Archive for September, 2009


Product Spotlight: The Akiles CombMac 24E Comb Binding Machine

Posted by: Morgan on September 30th, 2009

The Akiles CombMac 24E Comb Binding Machine is a fully loaded machine that includes everything you need to bind a professional looking document except the plastic binding combs and paper. This machine is easy to set up and can be used by almost anyone. The CombMac 24E is one of the few binding machines with a comb opener that may be mounted on the right or left side of the chassis for both right-handed and left-handed users.

Akiles CombMac 24E Comb Binding Machine

The Akiles CombMac-24E binding machine punches through an impressive 25 sheets of paper at a time. This industrial-strength binder comes complete with a convenient punch foot pedal. That means you can free up both of your hands and complete your binding tasks in less time.

The machine features handy, disengaging dies for precision binding — no more half-punched holes at the end of your documents. You can also bind paper up to 14 inches in length. The margin depth and side margin control let you bind a wide range of booklets of varying thicknesses. Even though the CombMac-24E is a heavy-duty machine, it’s still compact enough to sit on a countertop.

This feature-rich CombMac 24E works well in almost any environment including business offices, schools, home offices, church offices, government, and more. Be sure to take a closer look at the Akiles CombMac 24E Comb Binding Machine today.


Who Makes The Best Paper Shredder?

Posted by: Morgan on September 29th, 2009

Quite often, we hear questions like this one from our customers. They want to know what paper shredder is best for their office. And, there are several models that would be the correct answer to the question. We represent a wide array reputable shredder brands.

What makes Office Zone qualified to answer this question, you say? Well, Office Zone is a reputable company that has sold shredders since 1996. We have full-time service technicians and an extensive service department. We can service most paper shredders and solve most common paper shredder issues. Over the years, you learn first-hand the shredders that are well-constructed vs. the ones that are not.

So, who makes the best paper shredder? We have a list of seven brands that meet our criteria for a quality shredder. These requirements include a substantial manufacturer’s warranty, quality construction, long-lasting moving parts, a history of low product returns and a high degree of customer satisfaction.

From our experience, in no particular order, the following paper shredder manufacturers make some of the best machines on the market today:

  1. Dahle
  2. Destroyit
  3. HSM
  4. Fellowes
  5. Formax
  6. Intimus
  7. Kobra


Customer Question: Is The Tahsin 213-PB Plus 3 Bind Machine A Good Choice For Binding My Catalogs?

Posted by: Morgan on September 28th, 2009


I would like to bind catalogs for my nature photography business. Currently, these catalogs are only seven pages thick and each page is printed on 10 mil photo paper. However, I plan to add more pages as my inventory of images grows. On your web site I found the Tahsin 213-PB Plus 3 manual punch and bind machine and was wondering if this would be a good choice for binding my catalogs. I need to bind 1-5 catalogs per week until 30 catalogs are made for an upcoming show. Based on your knowledge of this machine and your recommendation of it, would this be a wise investment of my time and money? Any info or experience with this machine that you would share with me is greatly appreciated and will help me with my purchase decision.


The Tahsin 213-PB Plus 3 Manual Punch And Bind Machine should handle your job. It is factory rated to punch 20 sheets of 20 lb. bond paper at a time. This machine is also tough enough to punch through photo paper. We recommend, however, that you back things down a bit to extend the life of your machine. That means it would be a good idea to punch slightly fewer sheets of paper than the factory rating. The Tahsin 213-PB Plus 3 binding machine does a terrific job of punching and binding plastic comb documents. It’s a simple binding machine to use. This model will also punch paper for double-loop wire. It’s almost like getting two binding machines in one! Be sure to take a closer look at the Tahsin 213-PB Plus 3 Manual Punch And Bind Machine today.


New Product Spotlight: Tissue and Glove Box Dispensers

Posted by: Morgan on September 25th, 2009

If you work in a medical clinic, doctors office, or you are simply looking for an attractive tissue box cover for your office, take a look at Office Zone’s new tissue and glove box holders. Most medical clinics keep a handy box of tissues in the reception area for patients. They also typically use convenient wall-mounted latex glove dispensers.

Tissue and Glove Box Dispenser Cover

The new model GBW11-1 wooden tissue/glove box cover from Wooden Mallet dramatically improves the appearance of tissues and gloves by covering them with a beautiful oak frame. The GBW11-1 holds one box of tissues or gloves. Other models are available that hold more boxes.

Office Zone’s wooden glove and tissue boxes are crafted out of 3/4-inch thick oak sides. The bottoms consist of 1/4-inch thick laminate front panels. Be sure to take a closer look at our wide selection of wood glove and tissue box holders today.


Just Added: The Tamerica GuilloMax Plus Manual Paper Cutter

Posted by: Morgan on September 23rd, 2009

Our new products team recently returned from a trade show in Chicago where we had the opportunity to see several new office machines and supplies. One of the more interesting products was the new GuilloMax Plus stack paper cutter from Tamerica. If you require a precise stack cutter but have a somewhat limited budget, then the GuilloMax Plus Manual Paper Cutter may be the machine for you.

The Tamerica Guillomax stack cutter safely slices up to 800 sheets of paper at a time with a simple pass of a blade. The machine has a laser guide for added cutting precision. This particular model has an interesting wheel-driven clamp located at the top — much like a submarine hatch — that keeps your stack of paper firmly in place. This feature alone ensures your stack of paper stays put, thus eliminating slipping and cutting errors.

This is a precise, heavy-duty cutter and the quality is very similar to a Dahle stack cutter. It’s particularly comparable to the Dahle 848 industrial guillotine paper cutter. Be sure to take a closer look at the Tamerica GuilloMax Plus Manual Paper Cutter today.


Introducing: The New Wooden Business Card Holder by Wooden Mallet

Posted by: Morgan on September 21st, 2009

The new Wooden Mallet BCC1-3 business card holder lets you easily display up to three different stacks of business cards at a time. Made from solid oak, this attractive business card display is available in different wood stain finishes including light oak, medium oak and dark red mahogany. The BCC1-3 business card holder can be easily displayed on a receptionist table, desk or trade show booth.

Solid wood business card holders give your organization an added touch of class. They are ideal for use in real estate offices, medical offices, law firms, government facilities, and industry trade show displays. The Wooden Mallet business card holder can display a 1/2-inch thick stack of business cards in each pocket. Each pocket also measures 3-1/2 inches wide. Take a closer look at the Wooden Mallet BCC1-3 business card holder today!


Wire Binding Machines For Photo Calendars

Posted by: Morgan on September 10th, 2009


I am looking to purchase a wire binding machine for photo calendars that I offer to customers in my photo lab.  They would be 13 pages of regular photo paper and a 10″ width. Any recommendations?


We would need to ask a few more questions about your project, but based on past customer needs we highly recommend the Akiles WireMac wire binding machine. This comes in either a 2:1 or 3:1 pitch version. A 2:1 pitch machine punches two holes per inch while the 3:1 version punches three. The 3:1 pitch machine is the most popular model.

The Akiles WireMac is a manual punch binding machine. This means you have to pull down a handle, located on the right side of the machine, to punch your papers. If you plan to produce several calendars, then an electric punch machine is recommended.

This is an affordably priced binding machine with a lot of high-end features, such as independently disengaging dies that prevent half-punched holes at the ends of the paper. Both the 2:1 and 3:1 pitch models punch up to 20 sheets of 20 lb. bond paper at a time.

One last important item you should consider before making your purchase is the thickness of your calendars. The Akiles WireMac 2:1 model will bind 20 lb. bond paper up to 1-1/4 inches in thickness, or roughly 230 sheets at a time. The 3:1 model binds less, up to 9/16-inch, or 120 sheets of paper.

Be sure to take a closer look at the Akiles WireMac wire binding machine today.


What’s The Best Pouch Laminator?

Posted by: Morgan on September 8th, 2009

Office Zone features a large selection of pouch laminating machines. We are often asked by visitors to our Web site, “What’s the best pouch laminator?” We confidently recommend several models in different price categories. However, the one pouch laminator that consistently stands out from most other models is the Banner American PL12A pouch laminator.

The PL12A comes highly recommended mainly due to its impressive performance track record. Product returns on this model are a rare occurrence. The PL12A features an independent heat and motor control system. This means that the laminator may be left on stand-by (heat-ready) throughout the day without wearing out the motor. You can instantly re-start laminating without waiting for the machine to warm up.

Office Zone has rated the PL12A as a high-quality, high-volume pouch laminator. It has a wide 12-inch opening, ideal for laminating menus, promotional signs, maps, certificates, luggage tags, important documents, photos and more.

The PL12A pouch laminator has durable metal gears and a powerful motor — a big reason why this machine lasts so long. This laminator also features a four-roller lamination system that delivers a clear, professional finish every time.


Office Zone Unveils Largest Selection of Report Covers Online

Posted by: Morgan on September 3rd, 2009

Would you like to give your next printed presentation a professional look? Do you also need to protect your document from possible tears, smudges and stains? Then consider spicing things up with an attractive report cover. Office Zone offers the largest online selection of clear, polypropylene and cardstock-style report covers.

Clear style composition, binding covers display the second page of your report through the clear cover page. It not only protects the pages inside, but it also looks great. Clear covers are available in several popular styles and thickness.

Add a degree of professionalism to your next sales proposal, school report, composition, or other important document with a polypropylene cover. These highly durable covers are made from a plastic-based material that makes reports appear highly attractive, yet durable. These covers are available in a variety of colors and textures.

And finally, cardstock report covers complete the list. These are still the most popular style of report cover used today. They are made from paper, of course, and come in several colors, styles and designs. Cardstock covers may be used as a front or back report cover.

Clear, polypropylene and cardstock-style report covers can be used with comb, wire, coil and other binding formats.


Why Don’t You Carry 3:1 Pitch Wire In Larger Sizes?

Posted by: Morgan on September 2nd, 2009


I’m wondering why you don’t carry 3:1 pitch wire binding larger than 9/16″. I have 1/2″ and 9/16″ and they just don’t hold anything. I want to do larger note taking books but no one seems to carry wires that will hold any amount of paper.


This is a common question and the answer is so simple it may surprise you. The reason why 3:1 pitch binding wire is not available in diameters larger than 9/16 inches has to do with the ease of turning a page.

Let me explain: With a 3:1 pitch document (3:1 means three holes punched per inch) the punched holes in your document are much closer together than a 2:1 pitch punched document. This causes the pages of a thicker document to bind when turning.

That’s why 3:1 pitch wire has a limited diameter range. It simply will not allow the pages to easily turn if it was any thicker. We always tell customers that if they need to wire bind thicker books, they should use a 2:1 pitch binding machine. You can punch and bind up to 120 sheets with a 3:1 wire binding element. Compare that to 2:1 pitch where you can create a document up to 230 pages in size. That’s quite a significant difference.

So, why do some people prefer binding with 3:1 pitch wire? Because it creates a nice, professional look. Documents bound with 2:1 pitch wire certainly look good, but 3:1 wire provides an added touch of class.

You can view our 2:1 pitch and 3:1 pitch binding machines on our wire binding machines page. You may also see our wire binding supplies here.