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Pages Keep Falling out of Comb Bound Books

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Comb Binding SuppliesI recently had a customer call and speak to me who was concerned that their comb binding supplies simply weren’t working. While she didn’t buy the supplies from us, I thought I would ask a few questions to see if I could determine if the combs were faulty or if there were perhaps other issues at hand. After a few minutes I think we discovered the problem.

You can find our high-quality comb supplies here.

You would be surprised how many people I have spoken with who complain about pages falling out of their comb-bound books. Comb binding itself is actually a really solid bind, but there are a few things that can lead to poor results later down the road. After speaking with the above-mentioned customer, we discovered that she was using comb supplies that were too small for the books she was binding.

Over capacity isn’t always the reason for pages falling out of a comb bound document. There are several possible issues. Here are a few of the most common issues I have found:

  • Overuse – Remember, comb binding supplies are made out of plastic. While they can be re-used and pages can be added and removed, the process of opening and closing combs will eventually where the comb fingers out. As is the case with anything made of plastic, bending it back and forth will weaken it. After you have used a comb several times, the plastic fingers will be more prone to slipping back open. If you are having problems with your re-used combs losing pages, you may want to consider disposing of the old comb and using a new one.
  • Over Capacity – Binding combs are rated to hold specific amounts of paper. Many people try to buy just one size and use it for everything. The only problem is that if you bind a book to “bulging” over capacity, the comb’s fingers simply can’t keep that amount of paper secure for long. If you are binding a book to capacity, try using a slightly larger diameter comb. I suspect you will be much happier as a result.
  • Poor Quality – Believe it or not, there are varying degrees of quality with comb supplies. At ABC Office we try to stock only the good stuff. We have, in the past, brought in supplies from different sources and found some of them to be sub par and chose to get rid of them. Poor quality combs are usually made from cheap plastics or from thing gauge plastic. If you’re combs are having problems from the get go, you may want to try a different brand (preferably ours).
  • Improper Use – While comb binding is a great binding method, it does have its limitations. Comb bound books do not wrap a full 360 degrees like a coil bound book. If you try opening a comb bound book to far, or try wrapping the page, it will cause the comb to open and pages will fall out. Most people can see theses limitations simply by handling a comb bound book or by knowing the limitations ahead of time.
  • Comb Binding Alternatives – If durability is what you are looking for, and comb simply does not seem to be working for you, I would recommend you consider coil binding (found here) or VeloBinding (found here). Both of these methods are extremely tough and ultimately hold up a little better than comb.

Please fee free to contact us at 1-800-658-8788 for answers to more comb binding questions. We have over 25 years of experience and are more than capable of help you find the correct machine for your application. I hope you have found this article helpful.

Is Cerlox Binding and Comb Binding the Same?

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Cerlox Binding SuppliesI had a customer ask me a few days ago if we sold Cerlox binding supplies. The question floored me. I thought I had heard about every style and type of binding ever made. After digging around, and doing a little research, I discovered that I was not only familiar with Cerlox binding machines and supplies, I had used them for over 10 years.

To my surprise, I discovered that Cerlox (sometimes spelled Surelox or Surlox) binding is actually 19-ring comb binding. Same thing. No difference. If you ever have someone ask you to purchase or track down Cerlox binding supplies, you now know that comb binding supplies will do the trick. It’s much like calling a car an automobile and vice versa.

I can now safely say that we offer Cerlox binding supplies (found here). At ABC Office we offer a huge selection of comb binding machines, both manual and electric. Popular Cerlox brands (can’t help myself) include Fellowes, GBC, Ibico, Akiles, Tamerica, Intelli-Bind and Renz.

This style of binding is extremely popular because the supplies are cheap, readily available and can re-used over and over. It allows for pages to be added and removed and the supplies come in several different colors and diameters.

I have seen people use comb for binding cookbooks, presentations, photo albums, short stories, reports and books. Binding combs come in 11” lengths (19 rings) for letter-size paper and 297mm lengths (21 rings) for A4 paper. You can find our entire selection of Cerlox binding machines here and Cerlox biding supplies here.

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.

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!

Fun Facts About Comb Binding Machines

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Comb Binding Machines from ABC OfficeComb binding machines provide us with some of the most affordable book binding services available today. Machines are relatively inexpensive and supplies are cheap. Here are a few fun facts about comb binding machines that you may not be aware of.

Did You Know?

  1. Comb binding strips can be re-used and recycled.
  2. Comb binding strips allow to you add or remove pages.
  3. Comb binding is the most affordable binding method used today.
  4. Comb binding machines not only punch through paper, but can also punch through laminated paper, clear covers, poly covers and card stock.
  5. Comb binding strips can be cut down with scissors for use with smaller books.
  6. Comb binding can be used to bind books up to 2″ thick.
  7. People have been using comb binding since the 1960s.
  8. Comb binding can be used to bind photo albums, scrapbooks, cookbooks, reports, presentations and other literature.
  9. Comb binding strips come in about a dozen different standard colors.

At ABC office we offer dozens of different comb binding machines at affordable prices. You can find our entire selection of comb binding machines here. You can find our entire selection of comb binding supplies here.

Do you still have questions about comb binding? Speak with one of our comb binding experts at 1-800-658-8788 for answers to your questions.

Plastic Binding Combs Won’t Close

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Plastic Binding Combs and SuppliesWhile not a common problem, I have had customers complain that their plastic binding combs wouldn’t close all the way. There is a very simple explanation and solution for this annoying problem.

I have personally found that in 90% of the cases where plastic binding combs wouldn’t close all the way had to do with the fact that the customer was over extending the combs when opening them. This typically happens with smaller diameter combs.

Most binding machines allow the operator to adjust the comb opener based on the diameter of the comb. This is done precisely for the very reason that opening a comb too far will cause the plastic to bend too much, preventing the comb from naturally recoiling back into its natural shape.

If your plastic binding comb is bent out of shape, you can sometimes manually close each of the 19 rings individually, bending them back into place. This doesn’t always work, but usually does.

In very rare cases, I have found that extremely old or sun-damaged combs will become brittle or degraded to a point where they lose their elasticity. There isn’t much you can do in this situation other than buy new combs.

In conclusion, properly setting up the comb opener will almost always solve the issue of combs not closing all the way.

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

Plastic Comb Binding Capacity & Diameter Guide

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Comb Binding Elements and Supplies from ABC OfficeDo you need to comb bind a book, but don’t know what size comb binding element to use? You’re not alone. Sometimes it’s though to visually gauge exactly what size of binding strip to use. While some comb binding machines include a handy guide, most don’t. Many manuals don’t even include a capacity or diameter guide for binding books.

Using a binding comb that is too big causes the bound book to look odd, not to mention pages flop around with the excess diameter. Books bound using a comb binding strip that is too small causes pages to rip out and makes page turns difficult.

One nice thing about plastic comb, versus coil and wire, is that there’s only one pitch. Combs come in what’s known as a 19-ring hole pattern. Don’t be surprised if your combs aren’t totally round in diameter. Combs that are between 1 ½” to 2” often have an oval shape to accommodate the thicker size and make page turns easier.

I have come up with this guide to help you determine the correct diameter and size of comb to use with your books.

Comb Binding Quick Reference Capacity & Diameter Guide

(Based On 20# Paper)

3/16″ (4.76 mm) – 12 Sheets
1/4″ (6.35 mm) – 20 Sheets
5/16″ (7.94 mm) – 40 Sheets
3/8″ (9.53 mm) – 55 Sheets
7/16″ (11.11 mm) – 70 Sheets
1/2″ (12.7 mm) – 90 Sheets
9/16″ (14.29 mm) – 100 Sheets
5/8″ (15.88 mm) – 120 Sheets
3/4″ (19.05 mm) – 150 Sheets
7/8″ (22.23 mm) – 170 Sheets
1″ (25.4 mm) – 200 Sheets
1 1/8″ (28.58 mm) – 220 Sheets
1 1/4″ (31.75 mm) – 230 Sheets
1 1/2″ (38.1 mm) – 290 Sheets
1 3/4″ (44.45 mm) – 360 Sheets
2″ (50.8 mm) – 425 Sheets

You can find our entire selection of comb binding supplies here and our comb binding machines here. Do you still have questions about comb binding supplies? Call one of our experts for answers 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.

Colored Plastic Binding Comb Supplies – Fun Facts

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Colored Comb Binding Supplies / Binding CombsThere are a few things you should know about comb-binding supplies if you own a comb-binding machine. First of all, did you know that binding combs are still one of the most widely used binding supplies? Did you also know that comb-binding supplies are still one of the most economical and affordable binding supplies?

Here are a few additional comb binding supply facts that you may find interesting:

  • Binding combs are available in diameters as small as 3/16-inch and as large as two inches.
  • Binding combs can be re-used multiple times without any outward signs of wear.
  • Binding combs are extremely durable, able to withstand a lot of wear and tear.
  • Binding combs are available in more than 10 different colors.
  • Comb binding supplies allow you to easily add or remove pages.
  • Binding combs are referred to as combs because the fingers loosely resemble those found on a hair comb.

I personally really like the simplicity and affordability of comb binding machines and supplies. You will find our entire selection of comb binding supplies here.

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