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How To Use A Comb Binding Machine / Comb Binder

Learn how to set up, use and operate a comb binding machine!

How To Use A Comb Binding Machine

Comb Binding Machines Comb binding is a simple, inexpensive and effective method of book binding. Comb binding machines require little setup and can be used by almost anyone.

Comb binding supplies are made from plastic. They usually consist of 19 total loops that attach to the 11-inch side of paper. The supplies are available in a wide selection of colors and diameters. Those who are binding books smaller than 11-inches can easily cut off excess length with a pair of scissors.

Comb binding machines are commonly found in schools, businesses and churches. A huge advantage comb binding has over many other binding formats are the ability to be re-opened for adding or removing pages. The binding elements can also be removed and re-used for other projects.

Different Types Of Comb Binders

Comb binding machines are available with different features and settings, depending on the project and needs of the operator. One of the biggest differences between comb binding machines is the punching mechanism. Some machines come with a manual punch, enabled by pulling a handle, and others have an electric punch.

It is the common belief that electric binding machines can punch paper faster than a manual machine. In reality, a manual machine can punch paper just as fast as an electric machine, but not on a consistent basis. This is because, after binding a dozen or so books, the operator tends to become tired. If you will be punching and binding a large selection of books, say a couple dozen plus per day, it may be a good idea to get a machine with an electric punch.

A few other options to keep in mind are the ability to disengage punching dies and adjust the margin depth. Have you ever punched a sheet of paper only to end up with half a hole on the edge of the paper? A disengaging machine, with selectable dies, will allow you to completely disable that punch and prevent half-holes later down the road. This is also a nice feature to have if you are punching odd-sized paper.

The adjustable margin depth allows the operator to adjust how deep into the paper the holes are punched. This is nice if you will be binding books and reports of varying thicknesses. The thicker the book, the farther it is recommended to punch into the paper. This helps to prevent sheets from accidentally tearing out.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1. Make adjustments to the comb binding machine, such as adjusting the margin depth, comb opener size and disengaging punching dies.

2. Gather together all the documents that will be punched. This includes the paper, front cover and back cover.

3. Grab some sheets of paper to be punched. Insert about 80% of the maximum amount the machine is capable of punching. Pull the handle and punch the paper.

4. Once all the sheets have been punched, align the holes. This will make it easier to insert the comb.

5. Place the comb on the machine’s comb opener and open it.

6. Insert the opened combs spines through the holes in the paper.

7. Release the comb opener and close the comb.

8. Now you are done and ready to move on to the next book!

Comb Binding Supplies

We offer a great selection of comb binding supplies, from combs to binding covers. Here is a list of our great comb binding supplies:

You can find binding covers here.
You can find comb binding supplies here.