Posts Tagged ‘Comb Binding Machines’

Tamerica (Tahsin) 190PB Comb Binding Machine Review

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Tamerica Tahsin 190PB Comb Binding MachineHave you ever used a Tamerica brand book binding machine? Tamerica has developed a great name over the past several years and are now known as one of the leading manufacturers of book binding machines. One of their most popular entry-level machines is the Tamerica 190PB comb binding machine (found here). This is my review.

You may have noticed, by the subject line of my article, that I mention the name Tahsin. Tamerica used to use the name Tahsin on many of their binding machines, laminators and other products. They now use their own name, Tamerica, on these same machines. The machines are the same and the quality hasn’t changed.

The Tamerica 190PB is an entry-level comb binding machine. By entry-level, I mean it is designed for light-volume use. This isn’t to say it is cheap, but it isn’t designed to bind hundreds of books either. It is ideal for use in a school, a small business or even at home.

While it doesn’t feature a lot of bells and whistles, the build quality is excellent. When you pick up the machine, and handle it, you can tell that it is made from quality parts. It weighs in at 12 pounds shipped. This is heavy enough to get the job done, but light enough to move around.

Punching paper is very easy. Simply insert the paper into the horizontal punch (20 total sheets) and pull the handle. While the 190PB claims a 20 sheet punching capacity, I would personally scale that back to 16-18 for regular use. Twenty sheets is the absolute maximum this machine can handle.

The Tamerica 190PB uses a single-handle system for comb binding. This means the same handle that is used for punching the paper is also used to open the comb. The handle is pulled down to punch the paper and pushed forward to open the comb. I personally like this format. Some machines feature two handles, one for punching and one for comb opening.

The 190PB can bind a book up to 2″ thick. Simply break up the book into punchable sheets. Once all the paper has been punched, the comb can be inserted. The entire process is very easy.

The Tamerica (Tahsin) 190PB is best used for binding letter-size (8 ½” x 11″) books. While it can be used to bind smaller books, it doesn’t feature disengageable punching pins. This means you may run the risk of a half-punched hole if binding smaller books.

Overall I like the Tamerica 190PB. It is a great little machine for what it is designed to do. The price is right, and if used correctly, should easily last for several years.

You can find the Tamerica 190PB comb binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of comb binding machines here.

Best Book Binding Machines For Teachers & Schools

Monday, November 1st, 2010

School & Teacher Book Binding MachinesIf you’re a teacher, and would like to help students bind their work, you’re more than likely in need of a reliable binding machine that won’t break the bank. With many schools cutting budgets, and teachers often dipping into their own pocketbooks, you shouldn’t have to sacrifice quality due to budget issues. This article will cover several affordable binding machines that are perfect for teachers everywhere.

When shopping for a school binding machine, reliability and durability are almost as important as price. Because students are often tough on equipment, it is recommended to get a binding machine that is not only tough, but also one that uses a binding element that will last. The two binding formats I recommend for school use are comb and coil.

Both comb and coil binding hold up well. They can be sat on, thrown across a room or be dropped onto pavement and still maintain their form. Wire binding, while it looks great, will probably be bent out of shape after one day from being handled, thrown in backpacks and more.

Here are a few comb and coil binding machines that should prove durable, affordable and excellent for use in a school environment.

COMB

  1. Intelli-Bind IB500 Comb Binding Machine
  2. Akiles EcoBind-C Plastic Comb Binding Machine
  3. Tahsin 210PB Comb Binder from Tamerica

COIL

  1. Intelli-Bind IC310 Coil Binding Machine With Inserter
  2. Intelli-Bind IC410 Coil Binding Machine With Inserter
  3. Akiles CoilMac-ER Coil Binding Machine With Inserter

Having used these machines myself, I feel confident that you will get years of reliable and hassle-free use. These machines combine affordability with durability. Both comb and coil binding provide a safe, secure and professional bind that students will enjoy

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

Spiral-O Wire and Comb Binding Machines

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Akiles MegaBind II Comb & Spiral-O Wire Binding MachineI had someone ask me today if Spiral-O wire could be used with any comb binding machine. Both Spiral-O and comb use the same hole pattern, so it would seem to make sense that they would be compatible. The quick answer to this question is no, but maybe. I’ll explain.

Spiral-O wire is a very unique type of double-loop wire. It is neither 2:1 nor 3:1 pitch (the most common wire hole patterns). It instead follows a 19-ring comb pattern. Ten-plus years ago, including two different punching dies in one machine was unheard of, so using the same punching die (comb) to punch holes for two different binding styles made sense.

While less common now than it used to be, binding machines are still made to handle both comb and Spiral-O wire. The nice thing about a combination machine that handles these two types of binding is that the machines are relatively compact (again, only one punch).

The only problem with using a standard comb binding machine that was not originally made to handle Spiral-O wire is that there is no wire closer. Sure you can punch the holes using a comb binding machine, but you can’t close the wire.

The only way you will be able to use Spiral-O wire with a standard comb binding machine is if you purchase or use a separate wire closer. Separate wire closers are nice to have on hand because one person can punch paper while another closes the wire. You can find our wire closers here.

At this point you will have to determine if it is in your best interest to buy a separate wire closer or just get a newer machine that has one built in. A big part of your decision will also depend on how much you spent on your original comb binding machine and how good a quality it is.

A good example of a combination binding machine that handles both 19-ring comb and Spiral-O wire is the Akiles MegaBind II.

You can find our entire selection of combination binding machines here. You can find our comb binding supplies here and our Spiral-O wire here.  Good luck and happy binding!

How To Bind Books With A Comb Binding Machine

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Comb Binding MachinesComb binding continues to be one of the most popular and widely used binding formats today. This is because the machines are affordable, the supplies are extremely cheap and comb binding can be used to bind books, reports, presentations and more. The combs themselves are very durable and can be re-opened and re-used.

So how exactly do you use a comb binding machine? Whether you’re looking for a machine, or simply lost your manual, I am going to provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to use a comb binding machine. While machines vary from model to model, the overall procedure is usually very similar.

This guide will show you how to completely comb bind a book in 7 easy steps.

Step 1. Familiarize yourself with the machine. This may involve adjusting the margin punching depth, disengaging punching pins and other components.

Comb Binding Step 1

Step 2. Gather the paper you intend to bind. This usually involves the paper, a back cover and a front cover. Grab a comb that will fit the thickness of the book you intend to bind.

Comb Binding Step 2

Step 3. Grab the first few sheets to be punched. The amount that can be punched depends on the machine being used.

Comb Binding Step 3

Step 4. Take your pre-sorted stack of paper, place it in the machine and punch the paper. Repeat this process until all the paper has been punched.

Comb Binding Step 4

Step 5. Take the binding comb and place it on the comb opener. Open the comb up. This is usually done by pulling or pushing a handle, depending on whether you have a single or double handle machine.

Comb Binding Step 5

Step 6. Take your stack of punched paper and feed the opened comb’s teeth through the punched holes.

Comb Binding Step 6

Step 7. Release the comb opener and close the comb. Remove the book from the machine. Your done!

Comb Binding Step 7

Step 8. Repeat the process if you are binding more than one book.

Hopefully this guide helps you out. I have used many different designs, brands and styles of comb binding machines. Once you know how to use one, other models are pretty simple to use.

You can find our entire selection of comb binding machines here and our entire selection of comb binding supplies here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with your comb binding questions. Have a great day!

Intelli-Bind IB100 Compact Comb Binding Machine Review

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Intelli-Bind IB100 Comb Binding Machine from Intelli-ZoneDo you need a simple comb binding machine that can be used at home and won’t break the bank? There are a lot of machines out there, so which one should you get? One model you should seriously consider getting is the Intelli-Bind IB100 comb binding machine (found here) from Intelli-Zone. This is my review.

To begin with, the Intelli-Bind IB100 is easily one of the cheapest comb binding machines out there. At the time of this article, it only costs $45. This makes the Intelli-Bind IB100 an ideal machine for binding enthusiasts, for crafts and other home or light-volume binding projects.

This binding machine is very compact, weighing in at only 11 pounds shipped. That means it is extremely easy to move around and can be used on just about any table or surface.

The IB100 can punch up to 6-8 sheets of standard copy paper at a time. While this is the maximum amount allowed, I would probably scale that back to 6 sheets to be on the safe side. I’ve never been a big fan of maxing out a binding machine every time you punch paper.

This binding machine can be used to bind small books that consist of only a few pages all the way up to a two-inch thick book. This is pretty nice. Many comb binding machines, that fit within this price range, are limited to an inch or less.

If you plan on binding paper of custom sizes, this may not be the best binding machine for you. I recommend using a comb binding machine with selectable (disengageable) punching dies to avoid half-punched holes (like the Intelli-Bind IB400). The IB100 is best used with letter-size paper.

The Intelli-Bind IB100 is great for binding presentations, reports, books and other letter-size documents. It can be used to punch clear covers and card stock. Just be sure you scale back the amount of sheets punched at a time when using thicker paper.

Overall I consider the IB100 to be an excellent machine for its price range. I only recommend using it for light-volume binding.

You can find the Intelli-Bind IB100 comb binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of comb binding machines here.

Intelli-Bind IB500 Comb Binding Machine Review

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Intelli-Bind IB500 Comb Binding Machine from Intelli-ZoneAre you looking for a well-rounded comb binding machine that will hold up with continued use? Perhaps a machine made with metal components? If so, you may want to consider looking at the Intelli-Bind IB500 comb binding machine (found here) from Intelli-Zone. I have had a chance to use this and this is my review.

To begin with, the Intelli-Bind IB500 reminds me of the old Ibico Ibimatic (aka CombBind C150). It even handles a lot like it. Do you remember that comb binding machines? Ibico was later bought out by GBC and the machine was altered and changed, but the IB500 handles a lot like the original Ibimatic. The biggest difference is the addition of disengageable punching pins.

This compact little comb binding machine is pretty fun to use. It features a metal housing and metal components, which is really nice in any piece of office equipment. While the IB500 hasn’t been around long enough for me to tell you just how long it will last, I wouldn’t be surprised if this machine held up for several years without issue.

While not designed for high-volume binding jobs, it can certainly be used on a daily basis. The punching mechanism is manually operated, capable of punching about 20 sheets of standard 20# paper at a time. Technically it has 21 punching dies (for A4 paper) but it is able to do 19-ring comb binding with letter-size paper. It will easily bind up to 2-inches of paper.

The paper punching and comb opening are all done on the same lever. You pull the lever down to punch the paper and push it back to open / close the combs. The handle is angled in an ergonomic way, making paper punching less strenuous. Sorry lefties, but this machine is definitely designed for the right-handed individual.

As paper is punched, the punched holes are collected in a bin located under the machine. A drawer, which you can probably see in the picture, can be slid out and emptied.

The Intelli-Bind IB500 weighs in at 26 pounds shipped. This means it is still a hefty little machine, but still light enough to be moved around and used on just about any table or desk.

Having handled this machine myself, I can say that it is definitely a solid little machine. The build quality feels good and it is extremely easy to operate. If you have light to medium-volume binding needs, this is a great machine to have on hand. It is certainly priced to move.

You can find the Intelli-Bind IB500 comb binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of manual-punch comb binding machines here. Feel free to speak with one of our binding machine specialists at 1-800-658-8788 with any book binding questions.

Renz Combinette Comb Binding Machine Review

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Renz Combinette Comb Binding MachineAre you looking for a time-tested comb binding machine that has a good reputation and works well? One machine that you may want to take a close look at is the Renz Combinette comb binding machine (found here). I have had several opportunities to use this machine and this is my review.

Renz has been making binding machines for years. In fact, they were around and well established when I started working for ABC Office about 10 years ago. Renz is probably best known for their wire binding machines, but they also make a wide variety of comb binding machines as well.

The Combinette Renz’s least expensive comb binding machine. This shouldn’t fool you into thinking it’s cheap or poorly made. Renze is known for making some of the best comb binding machine around and the Combinette is no exception.

Originally designed for the European market, the Combinette works great with standard 8 ½ x 11-inch sheets of paper. Both the punch and the comb opener are manually operated. The punch itself can punch through up to 25 sheets of paper and it can be used to bind a book as thick as 2-inches.

The machine itself is metal. The case is metal, the levers / gears are metal and of course the punching pins are metal. The Combinette doesn’t feature any selectable dies, but aligning the holes isn’t too difficult. Once set up, the binding process itself runs smoothly.

One thing I personally like about the Combinette, other than the excellent build quality, is the length of the punching handle and comb opener. Because these handles are so long, they are very easy to operate. Punching 25 sheets of paper with this machine is easy. The leverage is perfect.

While the manufacturer says you can use this machine to bind up to 250 books per hour, I personally doubt this is possible unless you are binding only a few sheets of paper at a time. Don’t get me wrong, this is a great machine, but I don’t recommend it for more than medium-volume binding. High-volume binding, with a manual punch, is often too labor intensive.

Overall I really like the Combinette. I have personally used it to bind books and the process is very easy. In fact you can see a Combinette video demo here. While a little more of an investment up front, it is definitely well built and should easily last you for years.

You can find the Combinette comb binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of Renz binding machines here.

SircleBind CW-150e Comb & Wire Binding Machine Review

Friday, September 10th, 2010

SircleBind CW-150e Comb and Wire Binding MachineAre you in the market for an affordable electric binding machine that can handle both comb and wire? The SircleBind CW-150e comb and wire binding machine (found here) may be the machine you need. We have one of these on our showroom and I have had a chance to use it. This is my review.

To begin with, Sircle is a well-known and reputable manufacturer. They make a wide variety of comb, wire and coil binding machines. They also have a line of laminators.

The Sircle CW-150e is an electric punch binding machine. It is able to punch hole patterns for 19-ring comb and 3:1 pitch wire. The electric punch is able to handle up to 15 sheets of 20# paper at a time. For the price, this isn’t half bad. Both the comb opener and the wire closer are manually operated.

I personally really like the multi-format capabilities of this machine. Comb binding is great for durability and the supplies are inexpensive. Wire looks very professional and is idea for proposals. This versatility is pretty nice.

The machine itself doesn’t weigh too much. It’s about 32 pounds. While still hefty, it is light enough to be used on most table sand desks. I haven’t personally cracked it open to see what’s inside, but it feels durable and the build quality seems to be right in line with the price and capabilities.

Punching on the CW-150 is done vertically, instead of horizontally. I personally like this feature because gravity naturally keeps the paper in line. It also has an adjustable margin depth for comb binding.

You can bind a book of about 100 sheets in about 1-2 minutes. The operating speed ultimately depends on the operator, but the electric motor really makes things move along smoothly. You can use the CW-150e to punch card stock and clear covers as well.

This type of a comb binding machine is great for schools, churches, copy centers and business that require the versatility of a multi-format binding machine.

Overall I enjoyed using this binding machine. It isn’t going to win any awards on looks, but for the price it is a steal for an electric comb and wire binding machine. It is great for low to medium-volume use.

You can find the SircleBind CW-150e comb and wire binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of binding machines here.

Akiles AlphaBind-CM Comb Binding Machine Review

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Akiles AlphaBind-CM Comb Binding MachineDo you need a simple, yet reliable, comb binding machine solution for your office? If you’re looking for a machine that is affordable, yet durable, you may want to consider looking at the Akiles AlphaBind-CM comb binding machine (found here). This is my review.

The brand name Akiles has almost become synonymous with binding. Akiles has been making machines for years and most of their machines have become classics. This includes the popular MegaBind and WireMac machines.

The AlphaBind-CM is one of the newest additions to the Akiles comb binding line. This new machine brings the all-metal construction Akiles is known for into a compact machine capable of comb binding documents up to 12-inches long. This makes the AlphaBind-CM ideal for binding letter-size documents.

The compact design of the AlphaBind-CM makes it ideal for use in an office environment. It weighs 41 pounds. While this is hefty (due to the metal construction), it is still light enough to be used on most desks and work surfaces.

Two features that I personally like about the AlphaBind-CM is the selectable punching pins and the adjustable margin depth.

Every one of the punching pins can be disengaged. This makes it possible to bind books of most sizes. If you are experiencing a half-punched or partially punched hole at the edge of the paper, simply disable that punching pin.

The margin depth can be adjusted to four different positions. Why is this nice? It’s nice because it makes it easier to bind both thin and thick books. Pages tend to rip out of thicker-bound books more easily. Punching farther into the paper helps remedy this problem.

This machine is completely manually operated. The punching is manual and the comb opening and closing is manual. The manual punch is capable of punching up to 25 sheets of paper at a time. While this machine is all manual, it is easy to use and requires little effort.

I would definitely rate the Akiles AlphaBind-CM as being ideal for low to medium-volume binding. It is a great option for businesses and organizations that need to occasionally bind books on a daily basis. It should easily hold up for years without any issues.

You can find the Akiles AlphaBind-CM comb binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of comb binding machines here.

Top 7 Cheap Comb Binding Machines

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Cheap Comb Binding MachinesSo you need a comb binding machine, but need a good one for as little money as possible. I hear this every day. Times are tough, money is in short supply and everybody needs something for nothing. No worries. At ABC Office we offer a great selection of affordable comb binding machines.

You can actually get a comb binding machine for under $100. The best thing is that they aren’t junk. While not designed for high-volume jobs, we offer 7 comb binding machines for under $100 that are perfect for daily, occasional binding projects. This may be for home or small office use.

Here is a list of 7 comb binding machines for under $100. I am going to list these starting with the cheapest. Be aware that these prices are as of 09/07/10.

  1. Intelli-Bind IB100 Comb Binding Machine – $45
  2. SircleBind CB-60 Comb Binding Machine – $48
  3. Intelli-Bind IB150 Comb Binding Machine – $50
  4. Fellowes Starlet Comb Binding Machine – $53
  5. Intelli-Bind IB200 Comb Binding Machine – $60
  6. Fellowes Star Comb Binding Machine – $72
  7. Intelli-Bind IB250 Comb Binding Machine – $96

So there you have it. Cheap, affordable comb binding machines. If you have any questions about these models, call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our binding machine specialists. You can find our entire selection of comb binding machines here. Happy shopping and may you get the best deal possible!

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