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Best Electric Wire Binding Machine for the Money – Intelli-Bind I23W

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Intelli-Bind I23W Electric Wire Binding MachineWire binding is considered by many to be one of the classiest and nicest looking book binding formats around. For this reason, it is extremely popular for binding presentations and reports. If you are binding several books a day, or need something that makes punching paper easier, the Intelli-Bind I23W (found here) is an excellent option. It is also one of the cheapest electric wire binding machines on the market, costing hundreds of dollars less than comparable machines.

There are a lot of reasons why the I23W is such a good machine and a great option for you. To begin with, it is made of metal components. Even the casing is made out of metal, where many other manufactures have opted to go with a cheaper plastic housing. Even the wire closer handle on this thing feels like it was forged in a steel factory from WWII America. It is tough, which may also account for the heavy 85 pound shipping weight. All this metal goodness is a nice thing though and really helps it hold up with continuous use.

The I23W is a dual format wire binding machine. This means it can be used with 2:1 pitch twin loop wire or 3:1 pitch twin loop wire. The pitch of the wire is the amount of holes the machine punches per inch of paper. A 2:1 pitch creates about 22 holes along the 11″ side of a sheet of paper and a 3:1 pitch pattern is about 33 holes. The 3:1 pitch is the more common format used today, due to its tighter hole configuration, but the 2:1 pitch is popular for binding thicker books due to its higher sheet capacity. It is nice to have the luxury of using one or the other in the same machine.

The punching on this machine is all done with an electric motor. Up to 20 sheets of paper can be placed in the machine at a time. With the press of a button, the I23W will punch square holes into the paper. The margin depth on this machine can be adjusted to set the punched holes closer to the edge of the paper or farther into the paper. Individual holes can also be disabled or enabled using the build-in selectable punching pins (aka disengageable dies).

While the hole punching process is fully electric, the wire closing process is manual. There are few electric wire binding machines out there with an electric wire closer. One reason is because closing the wire with a handle is just as fast and easy (in many cases faster) than using an electric closer. All you need to do to use the wire closer is dial in the diameter of the wire you are using, insert the spine of the book into the closer and pull the handle (found on the left side of the machine). The wire closer, once the diameter is set, wont over close or under close the wire. The results are extremely professional.

The I23W can be used with all standard diameters or 2:1 and 3:1 pitch wire. It can also be used to punch holes in card stock, poly covers, clear covers and other types of paper. It is extremely versatile. As of this article, the I23W costs just $622, where the next closest metal build wire binding machine is the Akiles WireMacE, which comes in at $1626. That’s over $1,000 in savings on a machine of similar quality.

If you have questions about the Intelli-Bind I23W, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of electric wire binding machines here.

Intelli-Zone’s New United ST-12C Paper Shredder Review

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

If you need a paper shredder that can handle in excess of 10 sheets of paper at a time using a Level 3 cross cut pattern, the New United ST-12C from Intelli-Zone (found here) is a great choice. This Level 3 shredder is compact enough to be used next to a desk and is excellent for shredding old documents, records and other paperwork. Is the ST-12C a good option for your business? Here are a few reasons why you may want to consider it.

The Intelli-Zone New United paper shredder lineup features a wide range of great-looking machines that work as well as they look, which is great. The ST-12C features more of a traditional front cabinet style design, but with a modern twist. The ST-12C has a matte black with a reflective gray two-tone finish. Angles are soft and rounded and there are no hard or sharp angles. It is excellent if you need a shredder that fits in well with your existing office’s equipment and furniture.

The ST-12C has a 12 sheet cutting capacity (based on 20# bond paper) and it cuts documents into 3.9mm x 38mm particles.  This level of shredding security is far superior strip cut shredders. This cutting pattern is both FACTA and HIPAA compliant. As paper is shredded, it is deposited into a 5-gallon shred bin. Considering this shredder is only 22″ tall, that is a lot of bin capacity, which means fewer bag changes for you.

Safety and convenience are built into this shredder. This shredder will not operate if the bin is not securely in place and it includes a built in load protector. If too much strain is being put on the motor, the ST-12C will stop, reverse the motor and notify the operator that it is over capacity. This technology helps prolong the life of the motor and prevents damage to the motor, gears and shredder blades.

When it comes to noise, the New United ST-12C makes very little. This shredder only produces 60 decibels of noise, which is very comfortable in an office environment. Having used this shredder for myself, I can confirm that it is remarkably quiet for a cross cut shredder.

While most shredders can only handle paper, the ST-12C can also be used to destroy credit cards and optical discs such as CDs, Blu-rays and DVDs. The shredder blades are also hard enough that they can handle paper clips and staples without suffering any nicks, chips or other damage.

This is a video demonstration of Intelli-Zone’s New United ST-12C in use:

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You will find this shredder at home or in the office. While it is a deskside shredder, it can be used by multiple people throughout the day. It looks great, is very affordable considering what it does and is a must-have shredder for offices, businesses, churches, homes and more.

This shredder features a very impressive two-year warranty with a five-year warranty on the shredder head. This is excellent; especially considering this is a deskside shredder. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions. You can find our entire lineup of paper shredders here.

Intelli-Zone ST-10C Cross Cut Shredder Review

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Intelli-Zone New United ST-10C Cross Cut Paper ShredderI’m going to be frank. When it comes to office deskside shredders out there, a lot of them are garbage and are barely worth the plastic they’re made from. I have used everything from over the can shredders to the local Wal-Mart special without much luck. The problem is that many of these shredders are made using the cheapest parts available and they just aren’t up to par with the paper we need to shred resulting in catastrophic failures. One deskside shredder that I have personally used, and I feel is up to the challenge, is the Intelli-Zone New United ST-10C (found here). This is my review.

The New United line of shredders, by Intelli-Zone, feature a very modern design and all share several features in common. While aesthetics ultimately doesn’t make the shredder work any better, I still consider it important, as it is a “piece of furniture” that you have to look at. The New United shredders, including the Intelli-Zone ST-10C, have eye-pleasing curves and colors that look great. The ST-10C even includes a nice blue LED light in the shred bin that turns on when the shredder is running. This blue light pours out of the bin’s window adding to the ambiance.

One thing I really like about the Intelli-Zone ST-10C is that it actually shreds what it says it can. How many times have you used a shredder that said it could shred “X” amount of sheets, but could barely handle 60% the amount? I have certainly had that issue. The ST-10C handles all 10 sheets without struggling. It can probably even handle more. Because it has load protection, it will actually stop and back the paper out if you put too much in. This means where other shredders would choke, jam and break, the ST-10C protects itself from suffering over feeding damage. This is pretty cool.

The Intelli-Zone New United ST-10C shreds paper in a Level 3 cross cut pattern. This is the most recommended pattern for standard office shredding and is both HIPPA and FACTA compliant. The particle sizes measure in at 3.9mm by 50mm. The particles fall into a 4-gallon bin that can be easily emptied by simply pulling it out front of the shredder. A window makes it easy to see how full the shredder is and it will automatically let you know when the bin is full by stopping the shredder and indicating “bag full” via an LED light on the top.

Another thing I really like about the ST-10C is that it can also be used to shred optical media such as CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays. It can also shred credit cards and will handle staples and paper clips. I personally recommend shredding any optical discs you need to discard as a CD or DVD can hold volumes more data than a stack of paper.

While everything I have mentioned about is excellent, my favorite feature about he ST-10C is the noise level. Cross cut shredders cut paper multiple times, often generating more noise than a strip cut shredder. The ST-10C has noise baffling technology that muffles the noise down to a pleasing 55 decibels. This shredder really is quiet, and I noticed this when using it. A quiet shredder makes an excellent office shredder and also ensures happier co-workers around your desk.

Here is a video demo of the ST-10C being used and operated:

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In conclusion I would like to say that the Intelli-Zone ST-10C is an excellent value. I rate it a solid 5 out of 5 stars. The New United line of shredders by Intelli-Zone are available in 8 different models and can all be found here. At ABC Office we offer hundreds of different shredders. You can find our entire lineup of paper shredders here.

Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions. We have over three decades of experience with office machines and are more than happy to answer your questions.

Affordable Stack Paper Cutter Alternatives

Friday, April 20th, 2012

If you print, manufacture or handle hundreds to thousands of sheets of paper per day, chances are you’re going to need a pretty nice paper cutter. There are several highly reputable manufacturers out there that make some top-notch cutters. Brands include MBM Triumph by Ideal, Dahle and many others. One you may not be aware of, or perhaps may have considered, is Intelli-Cut (found here).

Intelli-Cut stack paper cutters are designed for cutting hundreds of sheets of paper in a single pass. They use a specially designed handle, tough gears and a razor-sharp guillotine-like blade to slice through paper. Many of these cutters are even capable of cutting an entire ream of paper. Intelli-Cut stack paper cutters range from manually operated to electric powered designs. We have had customers use these cutters to cut chipboard, card stock, standard paper and much more.

While there are currently about 16 different Intelli-Cut cutters out there, I would like to highlight two of our customer favorites.

Intelli-Cut 530D Stack Paper CutterIntelli-Cut 530D (found here) – This paper cutter is extremely popular because of its price and capabilities. Using this cutter is fairly easy. First off you need to adjust the backstop, which is manually adjusted. This is done by turning the hand crank located on the front of the machine. Clockwise brings the backstop closer and counterclockwise takes it back. You can tell where the backstop is located thanks to a digital display located on the front of the machine. If you need your paper to be 5″ long, set the backstop to 5″. It’s that easy.

Once you have made your adjustments, you can place your paper inside the cutter. Bring down the clear Plexiglas safety cover, pull the chrome-plated clamp lever down, flip the cutting safety lever and bring down the cutting arm. While this may seem like a lot of steps, the process is remarkably easy to do and will probably only take you a few minutes. This cutter has a 17″ wide cutting width and can cut up to 1 ½” of paper at a time. It also features an optical cutting line that makes it easy to determine exactly where the blade will make its cut. This cutter is very similar in operation to the Tamerica GuilloMax Plus and the MBM Triumph 4305.

Intelli-Cut 550MS Electric Stack Paper CutterIntelli-Cut 550MS (found here)– This stack cutter is a semi-automatic machine. While the clamping mechanism and the clamp are electric powered, the backstop is still manually adjusted. Simply adjust the backstop to where you want the cut to occur and insert your paper. Once the paper is in place, press a button to bring down the clamp and blade. In just seconds you will cut through 1 ½” of paper. This cutter features durable metal construction, an optical cutting line and a safety blade change tool. This cutter is perfect for print shops, copy centers and other businesses that need to cut paper.

One thing all of our Intelli-Cut paper cutters have in common is safety. These cutters feature clear plastic guards that protect you from harm. Electric cutters feature safety keys and buttons while manual cutters require a safety switch be flipped before the blade can be brought down. Stands are available for each of these cutters and are an optional accessory.

As mentioned earlier, we offer about 16 different Intelli-Cut models (found here). Please stop by and check them out. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call one of our Paper Cutter Specialists at 1-800-658-8788.

Intelli-Shred IS100 Cross Cut Paper Shredder Review

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

If you’re looking for a great deskside paper shredder for under $100, you may want to consider a great deal like the Intelli-Shred IS100 cross cut paper shredder by Intelli-Zone. This shredder is robust, compact, portable and is perfect for home or office use. I have used this paper shredder and this is my review.

When shopping around for a home or office deskside shredder, there are a few requirements that you should keep in mind. To begin with, it is a good idea to buy a cross cut shredder as the security is better than a strip cut shredder. I also recommend getting something that can handle the occasional staple or paper clip. It also isn’t a bad idea to get a shredder that can handle DVDs, CDs and credit cards.

The Intelli-Shred IS100 has all those bases covered. To begin with, it is a cross cut paper shredder, cutting paper into tiny 5/32″ x 2 1/8″ particles. This is far more secure than a 1/8″ or ¼” strip, which is normal for a strip cut shredder. The cross cut pattern makes shredded material difficult to reassemble. Most thieves won’t even bother sifting through cross cut documents.

Thanks to a 5-gallon bin, the IS100 is able to hold a lot of shredded particles of paper, decreasing the frequency of bag changes. Emptying the bag is easy. Simply remove the sliding bin drawer on the front of the machine. Emptying the bin is extremely easy and a clear window on the front of the bin makes it easy to see how full the shredder is.

With a 10 sheet shredding capacity, and an operational speed of 10 feet per minute, the IS100 can easily keep up with most individual paper shredding needs. While it is ideal for individual use, it is definitely not robust enough to be used as a centralized departmental paper shredder.

When using a shredder at home or in the office, it should be relatively quiet, right? The IS100 puts out 56 decibels of noise. While not silent by any means, it is quiet by paper shredder terms. This means it can be used in the office without causing too much of a distraction.

The Intelli-Shred IS100 is build with high quality materials, high-end electronics and is backed by an impressive one-year warranty. As of the writing of this review, it is priced at just $99. This is the perfect shredder either buy for your own home / office or as a gift for another person.

You can find the Intelli-Shred IS100 cross cut paper shredder here and our entire selection of paper shredders here. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

Intelli-Cut 530D Digital Stack Paper Cutter Review

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Intelli-Cut 503D Stack Paper CutterStack paper cutters slice through and cut hundreds of sheets of paper at a time. Some are even capable of cutting up to 3″ of paper in a single pass! While not everyone can afford a fully automatic stack cutter, one great alternative is a manual stack cutter like the Intelli-Cut 530D (found here). I recently had a chance to play around with this cutter and this is my review.

To begin with, the Intelli-Cut is a fully manual stack paper cutter. Don’t let that scare you off. While operation is manual, it is extremely easy to use and takes just seconds to operate. In fact, I am able to cut through 100+ sheets of paper simply by using a couple of fingers. I’m pretty sure even a child could operate this thing (although I wouldn’t recommend it).

So what is manual on this machine? To begin with, the clamping mechanism is activated by pulling on one handle where the cutting is done by pulling another handle. The clamp doesn’t require much force and from what I’ve seen it seems to do a great job of keeping paper in place. The blade, as I mentioned earlier, sliced through the paper like butter.

The backstop on the Intelli-Cut 530D is manual, but has some digital assistance. While you do have to turn a hand crank to move the backstop forward and backward, a digital display on the front left of the machine lets you know exactly where the backstop is located. This makes adjustments extremely easy, not to mention extremely accurate.

The cutting blade on the 530D is made from hardened steel and seems to hold up well with repeated use. As the blade cuts through the paper, it ultimately ends up in a cutting stick, which allows you to cut everything right down to the last sheet of paper. The cutting stick is easy to access and simply pulls out of the side of the machine when it needs to be rotated or replaced.

This is a video demo of the Intelli-Cut 530D in use:

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Safety was definitely in great consideration when this machine was built. Much like Dahle and Triumph stack cutters, the 530D has a clear safety guard that has to be pulled into place before cutting can begin. This helps keep appendages, such as your fingers, safe from harm.

I have used the 530D to cut standard paper, card stock and laminated material. It seemed to handle all extremely well. The build quality is excellent. Just about everything I touched, prodded and tested seemed to be made out of metal. It seems to hold up well right with the great German stack cutters that I have previously used.

I personally used the 530D with the optional stand (which I love), however, you can use this cutter on a table or desk. Just be aware that it does weigh 115 pounds shipped.

Overall I highly recommend this cutter. If the digital display isn’t exactly a necessity for you, you can order this cutter as the Intelli-Cut 530M without the digital display (found here). This machine is perfect for small print shops, copy centers and others that need to quickly cut down up to 1.5″ of paper at a time.

You can find the Intelli-Cut 530D stack paper cutter here and our entire selection of stack paper cutters here.

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.

Are Dynafold and Intelli-Fold Paper Folding Machines the Same?

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Intelli-Fold DE-102AF Paper Folding MachineI recently had a customer ask me if Intelli-Fold and Dynafold where the same company. I can understand the confusion. Many (at least 50%) of the Dynafold machines available are duplicate clones (although built to different standards) than Intelli-Fold paper folders. The parts are even interchangeable on most of our models. I personally consider the Intelli-Fold to be a far better value. I’ll explain why.

As I earlier mentioned, many of the Dynafold machines are clones of Intelli-Fold machines. Here are a few examples:

Intelli-Fold DE-102AF – Dynafold Clone Model: DE-102AF
Intelli-Fold DE-202AF – Dynafold Clone Model: DE-202AF
Intelli-Fold DE-322AF – Dynafold Clone Model: DE-322AF

So why should you consider an Intelli-Fold over a Dynafold? I’ll give you a few good reasons.

  • Support – At ABC Office we back up and support every Intelli-Fold paper folder we sell. We can service them, provide you with replacement parts and give you customer support on every model. If you have an issue, call our Service Department at 1-800-658-8788.
  • Quality – While the Dynafold machines and Intelli-Fold machines are visually identical, don’t be tricked into thinking they are the same thing. I’ll be blunt. Dynafold has moved operations to China, which I can only assume is to save money. Intelli-Fold paper folders are still made in the original plant where the classic Dynafold machines used to be built. Intelli-Fold machines, in my opinion, are built to higher-quality standards.
  • Decor – Our line of Intelli-Fold paper folding machines use an office-friendly color scheme where many Dynafold machines use a circa 1970s brown and orange color layout.
  • Price – Intelli-Fold paper folding machines, built to the highest quality standards, are available to you at a lower price than the Dynafold counterparts. Why pay more when you can get something better for less?

So there you have it! Several good reasons why you should buy and Intelli-Fold paper folding machine over a Dynafold paper folding machine. You can find our entire selection of Intelli-Fold paper folding machines here and all our paper folding machines here.

Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our paper folder specialists. They should be able to answer all your questions.

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!

Intelli-Bind IB150 Personal Comb Binding Machine Review

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Intelli-Bind IB150 Comb Binding MachineIf you’re not a bindery, or an office that binds dozens to hundreds of books a day, you may be fine with a binding machine that’s a little lower key. This may be 1-10 books a day. If this sounds like you, consider looking at the Intelli-Bind IB150 comb binding machine (found here) from Intelli-Zone. This is my review.

Intelli-Bind (by Intelli-Zone) is one of the most affordable and feature-per-dollar lines of binding machines available. Intelli-Bind binding machines cover the comb, wire and comb binding machine lines of bookbinding.

The Intelli-Bind IB150 is one of the cheapest (as in price) binding machines available online. As of this review, it costs just $52. While inexpensive, it can still be used to bind a 2″ book. It really finds its place with those who only need to bind a few books a day.

Using the Intelli-Bind IB150 is pretty straightforward. Take your paper, place it in the horizontal punch and pull the handle. The IB150 can punch 12 sheets of paper, although I would probably keep that around 6-8 sheets. Once the holes are punched, you can place your comb element in the comb opener fingers. Once the comb is opened, your punched paper can be inserted and the comb can then be closed. Voila! You have a bound booklet.

The Intelli-Bind IB150 can be used to bind presentations, reports, booklets and more. I have seen people use the IB150 to create cookbooks, phone directories, promotional literature and more. While the punching capacity isn’t extremely high, it can be used to punch report covers, clear covers and card stock (1 sheet at a time).

The Intelli-Bind IB150, unlike many similarly priced machines, can be used by lefties or righties. This is because it utilizes a “U” shaped handle that can be used from just about any angle. It can also be used by both hands, for faster paper punching. Just be careful that you don’t get over confident and start punching more paper than the machine can handle. That’s a quick rout to a broken machine.

This machine is fairly light, weighing in at 13 pounds shipped. What’s nice about the weight is that this machine can easily be picked up and moved around. This is especially nice if you need to store the binding machine and break it out every so often for the occasional job.

I have to say that I wish it had disengageable punching pins, however, if you are only binding letter-size presentations (8 ½” x 11″) you should be fine. It is designed to work with 19-ring plastic binding combs.

The build quality on the IB150 is actually pretty good. While it does have a plastic shell, a lot of the internal components are made out of metal. If treated well, and used to bind low-volumes of books, this machine should easily hold up for some time. I also have to mention that it looks pretty nice.

You can find the Intelli-Bind IB150 comb binding machine here and our entire selection of Intelli-Bind book binding machines here. We also carry a great selection of other binding machines found here.

Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any book binding questions.

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