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Martin Yale SP100 Score and Perf Machine Review

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Martin Yale SP100 Scoring & Perforating MachineAre you the kind of person that likes to make creative cards, produce tickets or are in the business of creating literature? One highly valuable tool is a paper perforator or a paper scorer. Paper scorers are great for creasing card stock and paper perforators can be used for creating tickets, coupons and much more. The Martin Yale SP100 score and perf machine (found here) makes scoring and perforating easy. This is my review.

Martin Yale currently manufactures a wide selection of paper cutters, folding machines, business card slitters and more. Their lines of paper handling equipment have a great reputation.

While there are a lot of manual scoring machines and perforating machines out there, they are limited by the speed of the user. One great way to speed things up is by using an electric perforator and scorer like the Martin Yale SP100. The SP100 hits a nice price point. It is electric, so it’s fast, but it won’t cost you several thousand dollars like many higher-end machines.

Using the SP100 is easy. It contains one 14-tooth perforating wheel and one scoring wheel. Both of these wheels are fully adjustable. Simply use the included wrench to loosen the wheels and adjust them where the cuts need to be made. If you only need to perforate, move the scoring wheel out of the way or vice versa. Both the perf wheel and scoring wheel can be used simultaneously.

While this particular machine can’t make multiple perforations or scores in a single pass, paper can be re-fed for multiple perforations or scores. It’s that easy.

The feed tray on the SP100 can be adjusted to accommodate paper ranging from 3 ½” up to 12″ wide and it can handle paper ranging from 20 lb. to 100 lb. cover. This is very impressive, especially considering how affordable the SP100 is.

I have used this machine myself and have to say that while it is pretty simple in construction, the end results are very professional.

This is a video demonstration of me using the Martin Yale SP100.

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The build quality on the SP100 is very nice. It features great metal components and seems to hold up well. The machine itself measures in at 8″ x 15″ x 6″ and weighs 23 pounds.

My only problem with this machine is that the friction wheel that pulls the paper in has to be properly adjusted to accommodate the paper being used. Initially I had a few problems getting it set up, but once I figured out how it worked, setting it up became a fairly fast process.

If you need an affordable electric / semi-automatic scoring and perforating machine, the Martin Yale SP100 may fit the bill. It is an affordable alternative and is great for low to medium-volume use.

You can find the Martin Yale SP100 score and perf machine here and our entire selection of perforating machines here and scoring machines here.

MODEL: SP100
UPC Code: 0-11991-00100-6

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.

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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