Paper Folding MachinesWhen shopping around for a paper folding machine, you want to buy the best one for your money, right? It makes sense. You probably also want a machine that will last for several years. There’s no sense in shopping around for a new machine every few months or year. Having used paper folding machines myself for over 10 years, I have a very good idea which machines you should use.

There are a lot of factors that you should consider before purchasing a paper folding machine. To begin with, you don’t want to purchase a cheap $200 machine for a job that really needs a $2,000 machine. Trust me, you’ll be out of a machine in a few days if you expect a cheap folding machine to do a commercial job.

With that in mind, be aware that while these machines are on my “top 10″ list, that doesn’t mean that each one will do the job you need. You need to consider monthly duty cycle, sheet capacities, fold types and more. I recommend calling 1-800-543-5454 to speak with a folding machine specialist for answers to your specific questions. Also be aware that these are friction-feed style paper folding machines, not air suction machines.

These paper folding machines have a great reputation, an excellent track record with customers and are known to be extremely reliable.

Top 10 Best “Manual Setup” Paper Folding Machines 2011

  1. Intelli-Fold DE-102AF Paper Folding Machine – This machine has been around for years, previously under the name Dynafold DE-102AF. This machine is a great value for the money and is extremely fast. It also creates just about any fold you could want.
  2. Intelli-Fold IF-300 Desktop Folding Machine – This machine isn’t designed for high-volume jobs, but is excellent for occasional desktop runs. For under $300, it is a great deal.
  3. MBM 93M Paper Folding Machine – This is the replacement to the popular MBM  87M. As was the case with the 87M, the MBM 93M is a solid piece of machinery that is a perfect fit between the DE-102AF and the IF-300. It isn’t too expensive, yet is robust enough for medium-volume runs.
  4. Intelli-Fold DE-112AF Folding Machine – This paper folder is almost identical to the above mentioned DE-102AF except the DE-112AF has a powered exit conveyor, which helps keep paper neat and orderly. It is one of the cheapest paper folding machines that features a powered exit conveyor.
  5. Formax FD 312 Paper Folding Machine – Formax makes some of the most solid office equipment around. They are better known for their paper folder inserters and paper shredders, but their line of paper folding machines are is equally as good.
  6. Intelli-Fold DE-172AF Paper Folding Machine – This paper folding machine has it all. It can create most popular folds, handles 11″ x 17″ paper and includes a powered exit conveyor! For the money, few competitors even come close to competing.
  7. Intelli-Fold DE-202AF Paper Folder – Once known as the Dynafold DE-202AF, the Intelli-Fold DE-202AF is a time tested classic. It has been around for years and has proven itself time after time. Its fast, has a 500 sheet feed tray and can handle larger sheets of paper.
  8. Formax FD 320 Paper Folder – This Formax paper folding machine can create all the folds you need, has easy-to-adjust folding plates and of course features Formax quality.
  9. MBM 207M Paper Folding Machine – MBM, the manufacturers of the classic Destroyit line of paper shredders, also make some of the best paper folding machines around. This is the easiest manual setup paper folding machine around. It is fast, accurate and includes a powered exit conveyor.
  10. Tamerica TPF-42 Paper Folding Machine – This paper folder is pretty much a clone of teh MBM 207M, but available to you at a lower cost. We have been selling this machine for a few years now and it has quickly become a hit.


Martin Yale 959 Paper Folding Machine – If this had been a top 11 list, the 959 paper folding machine would have been included. While I’m not a big fan of Martin Yale, the 959 is a beast, designed for high-production paper folding jobs. It can be used every day without hesitation. Check it out!

So there you have it. My top 10 best paper folding machines of 2011. While there are some pretty good automatic machines out there as well, these manual setup machines are solid examples of engineering excellence. You can find Office Zone’s entire selection of paper folding machines here.

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