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Martin Yale 1711 AutoFolder Folding Machine Review

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Martin Yale 1711 Electronic Ease-of-Use AutoFolder Paper Folding MachineAre you in the market for an affordable automatic paper folding machine? There are several models out there, many of which may break the bank. One affordable alternative you should take a good look at is the Martin Yale 1711 Electronic Ease-of-Use AutoFolder (found here). This is my review.

For the past few years Martin Yale has been re-designing many of their paper folding machines. Their latest upgrades are the 1611 and 1711 paper folding machines. The 1611 replaces the 1601 and the 1711 replaces the 1701. These newly revamped folding machines now have a similar look to the Martin Yale 2051 SmartFold.

The 1711 has a smooth black housing that really makes this machine stand out. I personally like the look of the 1711 a lot more than the older 1701. Much of the functionality between the 1701 and the 1711 remain the same.

The Martin Yale 1711 is a fully automatic paper folding machine. That means that there is little manual effort required to get this machine set up. This machine comes pre-programmed with 6 of the most common folds used today. This includes the letter fold, half fold, Z fold, double parallel fold, right angle fold and the baronial fold.

Simply select the fold you want to create and the 1711 will automatically adjust itself. After a few seconds the folding plates are set and the machine is ready to start folding paper. This is extremely convenient. Custom modifications can be made to the fold plates from the control panel in the event you want to create a custom fold.

The 1711 can be used with paper of various sizes, up to 8 ½” x 14″ large. While many machines out their struggle with folding legal-size documents, the 1711 handles them without any issues. This machine can handle paper thicknesses ranging from 16 lb. bond to 70 lb. index.

No pre-fanning of the paper is required with this paper folder. Simply take your paper, up to 150 sheets, and place them in the feed tray. While you don’t need to fan the paper, it is still a good idea to keep the paper jogged prior to folding.

A powered exit conveyor helps to keep paper aligned, versus other folding machines that simply spit the folded paper out into a tray. This is especially nice for folding documents that need to be kept in order.

Overall I really like the 1711. I would consider this to be a great option for medium-volume paper folding. The machine is compact enough to be used on most desks and tables and should be a great addition to any office.

You can find the Martin Yale 1711 Electronic Ease-of-Use AutoFolder here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

MBM 93M Tabletop Paper Folding Machine Review

Monday, January 24th, 2011

MBM 93M Tabletop Paper Folding MachineDo you need to speed up your paper folding operations? One great way to do this is to use an automated paper folder. One machine you may want to consider is the MBM 93M paper folding machine (found here). This is my review.

If you are a fan of the MBM 87M paper folding machine, you’re probably going to love the 93M. This is because the 93M is the replacement for the now discontinued 87M. While the MBM 93M has made a few improvements, the quality and functionality is very similar.

The MBM 93M is a tabletop paper folder designed for low to medium-volume paper folding. Weighing in at 46 pounds shipped, the 93M is light enough to be used on most desks and tables. Setup only takes a few minutes.

The 93M utilizes two manually adjusted folding plates. This means you will have to adjust both of these plates by loosening a thumb screw and sliding the plates into the correct position. While this may sound a little intimidating, it is really easy. Settings are clearly marked (color coded) on both plates.

The MBM 93M can be used to create most common folds. This includes the letter fold, accordion fold and single fold. Because the folding plates are manually adjusted, it is possible to create custom folds.  The 93M is also able to handle 16 to 80 lbs thick paper.

The feed tray on this machine holds up to 150 sheets of paper. The 93M can fold all 150 sheets in just a few minutes. Unlike many folding machines in this price range, the exit tray on the 93M is powered. This means paper is kept organized the entire time. The powered conveyor system makes keeping paper in numerical and alphabetical order easy.

One feature I really like is the auto-stop. When the machine has finished folding the paper placed in the tray, it will automatically stop. This save wear and tear on the motor and makes it possible to leave the machine while it is folding paper.

The control panel is very easy to use. It includes a digital display that provides a paper count. Batch paper folding is built into the 93M.

For the price, few paper folding machines come close in features and quality. I would easily recommend the MBM 93M for small office, church and school paper folding operations.

You can find the MBM 93M paper folding machine here and our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Martin Yale 959 Heavy-Duty AutoFolder Folding Machine Review

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Martin Yale 959 AutoFolder Paper Folding MachineDo you have high-volume paper folding needs and are in the process of shopping around for a machine? There are a lot of machines out there to choose from. One model that you have probably seen around is the Martin Yale 959 Heavy-Duty AutoFolder paper folding machine (found here). I have used this machine several times over the past 10 years and this is my review.

To begin with, the Martin Yale 959 folding machine has been around for some time. I remember this machine being around when I first started with ABC Office 10+ years ago. It features a time-tested design that has undergone few changes. This is because the formula works.

This folding machine is considered to be a heavy-duty machine and is the toughest friction-feed folding machine that Martin Yale offers. Martin Yale also makes an air-feed version of the 959.

The specs on this machine are very impressive, especially compared to what’s out there. While many machines tout the largest size of paper they can fold, which is 14″ x 20″ on the 959, few brag about the smallest sheet they can handle. The Model 959 can handle paper as small as 3 ½” x 3 ½”. This means you can use the 959 to fold paper large enough for restaurant menus or paper small enough for a wedding invitation.

The Martin Yale 959 can also handle an impressive range of paper thicknesses. It can handle card stock up to 110 lb. index or paper as thin as 9 lb. onion skin. While the 110 lb thickness is impressive, I am almost more impressed with its ability to handle the extremely thin stuff.

The 959 utilizes two manually adjusted folding plates. These plates are very easy to adjust and paper folds are clearly marked, making adjustments easy. Once set up, the folding plates stay in place. Folds are always registered correctly and the skew is dead on.

This is a tough folding machine, so I definitely would not consider it a desktop model. It weighs in at 108 lbs shipped. You will need a table, counter or work surface capable of handling this weight. Most desks are capable of holding this machine.

The Model 959 AutoFolder can handle the toughest, simples and most common folds out there. It can easily handle a letter fold (C fold) or an accordion fold (Z fold). It can also handle the difficult cross fold (French fold) and the Baronial fold. Because the folding plates are manually adjusted, custom folds are very easy to set up.

The exit tray on the 959 includes a conveyor system. This conveyor keeps folded material in order, which is ideal for alphanumerical documents.

A quick-release journal shaft can hold perforating, scoring and slitting wheels. This means you can perforate, cut or score paper while folding it. Few folding machines are capable of doing this. This is especially ideal for custom folding jobs, mailers and other material. It includes a 7-tooth perforating wheel and 2 scoring wheels.

I think the term “old school” sums up the Martin Yale 959. It is as tough as a steam engine and just seems to keep on going and going. I have always been impressed with this machine and consider it to be the best Martin Yale has to offer.

You can find the Martin Yale 959 Heavy-Duty AutoFolder paper folding machine here and our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Do you still have questions regarding the Martin Yale 959? Feel free to call one of our folding machine experts at 1-800-658-8788. They all have detailed experience with this machine and should be able to answer all your questions.

Have a great day!

MBM 307A Programmable Paper Folding Machine Review

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

MBM 307A Programmable Paper Folding MachineIf you’re a big fan of the popular MBM 207M paper folding machine, chances are pretty good you’re going to love the MBM 307A programmable paper folding machine (found here). Build using a similar design, the 307A is one of the most popular automatic letter folding machines on the market. Popularity isn’t always everything though. So is this machine worth buying? This is my review.

To begin with, MBM is one of the leading manufacturers of high-end office equipment around. They make the Destroyit paper shredder line and the very popular Triumph and Kutrimmer lines of paper cutters. In line with their other products, the MBM paper folding machines have become a classic.

The MBM 307A, first and foremost, features an all-metal build. The machine has some heft to it (weighing in at 82 pounds shipped). The build quality becomes quite apparent once you start using it. This machine is built for the long haul. I don’t foresee anyone having issues with this machine.

A total of three friction wheels and two folding plates help create the folds. The feed tray holds up to 450 sheets of standard copy paper. Once on, the machine pulls a sheet off the stack and bounces it off of those two folding plates, causing the paper to be folded between the internal rollers. The end result is a clean, crisp and accurate fold.

The 307A is an automatic folding machine that has been pre-programmed with 6 common folds. This means setting up the 307A will take just seconds. Simply select the fold you want and the folding plates will self adjust themselves. It is that easy. Once set, folding is as easy as pressing the “start” button.

While this folding machine can create 6 common folds, including a letter and accordion fold, it can also be used to create custom folds. Simply make fine-tuned adjustments on the control panel. Up to 18 custom folds can be stored in the built-in memory. This machine can even handle the elusive cross fold (aka French fold).

The MBM 307A boasts some pretty impressive features. This includes the ability to fold paper as thin as 12 lbs up to 80 lbs card stock. It is also able to handle paper from 3 1/2″ x 5″ to 11″ x 17″ in size. The motor runs at a speed of about 11,520 sheets per hour. A built-in LED screen keeps count of folded sheets. An optional perforator and scoring wheel can be added in the factory upon request.

The exit tray uses a conveyor style system. This means as the paper is ejected from the folding machine, it is collected by a moving conveyor. This helps to keep the paper neat and organized. A conveyor exit tray is a must-have feature for those folding invoices, bills and other paper that needs to be kept in alphanumerical order.

Overall the MBM 307A automatic programmable tabletop folding machine is an impressive piece of engineering and is a great machine to use in just about any businesses, church, school or other organization. I personally love this machine and highly recommend it for medium to higher-volume jobs.

You can find the MBM 307A programmable paper folding machine here. You can find our entire lineup of paper folding machines here.

Do you have a question about the MBM 307A or one of its features? Give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We are more than happy to help you out.

Intelli-Fold DE-8 Commercial Paper Folding Machine Review

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Intelli-Fold DE-8 Commercial Paper Folding MachineI had customer recently ask me, “What is the toughest folding machine you offer?” Well, we offer a lot of good high-quality folding machines. If you’re only talking about friction-feed folding machines, I have to say that the Intelli-Fold DE-8 paper folding machine (found here)(from Intelli-Zone) is one of the best we offer. This is why.

To begin with, the DE-8 has a monthly duty cycle of 240,000 folds. This means you can safely fold 240,000 documents in a month’s period of time without the machine suffering any ill effect. The motor itself runs at an amazing speed of 22,000 pieces per hour. So now I’ve established that this is a pretty tough machine, so what can it do?

The DE-8 is capable of creating a wide variety of common folds. This includes single folds, letter folds, accordion folds and even the cross fold (French fold). Apart from being able to create many of the most common folds, it can also be set up to create custom folds. The folding plates on this machine are very easy to set up and adjust.

While the DE-8 can fold paper up to an amazing 14″ x 21″ in size, I think the really cool feature is that it can fold paper as small as 2″ x 2.7″. This is a huge range of paper, which is uncommon to find in a folding machine. Not only does it handle a huge range of paper sizes, but it can also handle paper thicknesses ranging from a thin 10# up to 110# in thickness. This may be one of the best ranges we offer in a folding machine.

Operating the DE-8 is very simple. Once the folding plates have been adjusted, simply place your paper in the machine, plug in the machine and turn it on. It will immediately start working. An adjustable speed dial makes it easy to speed up or slow down this machine. This is especially nice when folding paper of varying thicknesses.

You’ll notice in the picture that it has a conveyor-style exit tray. This is especially nice if you need to keep your folded documents in an organized group. The conveyor slows the paper down as it shoots out of the machine and keeps paper in alphabetical / numerical order. This is especially nice for businesses that fold bills, invoices and other similar material.

This machine is very heavy duty. The build quality is exceptional. It weighs in at 105 pounds shipped, so that gives you an idea as to how heavy it is.

Overall I am really impressed with this folding machine. It is definitely one of the toughest friction-feed folding machines we offer.

You can find the Intelli-Fold DE-8 paper folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Formax FD 320 Paper Folding Machine Review

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Formax FD 320 Paper Folding MachineDo you need a fast, durable and no-nonsense paper folding machine? Whether you’re folding letter-size paper or legal-size documents, the Formax FD 320 paper folding machine (found here) may be just what you need. This is my review.

I say “no-nonsense” when talking about the Formax FD 320 because it’s a fairly simple paper folding machine. Simply put, there aren’t buttons and dozens of settings you have to mess with. If you already have experience using a paper folder, using the FD 320 will feel like second nature when using.

This folding machine uses traditional folding plates. This means you will have to manually adjust two separate folding plates. Folds are clearly marked on the plates, making it easy to determine where they need to be set. Both plates can be removed for easier access.

The FD 320 itself weighs in at 55 pounds, making it solid enough to handle the tough jobs, but light enough to be used on most tables and countertops. The exact dimensions of the FD 320 are 38″ L x 18″ W x 11″ H (97 L x 46 W x 28 H cm). Keep in mind that the length includes the exit tray, which can be folded up.

It is primarily designed to be used with standard copy paper, up to 11 ¾” x 18″ in size. A convenient conveyor system helps keep the paper organized and lined up when leaving the machine. This is especially nice for people who want to keep folded documents alphabetized or in numerical order.

Once the plates have been set, paper can be dropped in the feed tray. No fanning is required. The tray can hold up to 250 sheets of paper. One thing I personally really like about the feed tray is that it uses three friction rollers to pull paper in. This helps keep paper even and straight as it enters the machine, making the folds cleaner and more professional.

Folding is started by turning on the dial located on the front of the machine. This same dial allows for variable speed control. The Formax FD 320 can be used to create letter folds, accordion folds, half folds, gate folds and more. Because the folding plates are manually adjusted, custom folds are pretty easy to set up.

The only downsides I can think of is that this folding machine really isn’t designed to fold card stock. It would also be nice to have some sort of batch folding and paper counting capabilities.

Overall I consider the FD 320 to be a solid little machine. It is probably one of the best manual setup paper folding machines available.  Best of all, it’s made in the USA.

You can find the Formax FD 320 paper folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Duplo DF-755 Paper Folding Machine Review

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Duplo DF-755 Paper Folding MachineDuplo paper folding machines are high in demand. This is due to history, reputation and several other factors. If you are looking for a Duplo folding machine, you may want to consider the Duplo DF-755 paper folding machine (found here). This is my review.

As mentioned earlier, Duplo paper folding machines have a great reputation along with a long history of making quality machines. I can remember a decade ago when Duplo was one of the few manufacturers with a fully-automatic paper folding machine. I personally have used several Duplo folding machines and they have always been solid.

The Duplo DF-755 is almost a carbon copy of their automatic machines, but with a little more manual setup. The DF-755 is known as a semi-automatic folding machine. This is because the folding plates still require some manual interaction, albeit very little.

Charts indicating the most common folds are printed on the two folding plates and simply require a slide of the folding plate to set up the fold. Knobs located on the ends of both folding plates allow for fine-tuned adjustments. The entire process takes just seconds, and in many instances, is faster than the automatic version.

The DF-755 is not designed for light-volume jobs. While it can handle the small stuff, the DF-755 finds its mark doing medium to medium-high volume folding jobs. It can be used to create letter folds, accordion folds, brochure folds, double folds and much more. Because the folding plates are adjustable, custom folds are easy to do as well.

The build quality on the DF-755 is exceptional. There are few manufacturers out there that make folding machines that play in this league. It kind of reminds me of those old diesel Mercedes that would log 500,000 plus miles without an overhaul. You will get a lot of mileage out of the Duplo DF-755.

Now for some specs. The DF-755 has a hopper that can hold up to 500 sheets of paper. That equals out to about a ream of paper. It can handle 13 lb. bond to 80 lb. index paper. The machine runs at a speed of 120 sheets per minute. A digital counter lets you know how many sheets of paper have been folded.

The exit tray uses a conveyor-style system. This allows the DF-755 to fold paper that needs to be kept in alphabetical or numerical order.

Overall I really like the Duplo DF-755. It is a solid paper folding machine that is great for copy centers, printing presses and other businesses.

You can find our Duplo DF-755 paper folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Dahle 10560 Paper Folding Machine Review

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Dahle 10560 Paper Folding MachineDo you need a cheap and affordable paper folder that can also multi-fold up to three sheets at a time? If so, the Dahle 10560 paper folding machine (found here) may be just what you need. I have used this machine several times and will post my thoughts and feelings on it in this article. Hopefully this will help you determine if this is the right folding machine for you.

To begin with, the Dahle 10560 falls within a very select group of sub $500 paper folding machines. These types of paper folding machines are designed for low-volume use. This doesn’t mean you can only fold a few sheets per day, but it isn’t meant to be used continuously for large jobs.

The time it takes to pull this folding machine out of the box and set it up takes on a few minutes. Luckily very little assembly is required. All you really have to do is set up the stand and attach a couple of components.

The Dahle 10560 uses folding plates to create letter folds, accordion folds, single folds and more. The folds are clearly marked on the two folding plates. Once these plates have been adjusted for the fold, the 10560 can begin folding paper.

The hopper on the Dahle 10560 holds up to 50 sheets of paper. It is designed to be used with either 8 ½” x 11″ letter-size or A4 paper. It is designed to be used with 16-20lb paper, so nothing thicker than copy paper. It will not work with glossy or coated paper as the rubber wheels tend to slip on the slick surface.

This folding machine is extremely compact and very easy to move around. It weighs in at 21 pounds. I picked it up and it didn’t seem much heavier to me than a basic printer. I do, however, recommend moving the folding machine and the stand separately.

The Dahle 10560 is perfect for using on the side of a desk or on a table. It is several times faster than folding paper by hand and is a significant step up from the basic electric letter folding machines out there.  It is  great for folding invoices, letters, bills, pamphlets and more.

My favorite feature of the Dahle 10560 is the multi-sheet folding capability. A bypass slot on the top of the folding machine allows you to manually feed up to three sheets of stapled or unstapled paper for multi-sheet folding. This feature works remarkably well. Just be aware that it will only multi-fold paper as fast as you can feed it into the machine.

Overall I consider this to be a great little folding machine. If you treat it well, and set it up properly, it should easily last you for a long time.

You can find the Dahle 10560 paper folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of friction-feed paper folding machines here.

Formax FD 305 Desktop Letter Folding Machine Review

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Formax FD 305 Letter Folding MachineAre you looking for a compact letter folding machine that can be used on a desk or table for mailing letters, invoices and other documents? One machine you may want to look at is the Formax FD 305 desktop letter folding machine (found here). This is my review.

Many people are aware of the fact that Formax makes a wide variety of heavy-duty, commercial paper folding machines, but did you know that they make a compact letter folding machine for use on a desk?

The Formax FD 305 is a letter folding machine with a purpose. It is completely designed to create the letter fold (C Fold). This is the most common fold used for mailing letters, invoices, receipts, bills and other material.

The FD 305 is not only compact, but it very well may be one of the simplest letter folding machines that we offer. It doesn’t require any folding plate setup or any special fine tuning. It is ready to use right out of the box. Simply plug it in, put the paper in and press the start button. The machine does the rest.

The motor on the FD 305 runs at about 20 folds per minute. This is far more sheets that you could fold manually. It is designed to only work with 8 ½ x 11 sheets of 20# paper. It has a manual bypass slot that will allow you to fold up to 3 sheets of paper at a time, which is pretty impressive.

Pictures often say more than words, so here is a video demonstration of the Formax FD 300:

The FD 305 only weighs about 10 pounds. This means that it is extremely compact and very portable. You will easily be able to unplug this and move it to another desk for various folding jobs.

The downside to this folding machine is that it only creates a letter fold. It cannot be used to create a Z fold or a V fold. For what it is designed to do, however, you really don’t need those other fold types.

One thing I really like about the Formax FD 305, besides its simplicity, is the fact that it features Formax’s quality. This thing is tough, yet very affordable for what it does. If you have to choose between a desktop letter folding machine that is half the cost and this machine, I would choose the FD 305 hands down. It will last you for years.

You can find the Formax FD 305 desktop letter folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Martin Yale 959AF Air-Feed AutoFolder Paper Folding Machine Review

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Martin Yale 959AF Air-Feed AutoFolder Paper Folding MachineDo you have projects that need a reliable paper folding machine but have found most machines can’t get the job done? Do you fold glossy, coated or wet paper? If any of these questions apply to you, you may want to take a look at the Martin Yale 959AF Air-Feed AutoFolder paper folding machine (found here). I have used this machine and this is my review.

To begin with, the Martin Yale 959AF is an air feed paper folding machine. In fact, it is the air-feed version of the standard Martin Yale 959. These types of folding machines are sometimes called air suction or pneumatic folding machines. Unlike friction-feed folding machines, air-feed machines can be used with glossy, coated and wet paper. Friction-feed machines jam on glossy paper and smudge wet ink .

The 959AF uses a built-in air compressor to get the job done. It is extremely customizable and has adjustable air controls that allow you to adjust the pressure and vacuum. The end result is a crisp, clean fold.

This folding machine is manually set up. This means that the folding plates are manually adjusted to get the required fold. Some people prefer a more automated system for selecting a fold, but I personally don’t mind it. Albeit I do have a lot of experience, but I can set up manual folding plates just as quickly as an automatic machine. It shouldn’t take you more than a few minutes.

The Martin Yale 959AF can be used to create letter folds, half folds, Z-folds, double parallel folds, right angle folds and baronial folds. Because the folding plates are manually adjusted, custom folds are also very easy to set up.

All is included with this folder to get it up and running. Once pulled out of the box, and set up, you can begin folding paper. It does weigh 220 pounds, so you will need a table or desk capable of supporting that weight.

As far as specifications are concerned, this is a pretty tough machine. It can handle paper up to 14″ x 18″ in size or as small as 3″ x 3 ¼. It can also handle a wide variety of paper weights, from 16# to 110# bond. The Martin Yale 959AF can definitely be considered a commercial paper folding machine.

One downside to the 959AF, when compared to the standard 959, is that the air feed version is a little louder. This is due in part to the fact that an air compressor is used during the folding process.

Overall the build quality on the 959AF is great. I am very impressed with the 959AF. If you are a printing press and need a good, solid folding machine, the 959AF is a great fit.

You can find the Martin Yale 959AF Air-Feed AutoFolder paper folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of air feed paper folding machines here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our paper folding specialists.

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