Posts Tagged ‘Wire Binding Machines’

SircleBind WR-200 Wire Binding Machine Review

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

SircleBind WR-200 Wire Binding MachineWire binding looks great. It’s easy to do, can be used to bind a variety of documents and can be done by just about anyone. So what machine should you use? You may want to consider the SircleBind WR-200 wire binding machine (found here). Here are a few reasons why.

To begin with, Sircle’s line of SircleBind binding machines are some of the most affordable available online. They are packed with rich features typically found in more expensive machines. The SircleBind WR-200 is no exception.

The SircleBind WR-200 is a multi-pitch wire binding machine. This means it can punch paper with a 2:1 pitch (two holes per inch) or a 3:1 pitch (three holes per inch) hole pattern. This is because it has two separate punching dies. This is especially nice for those of you who have a tough time settling on one “look.”

Not only does the SircleBind WR-200 punch paper with two separate dies, but it also includes a wire closer. This means you can use the WR-200 from start to finish to complete the wire binding process.

The WR-200 features a sleek design. It looks really nice. The handle can fold down, making it a fairly compact machine. It is heavy enough to be rugged, but light enough that you can use it on pretty much any desk or table. It weighs in at 38 pounds. That’s about as much as a bag of water softener salt pellets (just loaded some up in my car during lunch today).

Two of my favorite features are the handle and the vertical load paper punch. I really like the handle because it can be accessed from the left or right side of the machine thanks to the “U” design. It is really easy to use and doesn’t discriminate against the lefties.

The WR-200 is able to punch up to 20 sheets of standard 20# paper. It can also be used to punch card stock, clear covers and more. These is a pretty good amount of paper for a manually operated wire binder.

The vertical load punch is nice because gravity keeps the paper aligned during the punching process. This means that the edge of the paper and the holes should all be squared up. This makes bound books like nicer and more professional.

Overall I am impressed with this little machine. It certainly isn’t designed for high-volume use, but it will be fine for light to medium-volume use.

You can find the SircleBind WR-200 wire binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of wire binding machines here.

Are Custom Size Wire Binding Supplies Available?

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Custom Wire Binding SuppliesSo you want to bind a custom-size book using wire, but can’t seem to track down wire available in the right length. The only double loop wire that seems to be available is 11-inches long. Are there any custom wire options? Here are a few ideas you may want to consider.

I completely understand the need and the desire to wire bind books in custom sizes. Not everyone wants to use, read or bind books that are 11-inches long. You may want to bind a photo album that is only 6-inches long, or perhaps a cookbook that is only 8-inches long. So what are your options with wire?

Unfortunately double loop wire is not sold in custom lengths, but don’t worry. Our customers are very creative and have come up with easy ways to bind custom books using standard 11-inch wire.

What’s the magic tool they use? They use a pair of wire snips. Really. It’s that simple. Wire binding supplies are made from a very thing gauge of wire, which is simple to snip shorter to the length you need.

Customers tell me they will put the 11-inch wire in the punched holes and then slip the excess wire prior to closing. You can’t tell the wire is snipped and it still looks professional.

This method of custom wire binding can be applied to 2:1, 3:1 and 19-ring Spiral-O wire. Custom-length binding supplies usually cost more than the standard 11-inch supplies anyway.

You can find our wire binding supplies here. You can find our wire binding machines here.

Still have questions about custom wire binding? Give us a call and speak with one of our binding experts at 1-800-658-8788. You can also post your questions in a comment.

Can Comb Binding Machines Use 19 Ring Spiral-O Wire?

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Wire Binding Machines & SuppliesI had a customer ask me yesterday if a comb binding machine can be used to bind books using double loop wire. The answer to this question is yes and no. Here is the answer I gave the customer.

Comb binding machines use a 19-hole punching pattern to bind books on an 8 ½  x 11-inch sheet of paper. Double loop wire is available in a 19-hole pattern called Spiral-O or wire comb binding. The Spiral-O hole pattern (19-ring) is exactly the same as a comb binding pattern (19-ring).

The biggest problem you will have using a comb binding machine to do wire binding is closing the wire. Comb binding machines do not have built-in wire closers. You can, however, purchase separate wire closers.

This is exactly what you will need to do wire binding on your comb binding machine:

The most common double loop wire binding hole patterns are 2:1 (two holes per inch) and 3:1 (three holes per inch) pitches. Nineteen-ring wire (Spiral-O) is closest in look to 2:1 pitch wire.

Some multi-format binding machines are capable of binding both comb and wire right out of the box. You can find our entire selection of combination binding machines here.

Still confused? Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our binding machine specialists. They should be able to help you get exactly what you need for both comb and wire binding.

Akiles WireMac-E Wire Binding Machine Review

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Akiles WireMac-E Electric Wire Binding MachineAre you in need of a solid electric wire binding machine for your book binding needs? One model you may want to consider is the Akiles WireMac-E wire binding machine (found here). I have had a chance to use this machine and this is my review.

Here at ABC Office we have a stocked showroom, so I am able to play around with much of the equipment we sell. We have a lot of binding machines from Akiles in stock and I have had a chance to use most of them. I have bound books using the WireMac-E. The first word that comes to mind when describing the WireMac-E is “solid.”

The build quality on the Akiles WireMac-E is exceptional. This is the case with most Akiles machines. The machine is made from cast iron with metal components. It weighs about 70 pounds, which gives you a pretty good idea on the build.

You can get the WireMac-E in either a 2:1 or 3:1 pitch. The pitch determines the hole pattern that is punched. A 2:1 pitch has two holes per inch where a 3:1 has three holes per inch.

Because the holes on a 2:1 are spaced farther apart, it can be used to bind thicker books than a 3:1. The look is a little different between the two. Ultimately the hole pattern you choose will depend entirely on the thickness of the book and the look you want.

Punching paper on the WireMac-E is very easy. It is food pedal operated, which frees up both hands for holding the paper. I really like hands-free operation on a binding machine. Both the 2:1 and 3:1 versions of the WireMac-E are capable of punching up to 20 sheets of paper at a time. Wire is still inserted manually and the wire closing is completed by pulling a lever.

Some people may find the positioning of the wire closing a little awkward, since it is on the left side of the machine, but that shouldn’t be a problem. I am right handed and closing wire with my left hand didn’t seem like a problem. I’m not entirely sure why they laid it out that way.

A dial on the right side of the machine is used to adjust how far the wire closer will close the wire. It seems to be dead on accurate. If you are using ¼-inch wire, you adjust the wire closer to ¼-inch and you’re ready to go. A good wire closer is critical in wire binding. If the wire isn’t closed enough, pages will fall out, and if it is closed to much, it looks odd and pages will bind up.

I’m only covering a few of the features found in this machine. It really is jam packed. My overall impression on the WireMac-E is very high. I consider it to be a high quality machine capable of daily continuous book binding.

You can find the Akiles WireMac-E wire binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of electric punch wire binding machines here.

SircleBind CW-350 Comb & Wire Binding Machine Review

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

SircleBind CW-350 Comb and Wire Binding MachineAre you looking for a well rounded binding machine capable of binding in both comb and wire? If this is the case, you have probably found several different options. One machine you may want to look at is the SircleBind CW-350 comb and wire binding machine (found here). This is my review.

Sircle brand binding machines are some of the most affordable binding machines out there. Sircle machines often include many high-end features found in more expensive machines. The SircleBind CW-350 is an example of this.

To begin with, the SircleBind CW-350 has selectable punching pins. This means you can disengage pins that you don’t want to punch. Why is this nice? Because you can punch odd-sized paper without annoying half-punched holes at the edges of paper. This is a feature that I look for in binding machines.

The SircleBind CW-350 also has the ability to punch holes for either 3:1 pitch wire (three holes per inch) and 19-ring comb. Because the CW-350 has a comb opener and a wire closer, you can also use the CW-350 with 19-ring wire, sometimes called wire comb.

Having multi-format binding capabilities makes this machine great for people who can’t settle on wire or comb. The CW-350 gets away with multi-bind functionality without sacrificing quality or functionality. Everything is combined into one compact machine.

The design of the CW-350 isn’t bad either. It features a contemporary design that fits in well with most office environments. The handle and paper support plate can be folded down for convenient storage.

Another nice feature of the SircleBind CW-350 is the “U” shaped handle. This is nice because you can punch paper, close wire and open combs from a variety of positions. This design is especially nice for those of you who are left-handed and are tired of right-handed only binding machines.

Overall I am impressed with this machine. While I don’t consider it to be up to the level of an Akiles machine, you really can’t complain too much about the price. This is a great machine for low to medium volume binding.

You can find the SircleBind CW-350 comb and wire binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of combination binding machines here.

Akiles OffiWire Wire Binding Machine Review

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Akiles OffiWire Wire Binding MachineWire binding looks great. It can be used for binding reports, booklets and much more. So which machine should you get? One model you may want to consider buying is the Akiles OffiWire (found here). I have used this machine and this is my review.

To begin with, the OffiWire is made by Akiles. I make this point because Akiles is known as being one of the best binding machine manufacturers around. They have passed up GBC and many other manufacturers in quality and durability. Akiles machines are made from durable metal components.

The OffiWire is a wire binding machine. Wire binding is sometimes referred to as twin loop or double loop wire. I have even heard some people refer to wire binding as wire comb.

The OffiWire is available in two different pitches (hole patterns). This includes both 2:1 and 3:1 pitch. A 2:1 pitch hole pattern has two holes per inch of paper and a 3:1 pitch hole pattern is three holes per inch.

Both hole punch patterns look similar but are still very distinct. A 2:1 pitch pattern has the holes spaced farther apart, allowing the 2:1 pitch to bind a thicker book. The 3:1 pitch pattern has the holes closer together, creating a “tighter” look. I find more people go with the 2:1 pitch due to the added binding capacity.

The Akiles OffiWire is a very simple, yet well-built machine. It isn’t designed for high-volume binding. It’s best used at home or in the office for binding the occasional booklet or report. I wouldn’t use the OffiWire for binding any more than a few dozen books a day maximum.

The OffiWire weighs in at 23 pounds, which is fairly hefty for the size, but it can still be easily moved around from one room to another. It is best used on a desk, table or counter.

Punching paper with the OffiWire is very easy to do. The “U” shaped handle is easy to pull and is equally easy to use between right-handed and left-handed people. There is a side margin control adjustment to help get the holes properly aligned. The OffiWire can punch up to 10 sheets of standard paper at a time. It even includes a wire selector tool.

One thing I wish the OffiWire had was selectable (disengageable) punching dies. While not an absolute necessity, I do like to have the ability to choose which holes will punch. In this price range, however, selectable dies are not very common.

One of my favorite features of the OffiWire is the closer. It has one of the toughest, heaviest-duty wire closers I have seen in some time. It is very reminiscent of the old EB-32 wire binder from the late 90s. The wire closer is designed to close evenly and effortlessly.

I have to say that if you have low to medium-volume wire binding needs, the OffiWire may be a good fit for you. It is very affordable and should last you for years without a problem. You can find the Akiles OffiWire wire binding machine here. You can find our entire selection of wire binding machines here.

How To Make Your Own Calendar Using Wire Binding

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Calendar Wire HangersDid you know that it is possible for you to make your own calendars? This may be for personal use or for resale. Either way, it is easy to do and we carry everything you need to make this happen. Here is how you make your own personalized calendars.

Here are some of the items you may need and where you can find them on our site:

Step 1 – The first thing you will want to do is print out your calendar. This can be done by using a variety of calendar creation programs. Many templates can be found online. It can even be done using Microsoft Word if you want to go with something fairly simple. Printing out your own calendar allows you to add your own photographs, pictures and art.

Step 2 – The next thing you will need is a wire binding machine. These are sometimes referred to as twin loop or double loop wire binders. These machines will make it possible to wire punch holes in paper.

Renz TC 20 Thumb Cut PunchStep 3 – Now you will need to use a thumb cut calendar punch. We carry the Renz TC 20 thumb cut punch. The thumb cut punch will cut a special notch it the paper that will provide space for the calendar hanger. The notch looks like a half-circle (semi circle). Once you have punched all your paper, organize it so that all the holes are aligned. Be sure the last page of the calendar is on top of the stack.

Step 4 – Now you will need to take a pair of basic wire snips (found at any hardware store) and clip your wire binding element in half. This will allow you to put each of the two wire element halves on each side of the wire hanger.

Step 5 – Insert the wire binding elements into the punched holes. Make sure the wire hanger is aligned with the half-circle thumb cut. Now close the wire shut. Turn the last page of the calendar (currently on top) to the back. This will hide the wire binding seam.

Step 6 – Clip off any excess wire.

Wire Binding MachineYou now have a calendar! Congratulations. You’re now ready to make more.

Please note: If you want to create a smaller calendar, all you have to do is use a pair of wire snips and cut the wire and calendar hanger down to size. It is recommended to use a wire binding machine with a selectable punching die if binding a smaller calendar as this will eliminate annoying half-punched holes.

Still have some questions? Call us at 1-800-658-8788 or post your question in a comment. We are more than happy to help you make your first calendar.

Akiles WireMac Wire Binding Machine Review

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Akiles WireMac Duo Wire Binding MachinesThe Akiles WireMac series of wire binding machines have been around for some time now. The overall customer response to this line of wire binding machines has been remarkably positive, and there is a good reason for this. The Akiles WireMac (found here) may very well be one of the best-built lines of wire binding machines every manufactured.

I have personally used all of the WireMac wire binding machines and have to say the overall build quality is remarkable. These machines feel as if they were cast out of a single piece of iron. They are heavy, but solid as a rock.

There is nothing more annoying than ending up with a stuck pin while trying to punch paper. While I personally recommend scaling back the punching capacity of a binding machine by about 20% from what the manufacturer recommends, I can safely say that the maximum punching capacity given by Akiles is in fact the real punching capacity. I have yet to experience a stuck pin.

These are the four WireMac wire-binding machines that we offer and what I think about them:

  • Original WireMac (2:1 & 3:1 pitch) – The original WireMac is a manually operated machine. This means that the punching and wire closing are done manually. This machine has selectable punching dies, an adjustable margin depth and an adjustable wire closer. Overall, this may be one of my favorite manual wire binding machines of all time.
  • Akiles WireMac Duo – This wire-binding machine brings you the best of both worlds. It includes both a 2:1 pitch and 3:1 pitch punch. This means you don’t have to settle on any one-hole format. It’s basically two machines in one, which is pretty cool.
  • Akiles WireMac Combo – So you have comb and wire binding needs but don’t want to fork out the money for two different machines? The WireMac combo has a comb punch and opener and a wire punch and closer. This machine is available in a 2:1 pitch and a 3:1 pitch version. The build quality is equal to the basic WireMac and it is just as easy to use.
  • Akiles WireMac-E – This machine is basically the original WireMac but with an electric punch. The electric punch makes punching paper faster and is ideal for consistent daily punching and binding. Some binding machines sacrifice quality when an electric motor is included. The WireMac-E uses a motor that is equivalent to the overall build quality of Akiles. It is nice.

I know I am gushing over these wire-binding machines, but in all honesty, I really like using them. Best of all, I don’t have to worry about any potential customer service or repair issues with these machines. They do what they’re supposed to and work as promised. You will find our entire selection of Akiles binding machines here.

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