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Intelli-Fold DE-112AF Paper Folder Review

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Intelli-Fold DE-112AF Paper Folding MachineIf you are considering buying a Dynafold paper folding machine, or any machine for that matter, you should seriously consider the Intelli-Fold DE-112AF (found here). This paper-folding machine has been around for several years now and has proven that it has what it takes to keep up with the competition, and in many situations, surpass it. I have years of hands-on experience with this machine and I would like to share some of my thoughts and feelings on this machine with you.

To start off with, this machine is comparable to a Dynafold DE-102AF on steroids. It has several built-in improvements that make it a huge value over the DE-102AF and other similar machines. I will go into more details over the specifications, but I would like to say that this machine is currently one of our best sellers. One reason I like selling this particular machine is that when it leaves our building, our customers don’t have any trouble with it. It is very straightforward to set up and doesn’t have the finicky problems you find with other paper folding machines.

Who would be best off using this machine? The DE-112AF is the perfect letter-size paper folding machine. It can quickly fold invoices, letters and other literature up to 8 ½” x 14″ in size or as small as 3.5″ x 5″. With that paper size range, it is very versatile. It can handle paper ranging in thickness from 16# bond up to 50# index. These specifications allow the DE-112AF to keep up with most office paper folding operations.

While this machine does have manually adjusted folding plates, it is actually really easy to set up. A quick setup guide is printed on the folding plate, letting you know exactly where each of the two folding plates need to be set up. Simply loosen the thumb screws on the folding plate and slide it towards or away from the machine. Both plates must be adjusted. One thing I really like about this machine is that both of the folding plates are found on the same side of the machine. I have always found that his makes setup easier and seems to make better use of often-limited desktop space.

The DE-112AF will create most common folds you need. This includes folds such as the letter fold (also known as the C fold), the accordion fold (also known as the Z fold), the half fold, double parallel fold, gate fold and more. Because the folding plates are manually adjusted, custom folds are very easy to do as well.

Once the folding plates are set, the paper can be set in the tray. The feed tray on this machine holds up to 500 sheets of paper at a time. The machine will fold all of the paper in the  tray until it is empty, after which the machine will automatically stop. The DE-112AF uses three friction rollers to pull in paper, unlike many machines that have just one. The three friction rollers ensure even and aligned paper feeding. This results in an excellent skew and perfectly aligned folds.

There several things this machine has that you simply won’t find in the DE-102AF. To begin with, this machine has sensors that won’t allow this machine to run without the folding plates being properly inserted. The DE-102AF doesn’t have this, which can result in some significant paper jams. The DE-112AF also has paper stacking wheels and a powered exit conveyors. The stacking wheel slows paper down after it is folded and keeps paper neatly aligned as it leaves the machine. This is ideal if you need to keep your folded literature organized as it leaves the machine. The DE-102AF only has a catch tray, which can potentially lead to some jumbled paper.

Here is a video of the DE-112AF paper folding machine in action:

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I have used this machine a lot. I can safely say that it is one of the finest machines we offer in this price range. The internals are well put together, servicing is readily available and it is just a great overall machine. You can find the DE-112AF paper folding machine here and our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Please feel free to contact us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions .We would love to help you out. We can even test samples prior to purchase if you would like to see how your material would look folded on a DE-112AF. Do you already own one? Post your experiences here as a comment. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Introducing the Martin Yale Mark VII Paper Folding Machine

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Martin Yale Mark VII Paper Folding MachineMartin Yale has a rich history in being one of the oldest and most well-known manufacturers of paper folding machines. Popular classics include the 1501X (CV7), 1217A and the 959. A new machine from Martin Yale, which actually replaces the very popular Model 959, is the Mark VII paper folding machine. This is an overview of the new machine.

This machine is not your standard paper folding machine for folding onesies and twosies. This is a high-end paper folding machine designed for industrial or daily folding applications. It can easy keep up with most copy center and business folding needs. The motor runs at a whopping 35,000 sheets per minute. This is fast enough to quickly burn through the 350 sheet hopper capacity.

Because it is a bottom-feeding folding machine, it is very easy to load more paper into the hopper and keep the machine running. Unlike the older 1501x and 1217A, the Mark VII has a superior feeding system that does not require the paper to be pre-fanned. An adjustable speed control makes it easy to fine-tune this machine to handle a variety of paper sizes and thicknesses.

Speaking of size and thickness, the Mark VII can handle paper sizes ranging from 3 ½” x 4 ¼” up to 14″ x 20″. I have used a lot of folding machines over the past decade and I can tell you that this paper range is very impressive. This makes it easy to fold brochures, menus, letters, invoices and much more. It can also handle a wide range of paper thicknesses. It specifically can handle 16-lb. bond up to 80-lb. index.It can also be outfitted with perforating and scoring wheels for additional projects.

Most friction-feed folding machines will choke on coated paper. This is because the slick surface slides on the silicon and rubber rollers, resulting in a jam. The Mark VII is actually designed to be able to handle coated paper. It can also handle laser paper, copy paper and even thicker card stock. It is very versatile when it comes to paper handling.

The Mark VII is made out of heavy-duty metal components. Even the exit tray, paper guides and folding plates are made out of metal. The build quality is extremely good.

This folding machine can create all the folds that you need most. This includes the:

  • Letter Fold
  • Z-Fold
  • Double-Parallel Fold
  • Half Fold
  • Church Fold
  • Engineering Fold

These are the six most common folds used today. Because the folding plates are manually adjusted, it is easy to create custom variations of all these folds. The folds themselves are clearly marked on the folding plates, making folds easy to set and adjust. While this isn’t a programmable folding machine, it does include a digital paper counter, which is pretty nice.

Overall this is a solid paper folding machine and is perfect for industrial or commercial folding applications. It weighs just over 100 pounds, so it isn’t going to fit on all tables, but will work on most desks and countertops. It is a robust machine designed for continuous operation.

You can find the Martin Yale Mark VII folding machine here and our entire selection of paper folding machines here. This is a fairly new machine, so if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-658-8788. We are more than happy to help point you in the right direction.

Why You May Want to Use the Intelli-Fold DE-172AF

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Intelli-Fold DE-172AF Paper Folding MachinePaper folding machines really find their place in copy centers, schools, non-profit organizations, churches and businesses. If you need to fold paper as large as 11″ x 17″, menus, brochures, pamphlets and other material, you are going to love the Intelli-Fold DE-172AF. This versatile paper folding machine is quickly becoming a customer favorite. There are many reasons for this. I have personally used this machine and this is my review.

The DE-172AF is especially an upgraded Intelli-Fold DE-202AF or an upgraded Dynafold DE-202AF. It is essentially the same machine as the DE-202AF except the DE-172AF features the addition of an extremely useful exit conveyor. This powered exit conveyor helps slow and control paper as it exits the machine. This process also helps to stack paper as it exits the machine. A powered exit conveyor is nice for any folding job, but is especially nice for invoices, bills, statements and other material that needs to be kept in order.

The Intelli-Fold DE-172AF (by Intelli-Zone) may be one of the best 11″ x 17″ paper folding machines around. It is certainly one of the most affordable. While it can easily handle larger 11″ x 17″ paper, it can also be used to handle paper as small as 3.5″ x 5″. This makes the DE-172AF extremely versatile. Acceptable paper thicknesses range from 16# up to 24#. This is about the thickness of a sheet of copy paper.

Setting up the DE-172AF is extremely easy. It uses a series of 2 folding plates to complete the job. Both plates need to be manually set prior to folding. Folds, based on the paper size, are clearly marked on the folding plates. While the plates are manually adjusted, they are really easy to handle. I can personally adjust the plates in less than a minute.

Unlike many folding machines in this price range, the DE-172AF does not require paper to be pre fanned prior to being placed in the machine. Simply make sure the paper is squared up and put it in the machine. Because the DE-172AF can hold up to 500 sheets of paper, it doesn’t require much babysitting. Paper feeding is extremely smooth, accurate and aligned.

Having used this myself, I can tell you that the folded edge of the paper is extremely crisp and professional. Paper doesn’t look like it was manually folded, rather, it looks like it has come right out of a printing press. A variable speed dial lets you easily slow down or speed things up.

Many people ask me about the build quality. This is understandable as a lot of “plastic” folding machines have a bad habit of easily breaking down. The DE-172AF features a high-end build. Much of this machine is made out of metal. Not saying all Chinese stuff is low quality, but I think the fact that the DE-172AF is not made in China really helps iron out the fine wrinkles and electronics that plague other machines.

The DE-172AF can create 6 of the most common folds used today. These folds include:

  • Single (Half, V) Fold
  • Letter Fold (C Fold)
  • Z Fold (Accordion Fold)
  • Double Parallel Fold
  • Gate Fold
  • Half Accordion Fold (Engineering Fold)

Because the folding plates are manually adjusted, it is also very easy to create custom folds on this machine. I personally like using this machine. As long as you aren’t folding heavy card stock, this machine is probably perfect for you. You can find the Intelli-Fold DE-172AF here and our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Please feel free to contact one of our paper folding machine specialists at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

Formax FD 382 Automatic Paper Folding Machine

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Formax FD 382 Automatic Paper Folding MachineIf you fold a lot of paper and need a paper folding machine that is “no nonsense” and easy to set up, you may want to consider the fully automatic Formax FD 382 paper folding machine (found here). This machine takes just seconds to set up and is extremely reliable. This is my review.

While Formax may be best known for their automatic envelope inserting machines, their line of paper folding machines are equally as impressive. To date, Formax currently offers 7 different models of folding machines. These machines range from desktop use to high-end air-fed paper folding machines for print shops.

The FD 382 is one of Formax’s high-end friction feed paper folding machines. It operates at a speed of up to 20,100 pieces and is capable of creating letter folds, zig-zag folds, half folds, gate folds, double parallel folds and many other “standard” fold types. Not only are the folds easy to set up, but they are also extremely accurate and aligned.

This machine is fully automated. That means there is very little manual effort involved to get it up and running. Motors are built in to each of the folding plates. Once a fold has been selected, the plates automatically adjust themselves. Even the telescoping exit conveyor is fully powered. A special sensor, located on the feed tray, automatically detects the size of the paper being used, making setup even easier.

While speed is a huge benefit of the Formax FD 382, I have to say the interface and programmable features built in are the icing on the cake. The FD 382 has 18 pre-programmed settings out of the box and can be set up with an additional 25 custom folds that are stored in the memory.

A large 2.8″ LCD screen lets you know exactly what’s going on. That includes details on the page size being used, the fold that is selected, the speed and much more. The LCD screen is backlit, making this folding machine easy to set up in low-light conditions as well. The screen also keeps you up to speed with a 6 digit resettable counter and an 8-digit life counter. This is excellent for auditing purposes.

Paper size and thickness are always important features to take into consideration prior to purchasing a paper-folding machine. The FD 382 can handle paper as small as 3.5″ x 5″ or as large as 12.25″ x 18″. This range covers most jobs.

Are you tired of fanning paper prior to placing it in a folding machine? The Formax FD 382 utilizes a drop-in feed tray that holds up to 500 sheets of standard 20# paper, no fanning required. This system is extremely efficient, dramatically cutting down on paper jams that were frequent with older “fan” style machines.

While not a stock feature, the FD 382 is available with an optional dedicated multi-sheet feeder. This feeder makes it possible to insert up to 4 stapled or unstapled sheets for multi-sheet folding. While it can only operate as fast as the operator inserts paper, it is a nice feature to have on handle for multi-sheet mailers.

Overall I consider the Formax FD 382 to be a solid paper folding machine. It is constructed from metal components and features the quality Formax machines are known for. I highly recommend this for use in most offices, print shops, copy centers and other organizations that fold a lot of paper on a regular basis.

You can find the Formax FD 382 automatic paper folding machine here and our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Intelli-Fold DF-304VC Pharmaceutical Paper Folding Machine Review

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Intelli-Fold DF-304VC Pharmaceutical Paper Folding MachineHave you ever wondered how those tiny little instructional sheets get folded up prior to placement in a bottle or box? This is done using a special type of machine commonly referred to as a pharmaceutical folding machine. As a kid, when assembling a new bicycle or other toy, I actually thought people manually folded those tiny instructions. As an adult, I realize that highly complex machines are used to do the job. If your business or manufacturing plant needs a machine, consider using the Intelli-Fold DEF-304VC pharmaceutical folding machine (found here) with vertical stacker. This is my review.

Most paper folding machines utilize two folding plates to create anything from a letter fold to an engineering fold. Machines with two folding plates are limited to 2 total creases the folded document. Additional folds can be created, on some machines, by running the material through twice.

Mini Folding / Pharmacy FoldingPharmaceutical folding machines have 4 folding plates. This dramatically increases the folding possibilities. The folding process, created by 4-plate machines, is often referred to as miniature folding or mini folding. This is because these machines can take a larger sheet of paper and fold it down into something small for placement in tight places or small packages. This includes pharmaceutical bottles and packaging.

While many standard folding machines create 6-8 common fold jobs out of the box, the Intelli-Fold DF-304VC can create 16 common folds along with a wide range of custom folds. You can disable 2 of the 4 plates, however, to create common folds as well.

The Intelli-Fold DF-304VC can take a sheet of paper at fold it down into something that is only 1″ wide. It folded down in another direction by utilizing the built-in scoring wheel. The end results are tiny instructional sheets that can conveniently be placed in a box or bottle.

The DF-304VC literally takes just seconds to complete a folding operation, versus minutes that it would take someone to manually do the same job. The motor on the DF-304VC runs at a whopping speed of 12,000 sheets per hour. To the best of my knowledge, there are no other 4-plate pharmaceutical folding machines capable of running at those speeds.

Each of the four folding plates is manually adjusted. It only takes about 30-60 seconds to adjust each plate (by a trained individual), making setup pretty fast. Once set, up to 500 sheets of 20# paper can be placed in the tray and the machine can be turned on. A friction roller is used to pull in paper and fold it. It can even be set up for batch folding purposes.

The Intelli-Fold DF-304VC uses a vertical stacker to take folded paper and tightly stack it for organizational purposes. The stacker is pretty impressive and far more efficient than a traditional exit conveyor. Be aware that the vertical stacker, with its own independent motor, must be turned on prior to turning on the folding machine itself.

One thing that really impresses me about the DF-304VC is the wide range of paper sizes it accepts. It can take paper ranging in size from 2 3/8″ x 2 3/4″ up to 11 ¼” x 17 3/4″. Again, few other pharmaceutical folding machines can do this.

As is the case with Intelli-Fold folding machines (by Intelli-Zone), the DF-304VC features an excellent build quality. All materials are designed for continuous operation. The folding plates, machine frame and many other components are made out of metal. The blue-gray design looks classy and blends in well with existing office equipment.

If you own a pharmaceutical manufacturing or distribution company, something like the DF-304VC is probably just what you need. This machine is dependable, reliable and available at a great price (considering what it does).

You can find the Intelli-Fold DEF-304VC pharmaceutical folding machine here and our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Considering this is a family sophisticated machine, you may have questions that this article doesn’t cover. Please feel free to speak with one of our paper folding specialists by calling 1-800-658-8788.

Happy folding!

MBM Simplimatic Paper Folding Machine Review

Monday, April 18th, 2011

MBM Simplimatic Paper Folding MachineOne of the biggest complaints I hear from customers regarding folding machines is the paper folding plates. Short of going with a fully automatic machine, are there any other more automated options out there? One machine you may want to consider using is the semi-automatic MBM Simplimatic paper folding machine (found here). I have used this paper folder and this is my review.

MBM, while best known for their paper shredders & cutters (Destroyit, Kutrimmer & Triumph), also makes a great selection of paper folding machines. Their machines are regarded as having a great build quality and for being overall dependable.

While most of their paper folding machines are designed for higher-end applications, their MBM Simplimatic is designed for low to medium-volume use. It can be used to create single folds, letter folds and accordion folds. These are by far the most common folds used by businesses today.

The most unique feature of this machine is the setup. Most non-automatic paper folding machines require some sort of manual manipulation of the folding plates. Why the Simplimatic does not have electric-powered folding plates, they are much easier to set up than most machines.

The folding plates are set up by twisting a dial selector wheel found on the side of the machine. One of the wheels is for adjusting the first folding plate and the other is for adjusting the second folding plate. Folds are clearly marked on the wheel and “dialing” in a fold is extremely easy. Because the folding plates are fully enclosed, this folding machine is generally quiet when compared to other folding machines.

While the dial concept is nice, and works as advertised, I’m not entirely sold on it’s necessity. I have used manually adjusted folding plates, and this machine’s dial system, and I think it takes about the same amount of time either way. I almost prefer manually adjusting the plates as I feel it gives me more control over the machine. The dial system isn’t bad though and many customers will prefer it.

One big benefit of this machine, especially considering the affordable price, is the fact that it has one feed roller and two roller guides. A combination of these three rollers helps ensure that paper is fed into the machine in an aligned fashion, helping improve the overall registry of the folds.

The hopper on this machine holds up to 150 sheets of standard 20# paper. Be aware that this amount may fluctuate with thicker and thinner paper. It can ultimately be used with paper ranging in thicknesses from 16# up to 60#. This is really nice for a paper folding machine.

The MBM Simplimatic has the ability to fold up to 3 stapled 20# sheets of paper at a time. This isn’t done automatically, but requires that the three sheets be feed manually into the machine. This is the way most multi-sheet folding machines handle multiple sheets of paper.

Overall I have to say that this machine gets good marks from me. It isn’t my favorite paper folding machine in this price range, but is great for low to medium-volume paper folding. That isn’t to say it’s a bad machine, but just be sure you aren’t expecting it to keep up with high volume projects.

Here are a few alternatives that fall within a similar price range

You can find the MBM Simplimatic paper folding machine here and our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Formax FD 342 Tabletop Folding Machine Review

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Formax FD 342 Tabletop Paper Folding MachineDo you need a paper folding machine that is extremely versatile, capable of performing the most common and custom paper folds available? One great machine, with an equality great reputation, is the Formax FD 342 tabletop paper folding machine (found here). This folder can create C folds, gate folds, Z folds, cross folds and much more. This is my review.

Formax has developed a great reputation over the past decade for their high-quality line of paper folder inserters, folding machines and pressure sealers. The build quality on these machines extremely high, with many of there machines being made in the USA.

The Formax FD 342 is packed with features. Weighting in at 77 pounds shipped, the FD 342 is a solid piece of machinery. The build quality alone features a metal housing, metal folding plates, high-quality silicon rollers and much more. It is designed for the ground up to be able to be used continuously throughout the day.

One great feature about the FD 342 is the motor. It is tough, capable of folding up to 15,500 sheets per hour. It is fast and strong, which helps get jobs done quickly and with fewer jams.

The feed tray on the FD 342 can hold up to 500 sheets of 20# paper at time, with the ability to handle paper as large as 12″ x 18″ and as small as 3.5″ x 5″. This is a pretty impressive range and paper capacity.

The exit tray is completely powered and uses a conveyor system to assist the paper as it exits the machine. The exit tray is telescoping. This means it can be shortened to accommodate tight spaces or it can be fully extended to hold up to 500 sheets of folded paper.

Setting the FD 342 up is extremely easy. It uses two separate folding plates to set up the required fold. Setting the folding plates up is as easy as pressing on a slide stop and sliding the plate to the desired fold. A fine-tune adjustment knob is located on the back of the fold plate in case any fine adjustments need to be made.

You can see a demonstration of the folding plates being set up here:

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Once the fold has been selected and paper has been placed in the feed tray, you can press the 1X button to test one sheet of paper. This allows you to ensure everything looks correct before starting up the machine. Once everything looks good, you can press the green “go” button to start the machine.

Unlike many folding machines out there, the Formax FD 342 can create a French fold, sometimes called a cross fold. This machine is built from the ground up to handle this type of difficult fold and even includes a cross-fold feed arm to help assist the fold.

Overall I have to say that this machine is extremely precise, durable and excellent for the price. It can be used for continuous daily operation without any issues. I give this machine a solid 5 out of 5 stars.

You can find the Formax FD 342 tabletop paper folding machine here and our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Martin Yale 1611 AutoFolder Folding Machine Review

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Martin Yale 1611 Ease-Of-Use AutoFolder Paper Folding MachineAre you looking for a well-built manual paper folding machine that can hold up to some of the toughest folding jobs? There are a lot of options out there. One affordable option you may want to consider is the Martin Yale 1611 AutoFolder paper folding machine (found here). This is my review.

Martin Yale recently redesigned the popular Model 1601 paper folding machine. The old 1601 is now the Martin Yale 1611. While this new folding machine is essentially the “next generation” 1601, Martin Yale has really gone out of their way to make some significant improvements.

One thing I like, although not functionally important, is the new design of the 1611. The black color and the well-rounded design looks great. It fits in well with most business environments. While looks aren’t everything (especially with office equipment), it is still nice to have an aesthetically pleasing piece of office machinery.

Looks aside, the Martin Yale 1611 is also packed with a wide range of features. To start with, the 1611 has a nice 150 sheet (20# paper) feed table capacity. While this isn’t enough to hold an entire ream of paper, it is still leaps and bounds better than manually inserting paper. The 1611 folds 150 sheets in just minutes. It is a fast machine. It is also relatively quiet for the size.

As far as build quality is concerned, the 1611 AutoFolder gets high marks. Even the folding plates are more robust than they used to be. If you remove the folding plates, you will notice that they are thick and extremely durable, versus many other manual setup folding machines. While you still have to manually set up the fold plates, it takes just seconds to a few minutes (depending on the operator’s experience).

The Model 1611 can handle a nice range of paper sizes. It will fold paper ranging from 3 ½” x 5″ up to 8 ½” x 14″. Unlike many manual setup folding machines, the Martin Yale 1611 can create most folds with the larger legal-size 8 ½” x 14″ size. This includes letter folds, Z folds, single folds and more.

Unlike folding machines of 10+ years ago, you do not need to fan the paper prior to placing it in the machine. This is a huge plus in my book. Fanning paper, at least for me, often led to paper jams. The “drop-in” system the Model 1611 is very efficient and dramatically cuts down on paper jams.

One very unique feature of the 1611 AutoFolder is the bypass tray for multi-sheet folding. You can manually insert a stack of up to 5 sheets of paper into the feed bypass for quick multi-sheet folding. The process is very simple.

For low to medium-volume paper folding, the Martin Yale 1611 AutoFolder is a great choice. It is affordable, features a great build quality and can be used on just about any table or desk in the office.

You can find the Martin Yale 1611 AutoFolder paper folding machine here and our entire selection of Martin Yale paper folders here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Formax FD 38X Automatic Paper Folder Review

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Formax FD 38X Automatic Paper Folding MachineDo you need a tough, robust paper folding machine that can handle hundreds to thousands of folds a day? If so, you don’t want to settle for a basic paper folding machine. You are probably going to want something automated. One great machine you should consider using is the Formax FD 38X automatic paper folding machine (found here). I have personally used this folding machine and this is my review.

Formax is best known for their line of envelope stuffing machines, but they also make a great selection of bursters, shredders, paper folding machines and more. I can tell you from experience that Formax have a great track record and a great reputation with our customers.

The Formax FD 38X encompasses the very meaning of automatic paper folding machine. This machine, from the control interface to the electric folding plates, is completely automatic. The only manual effort involved is selecting a fold from the control panel, placing paper in the machine and removing the folded paper. That’s it!

The FD 38X is a robust machine, capable of accepting paper sizes up to 12″ x 18″ large. The feed tray can hold up to 500 sheets of paper. Once the machine has started folding paper, you can leave it and let it do the rest. It will automatically stop once the paper has been folded.

The Formax FD 38X handles all the most common folds (18 pre-programmed) and even has room in the memory to store up to 35 custom folds. Common folds include the C fold, Z fold and single fold. It can even handle the cross fold (aka French fold), which causes most other folding machines to jam.

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As mentioned earlier, the folding plates are powered. When a fold is selected from the LCD menu, the folding plates adjust themselves. This is fast and provides for extremely accurate folds.

The FD 38X control panel is very easy to navigate. The right side of the FD 38X includes a test button, a green “go” button and a red “stop” button.

The exit tray on the Formax FD 38X is completely powered. This means as paper exits the machine, it is quickly carried to the end of the tray in an organized manner. The tray is completely telescoping, allowing it to hold up to 500 sheets of paper. Exit conveyors are extremely nice for keeping folded material in alphanumerical order.

One of the more unique features of the FD 38X is the multi sheet tray. If you look at the top of the FD 38X, you will notice a vertical slot coming out of the machine. You can manually insert up to 4 sheets of stapled or unstapled paper in that slot. The machine will then fold all 2-4 sheets of paper at once.

The build quality on the FD 38X is excellent. It is made out of solid metal components. It weighs in at 74 pounds, which gives you an idea just how robust this machine is.

Overall I have to say that I am very impressed with this paper folding machine. Having used it myself, I have to rate it a solid 5 out of 5 stars. It is fast, reliable and relatively quiet for a folding machine.

You can find the Formax FD 38X automatic paper folding machine here and our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Martin Yale 2051 SmartFold Paper Folding Machine Review

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Martin Yale 2051 SmartFold Paper Folding MachineDoes your business or organization have the need for a high-volume paper folding machine that can keep up with your daily operations? You may need an automatic commercial paper folder. One model you may have looked at is the Martin Yale 2051 SmartFold paper folding machine (found here). I have used this machine and this is my review.

As far as paper Martin Yale paper folding machines are concerned, the 2051 SmartFold is relatively new to their lineup. It is currently called the Martin Yale 2051 SmartFold, however, it has also been called the Intimus 2051 SmartFold. Martin Yale owns Intimus and it seems they can’t make up their mind as to which brand they want to put on their machines.

Martin Yale has several folding machine hits under their belt. This includes the ever popular 1501X (CV7), the 1217A and the 959. Martin Yale paper folding machines have been around for some time and have proven to be reliable machines. The 2051 SmartFold has several improvements that I personally prefer over their older machines.

To begin with, you don’t have to fan paper prior to placing it in the 2051 SmartFold. This saves time and prevents paper jams. The paper hopper on this folding machine holds 500 sheets of 8 ½” x 11″ paper (20# thick). The thicker the paper, the fewer the amounts of sheets you can place in the 2051 SmartFold.

The Martin Yale 2051 SmartFold can handle a wide range of paper, which is really nice if you are folding a variety of different sizes and thicknesses. It can fold paper ranging in size from 2.5″ x 5.2″ to 12″ x 18″. It can fold paper ranging in thickness from 18 lb. bond to 90 lb. index. These specs are very impressive for a paper folding machine.

The 2051 SmartFold is what’s referred to as an automatic paper folding machine. This is because no manual setup is required apart from pressing a few buttons. There is no need to remove and manually adjust the folding plates. Simply select the fold you need, from the list of 7 common preset folds, and the machine will adjust itself. This is especially nice for speed and accuracy. It is capable of storing up to 10 custom folds.

Many paper folding machines sound like a machine gun going off when they are running at full speed. While it is impossible to completely silence a paper folder, the 2051 SmartFold has been designed to run quieter than other comparable machines.

A total of 7 different sensors and indicators have been placed throughout the machine to alert you to any jams or possible issues. This is nice for diagnostics purposes and will help extend the life of your machine when a jam actually does occur.

The exit tray on the Martin Yale 2051 SmartFold features a powered conveyor. This is ideal for keeping paper organized. Unlike many cheaper machines that simply have a catch tray, the 2051 SmartFold keeps paper in order.

Overall I like the 2051 SmartFold. It has a sleek design that blends in well with just about any office. The fact that it is automatic and easy to set up is a huge plus in my book. I would rate this machine about 4 out of 5 stars.

You can find the Martin Yale 2051 SmartFold paper folding machine here and our entire selection of paper folding machines here. Do you still have questions? Speak with one of our folding machine specialists at 1-800-658-8788.

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