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Fellowes Helios 60 Thermal Binding Machine Review

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Fellowes Helios 60 Thermal Binding MachineThermal binding is one of the least known but one of the best looking binding formats around. It is easy to do and machines typically cost very little money. Fellowes recently unveiled a new line of thermal binding machines under the Helios name. I will be reviewing the new Fellowes Helios 60 thermal binder (found here).

To begin with, the Helios 60 is one of the highest-capacity thermal binding machine we offer. It is capable of thermally binding up to 600 sheets of paper at a time. Impressive. The only other binding machine that even compares is the VeloBind System III from GBC.

This doesn’t mean the Helios 60 can only bind large amounts of paper. It can also be used to bind small reports as well. The binding capacity is determined by the thermal binding cover being used. The Fellowes Helios 60 uses special thermal binding covers, available in different thicknesses.

The thermal binding covers typically consist of a clear cover and a card stock backing. The spine is filled with thermally activated glue. Much like a hot glue gun, when the glue gets hot it turns into a liquid that then sticks to the paper. You essentially put your documents in the cover, place that cover in the machine, remove the cover and wait for it to cool. The process is fast, simple and only takes 1-3 minutes (depending on the size).

The new Helios 60 has an attractive design. The glossy sheen and the rounded corners look almost like an art piece. This machine can be used on a desk and folds up into a compact design for easy storage.

The panel is easy to read and access and the machine will automatically shut off if left unattended. It is also designed to be cool to the touch.

The Helios 60 best used for creating reports and is not typically used for long-term binding. For long-term binding, it is best to use a machine that utilizes a binding element such as comb, wire, coil or VeloBind. If you don’t believe you will need the full 600 page binding capacity, the Helios is available as the Helios 30, which has a 300-sheet capacity.

You can find the Fellowes Helios 60 thermal binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of binding machines here.

Fellowes Starlet Comb Binding Machine Review

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Fellowes Starlet Comb Binding MachineDo you occasionally need to bind a small report, but don’t know which machine you should use? Have you considered the Fellowes Starlet comb binding machine? This small little machine is the cheapest, smallest and most compact comb binder Fellowes has to offer. So is it any good? Here is my review.

To begin with, the Fellowes Starlet is a compact little machine designed for home use that can easily sit on the end of a desk. It is small. It is designed to bind booklets of up to 90 pages thick with a ½-inch diameter comb. Fellowes had light-volume in mind when they designed this machine. I wouldn’t recommend using it for binding any more than 5-6 books a day.

Why would you use a machine like this? It can be used to create the occasional report, a customized photo album or a cookbook. It is very easy to use and very economical.

When the back support is folded down and the lever is folded into a compact position, the entire machine is no more than a few inches tall. It is compact enough that it can easily be placed in a cupboard or drawer for convenient storage.

The punch on this machine is rated at punching 7 sheets of paper at a time. While this is the case, I wouldn’t recommend punching that many sheets. I would probably scale that back to 5-6 sheets.

Most manufacturers, including Fellowes, post the absolute maximum number of sheets that can be punched at a time. That number, however, is not recommended for continual use.

One thing I really like about the Fellowes Starlet is the vertical load paper punch. Most comb binding machines have a horizontal punch. The vertical punch makes it easier to keep paper lined up and holes properly aligned.

You will find the Fellowes Starlet comb binding machine here. Here are a few good alternatives to the Fellowes Starlet:

Fellowes Starlet Alternatives:

You will find our entire selection of manual comb binding machines here. Do you own the Fellowes Starlet? Let me know what you think about it.

Fellowes Pulsar 300 Comb Binding Machine Review

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Fellowes Pulsar 300 Comb Binding MachineSo you need a comb binding machine, but don’t have a lot of money? Have you considered looking at the Fellowes Pulsar 300 (found here)? This comb binding machine is the latest in a line of comb binding machines made by the popular paper shredder manufacturer Fellowes. So is this machine any good and is it worth your hard-earned money?

To start with, the Fellowes Pulsar 300 is an entry-level comb binding machine tailored around the home office. It is designed for low-volume comb binding. I would put that at about 10-20 books a day maximum.

Fellowes does a great job of creating a nice-looking piece of office machinery. The Fellowes Pulsar 300 is no exception. It looks great and is almost like a trophy sitting on your desk. Does that mean it works as well as it looks? Let’s find out.

Fellowes calls this the Pulsar 300 because it is capable of punching and binding up to 300 sheets of standard paper, which is about 1 ½ inches of paper. This isn’t to bad for a machine this small and compact. Although Fellowes says it can punch 15 sheets of paper at a time, I would recommend scaling that back a few sheets.

One thing I really like about the Fellowes Pulsar 300 comb binding machine is the vertical punch. Most comb binding machines have a horizontal punch. With a vertical punch, gravity helps keep paper in place, which helps keep the holes properly lined up.

The Pulsar does not have the bells and whistles of an Akiles machine, but it isn’t bad. Just keep in mind that it is not meat for medium or high-volume binding. For a few more dollars you could go with an Akiles EcoBind-C (found here) that I would consider to be a slightly better machine.

You will find the Fellowes Pulsar 300 comb binding machine here. Here are a few alternatives to the Fellowes Pulsar 300 comb binding machine.

Alternatives to the Fellowes Pulsar:

You can find our entire selection of manual comb binding machines here. Do you own the Fellowes Pulsar 300? Let me know what you think about it.

The Fellowes Quasar 500 Comb Binding Machine Reviewed

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Fellowes Quasar 500 Comb Binding MachineSo you need a comb binding machine and are considering the Fellowes Quasar 500 as a possible option. The only problem is you don’t know if this is the comb binding machine for you. You’re in luck. This is a detailed review of the Fellowes Quasar 500 (found here). I will discuss the pros and cons of this comb binding machine.

Fellowes has been making shredders for a long time and they have since dived into the laminator and binding machine market as well. One of their newest additions is the Quasar 500 manual and the Quasar 500 electric. Both of these machines are essentially the same in design with the only difference being the manner in which paper is punched.  I will be covering the manual version

The Fellowes Quasar 500 manual is a compact comb binding machine designed for low-volume binding jobs. It is called the Quasar 500 because it is able to comb bind up to 500 sheets of paper at a time. This equals about a two-inch thick book. This is pretty nice for a machine this compact.

Fellowes has hired some very talented office equipment designers. As is the case with their shredders, the Fellowes line of binding machines are very attractive in their design. This makes it easy to put a Fellowes binding machine on your desk without it detracting from the ambiance.

One of the biggest pros of the Fellowes Quasar 500 is the vertical load punching die. Most comb binding machines have the paper punched horizontally. Because the Quasar punches the paper vertically, the holes more easily line up and paper is punched evenly (thanks to gravity).

One thing I wish the Quasar had was selectable punching dies. In this price range, selectable punching dies are not very common, however, Akiles does make a machine in that price range with selectable dies.

I do consider the Fellowes Quasar 500 to be a good comb binding machine. As is the case with most Fellowes products, the build quality isn’t as good as it should be.  Fellowes does offer some of the best warranties available though, so if you do experience any issues, getting your Fellowes comb binder fixed shouldn’t be a problem.

Here are a couple of Quasar 500 alternatives:

You will find our entire selection of manual comb binding machines here. Do you own a Fellowes Quasar 500? Post your experience here in a comment.

Fellowes Galaxy Comb Binding Machine Review (Electric and Manual)

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Fellowes Galaxy Comb Binding MachineSo you’re looking for a good quality comb-binding machine and have come across the Fellowes Galaxy comb-binding machine. So now you’re wondering if it is any good. I will review some of the pros and cons of the Fellowes Galaxy. Fellowes makes the Galaxy in a manual version and an electric version. You will find the manual Fellowes Galaxy here and the electric Fellowes Galaxy here.

Fellowes has been making paper shredders for years now, but it has only been in the last few years that they started making binding machines. I have to say that their engineers seem to know what they are doing. The Fellowes Galaxy seems to be a pretty solid machine.

Both the manual and the electric versions of the Fellowes Galaxy claim to punch 25 sheets of paper at a time, which is a LOT of paper for a binding machine. I would personally recommend scaling that number back about 15-20%. This is just a good practice to keep in mind as most manufacturers give you the absolute maximum amount of sheets you can punch prior to breaking the machine.

Both the manual and the electric versions of the Galaxy are of a similar build quality. The internal components are made from metal and it features a stylish plastic shell. It includes a drawer where combs can be placed and an easy-to-use comb selector tool that helps you determine the correct size comb you need to use for the document you are binding.

One of my favorite features of the Fellowes Galaxy comb binding machines is the vertical load function. Because the paper loads vertically, it keeps the edge of the paper flush and makes it easier to keep the holes aligned, which can sometimes be an issue with hole-punch binding machines.

The biggest con, in my opinion, is the lack of selectable punching dies. I personally like to be able to disable punching dies. This helps eliminate annoying half-punched holes and is ideal for punching non-standard sizes of paper.

Overall I really like the Fellowes Galaxy comb binding machine. It gets the job done quickly. The biggest benefit of the electric over the manual Galaxy is the easy of using an electric motor. Other than that, there is no significant difference between the two versions of the galaxy.

I would not, however, put the Fellowes Galaxy in the same league as Akiles. Akiles still has a better build quality.

Here are some good alternatives to the Fellowes Galaxy:

Manual Alternatives

Electric Alternatives

You will find our entire selection of comb binding machines here. Have you used the Fellowes Galaxy? Post your comments here!

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