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Martin Yale 62001 Letter & Envelope Opener Review

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Martin Yale 62001 Letter & Envelope OpenerIf your business receives letters and envelopes in excess of a hundred pieces a day, you may need a letter opening machine. One model I would like to feature in this article is the Martin Yale 62001 (found here). This letter opener has been around for years and can be found in mailrooms of businesses around the world. So is this letter opener good for your business? Read on!

Martin Yale is a leading manufacturer of specialized office equipment. They have been around for decades and as of this article they make about a half dozen different letter openers. The Martin Yale 62001 is their highest-speed letter opening machine, although I would categorize it as a medium to medium-high volume machine. There are other manufactures out there such as Staplex, Formax and DocuGem that make machines on the high /commercial end of things. Don’t let this discourage you though. The 62001 still has some impressive features and is still a deal for the money.

I would like to start with the 62001 letter opener’s build quality. The 62001 actually features a metal build, which is uncommon with so many other manufacturers out there going with plastic. I have personally handled and used this machine and can say that it has a very solid feel to it. It is hefty (at 41 pounds) and seems to be very tough, which is ideal for a mailroom environment. It also includes a mail catch tray that helps keep the chaos of letter opening a little more organized.

The Martin Yale 62001 features one of the fastest motors you can find in a letter opening machine. It operates at a speed of 17,500 envelopes per hour, which is a speed of about 4.8 pieces a second. That means the operator will probably have a hard time even keeping up with the motor’s speed. This is a good thing. While it can open a lot of envelopes in an hour, I wouldn’t categorize this as something that should be run at full speed non-stop during the entire day, but it should be able to keep up with most small to medium-size business’ mail load. If you do need something that is running nonstop for the entire day, you may need an industrial-level machine like the DocuGem LO4073 (found here).

The 62001 has a feed tray that can handle a 6″ stack of mail. Just place the stack of mail on the feed tray and the 62001’s feeding belt will automatically pull the pieces in one at a time. As the pieces are opened, they end up in the receiving tray. The 62001 can handle mail pieces as thick as ¼”. It is a versatile machine, capable of being adjusted to accommodate a wide range of mail and envelope sizes.

As the envelopes are run through this machine, a slitter inside the machine slits the envelope open, making it possible to easily access the contents. The 62001 is able to do this without damaging the contents inside. We have sold a lot of these and I have never heard a customer complain about the mail contents being damaged in the process.

In conclusion, I would have to say that the Martin Yale 62001 offers an excellent compromise of price and speed. It is remarkably easy to use and because it has been around so long and is in such wide circulation, parts and service are easy to come by. I recommend this for most businesses. If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of automatic letter openers here.

Martin Yale 1632 Electric Letter Opener Review

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Martin Yale Model 1632 Letter Opening MachineAre you tired of trying to pry open envelopes with a pen or cutting them open with a knife or scissors? Try increasing your envelope opening speed with an automatic letter opener. One affordable model you may want to consider using is the Martin Yale 1632 electric envelope opener. This is my review.

Martin Yale currently manufactures a wide range of office equipment and machines. This includes paper folding machines, paper cutters, envelope openers and much more. Martin Yale has been around for decades and is known for their affordable office products.

The Martin Yale 1632 is an electric envelope opener. That means rather than manually opening letters, an electric motor is used to pull in envelopes and open them. This description may seem a little simplistic, but it really is that easy. I will go into more detail on exactly how this happens.

The 1632 has a fed tray where you can place a 1 ¾” stack of envelopes. A rubber belt, driven by an electric motor, pulls in one letter at a time and slits them open. This is done without damaging the contents of the envelope. The opened envelope then comes out the other side into a catch tray. The entire process takes a split second.

While the motor on the Model 1632 operates at a speed of up to 7,000 envelopes per hour, I would not recommend using this machine continually to open that many envelopes. This is because the Model 1632 is designed for light to medium-volume letter opening and is ideal for small to mid-size businesses.

It only weighs in at 11 pounds, so it can easily be used on most desks and tables and can be used in most mailrooms. It is also light enough to move from one location to another. A built in catch tray folds into the machine for added portability.

Having handled this letter opener myself, I have to caution that it is not designed for high-volume use. Customers who buy this for low to medium-volume use are almost always happy with it and I can say over the years that it has a  great track record.

Overall the Model 1632 is a good little electric letter opener. It features the quality that Martin Yale is known for, and if properly cared for, should easily hold up for years.

You can find the Martin Yale 1632 electric envelope opener here and our entire selection of letter opening machines here.

Martin Yale 1624 Hand-Held Electric Letter Opener Review

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Martin Yale 1624 Hand-Held Electric Letter OpenerWe all get letters on a daily basis. Many of us use a knife or a metal letter opener to slice open the mail. This is hands-down better than opening a letter by ripping it open. There is another option for opening letters at home.

This other option is the electric letter opener. These convenient little machines make letter opening fast and sometimes fun. One model you may want to consider using is the Martin Yale 1624 hand-held electric letter opener (found here). This is my review.

Martin Yale makes a wide variety of high-end letter opening machines. Most of these are designed for commercial, high-volume use. If you’re only concerned about opening letters at home, the 1624 is probably what you need.

The Martin Yale 1624 is a compact electric letter opener designed to fit in the palm of your hand. It is designed for opening a few pieces of mail, which it does well, but not for the high-volume environment you find in an office.

The 1624 is a lightweight letter opener, weighing in at only 4.6 oz. It measures in at 5 1/4″ x 2 3/8″ x 1 3/4″. It runs on four AA batteries, which can be a pro or a con depending on your preference. Because it runs on batteries, it can be used just about anywhere. It is so compact that it can be placed in a desk drawer or a briefcase without any problem.

Using the 1624 is pretty easy. Simply take the 1624 letter opener in one hand and your envelope in the other. Place the edge you want to open into the letter opener, following the arrow printed on the machine. Once inserted, the 1624 will automatically turn on and open the letter. The opened letter will come out the other side.

I would have to say that the biggest pro of this letter opener is how compact and portable it is. The biggest con would have to be that it isn’t designed for high-volume use.

Overall I think the Martin Yale 1624 is perfect for most home-use and small-office applications. It is a nice looking machine, affordable and gets the job done quickly.

You can find the Martin Yale 1624 hand-held electric letter opener here. You can find our entire selection of electric letter openers here.

Staplex MA-500 Accuslitter Letter Opener Review

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Staplex MA-500 Accuslitter Electric Letter OpenerDo you work in a mailroom or a business that has to open hundreds to thousands of letters a day? If so, you are in serious need of a high-quality letter opener. We have several to choose from. One model you may want to consider is the Staplex MA-500 Accuslitter letter opener (order today!). This is my review.

Staplex is well known for making staplers (as if the name didn’t give it away). I’m not talking about a cheap Swingline. I’m talking about heavy-duty electric staplers. Staplex also makes a couple of industrial letter openers. This includes the Staplex MA-500 Accuslitter.

The MA-500 isn’t a small letter opener you use to open a few dozen letters here and there. It is a commercial-quality machine designed to open 250 envelopes a minute up to 3/16″ thick. The electric-powered motor itself runs at a speed of 15,000 letters a minute. While not the fastest machine out there, it will easily keep up with most mailrooms.

This letter opener is designed to slit open envelopes rather than cut them open. This is done in an effort to not only keep things clean, but also to help protect the contents of the envelope. It’s a rather efficient system. The slit is placed in such a way that mail won’t accidentally fall out.

Because there is less cutting involved, the MA-500 Accuslitter is actually pretty quiet. While mailrooms aren’t the quietest places in the office, at lest the MA-500 won’t be contributing to the noise level.

At only 20 pounds, the Staplex MA-500 can be used on just about any workbench, table or desk. This also makes it very portable. There are really only two parts to the MA-500. You have the motorized portion of the machine and the receiving tray where the open mail is held. Many letter openers don’t come with a receiving tray.

Here are a few additional features you’ll find in the Staplex MA-500 Accuslitter:

  • AccuLloy blade
  • Impact resistant housing
  • 8 foot (2.4 m) grounded power supply cord
  • Thermal overload protection
  • Built-in resettable circuit breaker

The build quality on the MA-500 is great, which is the case with Staplex staplers as well. I would personally recommend this machine for use in most medium-volume mailrooms.

You can find the Staplex MA-500 Accuslitter electric letter opener here. You can find our entire selection of letter opening machines here. Do you still have questions? Feel free to call one of our experts at 1-800-658-8788.

Formax FD 450 Automatic Electric Letter Opener Review

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Formax FD 450 Automatic Electric Letter / Envelope OpenerOpening letters and envelopes can be messy and a hassle. One machine that can really speed things up is an automatic letter opener. If you are in the process of looking for one, a model you should seriously consider is the Formax FD 450 automatic electric envelope opener (found here). This is my review.

To begin with, Formax has been making high-end office equipment for years. They are best known for their paper folder inserters, but they also make a wide range of joggers, bursters, paper shredders and letter openers. The build quality with Formax is excellent. Most Formax products are made in the U.S.A. and the FD 450 is one of them.

The Formax FD 450 is designed for high speed and high volume letter opening. This is all done automatically. You place the letters in the hopper on one end, the FD 450 opens them and they come out the other end opened up. The concept is simple, but there are subtle differences between letter opening machines that you will want to be aware of.

To begin with, the Formax FD 450 uses a slitter to open up mail. This means there are no letter ends cut off or waste paper strips lying around. The FD 450 cuts the mail open, without damaging the contents. The process is quick and best of all it’s very clean. Many other competitors cut off the top of the envelope, leaving waste paper strips behind, which is messy and can potentially damage contents.

The FD 450 is also pretty fast. It operates at a speed of up to 300 envelopes per minute. This is blazing fast. Not only is it fast at opening envelopes, it can open various mixed sizes of envelopes without jamming or causing issues. Envelope sizes can range from 3.5 x 11-inches up to 5.5 x 15.6-inches. This is a nice range and should cover most envelopes sizes used today.

The machine itself only weighs 20 pounds, so it can be used on pretty much any table, workbench or desk. Moving the letter opener should also be fairly easy to do. Overall setup and use is extremely easy and does not require any special training.

You can get the Formax FD 450 with the optional 402 series paper jogger. This will jog envelopes as they leave the machine and keep everything neat and organized.

I consider the Formax FD 450 to be once of the highest quality automatic letter openers available on the market. You will find the FD 450 in mailrooms, schools, churches and businesses. The “American-Made” quality is some of the best I have seen.

You can find the Formax FD 450 automatic letter opener here. You can find our entire selection of automatic letter openers here.

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