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Martin Yale 3800AP & 3800FC Alternatives

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Martin Yale 3800AP & 3800FCOver the past decade, one of our most popular perforators and slitters has been the 3800AP (Auto Perforator) and the 3800FC (Forms Cutter). A little over a year ago Martin Yale discontinued these two machines. We still have customers looking for these machines and unfortunately Martin Yale has never released a replacement. So what do you do if you need an automatic perforator or an automatic forms cutter? Luckily there are still a few good options.

The Martin Yale 3800AP and 3800FC were both basically the same machine, but shipped with different attachments. The 3800AP had perforating wheels (10 perfs per inch) and the 3800FC had slitter wheels. These wheels were interchangeable between machines and they could even be equipped with scoring wheels. People used these to perforate, cut and score literature, tickets, coupons, marketing material and much more.

One of the most popular alternatives to the 3800AP is the Count PerfMaster (found here). The Perfmaster can be set up with perforating, scoring and slitting wheels. It has a 19″ wide feed capacity, which is very similar to the Martin Yale’s 18″ capacity. It can be equipped with up to 4 perforating wheels or scoring wheels and can easily be switched from perforating to scoring and back again. This machine has a feed tray that pulls single sheets in at a time (similar to the Martin Yale). The Count PerfMaster operates at 26,000 sheets per hour, which is more than double the 12,000 sheets per hour of the 3800AP and 3800FC.

While I recommend the Permaster as a great replacement to the Martin Yale 3800AP and 3800FC, we have some nice higher end machines you may want to consider as well:

  • Formax FD 572 (found here) – This is a cut sheet paper cutter and slitter that can be used with a wide range of paper sizes. It can be programmed with up to 100 different custom settings and is available with an optional perforator assembly.
  • Duplo Sheet Cutter V580 Cut Sheet Slitter (found here) – This cutter can create multiple cuts or perforations on a sheet of paper and is extremely popular for people crating cards, business cards, tickets and other material. It can be programmed with custom jobs and is extremely easy to set up and operate.
  • Count Auto Pro Plus I (found here) – This is a high-speed perorating and scoring machine designed for industrial and commercial applications. While it perforates and scores out of the box, it can be equipped with a wide variety of slit blades and perforating blades (18 teeth, 33 teeth and 45 teeth). This machine also comes equipped with a numbering machine.

Hopefully these high-quality alternatives help keep you scoring, perforationg and slitting your projects. If you have questions about any of the above mentioned machines, please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788.

Can A Paper Cutter Be A Perforator?

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Carl Rotary Paper CuttersEvery so often I speak with customers who one way or another end up on or paper perforator index. They often get a little overwhelmed after seeing the high-end industrial paper perforators that we offer. Many of them simply want either a handheld or a basic manual perforator. One place I often tell them to go is our rotary paper cutter index. This is why.

To begin with, many of our rotary paper cutters have the option of using optional cutting attachments. Some of these cutting attachments are perforating wheels. As long as you aren’t expecting high-volume perforating output, many of these paper cutters will get the job done quickly and efficiently.

I have come up with a list of paper cutters that can be used as perforators. Remember, most of these paper cutters only come with a cutting wheel. The perforating wheel usually has to be purchased as an optional accessory.

Paper Cutters That Are Also Perforators

  1. Carl CC-10 Handheld Rotary Trimmer
  2. Carl DC-95 & DC-100 Rotary Trimmers
  3. Carl DC-200 Series Cutters (DC-210, DC-220, DC-238, DC-250)
  4. Carl RT-200 & RT-218 Trimmers
  5. Dahle 360 & 370 Hobby Trimmers
  6. Dahle 507 Personal Paper Trimmer
  7. Tamerica TM-20 Paper Trimmer

These cutters all have a great reputation as long as they are used the way they are intended. Many of these cutters also offer wavy cut, deckle cut and other pattern-cut blades. You can find our entire selection of rotary paper cutters here and paper perforators here.

Lassco-Wizer Score II Paper Perforator & Scorer Review

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Lassco-Wizer Score II Paper Perforator and Scorer (W630 / W635)Finding the right paper perforating machine or scorer can be difficult. This is because there are so many options out there. If you need something for light-volume perforation and scoring, and don’t need a higher-end electric machine, you may want to consider using the Lassco-Wizer Score II paper perforator and scorer (found here). This is my review.

Lassco-Wizer makes a wide variety of office equipment. This includes numbering machines, perforators, corner rounders, paper drills and more. Their perforator line includes both electric (Count Auto Pro Plus) and manual (Score II) perforators.

The Score II manual paper perforator and scorer is available in two versions. These versions are the W630 and the W635. These both pretty much the same machines, but are slightly different sizes. The W630 perforates and scores up to 19 1/2″ long and the W635 up to 25″ long. I have used both and they feel and operate exactly the same.

The first thing you may notice upon seeing these machines is that they look remarkably similar to a rotary paper trimmer. The truth is, they are mechanically very similar. This is because the perforating and scoring wheels sits in a head that slides along a bar. Sound familiar?

The perforator wheel used by the Score II creates 10 perforations per inch. This is enough to easily tear paper, but is not fine enough to be considered a micro-perf. This style of perforation should be good enough for coupons, tickets and promotional material.

The scoring wheel does a nice job of putting a strait, consistent crease down a sheet of paper. The score looks good and is easy to do.

Using this machine is pretty easy. Place your paper on the base, adjust the guide to where you want the perforation or score and roll the wheel along the paper. After one pass the job should be complete. The Scorre II can perforate and score paper from 16lb up to cover stock.

I have had people ask if multiple sheets can be perforated at a time. To be honest, I have heard mixed results. The machine is designed to perforate one sheet at a time, although I have had customers tell me they have been able to get away with multiple sheets. I cannot, however, guarantee that this will work.

A common problem that many customers experience is that the rail has to be flipped for scoring or perforating. Many people use the perf wheel with the scoring rail and vice versa. The score rail has an “S” on it and the perforating rail has a “P” on it. As long as everything is set up correctly, you should be good to go.

One thing I wish the Score II had is an alignment grid. There is no grid printed on the base of this machine. There is a guide, that slides along a ruler in inches.

As long as you realize that this perforator & scorer is manual, you should be plenty happy with it. Most complaints I have received are from people who wish it could perforate paper at a faster rate. Remember, this machine is completely manually operated.

I have used the Score II and really like it. The build quality is nice and replacement perforating wheels are available.

You can find the Lassco-Wizer W630 Score II paper perforator & scorer here and the W635 here. You can find our entire selection of paper perforators here.

Manual & Electric Paper Perforators – How To Choose

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Manual Paper PerforatorPaper perforators are useful machines when it comes to making coupons, tickets, promotional and marketing material. The tiny perforated holes make material very easy to tear. The type of perforator you use will depend entirely on what you are perforating, how many items you need to perforate and your budget. Here are a few tips that may help you choose a perforator.

To begin with, there are two main types of paper perforators. These are manual perforators and electric perforators. Here are a few examples of each:

  1. Lassco-Wizer Score II Paper Perforator (Manual) – This manual perforator uses a rotary-style bar and wheel to perforate paper. Simply place your document on the work surface, position the paper where you need the perforation and run the perforating head across the paper. The result is  a perforated document. A guide makes it easy to position paper for repeat perforating.
  2. Martin Yale 3800AP AutoPerf Perforator (Electric) – This electric perforator uses a series of perforating wheels mounted on a bar to perforate paper. Multiple wheels can be used for multiple perforations. It can use 3, 7, and 10-tooth perforating wheels. Because it is electric, it will automatically pull in one sheet at a time and perforate them. This is fast and efficient.

Manual paper perforators are ideal for low-volume use. This may involve a few dozen to perhaps a few hundred perforations a day. Electric perforators are ideal for medium to high-volume perforating and can create hundreds to thousands of perforations a day.

You can see examples of manual and electric paper perforators here. Keep in mind that your budget will come into play. Manual perforators, by nature, are going to be cheaper. Electric paper perforators will be more of an up-front investment, but can ultimately save a lot of time and money over the long run.

I have personally used both manual and electric paper perforators and find them both be efficient ways to perforate paper. The biggest difference is simply the speed and the effort involved.

You can find our entire selection of paper perforators here. Feel free to call 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our paper perforating specialists.

Martin Yale 3800AP AutoPerf Perforator Review

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Martin Yale 3800AP AutoPerf Perforator and ScorerAre you in need of an automatic paper perforator, slitter and scorer? Before you decide to take the plunge and bye one, you should seriously consider looking at the Martin Yale 3800AP AutoPerf. I have used this machine and this is my review.

To begin with, the Martin Yale 3800AP is one of the most versatile paper perforators I have ever used. Not only does it perforate, but it can also be set up to score and slit paper. This is done by use of several powered wheels and bars. This is ideal for perforating and scoring brochures, checks, coupons, tickets and much more.

The Martin Yale 3800AP initially comes with a 10-tooth perf wheel and two scoring wheels. These wheels slide onto an electrically powered bar that spins, thus powering the perforating and scoring wheels. These wheels can be loosened and tightened to almost any position on the bar, making customized perforations and scoring a breeze.

You can buy additional perforating, scoring and slitting wheels. In fact, the 3800AP can be used with an optional 3 and 7 tooth perforating wheel. Slitting wheels make it very easy to cut paper down to a variety of sizes. You can mount several perforator, scoring and slitting wheels with ease.

So now we have the cutting, slitting and scoring basics down. I have used all three different types of cutting wheels and have to say that setup really is a breeze. This is a huge plus for the Martin Yale 3800AP. Many perforating and scoring machines out there have factory-installed wheels that cannot be removed or added.

The Martin Yale 3800AP AutoPerf can be used with paper as thin as 16lb. bond or as thick as 150lb. card stock. It can handle paper from 3 7/8 to 18-inches wide and 3 ½ to 22-inches long.  This is an excellent range for a perforating machine, which means the 3800AP can be used with most types of paper.

The build quality on the 3800AP is top-notch. It is heavy-duty, designed to be used on daily basis. The motor is rated at a speed of up to 12,000 sheets per minute (8 ½ x 11 paper). It weighs in at 85 pounds, which should give you a good idea just how well built this machine is.

Overall I have to say that I am very impressed with the 3800AP. This particular machine is shipped with emphasis on perforating, but it is available as the 3800FC if you would like to get the version that arrives with slitting wheels instead of perforating wheels.

You can find the Martin Yale 3800AP AutoPerf perforator here. You can find the slitting version 3800FC forms cutter here. You can find our entire selection of perforating machines here.

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