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Martin Yale 1611 Vs. the 1711 Paper Folding Machine

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Martin Yale 1711 Paper Folding MachineTwo very popular paper folding machines used by businesses today include the Martin Yale 1611 and 1711. Both of these models are very similar in appearance and design. I just spoke with a customer today who was wondering what the differences are between the two models. I would like to discuss both the similarities and the differences between these two machines in this article. You can find all of our paper folding machines here.

To begin with, Martin Yale is one of the oldest and best known manufacturers of paper folding machines in the industry. You may be familiar with some of their time tested classics such as the CV-7 (aka 1501x) and the 1217a. Their machines are used in mailrooms across the country. The 1611 replaces the 1601 and the 1711 replaces the 1701. Both of these two new machines implement modern technology into an affordable machine.

Having personally used both of these machines, I can safety say that I actually really enjoy using them. Some of Martin Yale’s older machines used to frustrate me because you had to adjust the tension and fan the paper prior to putting it in the machine. The 1611 and 1711 feature drop-in feed systems. This means you don’t have to fan the paper and you don’t have to adjust the tension. Simply press down on the spring-loaded tray, drop in the paper and release the tray. It is that easy.

The internals on both of these machines are actually pretty much the same. The speed on both machines is 9,000 sheets per hour, the sheet capacity is 150 and both handle a paper thickness ranging from 16# bond to 70# index. Both of these machines also feature the same paper size range, with is 3 ½” x 5” up to 8 ½” x 14”. Both machines are built on the same metal frame. Both of these machines also feature a manual bypass slot that allows you to fold up to 5 sheets of stapled paper at once (aka multi-sheet folding). Both machines also feature powered exit conveyors with stacker rollers.

While both of these machines are very similar visually and mechanically, there are some fundamental differences between the two. Here are the biggest differences:

  • Martin Yale 1611 Folding Machine (found here) – This machine is a manual setup machine. This means both of the folding plates have to be manually set to the fold you want to create. This isn’t hard to do, and folds are clearly marked on the machine, but there is some manual involvement required.
  • Martin Yale 1711 Folding Machine (found here) – This machine is an automatic setup machine. This means all you need to do is select the fold you want to create from the control panel and the machine will automatically adjust the folding plates. Little motors actually adjust the plates to the precise points needed for whichever fold you need.

Ultimately, when deciding between the two machine, you need to decide if you are OK with manually setting the machine or if you would like something more automated. As of this article, you are looking at about $434 more for the automation feature in the 1711 over the 1611.

Both machines produce folds of equal quality. The 1611 is very affordable fore what you get and the 1711 is one of the most affordable automatic paper folding machines money can buy. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here. If you have any questions about either of these machines, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-658-8788.

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