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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!

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 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.

Martin Yale UC5500 ScriptStroyer Pharmacy / Prescription Bottle Shredder Review

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Martin Yale UC5500 ScriptStroyer Pharmacy Prescription Bottle ShredderDo you own, run or work for a pharmacy, hospital, clinic or doctor’s office? If so, you probably deal with prescription drugs on a daily basis. As you may know, disposal of prescription bottles must be done in a way that patient information is protect. One great way to do this is to use a prescription bottle shredder. One model you may want to consider is the Martin Yale UC5500 ScriptStroyer prescription bottle pharmacy shredder (found here). This is my review.

Prescription bottle shredders are fairly new to the market in relation to traditional paper shredders. A few well-known manufacturers of pharmacy shredders are Martin Yale and Ameri-Shred. The new Martin Yale UC5500 ScriptStroyer is one of the most affordable models on the market today.

An important part of HIPAA compliancy is the proper storage and destruction of customer information. If you have ever looked at a plastic prescription bottle, you may have noticed that the label contains a lot of personal information. These labels need to be properly disposed of.

The Martin Yale UC5500 is a prescription bottle shredder designed to help pharmacies, hospitals and other medical facilities be HIPAA compliant. The shredder itself can be used to shred bottles, lids, adhesive labels and paper containing patient information. It even features the ability to shred up to 10 sheets of paper.

Martin Yale UC5500 Pharmacy Bottle ShredderThe UC5500 is designed to handle bottles up to 3 ½” in diameter. This includes wet or dry bottles. The shred size of the particles is 5/32″ x 1 1/2″.

One thing I really like about the UC5500 is its compact design. It is large enough to get the job done, but compact enough to fit under most counters. The actual size of the UC5500 is 17 1/4″ x 21 5/8″ x 33″. For what it does, the UC5500 is very quiet.

The build quality of the UC5500 ScriptStroyer is very good. It weighs in at 186 pounds (unpackaged). Martin Yale makes the popular line of Intimus shredders.

One thing many people forget about when using a shredder is proper maintenance. One critical part of maintaining a shredder is oiling it. Unfortunately this can be easy to forget. The Martin Yale UC5500 includes its own automatic oiler.

Even if you aren’t dealing with empty bottles on a regular basis, it is great to offer the service to your customers. This has caused many pharmacies to experience more repeat business.

Overall I consider the UC5500 to be an excellent fit for any pharmacy or hospital. The construction is good and there is plenty of support from us to help with any parts, servicing or questions.

You can find the Martin Yale UC5500 ScriptStroyer prescription bottle pharmacy shredder here. You can find our entire selection of pharmacy bottle shredders here.

Martin Yale J1811 Jiffy Padding Press Review

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Martin Yale J1811 Jiffy Padding PressDo you need to pad carbonless forms, notepads or scratch pads? If so, one model you may want to consider using is the Martin Yale J1811 Jiffy Padding Press (found here). This unique padding press is one of the most popular available today and this is my review.

Padding presses not only make it easy to create note and scratch pads, but they are also a great way to recycle old, used paper. Assuming the contents of the old paper aren’t of a sensitive nature, you can often flit that paper over, pad it and have easy-to-use notepads.

Many of the padding presses available today are made from crude, simplistic designs. This is not the case with the J1811 Jiffy Padding Press. Upon first view, you will notice that the construction is above the norm. Not only that, it is a classy-looking padding press.

Unlike many comparable padding presses that are made out of pressed wood, the J1811 Jiffy Padding Press is made out of metal. This means that it will not only get the job done, but should last years longer than wood-based padding presses.

The cream color of the J1811 fits in nicely with existing office décor. Because it only weighs in at 18 pounds, it can be easily be used on most desks, tables and work benches.

The padding area of the J1811 can fit paper up to 5 ¾” high and 17 ¾” wide. This means you can pad paper of various sizes. This also means you can easily pad multiple stacks of letter-size (8 ½” x 11″) paper simultaneously.

Simply place your paper, card stock, carbonless forms or other paper-based material on the padding press and clamp down the clamping brackets. This is done by twisting wing screws. Once the paper is firmly clamped down, padding adhesive can be applied. After about 15-20 minutes, the clamps can be removed and more paper can be padded.

You will often find padding presses in print shops, schools, churches and other businesses. I have even heard of people at home using padding presses to recycle and create their own unique pads of paper.

I consider the J1811 padding press to be a solid, good investment and a great choice for padding needs.

You can find the Martin Yale J1811 Jiffy Padding Press here. You can find our entire selection of adhesive padding presses 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.

Martin Yale 1701 AutoFolder Paper Folding Machine Review

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Martin Yale 1701 AutoFolder Paper Folding MachineAre you looking for a simple no-nonsense paper folding machine that is compact, easy-to-use and simple to set up? If this applies to you, you may want to consider looking at the Martin Yale 1701 AutoFolder paper folding machine (found here). I have used this machine and this is my review.

Martin Yale has been making folding machines for years. This includes classics like the 1501X (CV7), 1217A and the 959. Both the Model 1601 and 1701 AufoFolder paper folding machines are new to Martin Yale’s lineup. So how does the 1701 hold up compared to the competition?

To begin with, the 1701 AutoFolder is an automatic paper folding machine. This means there is no manual adjustment of the folding plates. Simply tell the 1701 the fold you want to do and it will automatically set itself up for you. This is a pretty nice feature. Folding machine setup really can’t get much easier.

The Martin Yale 1701 is designed to be used with paper up to 8 ½ x 14″ large and can hold up to 150 sheets of paper at a time in the feed tray. This isn’t bad for a paper folding machine of this size and price. It can be used with paper up to 70 lb. index, which is especially nice. This means you will be able to fold normal paper and even some card stock.

Not only will the 1701 automatically fold one sheet at a time, but it also has a feed bypass slot. This feed bypass will allow you to manually feed up to 5 stapled sheets of paper for folding. This is a really nice feature and very few folding machines have this capability.

The exit tray uses a conveyor system. Unlike many other folding machines out there, that simply fold the paper and shoot it into a catch tray, the 1701’s conveyor exit system keeps folded material organized. This is especially nice if you are folding documents that need to be kept in alphabetical or numerical order.

The machine itself is pretty light. It weighs in at 39 pounds. For an automatic folding machine, this is pretty light. This means you can use the 1701 on just about any table or desk.

Overall I like the 1701. The build quality is decent and it extremely easy to set up. I would recommend using this folding machine for medium-volume folding.

You can find the Martin Yale 1701 AutoFolder paper folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any paper folding questions. Have a great day!

Martin Yale 1501X (CV7) Folding Machine Review

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Martin Yale 1501X (CV7) Autofoler Paper Folding MachineIf you are an office, a copy center or a business that needs a low-budget folding machine, you have probably found that there are a lot models to choose from. One paper folding machine that has been around for some time, and you may want to consider, is the Martin Yale 1501X Autofolder paper folding machine (found here). I have used this machine for years now and this is my review.

To begin with, a lot of people get confused with regards to the model. Is it the 1501X or the CV7? Well, it goes by both models and they are the same machine. When I first started working for ABC Office (10 years ago), it was called the 1501X, then Martin Yale called it the CV7. It seems that Martin Yale is now calling it the 1501X again. It’s all a little confusing.

The 1501X is one of the original folding plate paper folding machines. It has been around for years, and has gone through a few design changes, but continues to be one of the most popular budget folding machines.

It uses a total of 2 folding plates. One is located on the front and the other is located on the back of the machine. These folding plates are adjusted to create the various folds. The 1501X can create a letter fold (c fold), an accordion fold (z fold), a single fold (double fold) and many more. Because the folding plates are manually adjusted, it is very easy to create custom folds.

The 1501X has a feed tray that is capable of holding up to 150 sheets of paper. Once the fold plates are set, and the paper has been inserted, simply hit the “go” button and let the machine do the rest. The 1501X (CV7) is a fast little folder. It is extremely compact, yet still features a lot of metal components not found in comparable models.

We have always used the 1501X on our showroom counter, but it is light enough to use on a table or desk. Moving the 1501X around isn’t too hard. I have picked it up and moved it myself without a problem. It weighs 33 pounds.

While the Martin Yale 1501X cannot be used with glossy paper, it handles standard copy paper without a problem. A feed table bypass makes it possible to manually feed and fold up to three stapled sheets of paper.

One thing the 1501X includes, that you don’t see in many folding machines, is a copper grounding cable that helps channel and ground out static electricity. This is designed to help cut down on paper jams.

While this folding machine is very simple, it is extremely easy to use and very affordable. I have used this machine for years and consider it to be ideal for low to medium-volume folding.

You can find the Martin Yale 1501X (CV7) Autofolder paper folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Martin Yale 970A Tabletop Forms Burster Review

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Martin Yale 970A Tabletop Continuous Form BursterTearing apart and bursting paper into separate sheets is an important part of many businesses operations. If you are in the market for a forms burster or detacher, you should seriously consider using the Martin Yale 970A tabletop continuous form burster (found here). I have had a chance to use this machine and this is my review.

Bursters are available in two formats. One type is a continuous forms burster and the other is a cut sheet burster. The Martin Yale 970A is an electric-powered continuous forms burster. This means it is designed to be used with continuous carbonless, carbon interleaved and computer form paper.

Continuous form paper is paper that has the perforated side margins, tine holes along the side with sheets attached in an accordion-like fashion. This paper is commonly used for printing bank statements, checks and invoices and is commonly found in government offices, military offices and banks.

The Martin Yale 970A takes this paper, tears it apart into individual sheets and cuts off the side margins (1/2″ to 3/4″ wide) using high-carbon steel blades. The entire process is done very quickly. A stack of continuous form paper can be fed into the 970A and be completely bursted apart in just a few minutes thanks to a tough motor. The entire process is very interesting to watch.

The 970A is one of the most affordable continuous form bursters in its class and is currently the most affordable bursting machine we offer. It can be used with paper 5.5 to 17-inches wide and 3 to12-inches long. Not only will it burst apart individual sheets of paper, but can also burst up to 5-part carbonless and 3-part carbon interleaved documents.

The setup process is really easy and once set doesn’t require any special babysitting. The registry stays dead on. The motor runs at a speed of 6,000 8 ½ x 11 forms per hour or 15,000 3 ½ inch long checks per hour. This is very fast for a machine at this price level.

We actually have one of these bursters on our showroom floor right now. You’re more than welcome to send in samples to have them tested on the 970A and we can even set up a live video demonstration of this machine over the Internet. Just call us at 1-800-658-8788 to set up an appointment.

Overall I really like the Martin Yale 970A tabletop form burster. If you have to burst apart continuous form paper, you should really consider using it. The build quality is great and I’m not aware of any quality issues. This burster has been around for well over 10+ years.

You can find the Martin Yale 970A tabletop continuous form burster here. You can find our entire selection of automatic bursters and detachers here.

Martin Yale 1601 AutoFolder Paper Folding Machine Review

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Martin Yale 1601 AutoFolder Paper Folding MachineAre you searching for a compact, simple and easy-to-use paper folding machine? One model you may have stumbled across is the Martin Yale 1601 AutoFolder paper folding machine (found here). Is it the right machine for you? I have used this folding machine and this is my review.

Paper folding machines are invaluable to have around when folding letters, brochures, pamphlets and other material. Martin Yale has been manufacturing folding machines and makes some of the best known models available today.

The Martin Yale 1601 Ease-Of-Use AutoFolder is a compact folding machine designed for low to medium-volume jobs. It is designed to be used with paper up to 8 ½ x 14 in size and can be used to create letter folds (C Fold), accordion folds (Z Fold), half fold, double parallel fold and a right angle fold (French Fold).

The folding trays on the 1601 AutoFolder are very easy to set up, taking just seconds. The folds are clearly marked on the tray. Simply pull out one tray, adjust it, put it back in and repeat with the second tray.

The 1601 AutoFolder has a built-in jam detection system that shuts the machine off in the event of a jam. Why is this nice? Folding machines that don’t utilize this technology will continue to run, even with the jam in place. If you aren’t around, this can potentially ruin a folding machine’s motor or cause other damage.

One really nice feature is the multi-sheet bypass slot. This slot allows you to fold up to 5 stapled sheets of paper at a time. Simply gather the paper together and manually feed it into the slot.

This folding machine is one of the most affordable available with a conveyor exit table. Conveyor exit tables keep folded paper in order. This is especially nice when folding documents that are numerically or alphabetically in order. This is a huge improvement over the exit bin that other folding machines use.

The Martin Yale 1601 AutoFolder is made in the USA, which is a rarity now days. The build quality seems to be nice and the design is compact enough to sit on just about any table or desk.

Overall I consider the 1601 to be a great folding machine for low to medium-volume use. It can be used every day and shouldn’t cause any issues.

You can find the Martin Yale 1601 AutoFolder paper folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

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