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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.

Intelli-Bind IC410 Coil Binding Machine Review

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Intelli-Bind IC410 Coil Binding Machine from Intelli-ZoneAre you looking for an affordable coil binding machine that won’t break the bank, but still offers the quality you’re looking for? While this may sound like a difficult task, there are a few machines out there that fit the bill. One model you may want to seriously look at is the Intelli-Bind IC410 coil binding machine (found here) from Intelli-Zone. This is my review.

To begin with, the Intelli-Bind IC410 coil binding machine is one of the heaviest coil binding machines in its class and price range. Having handled this machine myself, I have to say that it feels and handles a lot like an Akiles machines, and Akiles machines have a great reputation.

The IC410 weighs in at 35 pound shipped. The heaviest part of the machine is where the punching die is located, which is a good thing. The punching dies, which do most of the work, have a very solid feel to them. The outer casing and internal components on the IC410 are made from metal.

The punching pins are capable of punching up to 18 sheets of paper at a time. The handle, as you can see from the picture, is leveraged in such a way that punching is very easy. It can also be used to punch card stock, laminated paper, clear covers and more. Just remember to scale back the amount of sheets being punched when punching thicker paper.

The IC410 uses a 4:1 pitch punching patter, which is four holes per inch. This is the most common hole pattern used in coil binding and supplies are very easy to find. This hole pattern allows the IC410 to bind books up to about 1 ¼” thick.

The Intelli-Bind IC410 features disengageable (selectable) punching pins. This makes it easier to punch paper without ending up with half-punched holes. My only complaint is that I wish it came with more. Right now it features a total of 6 selectable pins.

One of my favorite features on the IC410 is the electric coil inserter. This inserter is turned on by pressing a button. The inserter is quiet, powerful and quick. Having used coil binding machines with and without inserters, I have to say that an inserter really increases the coil binding speed. They are really convenient to use.

The IC410 is rated for low to medium-volume binding. This means you can use it throughout the day, but because it doesn’t have an electric punch, it probably isn’t best for high-volume binding.

I have to say, for a manual punch machine, that it is one of the easier coil binding machines I have used. From start to finish, I can bind a ¼” thick book in a minute. Speeds vary on user experience.

In conclusion, I highly recommend the Intelli-Bind IC410. It is solid, features great build quality and the price is very affordable for what you get.

You can find the Intelli-Bind IC410 coil binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of coil binding machines here.

Intelli-Bind IC210 Coil Binding Machine Review

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Intelli-Bind IC210 Coil Binding Machine from Intelli-ZoneI had a chance today to play around with one of the newest additions to our coil binding lineup. This new machine is the Intelli-Bind IC210 coil binding machine (found here) from Intelli-Zone. After having played around with it for some time, I decided it was time to sit down and write a review. Enjoy!

I have since grabbed the Intelli-Bind IC210 and have it sitting here on my desk. To begin with, it is made out of metal components, but doesn’t have the heft of higher-end Akiles machines. It weighs in at 17 pounds shipped. This is light enough to be used on most desks and tables.

The IC210 is rated to be able to punch 10-15 sheets of paper at a time. I have personally tried the maximum 15 sheets and was able to do it, but it took some effort and I don’t consider it to be practical.

I would personally scale the punching capacity back to about 10 sheets at a time. This is the case with most binding machines. The maximum amount listed on a binding machine often requires more effort than the typical person would like to use.

The overall look of the machine is very nice. It features a black and grey color combination that blends in nicely with existing office equipment.  The grey color has a metallic reflective quality to it.

The IC210 does not have selectable disengaging punching pins, so it is most ideal for punching A4, A5 and 8 ½” x 11″ letter-size paper. Binding smaller custom-size booklets may result in half-punched holes. An adjustable margin depth makes it easy to adjust how far into the paper the holes are punched. This is especially nice for punching and binding books of varying thicknesses.

Having used this myself, I have to say that I would rate it for light-volume use. It isn’t designed to bind hundreds of books a day, but rather a few here and there. In all honestly, it is pretty good for the price.

You’ll have to pay several times more to get a machine that can be used for medium to high-volume use. The Intelli-Bind IC410 is a great example of a machine designed for medium to higher-volume binding. This is a great option if you need a little more binding capacity.

For the price, and considering it has an electric coil inserter, I consider the IC210 to be a great deal. If you plan on using it to bind the occasional report, presentation or booklet, you won’t be disappointed.

You can find the Intelli-Bind IC210 coil binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of coil binding machines here.

Intelli-Bind IC310 Coil Binding Machine Review

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Intelli-Bind IC310 Coil Binding MachineCoil binding looks good, doesn’t it? Pages turn a full 360 degrees, there’s a wide variety of color choices and the binding coils hold up well. If you need a coil binding machine, you should first take a look at the Intelli-Bind IC310 coil binding machine (found here) from Intelli-Zone. This is my review.

Intelli-Bind is a fairly new line of binding machines, but the feedback from the first few months has been very positive. Who, after all, can complain about a machine that does exactly what other machines twice the price can do? The Intelli-Bind IC310 is a newcomer, but I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

My first impression with the IC310 is the features, and the almost over abundance of them. Many of these features are clearly available upon seeing the machine. A few of these obvious features includes the electric coil inserter and the fully disengaging dies.

The build quality on the IC310 is exceptional. The metal chassis and metal components really make this coil binding machine sturdy. While it isn’t too heavy to pick up for most people (31 pounds shipped), you definitely get a feel for the hefty build.

As previously mentioned, the IC310 has an electric coil inserter. This inserter really speeds up the coil binding process versus manually inserting the coils. The inserter is activated by turning on a switch. The entire process is quick and the inserter motor makes very little noise.

The selectable disengaging punching dies makes custom-size book binding very easy. Every single one of the 53 punching pins can be disengaged. Very few binding machines in this price range offer this capability. The IC310 also includes an adjustable margin depth selector dial.

The handle is leveraged in such a way that 18-sheet punching is fairly easy to do. The punching pins are sharp and get the job done very quickly. The IC310 punches holes in a 4:1 pitch (four holes per inch) pattern, which is the most common type used today. It can be used to bind up to about 1 ¼” of paper.

Overall I consider the Intelli-Bind IC310 to be an exceptional binding machine for low to medium-volume binding needs. It can easily be used all day long and the electric coil inserter is a huge plus. This is a great binding machine to have in a copy shop, a school, a church or other organization that needs to bind books, reports and other material.

You can find the Intelli-Bind IC310 coil binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of coil binding machines here and coil binding supplies here. Have a great day!

Intelli-Lam IL300 Pouch Laminating Machine Review

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Intelli-Lam IL300 Pouch Laminator from Intelli-ZoneDo you need a high-quality pouch laminator that can be used to laminate letter-size or smaller documents? If so, one affordable model you may want to consider using is the Intelli-Lam IL300 pouch laminator (found here) from Intelli-Zone. I have had the opportunity to use this laminator and this is my review.

The Intelli-Lam IL300 is considered to be a medium to high-volume pouch laminator. This means it can be used throughout the day for laminating letter-size documents, signs, photographs and other material.

My first impression, upon handling this laminator, was how heavy-duty the build quality is. It has a metal case and metal components that become pretty clear when you try to pick the thing up. It is a very solid and well-built machine.

Upon opening it up, I was able to see that it had a total of four rollers. This is especially nice, when compared to other laminators in this price range that only have two rollers. Four rollers helps evenly distribute heat and pressure, which in turn provides better laminating results.

The control panel is fairly simple. There is nothing digital on the control panel, but it does have an adjustable temperature control and a separate switch that can be used to turn the motor on, off or put it in reverse. If you have ever misfed something into a pouch laminator, you probably know how nice it is to have a reverse switch. When in the “off” position, the heat is also turned off.

A power light lets you know when the laminator is plugged in and a green light indicator blinks until the laminator is completely warmed up, at which time it will turn a solid green. Unfortunately there is no power switch, which means you will have to unplug the laminator to turn it completely off (although it is in a standby mode when the motor is in the “off” position).

The IL300 is designed to be used with laminating film up to 10 mils thick. This is the thickest laminating film typically offered. This also means that the IL300 can also be used with thinner 3, 5 and 7 mil pouches. This provides a wide variety of laminating options.

Upon plugging it in and turning it on, I noticed that the IL300 is very quiet. The motor makes hardly any noise at all. This is the case even when the motor is in reverse. Even the cooling fan is extremely quiet. The laminator was warmed up and ready to be used in less than 10 minutes.

Overall I consider this to be a great, solid laminator (especially for the price). I would have no problem using this laminator with my most important documents.

You can find the Intelli-Lam IL300 pouch laminator here. You can find our entire selection of pouch laminators here.

Intelli-Bind IB100 Compact Comb Binding Machine Review

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Intelli-Bind IB100 Comb Binding Machine from Intelli-ZoneDo you need a simple comb binding machine that can be used at home and won’t break the bank? There are a lot of machines out there, so which one should you get? One model you should seriously consider getting is the Intelli-Bind IB100 comb binding machine (found here) from Intelli-Zone. This is my review.

To begin with, the Intelli-Bind IB100 is easily one of the cheapest comb binding machines out there. At the time of this article, it only costs $45. This makes the Intelli-Bind IB100 an ideal machine for binding enthusiasts, for crafts and other home or light-volume binding projects.

This binding machine is very compact, weighing in at only 11 pounds shipped. That means it is extremely easy to move around and can be used on just about any table or surface.

The IB100 can punch up to 6-8 sheets of standard copy paper at a time. While this is the maximum amount allowed, I would probably scale that back to 6 sheets to be on the safe side. I’ve never been a big fan of maxing out a binding machine every time you punch paper.

This binding machine can be used to bind small books that consist of only a few pages all the way up to a two-inch thick book. This is pretty nice. Many comb binding machines, that fit within this price range, are limited to an inch or less.

If you plan on binding paper of custom sizes, this may not be the best binding machine for you. I recommend using a comb binding machine with selectable (disengageable) punching dies to avoid half-punched holes (like the Intelli-Bind IB400). The IB100 is best used with letter-size paper.

The Intelli-Bind IB100 is great for binding presentations, reports, books and other letter-size documents. It can be used to punch clear covers and card stock. Just be sure you scale back the amount of sheets punched at a time when using thicker paper.

Overall I consider the IB100 to be an excellent machine for its price range. I only recommend using it for light-volume binding.

You can find the Intelli-Bind IB100 comb binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of comb binding machines here.

Intelli-Bind IW400 Wire Binding Machine Review (2:1 & 3:1 Pitch)

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Intelli-Bind IW400 Wire Binding Machine (Double Loop Wire)Are you looking for a wire binding machine that is made to last for years? If so, you probably want a machine that is built from the ground up from metal components. If this is your goal, you may want to consider looking at the Intelli-Bind IW400 wire binding machine (found here) from Intelli-Zone. I have had a chance to use this machine and this is my review.

I’ve got the Intelli-Bind IW400 sitting next to me and the first thing I am noticing is the build quality. Just moving this thing over to my desk took a little effort. The case of the IW400 is made out of cast iron and the handle, punching pins and gears are all metal as well. It weighs in at 37 pounds shipped.

It has a total of two handles, located on the right side. The longer of the two handles is used to punch paper (up to 20 sheets) and the shorter handle is used for closing the wire. The handles are both long enough that the punching and closing takes very little effort. The way this machine is designed, you will need to use your right hand to operate it.

The IW400 is designed to punch and bind paper up to 13″ long, but has an open end. This means you can punch and bind longer sheets by sliding the longer paper and punching it again. I’ve always liked having an open-ended binding machine. I wish all wire binding machines were made like this.

The 2:1 pitch version of this machine has 27 punching pins and the 3:1 pitch has 40 punching pins. The term pitch is used to describe the hole pattern used. Each of the punching pins can be disengaged, which is pretty nice. This is especially ideal for punching and binding custom-sizes of paper. The punched holes are rectangular in shape.

The Intelli-Bind IW400 has a dial on the side of the machine where you can adjust how far into the paper the holes are punched. There is another dial on the top of the machine where you can adjust the wire closer. The wire closer is found in the back of the machine.

One thing unique to the IW400, versus many other wire machines, is the wire holder. There is a convenient clamp located on the front of the machine that is used to hold wire in place while paper is added. This is especially nice, making the holes easier to line up.

Did I mention the build quality? Wow. This thing is tough.

A wide catch tray drawer is found on the front of this machine. It spans the width of the machine and almost the entire length. This means it holds a lot of paper, requiring you to empty it less often.

Overall I have to say that the IW400 is more than adequate for medium-volume, continuous binding. It is probably one of the heaviest-duty manual wire binding machines I have used to date. You won’t be disappointed.

You can find the 3:1 pitch Intelli-Bind IW400 wire binding machine here and the 2:1 pitch Intelli-Bind IW400 wire binding machine here.  You can find our entire selection of manual-punch wire binding machines here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our binding machine specialists.

Intelli-Bind IB500 Comb Binding Machine Review

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Intelli-Bind IB500 Comb Binding Machine from Intelli-ZoneAre you looking for a well-rounded comb binding machine that will hold up with continued use? Perhaps a machine made with metal components? If so, you may want to consider looking at the Intelli-Bind IB500 comb binding machine (found here) from Intelli-Zone. I have had a chance to use this and this is my review.

To begin with, the Intelli-Bind IB500 reminds me of the old Ibico Ibimatic (aka CombBind C150). It even handles a lot like it. Do you remember that comb binding machines? Ibico was later bought out by GBC and the machine was altered and changed, but the IB500 handles a lot like the original Ibimatic. The biggest difference is the addition of disengageable punching pins.

This compact little comb binding machine is pretty fun to use. It features a metal housing and metal components, which is really nice in any piece of office equipment. While the IB500 hasn’t been around long enough for me to tell you just how long it will last, I wouldn’t be surprised if this machine held up for several years without issue.

While not designed for high-volume binding jobs, it can certainly be used on a daily basis. The punching mechanism is manually operated, capable of punching about 20 sheets of standard 20# paper at a time. Technically it has 21 punching dies (for A4 paper) but it is able to do 19-ring comb binding with letter-size paper. It will easily bind up to 2-inches of paper.

The paper punching and comb opening are all done on the same lever. You pull the lever down to punch the paper and push it back to open / close the combs. The handle is angled in an ergonomic way, making paper punching less strenuous. Sorry lefties, but this machine is definitely designed for the right-handed individual.

As paper is punched, the punched holes are collected in a bin located under the machine. A drawer, which you can probably see in the picture, can be slid out and emptied.

The Intelli-Bind IB500 weighs in at 26 pounds shipped. This means it is still a hefty little machine, but still light enough to be moved around and used on just about any table or desk.

Having handled this machine myself, I can say that it is definitely a solid little machine. The build quality feels good and it is extremely easy to operate. If you have light to medium-volume binding needs, this is a great machine to have on hand. It is certainly priced to move.

You can find the Intelli-Bind IB500 comb binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of manual-punch comb binding machines here. Feel free to speak with one of our binding machine specialists at 1-800-658-8788 with any book binding questions.

Intelli-Bind IC110 Coil Binding Machine Review

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Intelli-Bind IC110 Coil Binding Machine from Intelli-ZoneDo you need to bind a cookbook, a report or perhaps a presentation? Coil binding is a great way to bind a wide variety of literature. If you are looking for a binding machine, you should seriously consider looking at the Intelli-Bind IC110 coil binding machine (found here). This is my review.

The Intelli-Bind line (from Intelli-Zone) covers a wide variety of book binding formats, which includes coil, wire and comb. Intelli-Bind is quickly growing in popularity due to the feature-to-price ratio. You can almost always get more “binding machine” for your money with Intelli-Bind. The Intelli-Bind IC110 coil binder is a prime example of this.

The Intelli-Bind IC110 may be one of the cheapest coil binding machines to include an electric coil inserter. If you have ever manually inserted coils, you can probably appreciate the convenience of an electric coil inserter.

The IC110 is primarily designed for light-volume use. This means it can be used on a daily basis, but isn’t the best option for binding dozens to hundreds of books a day. It is compact, ideal for sitting on a desk and great for the binding the occasional book. You will find this binding machine in homes and small businesses.

While the IC110 does have an electric coil inserter, punching is done manually. The manual punch is designed to punch through up to 12 sheets of paper at a time. The hole pattern is a 4:1 pitch (four holes per inch), which allows the IC110 to bind a book up to about 225 sheets thick.

Once holes are punched, and you are ready to insert a coil, I recommend feeding the coil through the first 3-4 holes. You can then turn on the electric coil inserter and let the IC110 spin the coil through the rest of the holes. The electric inserter is turned on and off by use of a switch, located on the top of the machine.

Be aware that the Intelli-Bind IC110 does not have disengaging (selectable) punching pins. While this isn’t a big deal if you are only binding letter-size paper, it would still be nice to have. Intelli-Zone does make a machine with selectable punching pins called the Intelli-Bind IC310 (found here).

Overall I consider the IC110 to be a great little binding machine for the money. It is compact, very portable and perfect for a book binding hobbyist or for a small business.

You can find the Intelli-Bind IC110 coil binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of Intelli-Bind coil binding machines here and our entire selection of coil binding machines here.

Intelli-Lam IL400 Pouch Laminator Review

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Intelli-Lam IL400 Thermal Pouch Laminator from Intelli-ZoneAre you in need of a solid, metal-built thermal pouch laminator that can be used to laminate photographs, menus, signs, business cards and other material? One model you may want to consider using is the Intelli-Lam IL400 thermal pouch laminator (found here) from Intelli-Zone. I have had a chance to use this laminator and this is my review.

The Intelli-Lam IL400 (from Intelli-Zone) is a 13-inch wide laminator that can be used to laminate letter-size documents, menus, photographs, signs, business card and other material. As long as the document fits within the 13-inch wide throat, you should be fine.

This laminator can handle most laminating pouches out there. It has an adjustable temperature dial that goes up to about 320 degrees Fahrenheit (160C).  It is able to accept laminating pouches up to 10 mils thick (250 microns) without any problems.

I actually have this laminator sitting next to me right now as I am writing this review. It is a pretty solid laminator. Everything is made out of metal, which is a rarity with pouch laminators.

While not all plastic laminators are bad, the metal housing definitely holds up well. Metal housings often indicate quality mechanical components inside. I just took out the screws on this laminator and took a peek inside. Everything in this laminator seems to be made from high-quality parts.

I am picking this laminator up now, and it definitely has a hefty feel to it, but I don’t think anyone should have a problem moving it from desk to desk. The power cord is extremely thick, but can be detached or replaced if needed. The IL400 weighs 20 pounds shipped, which isn’t too bad.

The laminator sits on four rubber feet that helps keep the laminator stable. It is sitting quite nicely here on my desk. I know this ultimately doesn’t play into how the laminator operates, but I think it is a nice looking machine.

It has a built-in fan that helps cool down the laminating film as it exits the machine. The finished laminated results appear to be crystal clear, smooth and glossy.  A total of four rollers helps with this process and means you shouldn’t ever have to re-run material through this laminator a second time.

The control panel is arranged nicely. The adjustable temperature dial is clearly laid out. There is a power LED light and a “ready” LED to let you know when it is ready to be use. A rocker switch lets you turn the motor on, off or put it in reverse. Reverse functionality in a pouch laminator is great in the event of a misfeed or jam.

Overall I consider the Intelli-Lam IL400 to be a great laminator. For the price, and everything you get, it is a great deal.

You can find the Intelli-Lam IL400 thermal pouch laminator here. You can find our entire selection of pouch laminators here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions on laminators.

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