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Paper Folder Review: MBM 93M vs. Formax FD 300

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

MBM 93M and Formax FD 300 comparison

The Formax FD 300 compares well to the MBM 93M


We recently sat down and did a side-by-side paper folding machine comparison between the MBM 93M and the new Formax FD 300. We were excited when Formax announced a paper folding machine that would compete directly with the MBM 93M, a popular model with our customers.

The MBM 93M has delivered top-notch paper folding capabilities to our customers for a reasonable price. We have several satisfied customers who currently use this machine. The new Formax entry, the FD 300 has several comparable features that could give the 93M a run for the money. Let’s take a look:

Folding Speed

MBM 93M: 7,200 sheets/hour

Formax FD 300: 7,400 sheets/hour

Two hundred more sheets folded per hour is quite a big difference when you need to fold several hundred pieces each day. Time and labor savings quickly add up. Advantage: Formax.

Input Capacity

MBM 93M: 150 Sheets

Formax FD 300: 200 Sheets

Formax comes out the winner here again, thanks to a much deeper paper hopper. This translates into fewer paper feedings into the paper tray required by the operator and a significant saving of time. Advantage: Formax.

Maximum Paper Size

MBM 93M: 8 1/2″ x 14″

Formax FD 300: 8 1/2″ x 14″

Both models will fold legal size paper, a common request by our customers. The 93M and FD 300 models handle the larger-sized sheets with ease. Advantage: Draw.

Accepted Paper Weights

MBM 93M: 20 lb. bond

Formax FD 300: 20 lb. bond

Both models will process paper that’s slightly lighter and heavier than copy paper, but that’s about it. We sometimes hear from frustrated callers who assume their paper folding machine can handle card stock or other heavy types of paper. The fact is, most models are designed to fold copy paper only. Heavier stock paper presents challenges for several models. Advantage: Draw.

Warranty

MBM 93M: 1 year limited warranty, excluding wearables

Formax FD 300: 90-day warranty does not include consumable parts, labor, or shipping.

A meager warranty has always been an issue with Formax machines. We have sold Formax machines for almost 20 years, and warranty claims are far and few between. Unfortunately, potential customers do not know this when they browse our website. They often side with a competitor’s comparable model that offers a more liberal warranty time frame. Such is the case with the model 93M. Advantage MBM.

Price

MBM 93M: $458

Formax FD 300: $499

Since the Formax FD 300 is a new model, we were hoping their price would be a little more competitive. Saving $41 may not seem like a significant amount of money, but every dollar counts – especially when buying office equipment and supplies. Advantage: MBM.

As you can see, both the MBM 93M and Formax FD 300 paper folding machines offer very similar capabilities. What model do we recommend? Well, if warranty and price are a big concern, then MBM is the clear choice. If that’s not a deal breaker, then we recommend the Formax FD 300 based on performance capabilities and less time required for operation and attendance.

Best Way to Fold Heavy or Thick Card Stock

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Paper Scoring MachinesFolding heavy-duty card stock is tricky and you could say there is an art to it. The way you fold card stock will depend entirely on how much folding you plan on doing. I will offer you a few suggestions on folding thick card stock that will produce nice, clean and crisp folds that will look professional for any job.

Have you ever tried folding thick card stock by hand? How did it turn out? Perhaps you’re more talented than me, but when I fold card stock by hand, it usually turns out rough, uneven and the edges have an almost crumpled look. In other words, it looks like I folded it by hand. You probably want those edges straight, crisp and clean.

When it comes to folding heavy-duty card stock, there are three different “volumes” of folding that I like to categorize. You have your light-volume folding (1-10 sheets a day), medium-volume folding (10-200 sheets a day) and high-volume folding (200+ sheets a day).

For light-volume folding of heavy card stock, you can use a ruler as an edge and the dull side of scissors or the dull side of a knife to create a crease. The crease is the trick, once the crease has been established, you can easily manually fold the thick card stock.

For medium-volume folding of thick card stock, I recommend using a manual scoring machine. Scoring machines use a wheel with a blunt edge. This edge rolls along the paper and creases it. Once creased, the paper can be folded. You can see our manual paper scoring machines here.

For high-volume folding of card stock, you can use a paper-folding machine (found here). I have found, however, that heavy card stock (in excess of 110 # bond). Folding extremely thick card stock using a folding machine can create a jagged folded edge. For heavy card stock, I recommend using an automated creasing / scoring machine (found here).

Scoring machines (aka creasing machines) can also be used to fold laminated documents and some thin sheets of plastic. You can find our entire selection of paper scoring machines here. Many scoring machines can also be used to perforate or even slit paper.

If you are folding a unique type of material, or if you simply have some scoring questions, feel free to contact one of our paper handling specialists by calling 1-800-658-8788.

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