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MBM 307A Programmable Paper Folding Machine Review

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

MBM 307A Programmable Paper Folding MachineIf you’re a big fan of the popular MBM 207M paper folding machine, chances are pretty good you’re going to love the MBM 307A programmable paper folding machine (found here). Build using a similar design, the 307A is one of the most popular automatic letter folding machines on the market. Popularity isn’t always everything though. So is this machine worth buying? This is my review.

To begin with, MBM is one of the leading manufacturers of high-end office equipment around. They make the Destroyit paper shredder line and the very popular Triumph and Kutrimmer lines of paper cutters. In line with their other products, the MBM paper folding machines have become a classic.

The MBM 307A, first and foremost, features an all-metal build. The machine has some heft to it (weighing in at 82 pounds shipped). The build quality becomes quite apparent once you start using it. This machine is built for the long haul. I don’t foresee anyone having issues with this machine.

A total of three friction wheels and two folding plates help create the folds. The feed tray holds up to 450 sheets of standard copy paper. Once on, the machine pulls a sheet off the stack and bounces it off of those two folding plates, causing the paper to be folded between the internal rollers. The end result is a clean, crisp and accurate fold.

The 307A is an automatic folding machine that has been pre-programmed with 6 common folds. This means setting up the 307A will take just seconds. Simply select the fold you want and the folding plates will self adjust themselves. It is that easy. Once set, folding is as easy as pressing the “start” button.

While this folding machine can create 6 common folds, including a letter and accordion fold, it can also be used to create custom folds. Simply make fine-tuned adjustments on the control panel. Up to 18 custom folds can be stored in the built-in memory. This machine can even handle the elusive cross fold (aka French fold).

The MBM 307A boasts some pretty impressive features. This includes the ability to fold paper as thin as 12 lbs up to 80 lbs card stock. It is also able to handle paper from 3 1/2″ x 5″ to 11″ x 17″ in size. The motor runs at a speed of about 11,520 sheets per hour. A built-in LED screen keeps count of folded sheets. An optional perforator and scoring wheel can be added in the factory upon request.

The exit tray uses a conveyor style system. This means as the paper is ejected from the folding machine, it is collected by a moving conveyor. This helps to keep the paper neat and organized. A conveyor exit tray is a must-have feature for those folding invoices, bills and other paper that needs to be kept in alphanumerical order.

Overall the MBM 307A automatic programmable tabletop folding machine is an impressive piece of engineering and is a great machine to use in just about any businesses, church, school or other organization. I personally love this machine and highly recommend it for medium to higher-volume jobs.

You can find the MBM 307A programmable paper folding machine here. You can find our entire lineup of paper folding machines here.

Do you have a question about the MBM 307A or one of its features? Give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We are more than happy to help you out.

Intelli-Fold DE-8 Commercial Paper Folding Machine Review

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Intelli-Fold DE-8 Commercial Paper Folding MachineI had customer recently ask me, “What is the toughest folding machine you offer?” Well, we offer a lot of good high-quality folding machines. If you’re only talking about friction-feed folding machines, I have to say that the Intelli-Fold DE-8 paper folding machine (found here)(from Intelli-Zone) is one of the best we offer. This is why.

To begin with, the DE-8 has a monthly duty cycle of 240,000 folds. This means you can safely fold 240,000 documents in a month’s period of time without the machine suffering any ill effect. The motor itself runs at an amazing speed of 22,000 pieces per hour. So now I’ve established that this is a pretty tough machine, so what can it do?

The DE-8 is capable of creating a wide variety of common folds. This includes single folds, letter folds, accordion folds and even the cross fold (French fold). Apart from being able to create many of the most common folds, it can also be set up to create custom folds. The folding plates on this machine are very easy to set up and adjust.

While the DE-8 can fold paper up to an amazing 14″ x 21″ in size, I think the really cool feature is that it can fold paper as small as 2″ x 2.7″. This is a huge range of paper, which is uncommon to find in a folding machine. Not only does it handle a huge range of paper sizes, but it can also handle paper thicknesses ranging from a thin 10# up to 110# in thickness. This may be one of the best ranges we offer in a folding machine.

Operating the DE-8 is very simple. Once the folding plates have been adjusted, simply place your paper in the machine, plug in the machine and turn it on. It will immediately start working. An adjustable speed dial makes it easy to speed up or slow down this machine. This is especially nice when folding paper of varying thicknesses.

You’ll notice in the picture that it has a conveyor-style exit tray. This is especially nice if you need to keep your folded documents in an organized group. The conveyor slows the paper down as it shoots out of the machine and keeps paper in alphabetical / numerical order. This is especially nice for businesses that fold bills, invoices and other similar material.

This machine is very heavy duty. The build quality is exceptional. It weighs in at 105 pounds shipped, so that gives you an idea as to how heavy it is.

Overall I am really impressed with this folding machine. It is definitely one of the toughest friction-feed folding machines we offer.

You can find the Intelli-Fold DE-8 paper folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

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.

Folding Glossy Paper – The Do’s and Don’ts

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Paper Folding MachinesSo this is the question posed to me on an almost weekly basis. Can a paper folding machine handle glossy paper? They can, but you have to have the right machine. Here are a few tips to help you find a machine that will properly handle your glossy and coated paper.

There is a lot of love out there for glossy paper. This paper does have a professional look to it and is very popular for brochures. Most people who fold glossy paper don’t need anything fancy. They usually need something simple, like a letter fold or an accordion fold.

There are two types of paper folding machines. These types are friction-feed and air-feed. Here is a quick breakdown on what they are:

Friction Feed – Friction-feed paper folding machines use rubber rollers to pull paper into the machine for folding.

Friction-feed paper folding machines make up about 90% of the machines used today. This is because they are typically more compact and less expensive. The only problem is that the friction wheels slide around on glossy paper like ice-skates on a lake.

Air Feed (aka Air Suction or Pneumatic) – Air-feed paper folding machines use air to suck paper into the machine.

Air-feed paper folding machines suck glossy paper into the machine just as easily as standard non-glossy paper. They have absolutely no problem handling coated and glossy paper. The only downside is that they have a built-in compressor, making them a little bigger, and I have found that they tend to make more noise.

So can you use coated or glossy paper in a friction-feed folding machine? The official answer is no. The unofficial answer is sometimes. If the paper is coated, but not too slick, it can often be used in a friction-feed folding machine. The only problem is that there are no guarantees.

If you are on a budget, and can’t afford an air-feed paper folding machine, feel free to send in your paper and we can run it on one of our machines. While I can’t guarantee it will always work, I can at least let you know if it is compatible. Call us at 1-800-658-8788 to set up sending in samples.

You can find our entire selection of friction-feed paper folding machines here and our air-feed paper folders here.

Formax FD 320 Paper Folding Machine Review

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Formax FD 320 Paper Folding MachineDo you need a fast, durable and no-nonsense paper folding machine? Whether you’re folding letter-size paper or legal-size documents, the Formax FD 320 paper folding machine (found here) may be just what you need. This is my review.

I say “no-nonsense” when talking about the Formax FD 320 because it’s a fairly simple paper folding machine. Simply put, there aren’t buttons and dozens of settings you have to mess with. If you already have experience using a paper folder, using the FD 320 will feel like second nature when using.

This folding machine uses traditional folding plates. This means you will have to manually adjust two separate folding plates. Folds are clearly marked on the plates, making it easy to determine where they need to be set. Both plates can be removed for easier access.

The FD 320 itself weighs in at 55 pounds, making it solid enough to handle the tough jobs, but light enough to be used on most tables and countertops. The exact dimensions of the FD 320 are 38″ L x 18″ W x 11″ H (97 L x 46 W x 28 H cm). Keep in mind that the length includes the exit tray, which can be folded up.

It is primarily designed to be used with standard copy paper, up to 11 ¾” x 18″ in size. A convenient conveyor system helps keep the paper organized and lined up when leaving the machine. This is especially nice for people who want to keep folded documents alphabetized or in numerical order.

Once the plates have been set, paper can be dropped in the feed tray. No fanning is required. The tray can hold up to 250 sheets of paper. One thing I personally really like about the feed tray is that it uses three friction rollers to pull paper in. This helps keep paper even and straight as it enters the machine, making the folds cleaner and more professional.

Folding is started by turning on the dial located on the front of the machine. This same dial allows for variable speed control. The Formax FD 320 can be used to create letter folds, accordion folds, half folds, gate folds and more. Because the folding plates are manually adjusted, custom folds are pretty easy to set up.

The only downsides I can think of is that this folding machine really isn’t designed to fold card stock. It would also be nice to have some sort of batch folding and paper counting capabilities.

Overall I consider the FD 320 to be a solid little machine. It is probably one of the best manual setup paper folding machines available.  Best of all, it’s made in the USA.

You can find the Formax FD 320 paper folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

How To Use A Paper Folding Machine

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Paper Folding MachinesPaper folding machines make letter folding and other types of paper folding quick, simple and easy. These machines literally save hours upon hours of time over manually folding paper.

The most commonly used paper folding machine is the friction-feed folding machine. This guide will help you learn how to set up your machine.

Whether you have recently lost your manual or are interested in purchasing a paper folding machine, this guide will help you get up and going and become familiarized with the general idea of the friction-feed paper folder. I have personally found that once you know how to use one folding machine, it is generally pretty simple to set up and use another.

To begin with, here is a general breakdown of the standard fiction feed paper folding machine. Keep in mind that this is a basic diagram and may not apply to your machine.

Paper Folding Machine Cross View

Now I will show you how to set up your paper folding machine and start letter folding in just 7 easy steps. You’ll be surprised just how little work is needed to get one of these machines running.

Using A Paper Folding Machine In 7 Easy Steps

Step 1. Look over your machine and familiarize yourself as to where the power switch is, folding plates are located and how the feed tray works.

Folding Machine Step 1

Step 2. Most folding machines have a grid or diagram printed somewhere on the machine to indicate where the folding plates need to be set for certain types of folds. Find this and determine where the folding plates need to be set for your fold. In this case I am creating a letter fold.

Folding Machine Step 2

Step 3. Adjust your folding plates. This will involve two separate plates, usually located on opposite sides of the machine.

Folding Machine Step 3

Step 4. Now you’ll want to adjust the side guides on the feed tray to accommodate the paper you are using. In this case I am using standard 8 ½” x 11″ letter-size paper.

Folding Machine Step 4

Step 5. Place your stack of paper in the machine. Most folding machines will handle at least 100 sheets, with some high-end models capable of holding up to 500.

Folding Machine Step 5

Step 6.
Turn your folding machine on for a few seconds and examine the end results. Some folding machines have a “test” button. If the fold is off, make adjustments to the folding plates. If everything looks good, turn the machine on and let it fold the paper.

Folding Machien Step 6

Step 7.
Once completed, you are ready to load another stack of paper.

Folding Machine Step 7

Not too bad, right? While the amount of time will vary from machine to machine, I’ve found that the entire process generally takes about 10 minutes. This of course depends on the experience of the operator.

You can find our entire selection of new paper folding machines here. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any paper folder questions. Have a great day and happy folding!

Duplo DF-755 Paper Folding Machine Review

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Duplo DF-755 Paper Folding MachineDuplo paper folding machines are high in demand. This is due to history, reputation and several other factors. If you are looking for a Duplo folding machine, you may want to consider the Duplo DF-755 paper folding machine (found here). This is my review.

As mentioned earlier, Duplo paper folding machines have a great reputation along with a long history of making quality machines. I can remember a decade ago when Duplo was one of the few manufacturers with a fully-automatic paper folding machine. I personally have used several Duplo folding machines and they have always been solid.

The Duplo DF-755 is almost a carbon copy of their automatic machines, but with a little more manual setup. The DF-755 is known as a semi-automatic folding machine. This is because the folding plates still require some manual interaction, albeit very little.

Charts indicating the most common folds are printed on the two folding plates and simply require a slide of the folding plate to set up the fold. Knobs located on the ends of both folding plates allow for fine-tuned adjustments. The entire process takes just seconds, and in many instances, is faster than the automatic version.

The DF-755 is not designed for light-volume jobs. While it can handle the small stuff, the DF-755 finds its mark doing medium to medium-high volume folding jobs. It can be used to create letter folds, accordion folds, brochure folds, double folds and much more. Because the folding plates are adjustable, custom folds are easy to do as well.

The build quality on the DF-755 is exceptional. There are few manufacturers out there that make folding machines that play in this league. It kind of reminds me of those old diesel Mercedes that would log 500,000 plus miles without an overhaul. You will get a lot of mileage out of the Duplo DF-755.

Now for some specs. The DF-755 has a hopper that can hold up to 500 sheets of paper. That equals out to about a ream of paper. It can handle 13 lb. bond to 80 lb. index paper. The machine runs at a speed of 120 sheets per minute. A digital counter lets you know how many sheets of paper have been folded.

The exit tray uses a conveyor-style system. This allows the DF-755 to fold paper that needs to be kept in alphabetical or numerical order.

Overall I really like the Duplo DF-755. It is a solid paper folding machine that is great for copy centers, printing presses and other businesses.

You can find our Duplo DF-755 paper folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

Tips For Folding Card Stock Paper

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Folding Card Stock Paper - Paper Folding MachineDo you need to fold card stock paper, but aren’t sure what tools you need to do this? You can always fold paper by hand, but that takes a lot of time and the end results often look bad. What you probably need to get the job done right is a paper folding machine. So what type of machine do you need to correctly fold card stock? Here are a few tips.

To begin with, not all paper folding machines can handle card stock. Most paper folding machines are able to fold standard copy paper. You will need to be sure and check the specifications of the paper folding machine to make sure it can handle your paper. In the Untied States, most paper folding machines specify the lb (aka # or pound) of paper they can handle.

If the thickness of your paper is close to the maximum paper thickness a paper folding machine can handle, you may want to send in samples to make sure it will work. I have found that the paper thickness of card stock and the paper thickness a machine can handle sometimes aren’t exact. This is due to small variances between paper manufacturers and the way they measure their paper.

Sending in a sample will guarantee that your paper will work with the machine. You can request your sample to be tested on one of our machines by filling out this form.

Another nice feature, although not critical, is a variable speed control. Thicker paper is harder on a machine. Sometimes folding card stock at a maximum speed is too much for a folding machine to handle. The ability to turn the motor down to handle the thicker paper often produces better results.

You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here. Remember, check the specifications for the minimum and maximum paper weights / thicknesses. You are more than welcome to speak with one of our paper folding machine specialists with your questions at 1-800-658-8788. Have a great day!

Dahle 10560 Paper Folding Machine Review

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Dahle 10560 Paper Folding MachineDo you need a cheap and affordable paper folder that can also multi-fold up to three sheets at a time? If so, the Dahle 10560 paper folding machine (found here) may be just what you need. I have used this machine several times and will post my thoughts and feelings on it in this article. Hopefully this will help you determine if this is the right folding machine for you.

To begin with, the Dahle 10560 falls within a very select group of sub $500 paper folding machines. These types of paper folding machines are designed for low-volume use. This doesn’t mean you can only fold a few sheets per day, but it isn’t meant to be used continuously for large jobs.

The time it takes to pull this folding machine out of the box and set it up takes on a few minutes. Luckily very little assembly is required. All you really have to do is set up the stand and attach a couple of components.

The Dahle 10560 uses folding plates to create letter folds, accordion folds, single folds and more. The folds are clearly marked on the two folding plates. Once these plates have been adjusted for the fold, the 10560 can begin folding paper.

The hopper on the Dahle 10560 holds up to 50 sheets of paper. It is designed to be used with either 8 ½” x 11″ letter-size or A4 paper. It is designed to be used with 16-20lb paper, so nothing thicker than copy paper. It will not work with glossy or coated paper as the rubber wheels tend to slip on the slick surface.

This folding machine is extremely compact and very easy to move around. It weighs in at 21 pounds. I picked it up and it didn’t seem much heavier to me than a basic printer. I do, however, recommend moving the folding machine and the stand separately.

The Dahle 10560 is perfect for using on the side of a desk or on a table. It is several times faster than folding paper by hand and is a significant step up from the basic electric letter folding machines out there.  It is  great for folding invoices, letters, bills, pamphlets and more.

My favorite feature of the Dahle 10560 is the multi-sheet folding capability. A bypass slot on the top of the folding machine allows you to manually feed up to three sheets of stapled or unstapled paper for multi-sheet folding. This feature works remarkably well. Just be aware that it will only multi-fold paper as fast as you can feed it into the machine.

Overall I consider this to be a great little folding machine. If you treat it well, and set it up properly, it should easily last you for a long time.

You can find the Dahle 10560 paper folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of friction-feed paper folding machines here.

Formax FD 305 Desktop Letter Folding Machine Review

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Formax FD 305 Letter Folding MachineAre you looking for a compact letter folding machine that can be used on a desk or table for mailing letters, invoices and other documents? One machine you may want to look at is the Formax FD 305 desktop letter folding machine (found here). This is my review.

Many people are aware of the fact that Formax makes a wide variety of heavy-duty, commercial paper folding machines, but did you know that they make a compact letter folding machine for use on a desk?

The Formax FD 305 is a letter folding machine with a purpose. It is completely designed to create the letter fold (C Fold). This is the most common fold used for mailing letters, invoices, receipts, bills and other material.

The FD 305 is not only compact, but it very well may be one of the simplest letter folding machines that we offer. It doesn’t require any folding plate setup or any special fine tuning. It is ready to use right out of the box. Simply plug it in, put the paper in and press the start button. The machine does the rest.

The motor on the FD 305 runs at about 20 folds per minute. This is far more sheets that you could fold manually. It is designed to only work with 8 ½ x 11 sheets of 20# paper. It has a manual bypass slot that will allow you to fold up to 3 sheets of paper at a time, which is pretty impressive.

Pictures often say more than words, so here is a video demonstration of the Formax FD 300:

The FD 305 only weighs about 10 pounds. This means that it is extremely compact and very portable. You will easily be able to unplug this and move it to another desk for various folding jobs.

The downside to this folding machine is that it only creates a letter fold. It cannot be used to create a Z fold or a V fold. For what it is designed to do, however, you really don’t need those other fold types.

One thing I really like about the Formax FD 305, besides its simplicity, is the fact that it features Formax’s quality. This thing is tough, yet very affordable for what it does. If you have to choose between a desktop letter folding machine that is half the cost and this machine, I would choose the FD 305 hands down. It will last you for years.

You can find the Formax FD 305 desktop letter folding machine here. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

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