Outside the United States, this pattern is referred to as a 6mm hole pattern. Supplies are available in diameters ranging from ¼” (6mm) up to 1 ¼” (32mm). Some larger diameter coils are available, but less common.

5:1 Pitch Coil Hole Pattern5:1 Pitch Coils – This hole pattern produces about 54-55 holes along the 11″ side of a sheet of paper. Outside the United States this is known as a 5mm hole pattern. Supplies are available in diameters ranging from ¼” (6mm) up to 13/16″ (20mm). While some larger diameter coils are available, they are generally not used or recommended due to the tight hole alignment of the 5:1 pitch pattern.

So why is 4:1 pitch more popular?
The 4:1 pitch hole pattern is more widely used because it can be used to bind more paper. The wider gap in the holes makes it possible to bind thicker books without the pages binding together (easier page turns).

Which hole pattern should you use? The hole pattern you use will depend on personal preference and functionality. If you like the tighter hole pattern, and are aware of the 13/16″ diameter limitation, you may want to consider a 5:1 pitch pattern. If you are unsure and don’t have a preference, 4:1 pitch is more versatile and more common.

Oval or Round?
– Akiles, one of the best-known manufacturers of coil binding machines, recently released a 4:1 Plus pitch hole pattern (0.248″). These holes are oval in shape. The advantage to the oval shape is that coil supplies are supposed to more easily spin through the holes. While they may be easier for coil insertion, you probably won’t notice a huge difference.

Metal or PVC? While you can buy spiral notebooks that are bound using metal coils, in-house coil binding is done by using spiral PVC coils. PVC coils are now the most prominent and widely used supply used for coil binding. PVC coils are popular because they are available in a wide range of colors, are extremely durable and are easier for use with a spiral binding machine.

I hope this helps clarify coil binding for you. If you still have questions, please feel free to call one of our book binding specialist at 1-800-658-8788.

You can find our entire selection of coil binding machines here and our entire selection of coil binding supplies here.

Best Coil Binding Lengths – 12” and 36”

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Coil Binding SuppliesAs is the case with any coil binding machine, they all need binding coil supplies to work properly. Prices, diameters and colors vary a lot. At ABC Office we currently offer two different coil binding lengths. These are 12″ and 36″. So which is the best length to use?

You should first be aware that coil binding comes in 4:1 and 5:1 pitch hole patterns. Both hole patterns are available in 12″ and 36″ lengths. Be sure your machine and the supplies you buy are the same hole pattern.

Many people ask me why coil binding comes in a 12″ length and not an 11″ length. There is a very good reason for this. When a coil has been spun through punched holes, each end of the coil has to be crimped and cut. The excess length allows the operator plenty of excess room to finish the coil binding process. The 12″ length is by far the most popular choice.

So why would you need a 36″ length? I have found that the 36″ is ideal for binding custom size books. This may be extra-small books are longer legal-size books. The 36″ length is long enough to be used to bind multiple books per spiral element.

So is there any pricing benefit to buying the longer 36″ length compared to the 12″ length? There really isn’t. If you will only be binding 11″ letter-size books, I would stick with the 12″ length. Per inch, the 12″ length usually costs less money.

Coil binding is probably one of my favorite book binding formats. It looks nice, pages turn a full 360 degrees and it is easy to bind a book with coil.

You can find our entire selection of coil binding supplies here and coil binding machines here.

Best Selection Of Book Binding Supplies

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Comb Binding SuppliesIn much the same way a car needs gas to run, your binding machine is going to need binding supplies to function properly. If you have a comb, wire or coil binding machine, you are probably looking around for the best prices on book binding supplies. That is completely understandable. With the economy in the state it is in, everyone is looking for a great deal.

At ABC Office we are able to offer some of the best prices available online for supplies. There are several reasons for this. To begin with, we manufacture many of the supplies we sell. This alone allows us to offer you great prices. Second, we have our own warehouse and we stock literally thousands of binding combs, wire and coils.

Wire Binding SuppliesOur book binding comb, wire and coil is available in a variety of different hole patterns (pitches), colors and diameters. It is almost guaranteed we have the supplies you need.

If you are ordering hundreds to thousands of supplies, we may even be able to offer you an even better price by giving you a quantity discount. For a quantity discount quote, you can either call us at 1-800-658-8788 or by filling out this form. Just let us know what you need and we’ll quote you the best price possible.

You can find our comb, wire and coil binding supplies here:

Unlike many online dealers of book binding supplies, our supplies are made out of the highest-quality materials available and will allow you to bind professional reports, presentations and booklets.

We also offer a great selection of book binding machines found here. Good luck with your book binding projects. Take advantage of our great prices and lock in your lowest-price deal today!

Features To Look For In A Coil Binding Machine

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Coil Binding MachinesCoil binding is increasingly becoming one of the most preferred book binding formats a available. Sometimes referred to as spiral binding, coil bound books are durable, pages turn a full 360 degrees and coil binding can be used to bind reports, presentations, booklets and more. So what features should you look for in a coil binding machine? Here are some tips that should point you in the right direction.

Features To Look For In A Coil Binding Machine

  1. Machine Pitch – The pitch of a binding machine is the hole pattern that particular machine uses. Coil binding is available in two different hole patters. These are 4:1 pitch and 5:1 pitch. The “pitch” you choose will depend on the hole spacing you like and the thickness of your book. Once you select a hole pattern, you will need to be sure you use supplies with the same hole configuration.
  2. Round or Oval – While round holes are by far the most common available for coil binding, some newer Akiles machines now feature oval holes. Oval holes are supposed to make coil insertion and page turns a little easier.
  3. Book Thickness – How thick a book will you need to bind? A 4:1 pitch can bind a book up to about 1 ¼” of paper where a 5:1 pitch binds a book up to about 13/16″ thick.
  4. Page Size – Most coil binding machines are used to bind letter-size paper. Some machines, however, can bind legal size and larger documents. Be sure to check the maximum page length of a machine before making a purchase. Some coil binding machines are open ended, which means you can punch paper, slide it over and punch it again.
  5. Margin Depth – If you are binding books of varying thicknesses, you may need a machine with an adjustable margin depth. I have found with coil binding (versus wire or coil), margin depth isn’t quiet as big a deal. This is because there are more holes, providing more stability to the bind. An adjustable margin depth is nice, however, if you are binding thick books. Punching deeper into the paper should help prevent pages from accidentally tearing out.
  6. Disengageable Punching Pins – While most people bind  8 ½” x 11″ books with coil, some of you may want to bind a custom cookbook or booklet. If you are binding odd-size paper, a disengageable punching pin will help you to disable dies that may otherwise punch a half hole on the edge of the document.
  7. Machine Construction – As with most binding machines, you will usually find coil binders made from plastic, aluminum, steel or a combination thereof. Build quality will affect the longevity of your machine. Steel will last longer and is best for high-volume binding. Aluminum and plastic components are better for light to medium-volume binding. Some machines feature steel gears and components with a plastic shell. Looks can be deceiving.
  8. Electric Inserter – Electric coil inserters are rubber wheels or rollers that are used to spin coils through punched paper. About 65-70% of the machines out there feature an electric coil inserter. While you can manually insert coils through punched holes, an inserter can quadruple (or more) coil insertion speed. I personally love having an electric inserter.
  9. Coil Pliers – Be aware that you will need coil-crimping pliers to finish the coil binding process. Many machines come with pliers, but an equal number don’t. Be sure to check whether or not your machine comes with pliers. If your machine doesn’t have crimping pliers, they can be purchased separately. I have even heard of people using wire snips to cut and crimp coil.
  10. Electric & Manual Punch – Coil binding machines come with manual and electric punches. The style of punch you use will depend on preference, budget and output capacity. If you are binding high-volume amounts of books, you may want to consider using an electric punch. If you are only binding a few dozen a day, a manual punch should be more than enough.
  11. Foot Pedals – Foot pedals, whether for an electric inserter or paper punch, allow for hands-free operation. Hands-free operation is awesome when you are binding a lot of books per day.

You can find our entire selection of coil binding machine here and coil binding supplies here. Feel free to speak with one of our coil binding experts by calling us at 1-800-658-8788.

Best Prices On Book Binding Machine Supplies

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Book Binding Machine Supplies from ABC OfficeIt’s a bold statement to make, but I feel safe in saying that we offer some of the best prices and widest selection of comb, wire and coil binding supplies available online. I’ll explain why you should consider buying your comb, wire and coil supplies from us.

Unlike many online office equipment dealers, we actually stock our own binding supplies in our own warehouse. We have tens of thousands of square feet of warehouse space stocked with supplies and equipment. This means that when you place an order with us, your binding supplies will ship out within 24 hours and should arrive to you within a week (often sooner), depending on where you live.

Many other online dealers drop-ship their binding supplies. This means they ship it from other people’s warehouses and are subject to their rules and conditions. This also means that they have little control over shipping speed and supply stock.

We actually manufacture many of the supplies we offer. This means that we are able to offer you some excellent “wholesale” prices. We are especially good at giving you a bulk discount rate. You can request your discounted “bulk” binding supply prices from us by calling 1-800-658-8788.

As mentioned before, we stock most colors and sizes of comb, wire and coil binding supplies. You can find them here:

Binding doesn’t have to be expensive. It should be fun, hassle-free and dependable. You can view our entire selection of binding machines and supplies by visiting us here.

Custom Size Coils for Coil Binding Machines

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Custom Coil Binding CoilsI have customers ask me all the time whether or not we offer custom size coils for coil binding machines. While my answer to this question may take a few sentences to explain, the short and simple answer is yes, we do offer custom coil sizes. Most people don’t realize how easy it is. I’ll explain how.

To begin with, coil binding is probably one of the most customizable binding formats out there. You’re really not limited to book size like you are with many other binding systems (i.e. VeloBind).

One very important part of coil binding a book is using coil crimping pliers to cut off and crimp the excess coil. As long as you have coil crimping pliers (or are skilled with needle nose pliers), you can coil bind just about anything.

At ABC Office, we sell binding coils in two lengths, 12″ and 36″. If you are binding something smaller than 11″ long, you can simply cut off the excess coil. The leftover coil can then be used for another custom-size book. This means you can easily bind books that are 8″ or 6″ long.

If you are binding books that are longer than 11″ (say 14″), simply use the 36″ coil and cut off the excess. You can get three 12″ books or two 14″ books out of a 36″ long coil. While there may be a little waste on odd-size books, the price is affordable.

Coil binding looks great. The color selection is incredible and the look is vibrant. Pages turn a full 360 degrees and the bind holds up well.

You can find our entire selection of 4:1 and 5:1 pitch binding coils here. You can find our entire selection of coil binding machines here. Happy binding!

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