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SircleBind CB-60 Comb Binding Machine Review

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

SircleBind CB-60 Comb Binding MachineIf you like to bind books as a hobby, run a home business or have small-volume book binding needs, you probably don’t need a binding machine that costs thousands of dollars. You probably need something pretty basic, yet professional. As part of my under $100 binding machine reviews, I would like to introduce you to the Sircle CB-60 comb binding machine (found here). This is my review.

SircleBind (aka Sircle) has been around for a few years now, which is long enough to have developed a reputation for offering “budget” binding machines. Their machines provide a nice blend between affordability and functionality.

The SircleBind CB-60 comb binding machine is one of the most affordable comb binding machines we offer. As of this article, you can pick one up for about $57. For that price, you can’t expect high-volume binding capacities, but it certainly has its place.

To begin with, this machine is extremely compact. It only weighs 5 pounds shipped. It is also very easy to pick up and move around. The handle itself can be folded down and locked into place. If you need a portable book binding machine, this may be just what you need.

The CB-60 can punch through about 6 sheets of paper at a time, however, I would recommend scaling that back to 4-5 sheets. This machine utilizes a lot of plastic parts and I think scaling back the punching amount will extend the life of this machine. It can be used to punch card stock, clear covers and other binding covers, but I would recommend punching one at a time. Don’t force this machine to punch paper. If it feels like you are straining too much, back off. You don’t want to break it.

The binding capacity on this machine is somewhat limited, maxing out at a ½” thick (12mm diameter). That equals out to be about 95 sheets of paper. This means you won’t be able to use the CB-60 to bind thicker books, but it is good for binding booklets, presentations and other reports.

While you can use the CB-60 to bind custom-size books, I would recommend staying with 8 ½” x 11″ paper. It doesn’t have disengageable punching pins, so you could potentially end up with a half-punched hole if you are binding material smaller than letter-size paper.

Having used this little machine myself, I have to say that I highly recommend that it not be used for anything more than light-volume book binding. I have used many binding machines (dozens upon dozens) and I have to say that I have never before seen a comb binding machine that used plastic fingers for opening combs.

The construction is plastic. The shell is plastic, the comb opener is plastic and the catch tray is plastic. If you use this machine for more than light volume use, you will probably be disappointed.

If you are using this for just the occasional book or report, I think you’ll like its compact nature, sleek design and great price point.

Here are a few affordable comb binding alternatives:

You can find the SircleBind CB-60 comb binding machine here and our entire selection of comb binding machines here.

Best Book Binding Machine Brands

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Best Binding Machine BrandsIf you’re looking for a book binding machine, you probably want to get one from a manufacturer that has a good reputation. While there is a lot of information out there on the best cars, Blu-ray players and laptops, there is little information regarding the best book binding machines. I have been using, selling and working with binding machines for over a decade. I have compiled a list of the best binding machine brands.

As previously mentioned, I have a lot of experience with book binding machines. This includes comb, wire, coil and many other formats. I have to admit that while I have used some absolute amazing binding machines, I have used a lot of lemons as well. I will explain why these binding machines brands are the best and why you may want to consider using them.

Best Book Binding Machine Brands

  1. Akiles Binding Machines – Akiles is probably one of the best and most reputable manufacturers of binding machines. They manufacture the WireMac, CoilMac and MegaBind book binding machines along with several other models. Akiles machines are known for their durable “metal” construction and ability to hold up after years of rigorous use.
  2. Intelli-Bind Binding Machines – Intelli-Bind, from Intelli-Zone, has been around for about a year and has developed a reputation for offering extremely affordable machines with many high-end features. Most of Intelli-Bind’s coil binding machines feature electric coil inserters. Other binding formats (coil, comb & wire) often feature disengageable punching pins and much more. These machines have a great track record with customers.
  3. Renz Binding Machines – Renz book binding machines feature elegant designs and the ability to handle higher-volume binding operations. They are probably best known for their high quality wire binding machines. Many publishers, copy centers and organizations like to use their machines for commercial wire binding operations.
  4. Tamerica Binding Machines – Tamerica (sometimes called Tahsin) offers a great line of comb, wire and coil binding machines. These machines are affordable and generally fall in the range of low to medium-volume book binding.
  5. SircleBind Binding Machines – SircleBind offers a great selection of comb, wire and coil binding machines. Having used these machines myself, I have to say that make a good low to medium-volume machine. The only thing I don’t like about their machines is there is a lot of plastic involved in the manufacturing process. That said, they have a good reputation with our customers.
  6. GBC Binding Machines – GBC offers a wide range of book binding machines, from coil to VeloBind. I have to say that it is hit and miss with GBC. I really like their VeloBind line of machines and really like their GBC C800 Pro comb binding machine, which is a modification of a very popular Ibico binding machine.

I hope this list helps you find a good machine. You can find our entire line of book binding machines here.

If you have questions, or simply need more information, feel free to speak with one of our binding machine specialists by calling 1-800-658-8788.

SircleBind CB-210 Plastic Comb Binding Machine Review

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

SircleBind CB-210 Plastic Comb Binding MachinePlastic comb binding machines are affordable, make it easy to bind your own books and produce solid results. With literally dozens of models to choose from, you may be wondering where to start. One comb binding machine you may want to consider is the SircleBind CB-210 plastic comb binding machine (found here). This is my review.

Sircle, the manufactures of SircleBind, have been making binding machines for a few years now. Their machines have been thoroughly tested and seem to be a great value for the dollar spent. SircleBind machines are available in comb and wire formats.

The CB-210 comb binder is a nice looking machine. It features a white shell that blends in nicely with existing office furniture. On a table, it fits right in with copy machines, printers and other office equipment. Looks aren’t everything. How does this machine perform?

To begin with, the SircleBind CB-210 can manually punch up to 18 sheets of standard 20# paper at a time. This is pretty impressive for a binding machine in this price range. It can also be used to punch report covers, clear covers and card stock. Be aware that you will have to scale back the amount of sheets you punch when handling thicker paper.

The CB-210 has a maximum binding capacity of about 2″ of paper or 500 sheets of 20# paper. This means you can bind a book that is just a few pages thick or several hundred pages thick with this comb binder. Again, this is impressive.

Once pages have been punched, you will need to open a comb on the comb opener. The CB-210’s comb opener is located on the top of the machine. Comb is opened by using the same handle used to punch paper. Once the comb is opened, you can easily add your punched pages and close the comb.

While the SircleBind CB-210 is primarily designed for punching and binding books about 11″ long, it can be used to punch and bind smaller books. This is possible thanks to the built-in disengageable punching pins. Simply pull out the pin and disable the hole you don’t want punched. This is great for custom book binding and for eliminating half-punched holes.

Another nice benefit you will find in the CB-210 is the adjustable margin depth. This adjustment allows you to determine how far into the paper you want to punch the holes. This is ideal for binding extremely thin and extremely thick books.

Alternative Binding Machines

While the CB-210 isn’t quite up to par with some of the larger Akiles machines, it is a great binding machine for home or small office use. It can easily keep up with binding projects equaling a few to a few dozen books a day. I give this binding machine 4 out of 5 stars.

You can find the SircleBind CB-210 plastic comb binding machine here and our entire selection of SircleBind binding machines here.

Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our binding machine specialists with any questions you may have.

SircleBind CW-150e Comb & Wire Binding Machine Review

Friday, September 10th, 2010

SircleBind CW-150e Comb and Wire Binding MachineAre you in the market for an affordable electric binding machine that can handle both comb and wire? The SircleBind CW-150e comb and wire binding machine (found here) may be the machine you need. We have one of these on our showroom and I have had a chance to use it. This is my review.

To begin with, Sircle is a well-known and reputable manufacturer. They make a wide variety of comb, wire and coil binding machines. They also have a line of laminators.

The Sircle CW-150e is an electric punch binding machine. It is able to punch hole patterns for 19-ring comb and 3:1 pitch wire. The electric punch is able to handle up to 15 sheets of 20# paper at a time. For the price, this isn’t half bad. Both the comb opener and the wire closer are manually operated.

I personally really like the multi-format capabilities of this machine. Comb binding is great for durability and the supplies are inexpensive. Wire looks very professional and is idea for proposals. This versatility is pretty nice.

The machine itself doesn’t weigh too much. It’s about 32 pounds. While still hefty, it is light enough to be used on most table sand desks. I haven’t personally cracked it open to see what’s inside, but it feels durable and the build quality seems to be right in line with the price and capabilities.

Punching on the CW-150 is done vertically, instead of horizontally. I personally like this feature because gravity naturally keeps the paper in line. It also has an adjustable margin depth for comb binding.

You can bind a book of about 100 sheets in about 1-2 minutes. The operating speed ultimately depends on the operator, but the electric motor really makes things move along smoothly. You can use the CW-150e to punch card stock and clear covers as well.

This type of a comb binding machine is great for schools, churches, copy centers and business that require the versatility of a multi-format binding machine.

Overall I enjoyed using this binding machine. It isn’t going to win any awards on looks, but for the price it is a steal for an electric comb and wire binding machine. It is great for low to medium-volume use.

You can find the SircleBind CW-150e comb and wire binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of binding machines here.

SircleBind CB-150e Electric Comb Binding Machine Review

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

SircleBind CB-150e Electric Comb Binding Machine w/ Three- Hole PunchAre you looking for an electric dual-functioning binding machine capable of binding comb and three-hole punching paper? One binding machine you may want to look at before making a purchase is the SircleBind CB-150e electric comb binding machine (found here). This is my review.

Sircle makes some of the most unique book binding machines around. This includes comb, wire and coil. The designs used by SircleBind are unique and the multi-function designs of many of their binding machines are pretty nice.

The SircleBind CB-150e is both an electric comb binding machine and a three hole punch. This is a combination you rarely find in a binding machine. In fact, the last comb binding machine I can even remember that featured a three-hole punch was an Ibico binding machine that has long since been discontinued.

The electric portion of this machine is the punching mechanism. The comb opener is still manually operated. The electric punch on this machine is capable of punching through up to 15 sheets of paper at a time. This is done by pushing a button.

One feature I love about SircleBind machines is the vertical load punch. This feature can be found in the CB-150e. Most binding machines punch paper horizontally. Because the CB-150e punches paper vertically, edges are easily squared up and punching goes a little faster. The margin depth can be adjusted to two different positions.

The CB-150e is designed to be used with letter-size paper, although it can be used smaller sheets of paper. It is able to bind paper up to two-inches thick. This is pretty nice for binding reports.

The low-profile design of the SircleBind CB-150e allows it to sit on a shelf or be placed in a cupboard. It weighs in at 39 pounds shipped, which means it can be used on most tables and desks.

While not designed for high-volume binding, the SircleBind CB-150e can easily keep up with light to medium-volume binding and can be used on a daily basis without any issues. This binding machine is found in schools, copy centers and other businesses.

Overall I really like the modern design of the CB-150e and really enjoy the hassle free option of the electric punch. The three-hole punch is just an added bonus and eliminates the need for a separate machine.

You can find the SircleBind CB-150e electric comb binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of electric comb binding machines here.

SircleBind CW-4500 Electric Comb and Wire Binding Machine Review

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

SircleBind CW-4500 Electric Comb and Wire Binding MachineAre you looking for a combination comb and wire binding machine, but aren’t sure which model to go with? One model you may want to consider is the SircleBind CW-4500 electric comb and wire binding machine (found here). This is my review.

The SircleBind line of binding machines, made by Sircle, has only been around for a few years, but they have sent ripples through the binding industry. This is because Sircle binding machines are some of the most affordable today. Not only that, they aren’t half bad looking machines either.

The SircleBind CW-4500 features an electric punch and a manual comb opener and wire closer. The fact that the CW-4500 can bind both comb and wire is pretty cool. I love both formats. This way you don’t have to buy two separate machines.

The machine itself weighs in at 45 pounds, which is pretty hefty. It is, however, still light enough to be used on most desks, work benches and counters. Overall the build quality seems to be pretty nice. It does have a plastic case, but the internal components are metal.

The electric punch on the CW-4500 can punch up to 25 sheets of paper using a 19-ring comb punch and up to 20 sheets of wire in a 3:1 pitch (three holes per inch). Because the CW-4500 has a wire closer and a comb punch, it can also be used to bind books using 19-ring wire, sometimes called wire comb or Spiral-O. The electric punch is very useful and really speeds up the punching process.

Paper punching on the CW-4500 is done vertically, where most binding machines punch paper horizontally. I really like the vertical style punch. This means the edges are almost always squared up and properly aligned, thanks to gravity.

The SircleBind CW-4500 is primarily designed to punch and bind books that are letter size. The CW-4500 includes an adjustable margin depth, which is ideal for binding books of varying thicknesses.

While the CW-4500 isn’t designed for high-volume use, it can be used for low to medium-volume use without any issues. It is great for use in an office or copy shop and the design is easy on the eyes.

I highly recommend the SircleBind CW-4500. The price is right and it is a well-rounded machine.

You can find the SircleBInd CW-4500 electric comb and wire binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of comb, wire and combination binding machines here.

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