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Top 5 Best Roll Laminators For Schools (25″ to 27″) – Updated

Friday, January 7th, 2011

School Roll LaminatorsDo you need a roll laminator for your school? It’s no secret that the 25-27″ width is the most ideal size for multi-purpose laminating in schools. With so many roll laminators to choose from, which model should you get?

One of the main reasons the 25-27″ length is so ideal is because it can be used to laminate maps, posters and other wide material. It can also be used to laminate several smaller documents at once, including three 8 ½” x 11″ documents at a time.

We have several roll laminators that have been designed from the ground up to be used in a school environments. These laminators have been designed to handle the daily rigors of school use, while still remaining affordable. Without further ado, here is our list.

Top 5 Best Roll Laminators For Schools (25″ to 27″)

  1. Tamerica TCC 2700 27-Inch Thermal Roll Laminator
  2. ARL2700 27 Inch Thermal Roll Laminating Machine
  3. Ledco Educator 25 Inch School Roll Laminating Machine
  4. GBC Pinnacle 27 Inch & 27 Inch EZLoad Roll Laminators
  5. SircleLam SRL-2700-Plus Roll Laminating Machine

I have used most of these laminators myself and can vouch for their reliability. These laminators are used in schools around the United States and have proven themselves time and time again.

You can find our entire selection of roll laminators here. Do you need more advice or have additional questions about roll laminators? Call one of our experts at 1-800-658-8788.

Top 5 Best School Roll Laminators

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Budget School Roll LaminatorsDo you work for a school and are looking for a great all-round roll laminator? You probably need a laminator that can withstand constant / daily use without the need to be constantly serviced. I have come up with a list of the top laminators our customers in the educational field prefer to use. This list focuses on thermal roll laminators.

This list is based on popularity with teachers and track record. These laminators have proven themselves over the past decade to be reliable, easy-to-use and extremely durable. Price is of course a huge factor as well since most schools are strapped for cash. This list focuses on roll laminators. Roll laminators are the most popular laminating format used in schools today.

Top 5 Best School Roll Laminators

  1. Banner American Easy-Lam School Budget Roll Laminator – This laminator isn’t the fastest laminator around, but it is by far the cheapest in its size. Price plus a great brand (Banner American) makes this laminator a school favorite.
  2. Banner American EasyLam and EasyLam II Roll Laminators – The Banner American EasyLam and Easy Lam II have been around for years. These laminators offer a blend of good quality, ease-of-use and price.
  3. GBC Pinnacle 27” EZLoad Roll Laminator – The Pinnacle 27” EZLoad is not only popular for its price, but also for the extremely easy system used for loading new film rolls.
  4. Ledco Educator 25″ Roll Laminator – A laminator designed for teachers, by teachers. That pretty much sums it up. This laminator was designed from the ground up for use in schools.
  5. Banner American MightyLam 2700 Roll Laminator – The name MightyLam pretty much sums it up. This popular school laminator is tough and is designed for the daily rigorous use laminators face in a school environment.

You can find our entire selection of roll laminators here. Do you still have questions about laminators? Feel free to speak with one of our experts at 1-800-658-8788.

GBC HeatSeal Ultima 65 Roll Laminator Review

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

GBC HeatSeal Ultima 65 Roll LaminatorDo you laminate posters, maps and signs that are up to 27-inches wide and need a new or replacement roll laminator? One machine you may be looking at is the GBC HeatSeal Ultima 65 roll laminator (found here). Is this the right laminator for you? This is my review.

To begin with, GBC is a well-known manufacturer of laminators. This includes both pouch and roll laminators. Not only has GBC been making laminators for years, they continue to be one of the most popular brands of laminators to date. GBC products are considered by many to be on par with Fellowes as far as quality is concerned.

The GBC HeatSeal Ultima 65 is a 27″ wide roll laminator designed to be used with Nap-Lam I roll lamination film. This is the most common type of roll laminating film used, which is a big plus for the Ultima 65. You can find our Nap-Lam I film here. It is not uncommon for the Ultima 65 to last for years without any special maintenance.

This laminator is commonly used in schools, copy centers and other organizations that need to laminate posters, maps and signs. It is also commonly used to laminate several smaller items at once. This laminator is sometimes called a school laminator because of its popularity with schools.

While the Ultima 65 can only be used with 1.5 and 3 mil roll film, it is extremely easy to set up and use. It includes several preset temperature settings and speed controls, which results in a nice finished product.

The rollers in the Ultima 65 are also heated, which helps cut down on cold spots and eliminates annoying cloudy spots in film. It takes about 20 minutes for the Ultima 65 to be fully warmed up and ready to be used.

The GBC Ultima 65 has a motor that runs at a speed of 10 feet per minute. This is a decent speed for a laminator of this size and should get most jobs done quickly. A built-in reverse switch is especially nice for preventing or clearing out jams. An auto shutoff feature turns the laminator off automatically when not in use.

Overall I consider the GBC Ultima 65 to be a good laminator. It isn’t ideal for high-volume jobs, but should hold out and work well for use in schools. I would rate this as a medium-volume laminator.

I think the biggest downside is that it cannot be used with laminating film thicker than 3 mils (three thousandths of an inch). This isn’t an issue for most schools.

You can find the GBC HeatSeal Ultima 65 roll laminator here. You can find our entire selection of roll laminating machines here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with laminator questions.

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