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Best Machines for Folding 11″ X 17″ Paper

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

11" X 17" Paper Folding MachinesWhile folding 8 ½” x 11″ (letter size) paper is still the most common paper folded today, many people in the print, advertising and copy center industries need a machine that can handle paper up to 11″ x 17″ in size. About 35% of paper folding machines can handle this size. Which model should you consider buying? I have compiled a list of the most reliable and reputable 11″ x 17″ paper folding machines available.

Before I provide you with a list of “best 11 x 17 folding machines,” you will need to answer a few questions:

Question 1: What kind of paper will you be folding? The thickness and type of paper you will be folding is a huge determining factor when purchasing a machine. Friction-feed paper folding machines cannot handle glossy or coated paper. The rollers often slip on the slick surface, resulting in a paper jam. Paper folding machines are also rated on the thickness ranges of paper they can handle. If you are folding card stock, be sure the machine you purchase can handle it.

Question 2: How much paper will you be folding per day? The folding volume is another important factor when selecting a machine. As with any machine, some are rated for occasional use where others are designed for high-volume continuous use. Most paper folding machines will provide you with a folding speed or duty cycle. This should help you narrow down your choices.

The list I am providing you with are machines that have a proven track record. While many of our machines are “good,” this list is simply a compilation of the best. Products are listed in alphabetical order.

Best Machines for Folding 11″ X 17″ Paper

  1. Duplo DF-755 Automatic Folding Machine
  2. Intelli-Fold DE-172AF Paper Folding Machine
  3. Intelli-Fold DE-202AF Paper Folding Machine
  4. Intelli-Fold DE-322AF Paper Folding Machine
  5. Formax FD 320 Desktop Folding Machine
  6. Formax FD 342 Tabletop Folding Machine
  7. Formax FD 38X Automatic Paper Folding Machine
  8. Formax FD 390 Air Feed Commercial Folding Machine
  9. Martin Yale 959 AutoFolder Paper Folder
  10. Martin Yale 959AF Air Feed Paper Folding Machine
  11. MBM 207M Paper Folding Machine
  12. MBM 307A Paper Folding Machine
  13. MBM 407A Automatic Programmable Paper Folder

Keep in mind that while all these machines can handle 11″ x 17″ paper, they may not all be able to fold 11″ x 17″ using all common folds. Some 11″ x 17″ machines can only single fold larger paper. Most, however, can handle all folds.

You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here. Please feel free to call and speak with one of our paper folding experts at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

Top 10 Best Letter Folding Machines

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Letter Folding Machines from ABC OfficeDo you fold letters on a daily basis? Folding paper by hand can be a miserable, boring and time-consuming job. It wastes time and costs money. Most employees can be more of a benefit doing other things. Whether you fold a few dozen or a few thousand a day, you can probably benefit from using an automatic letter folding machine. So which machine should you get?

Letter folding machines are designed, primarily, to create a C fold (aka Letter Fold). Paper that is letter folded is usually done so with the intention of being mailed. Many letter folders, although not all, can be set up to create other folds as well. Most letter folding machines are capable of creating hundreds of folds an hour, with many capable of creating thousands of folds an hour.

Example Of A Letter Fold (C Fold)

With literally dozens upon dozens of different machines out there, it can be a little tough to get the “right” letter folding machine. Having worked with and sold to thousands of customers, I have come up with a list of “solid” machines that should get the job done for you.

While there are more than 10 great letter folding machines out there, these particular machines have been and continue to be huge favorites with our customers.

Top 10 Best Letter Folding Machines

  1. Intelli-Fold DE-102AF Letter Folding Machine (Top Seller)
  2. MBM 87M Automatic Letter Folding Machine (Time-Tested Favorite)
  3. Dahle 10560 Letter Folding Machine (Great Value For The Dollar)
  4. Intelli-Fold IF300 Letter Folder (Rising Star)
  5. Intelli-Fold DE-202AF Letter Folding Machine (Compare To Dynafold – Classic Quality)
  6. Tamerica TPF-42 Letter Folder (Extremely Easy To Set Up)
  7. MBM 207M Letter Folding Machine (Heavy-Duty Workhorse)
  8. Martin Yale P6200 Desktop Letter Folder (Great Assistant For Occasional Letter Folding)
  9. Formax FD 305 Desktop Letter Folding Machine (Versatile Desktop Solution)
  10. Martin Yale 1501X / CV-7 Letter Folder (Decade-Tested Classic)

I personally consider all the letter folding machines we offer to be great machines. If they weren’t good, we wouldn’t continue to offer them. You can find our entire selection of letter folding machines here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our letter folding specialists.

Martin Yale P7400 AutoFolder Paper Folding Machine Review

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Martin Yale P7400 Paper Folding MachineDo you need a compact letter folding machine that can be used for occasional jobs throughout the day? If this scenario applies to you, you may want to consider using the Martin Yale P7400 AutoFolder paper folding machine (found here). Having used this machine myself, and having a lot of experience with folding machines, I can provide you with a unique incite on this machine. This is my review.

To begin with, Martin Yale is no stranger to the paper folding industry. They have been making folding machines for years, well before I started working for ABC Office over 10 years ago. They have managed to strike some home runs with popular machines like the 1217A and the 1501X.

The P7400 is a newer machine compared to some of the classic Martin Yale folding machines. It isn’t targeted or designed for high-volume use. It is designed to be placed on a desk for occasional letter folding throughout the day. This doesn’t mean it is a bad machine, but rather it is designed for a different audience.

The Martin Yale P7400 is a light volume paper-folding machine. I personally wouldn’t recommend using it for more than a few hundred folds a day.

Setting up the P7400 is very easy. Out of the box, there is very little assembly required. The most difficult part, which really isn’t tough, is setting up the catch tray where the paper is dispersed after folding.

The P7400 can be set up for four common folds. This includes the letter fold, the half fold, the double parallel fold and the Z-fold. Because the folding plates are manually adjusted, there is a little wiggle room for some custom folds.

It only weighs in at 17 pounds, which makes it simple and easy to pick up and move around. I can’t think of many situations where you wouldn’t be able to use this on your table.

The feed tray holds up to 50 sheets of standard 20# paper. While this isn’t the 500 sheet capacity many Intelli-Fold machines are capable of, it is fine for light-volume folding. The P7400 can fold paper up to 8 ½” x 14″ in size and 28lb bond in thickness.

I have to say my favorite feature of the P7400 is the multi-sheet folding capabilities. This machine will allow you to take 1-3 sheets of paper (including stapled) and fold them at one time. This is done by manually inserting the paper into a bypass slot located on top of the machine.

In conclusion, I have to say that the P7400 carries on the Martin Yale tradition of quality, but I definitely would not use it for medium to high-volume paper folding. It is best used for occasional light-folding jobs throughout the day.

You can find the Martin Yale P7400 AutoFolder paper folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Martin Yale P6200 Desktop Letter Folding Machine Review

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Martin Yale P6200 Desktop Letter Folding MachineDo you send out letters on a daily basis and need to speed things up? You may want to consider getting a desktop folding machine. One model you may want to consider is the Martin Yale P6200 desktop letter folding machine (found here). This is my review.

Many businesses, and employees, have the need to letter fold documents. This may involve mailing invoices, letters, bills and much more. Many people manually fold this material. Paper that has been folded on a letter folding machine looks more professional and will save hours of time.

The P6200 is a letter folding machine designed to be placed on a desk. It only weighs nine pounds, so it can easily be moved around. It can be used to fold 1 to 3 sheets of paper at a time. Once folded, this paper can then be easily placed in an envelope.

The Martin Yale P6200 designed to create a letter fold, sometimes referred to as a C fold. This is the only type of fold that the P6200 does, however, 90+ percent of the people who fold paper only require that type of fold. Martin Yale does make another desktop letter folding machine called the P6400 (found here) that will create a letter and a single fold.

Most people that buy the P6200 realize that it is designed to create only a letter fold. If you are folding invoices, bills and letters for mailing purposes, this is the only type of fold you will ever need.

While not designed for high-volume folding, the P6200 is definitely more than adequate for most desktop letter folding jobs. The convenience and lack of paper cutters is worth the investment alone.

I have taken one of these folding machines out of the box, set it up and used it. It is very easy to use, requires no setup and gets the job done quickly. The results look professional and are perfect for placing in envelopes. I can definitely appreciate the benefits of using the P6200 over manually folding paper.

You can find the Martin Yale P6200 desktop letter folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

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