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How Does a Paper Drill Work?

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Paper DrillsHave you ever-wondered how ruled paper is three-hole punched for use in a three-ring binder? Even if you’ve never put much thought into it, it is a very interesting process. While you may imagine people sitting in a factory with a paper punch, paper manufacturers actually use paper drills (found here) to put holes in paper. So how exactly does a paper drill work?

While paper punches are great for use in an office for occasional hole punching, they aren’t very fast and require a bit of effort to use. Punching through a one-inch stack of paper could potentially take several minutes. A paper drill can complete the same process, with clear results, in just second.

Paper drills are very similar in function and even a bit in appearance to a standard wood drill press. They share several basic components. Paper drills feature a spinning motor attached to a drill bit. The bit is then pressed, by manual, electric or hydraulic means, into the paper. The bit, once it has made its way through a piece of paper then rests on a wood block located on the opposite side.

There are some major differences, however, between a paper drill press and a wood drill press. To begin with, paper drills use hollow bits. As the drill spins, it cuts through the paper. Cut paper holes then travel up the drill’s shaft until it reaches a catch tray located in the top or back of the drill.

This is a video demo of a single-spindle paper drill in action:

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Many people ask if they can use a paper drill bit on a standard wood drill press. The answer to that question is no. Chuck incompatibility issues aside, the hollow bit has nowhere to deposit the drilled holes of paper, resulting in a complete failure of the bit after just a few minutes.

Popular brands of paper drills include Martin Yale, Lassco Spinnit, MBM, FP (File Pecker) and others. So what exactly separates one paper drill from another?

  • Number of Spindles: Entry level paper drills typically only feature a single drill bit (aka spindle). From there you can find two and three-spindle paper drills. Three holes can still be drilled using a single-spindle machine, but will require multiple passes.
  • Power Source: Some paper drills are manual, requiring the force of the drill to be powered by an individual pulling on a handle. Other presses apply drilling force via an electric motor or via hydraulics.

If you are a business, a factory, a manufacturer of paper or handle paper on a regular basis, you may have need of a paper drill. These machines are very easy to operate and can drill through inches of paper in just seconds. You can find our entire selection of paper drills here.

We have been selling paper drills since 1980, so we have a lot of experience setting these machines up and using them. If you are just starting out researching paper drills, or are looking for a specific model, please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with your questions.

MBM 55 2″ Paper Drill Review

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

MBM 55 Single Spindle 2" Paper DrillIf you punch holes in large volumes of paper on a daily basis, you may be in need of a paper drilling machine. Paper drills quickly drill through hundreds of sheets of paper in just seconds. If you would like to drill up to 2″ of paper at a time, you may want to consider a reputable machine like the MBM 55 2″ paper drill (found here). This is my review.

To begin with, MBM manufactures several different pieces of office automation equipment. This includes paper shredders, paper cutters, folding machines, paper drills and more. MBM products are some of the best quality machines manufactured today.

The MBM 55 paper drill is a single spindle 2″ paper drill. This means it can drill through 2″ of paper at a time, one hole at a time. While it is just a single spindle paper drill, it can still be used to easily do 2-hole and 3-hole paper drilling. This is all due thanks to a very clever design. At the time of writing this article, the MBM 55 is made in Tokyo, Japan.

The Model 55 paper drill has an easy-glide sliding platform that rolls on bearings. This gliding table allows the paper to slide left, to right, and back again. A dial, located on the right of the folding machine, makes it easy to select up to 5 different hole patterns. This includes margin depth and hole pattern distances.

If you select 3-hole paper drilling, the easy-glide sliding table will move and lock in place for the first hole. A handle, located on the easy-glide sliding table, has a button located on it. Once the first hole is drilled, the button can be pressed to release the easy-glide table. The platform then moves on to the 2nd hole and then the 3rd.

The drill on the MBM 55 is hollow. This allows the drilled hole particles to travel through the bit and into a chip receptacle located on the back of the machine. This receptacle will need to be changed every so often (as it fills up). The drill bit itself is very easy to remove. Simply use an included hexagon (Allen) wrench to loosen the drill chuck. Once loose, the bit can be removed or replaced. The MBM 55 comes with two different diameter drill bits (1/4″ and 5/16″).

The MBM 55 is extremely easy to use. The paper drill tray has self centering guides that keep the stack of paper properly aligned. A quick release clamping mechanism keeps paper held in place during the drilling process, ensuring accurate hole drilling every time.

Overall I really like the MBM 55 paper drilling machine. It is easy to set up, features MBM quality and build and is perfect for desktop paper drilling.

You can find the MBM 55 2″ paper drill here and our entire selection of paper drills here. Do you need a replacement paper drill? You can find our entire selection of hollow paper drill bits here.

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