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What Can Your Binding Machine Punch?

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Book Binding MachinesYou’re looking for a binding machine and need something that can punch a wide variety of material, so which machine should you get? Most machines claim that they can cut a specified amount of sheets, but where do you go from there? Here are a few answers that should help answer the question, “Exactly what can I punch with my binding machine?”

To begin with, all binding machines can punch paper. I know that sounds a little silly, but let’s get that one out of the way. I have found that most manual binding machines punch between 10-15 sheets of paper and electric punch machines around 15-25 sheets of paper. Remember, these specifications are based on 20# thick paper, which is essentially what you use in your copy machine.

I personally recommend scaling back your punching capacity by as much as 15-20%. This is because most manufacturers state the absolute maximum amount of sheets you can punch before your machine breaks. Scaling back the punching capacity will probably have minimal impact on your binding volume, but will really help prolong the life of your machine.

Most book binding machines can punch other material than simply 20# copy paper. This may include card stock, laminated paper, plastic poly covers, clear covers and more. There is just one catch. You need to adjust your machine’s punching capacity to accommodate the different thicknesses of material you are punching.

So how do you determine the maximum number of sheets you can punch when not punching standard 20# paper? It all boils down to trial and error. Try punching one or two items at a time and go up from there. If your machine begins to struggle or if you are exhorting a lot of force on the handle (or the motor is straining), you are probably punching too much material.

So there you go! Your book binding machine can handle a lot more than just paper. I have used comb, wire, coil and VeloBind machines to punch poly covers, card stock, clear covers ad much more.

You can find our entire selection of book binding machines here. Do you still have questions? Feel free to call one of our binding machine specialists by calling 1-800-658-8788.

Binding Machine Doppelgangers (Great Alternatives)

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Binding Machine AlternativesAre you looking for a book binding machine, but the machine you want is either out of stock or out of your budget? What you need is a binding machine doppelganger. By doppelganger, I don’t mean an evil twin or double. What I am referring to is an equal alternative that is both similar in appearance and operation. I have come up with a list of high-quality binding machines and their equivalents.

I have come up with a list of comb, wire and comb binding machine alternatives. These machines, originals and alternatives, are all high-quality machines. It is amazing how similar many of these machines look and operate, almost as if they came out of the same factory. These alternatives should help you get the machine you need in a timely manner and may even save you a little cash in the long run.

Comb Binding Machine Alternatives

Wire Binding Machine Alternatives

Coil Binding Machine Alternatives

All the machines listed here are good quality machines that can be used to bind reports, booklets, presentations and more. Hopefully some of these suggestions will provide you with affordable alternatives. You can find our entire selection of book binding machines here.

Best Report & Presentation Binding Machines

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Wire Binding MachinesAre you a business, or perhaps a college student, that need to bind a highly professional presentation or report? There are several different ways to bind a presentation or report, with some considered more professional than others. I will explain the benefits of the various binding formats we offer.

Life, and business in general, is often all about making a good first impression. A nice looking presentation or report is a great place to start. There are four main styles of binding that I would personally recommend for your reports. I will list them starting with what I consider to be the best presentation format:

Best Report & Presentation Binding Machines

  1. Wire Binding – Wire binding looks great. A wire bound presentation offers the illusion of twin loops of wire floating effortlessly through a series of 21+ holes (depending on the hole pattern). It looks great and the real metal used in wire binding is the perfect final touch.
  2. VeloBind – The GBC VeloBind format looks clean, fresh and modern. The ¼” wide colored plastic strip has a nice texture to it and looks extremely clean. Combined with a clear cover and a card stock backing, it is hard to not make a great impression.
  3. Coil Binding – Coil binding still has a great look to it and is available in several colors. The biggest benefit to coil binding is the ease at which the pages turn. Not only do pages turn easily, but they can also wrap around a full 360 degrees.
  4. Comb Binding – Comb binding is one of the most affordable book binding formats. While comb binding ultimately produces a solid bind, many people feel it has a more functional appearance to it. While it can still be used to bind excellent reports and presentations, I consider the above three formats to be better looking.

So there you have it. These are my personal recommendations on binding formats to use for creating professional reports and presentations. You can find our entire selection of binding machines here. If you need help isolating a specific make, model or in finding supplies, please feel free to contact one of our binding specialists at 1-800-658-8788.

GBC CombBind C800pro Comb Binding Machine Review

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

GBC CombBind C800pro Comb Binding MachineWere you a big fan of the classic Ibico EPK-21 comb binding machine? It was a customer favorite, and when it was discontinued, we had a lot of sad customers. The good news is that the EPK-21 now lives on as the GBC CombBind C800pro electric comb binding machine (found here). With a few exceptions, it is the same old reliable machine the EPK-21 used to be.

GBC is one of the largest manufacturers of book binding machine in the USA. They manufacture comb binding machines (CombBind), ProClick binding machines and VeloBind machines. Their line of binding machines are primarily targeted towards businesses.

The C800pro is an electric comb binding machine. It features a durable electric paper punch that can punch up to 25 sheets of paper at a time. The electric punch is operated by pressing on a foot pedal. The foot pedal allows for convenient hands-free operation. This is especially nice for high-volume book binding operations.

While the GBC CombBind C800pro features an electric punch, the opener itself is manual. This shouldn’t come across as too much of a letdown though. Very (emphasis on very) few electric comb binding machines have an electric comb opener. This is because manually opening combs takes just seconds. The comb opener handle is located on the left side of the machine (a minor annoyance for a righty like me).

The C800pro has a maximum punching width of 12″ and a maximum binding thickness of about 2″ (425 sheets of 20# paper). The added width and binding thickness allow you to bind just about any book, report or presentation.

The addition of disengageable punching pins makes the C800pro perfect for custom book binding. Any of the 21 punching pins can be disengaged. This completely eliminates half-punched holes and allows you to bind books ranging from a few inches to 12″ wide without any issues.

The all-metal build quality on the C800pro is very obvious when being handled. The housing, handles, punching pins and gears are all made out of metal. The build quality is exceptional, which is probably why it is rated for commercial-volume book binding.

Overall I really like this comb binding machine. If you are a business or copy center that needs a reliable comb binding machine, this will certainly fit the bill.

You can find the GBC CombBind C800pro electric comb binding machine here and our entire selection of comb binding machines here.

Top 12 Best Electric Binding Machines

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Electric Coil Binding MachinesIf you are binding large amounts of books, reports and presentations, you probably need an electric binding machine. To date, there are literally hundreds of different machines out there. Having used many electric binding machines myself, and having spoken with many customers, I have come up with a list of the top 10 best electric binding machines.

What qualifies a machine as being best? I take into account the build quality, ease-of-use, track record of the machine and customer feedback. The list I have come up with includes GBC VeloBind machines, coil binding machines, comb binders and wire binding equipment. Be aware that this list doesn’t mean other binding machines are bad, but they simply did not make the list.

An electric binding machine is categorized as a machine with an electric paper punch. Electric binding machines may have other electric or some manual elements, depending on the machine. Without further wait, here is my list.

Top 12 Best Electric Binding Machines

  1. Akiles CoilMac Electric Coil Binding Machine
  2. Intelli-Bind IB850 Comb Binding Machine
  3. Akiles AlphaBind-CE Comb Binding Machine
  4. Akiles WireMac-E Wire Binding Machine
  5. GBC VeloBind System 3
  6. Renz Eco S 360 Comfort Wire Binding Machine
  7. Renz Eco E Heavy Duty Wire Binding Machine
  8. Intelli-Bind I23W Wire Binding Machine
  9. Akiles MegaBind-1E Comb Binding Machine
  10. GBC C800 Pro Electric Comb Binding Machine
  11. Renz Combi S Comfort Comb Binding Machine
  12. Tamerica 240 EPB Comb Binding Machine

These electric binding machines have proven themselves time and time again to be reliable machines. You can view our entire selection of book binding machines here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

Advice: Speeding Up Book Binding Operations

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Book Binding MachinesWhile manually binding your own books doesn’t take a long time, I have had many people ask me how they can speed things up. I would say the average amount of time it takes to bind a book is about 1-5 minutes, depending on the thickness of the book and the machine being used. Here are a few tools you can use to potentially cut that time in half.

The following tips should help you speed up binding operations for comb, wire and coil binding. While each of these binding formats look different, they all implement very similar techniques.

Speeding Up Book Binding Operations

Binding Attachments / Modular Accessories – If you have a fairly basic book binding machine, you can easily upgrade the speed by purchasing separate attachments.

All of these attachments will allow one person to handle paper punching while a separate person can use the modular attachment to finish the job. This can almost double your book binding speed.

Stand-Alone Punch – Stand-along paper punches are designed to punch large volumes of paper. The can be used in conjunction with a modular binding accessory or along side a book binding machine. Many of our stand-alone punches can punch 20+ sheets of paper at a time. Higher punching capacities really speeds up the book binding process. You can find our stand-alone paper punches here.

Electric Upgrade – While manual punch book binding machines are nice, they aren’t recommended for medium to high-volume binding. An electric punch binding machine can be a huge upgrade and is well worth the investment. Electric punch binding machines typically have a higher punching capacity and are much faster.

Akiles Oval Coil Binding HolesCoil Hole Upgrade – If you are coil binding, an oval hole upgrade may be well worth the investment for speed. I’ll explain.

Coil binding, at least for me, can be a little difficult when binding thicker books. This is because the holes are small and navigating the coils through the holes can be a little difficult. I don’t have this problem with thinner books.

About a year ago Akiles unveiled a new line of coil binding machines that utilize an oval hole rather than a round hole. The oval hole design really speeds up coil insertion. Akiles machines that feature the oval holes typically have a “PLUS” after the model name. You can find our Akiles coil binding machines here. You can find our Akiles coil binding machines here.

Separate Machine – This suggestion may seem like obvious advice, but it is often cheaper to buy a second machine than to purchase a separate punch or attachment. This way you can have 2 people simultaneously punching and binding books.

I have found that most of the tips mentioned above will help significantly increase your book binding speed.

We have a great team of highly trained binding specialists here at ABC Office that can help offer binding advice and suggestions. Feel free to speak with one of them by calling 1-800-658-8788.

You can find our entire selection of book binding machines here. Have a great day!

Akiles OffiBind Comb Binding Machine Review

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Akiles OffiBind Comb Binding MachineAre you looking for a small, compact and affordable comb binding machine from a reputable manufacturer? Few manufacturers have as much credibility and positive reputation as Akiles. One model you may want to consider buying is the Akiles OffiBind comb binding machine (found here). I have had the opportunity to use this comb binder and this is my review.

To begin with, Akiles makes over a dozen different binding machines. This ranges from comb and wire to coil and combo machines. Akiles is considered by many of our customers to be some of the best machines around. The build quality is exceptional.

The Akiels OffiBind is an entry level comb binding machine. This means it is designed for light-volume binding. This could be at home or in a small business environment. I personally wouldn’t use it for more than a dozen books a day. It simply isn’t designed for anything more than that.

The paper punch on the OffiBind is capable of punching 8-10 sheets of 20# paper at a time. The punching capacity really depends entirely on the type of paper being used. I recommend starting off small and working up the punching capacity until you have a good feel for what the machine is capable of.

The OffiBind has 3 different disengageable punching pins. This means that 3 of the punching pins can be turned off in the event half-punched holes are occurring. This is a pretty nice feature to have in a machine as inexpensive as this one.

While this is a light-volume comb binder, the Akiles OffiBind is still capable of binding books as thick as 2″. You simply need to punch sheets of paper until you reach a 2″ stack. At an average punching capacity of 8-10 sheets, a 2″ stack may take a few minutes, but it is completely possible. Two-inches of paper is about 500 sheets of 20# paper.

The Akiles OffiBind has what’s known as an open throat. This means that although the OffiBind is designed to punch paper up to letter (A4) paper size, larger paper can be punched. Simply punch what you can, slide the paper over and punch the rest of the paper. I personally don’t like using an open ended binding machine for punching larger sheets of paper. It is just to hard to keep the holes aligned.

While fairly simple in design, the Akiles OffiBind is a solid little machine. The punching dies cut through paper without any issues, and for the price, the build construction is exceptional. I would personally be fine with using the OffiBind for my own light-volume book binding projects.

You can find the Akiles OffiBind comb binding machine here and our entire selection of comb binding machines here.

Features To Look For In A Comb Binding Machine

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Comb Binding MachinesComb binding continues to be one of the most popular book binding formats used today. Plastic comb binding supplies are cheap, machines are plentiful and the end results look great. That said, what features should you look for in a comb binding machine? With literally dozens of machines available, you may need a little help narrowing down the field. Here are a few tips that may help you out.

Features To Look For In A Comb Binding Machine

  1. Punching Capacity – The punching capacity is the amount of sheets that a machine can punch at any given time. This does not determine the maximum thickness of the bound book. If you are binding a 100-page book and have a machine that can punch 10 sheets at a time, you will need to make 10 total passes before accumulating enough punched paper for a 100-page book. The higher the punching capacity, the faster you can bind a book.
  2. Paper Size – Most comb binding machines are designed to handle standard letter size 8 ½” x 11″ or A4 size paper. If you need to bind 14″ legal size paper or larger, be sure to check and see if the comb binding machine can handle the added length. Sometimes you can bind a longer sheet of paper if the comb binding machine is open ended, allowing the operator to slide the paper over and punch it again.
  3. Book Thickness – The majority of comb binding machines have a 2″ book binding capacity. While this may be the case for 90% of the machines out there, some entry-level machines may not be equipped with comb openers capable of handling 2″ paper. Be sure and check this out under the machine’s specifications prior to purchasing a comb binder.
  4. Disegnageable Dies – If you plan on binding custom-size and non-standard paper sizes, you will definitely want a machine with disengageable (selectable) punching dies (aka punching pins). Have you ever punched paper only to end up with a half-punched hole? Disengageable punching dies will eliminate this problem.
  5. Margin depth – The margin dept determines how far into the paper the holes are punched. Only about half of the comb binding machines available have this feature. I personally like an adjustable margin depth. This makes it easier to punch deeper into paper when binding thicker books, where the potential of a page accidentally ripping out is higher.
  6. Material Construction – Comb binding machines are going to be either made out of plastic, metal or a combination thereof. As you might imagine, all-metal comb binding machines typically hold up better over time. If you only plan on doing low to medium-volume binding, a plastic or plastic / metal machine may be fine. Be aware that some plastic-looking machines are actually all metal with a plastic shell.
  7. Handles – Some comb binding machines feature a single handle for punching paper and opening the combs. Other machines feature two separate handles for both. The handle arrangement your machine has will depend on your preference. Electric machines typically have only one handle for opening the comb.
  8. Manual or Electric – Do you need a manual or an electric comb binding machine? The ultimate determining factor will be the amount of books you are binding. While electric punch comb binding machines are convenient, they’re typically only needed for high-volume binding. Some people still like electric punches for low to medium-volume binding purely out of convenience. Be aware that electric punch comb binding machines are typically more of an investment.

Understanding these various features should help you ultimately decide which machine is best for you. You can find our entire selection of comb binding machines here. If you are still unsure which machine to buy, feel free to contact one of our comb binding specialists by calling 1-800-658-8788.

SircleBind CB-210 Plastic Comb Binding Machine Review

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

SircleBind CB-210 Plastic Comb Binding MachinePlastic comb binding machines are affordable, make it easy to bind your own books and produce solid results. With literally dozens of models to choose from, you may be wondering where to start. One comb binding machine you may want to consider is the SircleBind CB-210 plastic comb binding machine (found here). This is my review.

Sircle, the manufactures of SircleBind, have been making binding machines for a few years now. Their machines have been thoroughly tested and seem to be a great value for the dollar spent. SircleBind machines are available in comb and wire formats.

The CB-210 comb binder is a nice looking machine. It features a white shell that blends in nicely with existing office furniture. On a table, it fits right in with copy machines, printers and other office equipment. Looks aren’t everything. How does this machine perform?

To begin with, the SircleBind CB-210 can manually punch up to 18 sheets of standard 20# paper at a time. This is pretty impressive for a binding machine in this price range. It can also be used to punch report covers, clear covers and card stock. Be aware that you will have to scale back the amount of sheets you punch when handling thicker paper.

The CB-210 has a maximum binding capacity of about 2″ of paper or 500 sheets of 20# paper. This means you can bind a book that is just a few pages thick or several hundred pages thick with this comb binder. Again, this is impressive.

Once pages have been punched, you will need to open a comb on the comb opener. The CB-210’s comb opener is located on the top of the machine. Comb is opened by using the same handle used to punch paper. Once the comb is opened, you can easily add your punched pages and close the comb.

While the SircleBind CB-210 is primarily designed for punching and binding books about 11″ long, it can be used to punch and bind smaller books. This is possible thanks to the built-in disengageable punching pins. Simply pull out the pin and disable the hole you don’t want punched. This is great for custom book binding and for eliminating half-punched holes.

Another nice benefit you will find in the CB-210 is the adjustable margin depth. This adjustment allows you to determine how far into the paper you want to punch the holes. This is ideal for binding extremely thin and extremely thick books.

Alternative Binding Machines

While the CB-210 isn’t quite up to par with some of the larger Akiles machines, it is a great binding machine for home or small office use. It can easily keep up with binding projects equaling a few to a few dozen books a day. I give this binding machine 4 out of 5 stars.

You can find the SircleBind CB-210 plastic comb binding machine here and our entire selection of SircleBind binding machines here.

Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our binding machine specialists with any questions you may have.

Tamerica VersaBind-E 4-in-1 Electric Binding Machine Review

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Tamerica VersaBind-E 4-in-1 Electric Binding MachineHow many times have you wanted to bind a book in a different format than what you already have? We always want what we can’t have, right? Well now maybe you can. With the Tamerica VersaBind-E 4 in 1 electric binding machine (found here), you can bind books in up to 4 different popular formats. This is my review.

Tamerica is one of the leading book binding machine manufacturers around. They manufacture a wide selection of popular binding machines, laminators and paper cutters. Their machines feature a good build quality at a decent price.

The VersaBind-E is one of the most versatile book binding machines around. That is because it can bind books in 19-ring plastic comb, 3:1 Wire-O wire, 2:1 wire and 4:1 coil. This is pretty impressive for any binding machine.

The machine itself utilizes what’s known as interchangeable punching dies, which Tamerica calls the EZ slide system. This means that the punching die can be removed and a new one can be added. You literally slide out the die and insert another. This is not only nice because you can punch holes for multiple binding formats, but it also makes it extremely easy to replace punching dies when the become dull.

The Tamerica VersaBind-E includes a comb opener, a wire closer and a coil insertion channel. It is basically like having 4 different binding machines in one single model. This is pretty neat if you ask me.

The punching die on the VersaBind-E is completely electric. It is operated by use of a foot pedal. This allows you to hold the paper you are punching with both hands. This allows for accurate and aligned punching. A foot pedal also helps speed the entire book binding process. The electric punch is capable of punching through up to 20 sheets of paper at a time.

The build quality on the Tamerica VersaBind-E is actually pretty nice. The punching dies are metal and the machine itself appears to be made from durable metal components. The price is certainly right, especially considering everything you get.

I have to say that I personally really like the VersaBind-E, especially considering all the different binding formats it can perform. This is a great binding machine to have in an office, school, church or copy center. Not only does it have interchangeable dies, but it is electric.

You can find the Tamerica VersaBind-E 4 in 1 electric binding machine here and our entire selection of book binding machines here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

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