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Akiles iCoil 41+ 4:1 Pitch Coil Binding Machine Review

Posted by: James on July 10th, 2013

Akiles iCoil 41+ Coil Binding MachineIf you like making things by yourself, you are the perfect candidate for a book binding machine. These machines make it possible to create your own cookbooks, scrapbooks, books, manuals, presentations, photo albums and more. If you are shopping around for a machine, and need one that is compact and modern, the Akiles iCoil 41+ (found here) is an excellent option. This product has been out for a few years now and I would like to share my personal thoughts on the machine.

Akiles makes awesome machines. I can’t think of any other way to put it. Their products work and they seem to always work well. Part of it is the quality control they put into the manufacturing process. Where other machines may have a few rough edges, Akiles products are always well refined and finished. Akiles makes over a dozen different comb, wire and coil binding machines. If the iCoil 41+ isn’t your cup of tea, consider another Akiles products.

The iCoil 41+ is a 4:1 pitch coil binding machine. This means that it punches a total of 4:1 holes, which ends up being around 44 holes along the 11” side of a sheet of paper. If you already own an iCoil 41+, do not purchase 5:1 pitch coils. They won’t work. The holes have to line up, like a jigsaw puzzle.

There are many reasons I like this machine so much. For one, it is extremely compact. This is nice if you have limited desk space like I do. The binding arm will easily fold down and the back paper support will fold down to act as a dust cover. There is even a little nook where you can store the included coil-crimping pliers. All compacted, it can fit in many drawers and be tucked away in many cabinets.

This machine is actually very similar to the standard Akiles iCoil 41 (found here), but includes the Akiles “Plus” hole pattern. The plus hole pattern has an oval shape to it rather than round. This helps make coil insertion a little faster and page turns a little easier. Personally I think it looks really nice. The iCoil 41+ isn’t the only machine that features the plus hole pattern. Akiles offers a wide range of coil binding machines with and without the plus hole pattern.

Using this machine is actually pretty easy. You place the paper in the vertical punching slot (vertical helps keep paper edges aligned), you pull the handle to punch the paper (repeat as needed) and then insert the coil through the first 3-4 holes. An included electric coil inserter is then used to insert the coils the rest of the way through. This is done by using a foot pedal, allowing for hands-free operation.

I would recommend this machine be used for home or small office use. It can be used to bind a few to a few dozen books a day. If you need something more robust, I recommend going with one of the Akiles CoilMac machines. Overall I consider this machine to be an excellent value for the money.

You can find the Akiles iCoil 41+ by visiting us here. You can find our entire selection of coil binding machines here. Give us a call at 1-800-543-5454 with any questions. Because we are an authorized Akiles dealer, we can also provide you with replacement parts, service and much more.


Does Your Coil Binding Machine Need an Inserter?

Posted by: James on May 21st, 2013

Coil Binding Machine With Electric Coil InserterCoil binding is the most popular method used to bind booklets, presentations and reports. It looks great, is very professional and has many benefits the other binding formats simply can’t offer. If you’ve been shopping around for a coil binding machine (found here), you may have discovered that some include an electric inserter and others do not. So, do you really need to have an inserter on your coil binding machine? I’ll cover the answer to that in this article.

As mentioned above, coil binding is hugely popular right now. Machines are now cheap enough that every day people can afford them. It isn’t uncommon for use to sell a machine to someone for home use. These machines can bind car manuals, cookbooks, college reports, scrapbooks and more. One of the biggest advantages of coil is that pages can lay entirely flat on a table and can even be wrapped around a complete 360 degrees for extremely easy reading.

The coils themselves, often called spirals, have changed over the past decade as well. Years ago coil binding, aka spiral binding, involved metal wire. This became problematic, however, because the coils would bend, stretch and simply didn’t hold up. While you can still buy “spiral notebooks” with wire at the store, coil binding now utilizes PVC coils. These coils are superior in every way to wire. They are nearly indestructible and come in a wide variety of colors.

Electric inserters are a part of the coil insertion process. Once you have punched holes in your paper, you typically insert the coil through the first three or four holes and then put the coil up next to the inserter, where it then spins the coil the rest of the way through. Coil inserters can insert coil in just a matter of seconds. Once the coil is inserted, the excess can then be cut off and crimped using coil crimping pliers.

Akiles CoilMac-M Coil Binding Machine Without InserterSo do you really need an inserter? The answer is no. You don’t need to have one. Some machines, like the Akiles CoilMac-M (found here), don’t have inserters. They are designed to have you manually insert the coils through the holes. These machines typically cost less than those that have a built-in electric inserter. The biggest determining factor on whether you need an electric inserter or not is time. Manually inserting coils through the holes is anywhere from 3-5 times longer than using an electric inserter (depending on the operator).

I have found over the past few years that more and more machines are being built with the inserter than without. Many machines now also include coil crimping pliers. My advice is if you find two machines that are the same price, but one has an inserter an the other does not, go with the model that includes the inserter. The inserter is simply more convenient and faster to use. If you already have a machine, but would like an inserter, independent coil inserters (found here) are available.

Years ago, if you were only binding a few books per day, I would have recommended a coil binding machine without an inserter. Many brands, like Intelli-Bind, now include inserters on even their cheapest machines. If you are only binding a few books a day, consider an Intelli-Bind IC110 or an IC210, both of which are affordable and include coil inserters.

If you still have questions about coil binding machines or their inserters, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-543-5454. We are the leading experts on the subject and would love to help you out. You can find our entire selection of coil binding machines here.


Akiles CoilMac-ER 41 13″ Coil Binding Machine Review

Posted by: James on May 17th, 2013

Akiles CoilMac-ER 41 13" Coil Binding MachineIf you’ve ever wanted to coil bind your own documents, you’d be surprised just how easy it is to do. Even someone who has never used a binding machine can usually have a book bound within 5 minutes. These machines can be used to bind presentations, cookbooks, scrapbooks, reports, books and much more. One of the most solid lines of coil binding machines available is CoilMac from Akiles, including the CoilMac-ER (found here). I have over a decade of experience with this machine and would like to share with you why I think it may be the machine for you.

Akiles has been making binding machines (found here) for well over a decade. Their popular lines include MegaBind (comb), WireMac (wire) and CoilMac (coil). Having sold these for years, I can safely say that Akiles produces THE best binding machines available. They easily surpass those made by GBC, Fellowes and many other brands. What strikes me with Akiles binding machines is just how tough they are. They are very hefty and feel as if they were forged out of a solid piece of metal. Needless to say, the build quality and track record of these machines is truly unsurpassed. They are manufactured under ISO9001 and 14001 quality control guidelines.

The Akiles CoilMac-ER is a medium-duty coil binding machine. It binds books using PVC coils (found here). These coils are now one of the most popular binding formats used today. PVC coils are tough, durable, don’t bend or wear out and allow pages to lay flat and wrap around a full 360 degrees. These coils are also available in a variety of colors, allowing for a lot of personalized customization. They can also be used to bind small reports or thick books.

The CoilMac-ER is designed for small to medium-size businesses and can be used for daily binding operations. It punches paper using a 4:1 pitch hole pattern (0.250″). This is the most common hole pattern used and is 4 holes punched per inch of paper. Other pitches are available upon request. If you need a 5:1 pitch, give us a call at 1-800-543-5454.

It has a 13″ wide punching length, which handles most sizes of paper. It can be used to punch even longer paper thanks to an open ended design and a continuous punching guide. This allows for the punching and binding of books up to 26″ long. It is able to punch through up to 20 sheets of 20# bond paper at a time. Thanks to a very long leveraged handle, punching paper and binding books is fast and doesn’t require a lot of manual strain or labor.

It features a total of 5 disengageable punching pins. This means you can prevent 5 of the 53 punching pins from punching the paper. This is designed to help eliminate half-punched holes on the edges of paper. If you need more than 5 disengageable holes, you’ll need to look at upgrading to the CoilMac-ER+. The ER+ is almost exactly the same except it has fully disengageable pins and uses a slightly oval hole pattern (verses the perfectly round 4mm diameter pattern found in the standard CoilMac-ER).

Once the holes have all been punched in your paper, the coil can then be quickly inserted using the built-in electric coil inserter found on the top left corner of the machine. Once the coils are spun through, the ends can then be cut and crimped. This is done using the included coil crimping pliers. This means you get everything you need to bind a book with the Akiles CoilMac-ER except the coils.

In conclusion I just have to say that I adore this machine and pretty much all of the CoilMac machines made by Akiles. I know when one of these machines leave our warehouse I won’t have to worry about it coming back. It the extremely rare event that something does happen, this machine is covered by a one-year warranty.

Please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-543-5454 with any of your questions. We would love to help. You can find all of our coil binding machines here. Please feel free to post a comment.


3:1 Pitch Twin Loop Wire Binding Supplies Are Most Popular

Posted by: James on April 17th, 2013

Wire Binding SuppliesWire binding is easily one of the most popular binding formats used throughout the world for binding reports, books and presentations. There are a lot of reasons for this including the quality of real metal, the fascinating deign of the twin loops and the variety of colors and sizes available. To date, there are three different “pitches” of wire binding supplies available (all found here). Of these, the 3:1 pitch remains the most popular. Why is this? I would like to address that question in this article.

Before I dig too deep into why 3:1 pitch wire is so popular, I would like to address exactly what the pitch is. The pitch is a word used by the industry to describe the hole pattern. This applies to most binding formats. In the case of wire, a 3:1 pitch is used to describe a hole pattern that consists of 3 holes per inch of paper. A 2:1 pitch is two holes per inch and Spiral-O wire uses a comb binding 19-hole pattern.

3:1 Pitch Wire Binding PatternNow that we have covered the pitch, I would like to explain exactly what wire binding is. Wire binding is literally made out of metal wire. It is made from a long single piece of wire that is bent into a pattern that consists of two parallel loops of rounded wire that are inserted into every wire punched hole. This wire is then bent closed by a wire binding machine, preventing the wire from slipping back out.

2:1 Pitch Wire Binding SuppliesUsually the back page is placed on the front of the document during the wire insertion and closing process and is then flipped around to the back after the wire is closed. This helps hide the open seam of the close wire and gives the look and impression that the twin loop wires are free floating. This look is very classy and is a huge reason why wire binding is so popular with businesses for binding presentations and reports.

At ABC Office we sell 3:1 pitch, 2:1 pitch and Spiral-O wire binding machines (found here Of the machines we offer, over 90% of them are in a 3:1 pitch pattern. So why is this? How did 3:1 pitch gain so much popularity over the 2:1 pitch competition? There are a few reasons for this, and businesses played a big roll in making this happen.

It all boils down to the look of the finished product. A 3:1 pitch wire has more holes per inch than 2:1 pitch wire. As a result, the wire loops are closer together with 3:1 pitch. Businesses like the added stability of more wires and the “tighter” look that the 3:1 pitch wire has. Because of this, businesses almost always buy 3:1 pitch wire binding machines.

The only real downside of 3:1 pitch wire over 2:1 pitch is that it can’t binding as much paper at a time. The increase of holes and wire causes pages to bind if the book becomes too thick (over an inch). If you need to bind more than ¾” of paper at a time with wire, you will need to use a 2:1 pitch wire.

Finally, which hole shape is most popular? You can buy wire binding machines with round or square punched holes. Years ago both were fairly common, but today almost all of the machines punch using square holes. It was determined, with years of use, that pages turned better on a square-punched hole over a round-punched hole.

If you still have questions about twin loop wire binding, either in a 3:1 or 2:1 pitch, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-543-5454. We literally have decades of experience with these machines and can help answer any question you might have. You can find our entire selection of wire binding supplies here and wire binding machines here.


Which Type of Binding Machine is Best for You?

Posted by: James on March 27th, 2013

Book Binding MachinesBinding a book is a fulfilling task and the end results look great. If you are shopping for a book binding machine, you have probably found that there are a LOT of different designs, binding formats and machines (found here) available. So if you are trying to bind your own book, whether it is on a personal or professional level, which machine should you use? I would like to cover the most popular binding formats and will include videos so you can see exactly what is involved when binding with coil, comb and wire.

Comb, wire and coil binding are the three most popular binding formats used today. Sure there are other formats out there such as ProClick and VeloBind, but they pale in comparison to the big three when it comes to popularity and availability of supplies. You will find comb, wire and coil in use in schools, copy shops and businesses around the world. These binding formats are commonly used to bind sheets of paper together, ranging from a few to a few hundred in thickness.

I would like to explain the characteristics of each of these three binding formats:

Comb Binding SuplliesComb Binding (found here) – Comb binding has been around the longest of the three. The comb binding element is made of plastic and features 19 “fingers” that can be opened and closed for adding or removing paper. Comb binding machines punch 19 holes along the 11″ side of a sheet of letter-size paper. The comb’s fingers are inserted through those holes to help keep the paper bound and together. Combs range in thickness from 3/16″ diameter up to 2″. The comb supplies are available in several colors.

  • Pros – Comb is by far the least expensive of the three binding formats covered in this article. This is one of the reasons comb binding is one of the most popular formats used today. As of this article, a box of 100 3/16″ diameter combs is just shy of $4. Comb binding supplies also allow the operator to add or remove pages. Comb binding has a small learning curve and can be used to bind small presentations to full-blown manuals. Comb binding also provides a lot of stability to the bound book.
  • Cons – Combs, when opened and closed multiple times, will eventually begin to wear out. On thicker books this can result in the comb’s fingers becoming week and books loosing pages. Many people thing comb binding looks “cheap,” although that is debatable. Comb binding does not allow pages to be turned around a full 360 degrees.

Here is a comb binding video that will show you in detail exactly what is involved in the binding process:

Wire Binding SuppliesWire Binding (found here) – Wire binding uses actual metal wire to bind books. The wire binding element itself is made from a single long wire that is formed into a twin-loop wire appearance. The amount of loops in a twin-loop bound document depends on the hole pattern being used. Wire binding is available in three different hole pattern. These hole patterns are 19-ring (same pattern as comb binding), 3:1 pitch (three holes per inch) and 2:1 pitch (two holes per inch). The hole pattern does change the look of the bound document. The 3:1 pitch has the holes closer together where 2:1 has the holes farther apart. Be aware that the hole pattern cannot be modified on a machine. Once you have selected a machine with a specific hole pattern, you will need to make sure you buy correctly corresponding supplies.

  • Pros – Wire binding is very popular with businesses for binding reports and presentations. Wire binding is considered to be the most professional-looking supply. The wire elements themselves are available in several different colors.
  • Cons – The biggest con of wire binding is that the spines are made of wire and are susceptible to being bent out of shape if dropped or stacked upon. Another con is that pages cannot be added or removed.

Here is a wire binding video that will show you in detail exactly what is involved in the binding process:

Coil Binding SuppliesCoil Binding (found here) – Coil binding has been gaining a lot of popularity over the years. Coil binding, often called spiral binding, is patterned after the old wire coils used in spiral notebooks. Modern coil binding is made using durable PVC plastic. This allows the coils to maintain their shape and makes them available in a wide assortment of colors. This binding format is very popular for several reasons I will cover under the “Pros” section of this article. Coil binding is available in two different hole patterns. These are 4:1 pitch (four holes per inch) and 5:1 pitch (five holes per inch). The 4:1 pitch is by far the most popular.

  • Pros – Coil binding is the most durable binding format of the three mentioned in this article. The coils can withstand a lot of abuse. Coil binding makes page turns very easy and due to the nature of the coils, the pages can actually be turned a full 360 degrees. Coil bound books also lay extremely flat for easy reading. Coil binding happens to be my personal favorite binding format.
  • Cons – The only real disadvantage to coil is that pages cannot be added or removed. If you want to add pages, you have to remove the coil and insert a new coil. Coil binding also provides little stability to the bound book, where comb does.

Here is a coil binding video that will show you in detail exactly what is involved in the binding process:

In conclusion, I have to say that all three binding formats have their place. I recommend comb for schools and home projects, wire for businesses and coil for just about anyone. Having used dozens of machines myself, I have to say that my personal favorite brands include Akiles, Intelli-Bind, Tamerica and Renz. While I have used Fellowes and GBC machines, I don’t feel the quality is up to par with what I like.

You can find our entire selection of book binding machines here. If you still have questions about binding machines, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-543-5454. We have decades of experience with machines and are more than happy to help answer questions.


Book Binding – Electric or Manual Punching?

Posted by: James on December 17th, 2012

Binding Machine PunchesWhen it comes to book binding several different styles are available, each with their own unique look. One thing in common with all book binding formats, including comb, wire and coil (found here), is the option of buying a machine with a manual or an electric punch. If you are buying a book binding machine for office or home use, which format should you use? I try to help answer that question in this article.

The punching method you use will depend on a lot of factors. A few of these are more obvious than others. Before I go into why you may want one over another, I would like to explain exactly what is meant by manual and electric punch.

Manual – Manual comb binding machines use a lever to punch through paper. This lever is usually long and is designed to make paper punching as easy as possible. Some are even ergonomically designed for added comfort. Not all manual punches are the same. Quality and results will vary from brand to brand. There are three different types of punching handles

  • U-Shaped Binding HandleU Shaped – The U-shaped handle is one that connects on both sides of the machine. This is especially popular for lefties and you can punch from the left or right side of the machine. Most manual punch machines are designed for right-handed people. These handles are easy to grab and make punching very easy. The only downside is that the U design can obstruct the top of the machine and isn’t as “open” as a machine with the handle only on the right side.
  • Lever Style Manual Binding MachineLever – The lever is one of the most common punching handles found in comb, wire and coil binding machines.  The lever-style handle consists of a a long lever that comes out from the right-side of the machine. This lever can be straight or angled, depending on the design. There is nothing glorious or special about this design. It is fairly simple and straight forward.  Simply put your paper in and pull down on the lever to punch the paper. This can be used to punch 10 to 20 sheets of paper depending on the machine.
  • Lever w/ Handle Book Binding MachineLever w/ Handle – The lever with handle design is a very comfortable binding design. Instead of a straight lever that comes off the side of the machine, the lever includes a handle that comes off the side of the lever for added convenience. This design is much more ergonomically comfortable for the operator.

Electric – These machines use a powerful motor to punch through paper. It is ultimately designed for people who need speed or need to decrease manual effort for long binding runs. There are two primary methods used for punching paper with an electric punch:

  • Button – This is pretty straightforward. These types of electric punch machines have a button located on the front of the machine that is pressed to activate the motor.
  • Binding Machine with Foot PedalFoot Pedal – This is my favorite because it allows for hands-free use of the machine. Many machines with a foot pedal also include a button for punching paper. The foot pedal is usually either electric or pneumatic (a puff of air from the pedal presses a button on the machine).

Now comes the real question, should you get an electric or manual punch binding machine? Manual punch machines, in my opinion, produce just as good a job (final results) as an electric punch machine. Don’t feel you are getting a worse machine by purchasing a manual punch.

I would recommend you get an electric punch if you are punching and binding a lot of books per day, perhaps 20 or more a day on a regular basis. Electric machines are a little faster than manual machines, but the biggest benefit is for the operator. Binding 20+ books a day manually can take its toll with a manual punch machine. The only other reason you may want to consider an electric punch machine is for the sake of convenience.

If you still have questions about manual vs electric book binding machines, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-543-5454. We have been working with binding machines for decades and can provide you with valuable answers and information. You can find our entire selection of book binding machines here.


Coil Binding Hole Pitches Explained

Posted by: James on December 6th, 2012

Coil Binding MachinesIf you are shopping for coil binding supplies (found here), or if you need a machine (found here), you have probably run across the term “pitch” being used on several sits. The pitch is the hole pattern the binding machine uses. This is usually labeled as holes per inch. So which pitch is the best and which should you use with your machine? Here are a few tips that may help you out.

First off, coil binding comes primarily in two different hole patterns. These are 4:1 pitch and 5:1 pitch (known as 5mm outside the US).  While there are other coil pitches (such as 3:1 and 2.5:1 aka 0.400 pitch), the 4:1 pitch and 5:1 pitch are most common.  In the United States, the 4:1 pitch is by far the most popular. Coil binding is by far one of the most customizable binding formats, making binding of small and large books extremely easy. At Office Zone, we offer binding coils in 12″ and 36″ lengths. These coils (found here) are made of PVC plastic and come in a wide assortment of colors.

  • 4:1 Pitch Coil Binding Hole Pattern4:1 Pitch (aka 0.250″ pitch) – This hole pattern consists of 4 holes punched per inch of paper. This ends up being roughly 43 to 44 holes along the 11″ side of a letter size 8 ½” x 11″ sheet of paper. Standard size 4:1 pitch coils come in 6mm up to 32mm diameters. The 32mm diameter coil can be used to bind up to 230 sheets of standard 20# bond paper.
  • 5:1 Pitch Coil Binding Hole Pattern5:1 Pitch (aka 5mm pitch) – This hole pattern is more common outside the US in Canada and Europe. It has a tighter hole pattern with 5 holes per inch of paper, resulting in about 54 to 55 holes along the 11″ edge of a sheet of paper. Because the holes are tighter together, this pattern cannot be used to bind books thicker than 152 sheets. Anything thicker would cause the pages to bind up and not turn easily.
  • Akiles Plus Coil Binding Hole PatternThe Plus Factor – A few years ago Akiles introduced their line of PLUS spiral coil binding machines.  Akiles deals primarily in 4:1 pitch coil, being that it accounts for 90% of the coil binding machines sold in the US. The PLUS line is a variation of a 4:1 pitch (0.248″ pitch). The biggest difference is that the holes are oval in shape instead of circular. Akiles says this helps make coil insertion and page turns easier. The verdict is still out on whether or not this really makes much difference.

At Office Zone we offer a wide range of coil binding machines. This includes models with a manual paper punch, an electric coil inserter and an electric punch. Major brands include Intelli-Bind, Akiles, Renz and Tamerica. If you have questions about binding machines, or the various hole pitches and patterns available, please feel free to call us at 1-800-543-5454. You can find our entire selection of coil binding machines here.


Which Wire Binding Hole Pattern is Best – 2:1 or 3:1 Pitch?

Posted by: James on November 15th, 2012

Wire Binding MachinesIf you are shopping for a wire binding machine (found here), you may have come across two or perhaps even three different hole patterns. While wire binding looks great, it can often be difficult to settle on any one wire hole pattern. So which pitch (aka hole pattern) is best? This article will cover all hole patterns and their benefits.

The three hole patterns used in wire binding are referred to as 2:1 pitch, 3:1 pitch and 19-ring. The most common wire binding hole pattern used today is 3:1 pitch. The pitch is the hole pattern, specifically the amount of holes per inch. A 2:1 pitch machine punches two holes per inch and a 3:1 pitch machine punches three holes per inch. A 19-ring hole pattern, often called Spiral-O, consists of 19 total holes along the 11″ side of a sheet of paper.  You can find all our wire binding supplies here.

3:1 Pitch Wire Hole Pattern3:1 Pitch Wire – The 3:1 pitch hole pattern is the most common hole pattern used today for many reasons. To begin with, it has a very tight look because there are three holes per inch of paper. It ends up being about 32 to 33 holes along the 11″ side of a sheet of paper. They can be used to bind up to 9/16″ of paper, which is about 120 sheets. This is very popular for reports and presentations.

2:1 Pitch Wire Hole Pattern2:1 Pitch Wire – The 2:1 pitch isn’t as popular as 3:1, but is very poplar with people that need to bind over 9/16″ of paper. The 2:1 hole pattern can bind documents up to 1 ¼” thick. This style of wire binding machine punches two holes per inch and has a wider look than the 3:1 pitch wire.

19-Ring Spiral-O Wire Hole Pattern19-Ring Wire – The 19-ring Spiral-O pattern was developed to take advantage of existing comb binding machines that used the same hole pattern. The idea was to market a wire supply that could be used with a comb-binding machine. All you would need to purchase would be a separate wire closer to complete the process. A 19-ring pattern looks very similar to a 2:1 pitch pattern. This type of wire binding is not very common.

So what do you do if you like both 2:1 and 3:1 wire bound documents? What you have to do is use a combination binding machine (found here). These are machines that are built with a 2:1 and a 3:1 pitch wire punch. This allows them to punch paper in either hole pattern and is a very useful machine. Our most popular combination wire binding machine is the Akiles DuoMac (found here).

When shopping around for entry-level to mid-level wire binding machines, I recommend keeping an eye open for Intelli-Bind and Akiles. When shopping around for high-volume machines, I recommend Akiles and Renz. You can find our entire selection of wire binding machines here.


Signs You May Be Binding Too Much Paper

Posted by: James on October 17th, 2012

Book Binding MachinesHave you tried binding a book, but only to have it result in poor results? One of the most common issues I have found when people are having problems with their binding machine is that they are trying to bind too much paper. I would like to point out some common signs that you are binding too much paper and provide you with some tips and suggestions. I will cover the three most common binding formats; these being comb, wire and coil (located here).

Comb, wire and coil binding all have their benefits. Comb is extremely cheap and available in several colors. Wire has a finish that is extremely professional and presentable. Coil is near indestructible and allows books to lay flat and pages to turn a full 360 degrees. When used correctly, all three of these binding formats produce satisfying results.

Binding too much paper usually results from putting too much paper into a binding element. If you are experiencing “over capacity” results, try upgrading to the next diameter (or several sizes up). Here is how you know you are binding too much paper with all three binding styles:

  • Comb Binding – It is easy to know when you are binding too much paper with a comb. The first symptom is difficult page turns. The paper will bind together, making it difficult to turn the pages. This can even cause the paper to begin to tear as pages are turned. Another symptom is pages begin to fall out. The stress of too much paper on a small binding element can cause the comb to lose integrity, resulting in pages falling out.
  • Wire Binding – If you are binding too much paper with wire, much like comb, you will experience difficult page turns, often resulting in torn pages or the inability to navigate the book. Too much paper can also cause the wire itself to begin to bend and mangle, resulting in a mess.
  • Coil Binding – Coil binding probably handles over capacity binding the best. While the integrity of the spiral element itself holds up, and pages won’t fall out, pages can still be difficult to turn when too much paper is bound.

Now that we have established identifying over capacity books, I would like to help you by showing how much paper each binding element’s diameter can handle. This will help you establish the appropriate amount of pages to bind for the size of element you are using.

Comb Binding Sheet Capacities

Comb Binding Sheet Capacities

Wire Binding Sheet Capacities

Wire Binding Sheet Capacities

Coil Binding Sheet Capacities

Coil Binding Sheet Capacities


Hopefully these capacity guides help you out. At Office Zone, we offer a huge selection of book binding machines (found here) at great low prices. Please feel free to browse our selection. You can call us at 1-800-543-5454 to speak with one of our Book Binding Specialists. They can help answer any questions you may have.


The Advantages of Using Plastic Comb Binding Machines

Posted by: Morgan on May 11th, 2012
The Intelli-Bind IB700 Comb Binding Machine by Intelli-Zone

The Intelli-Bind IB700 Comb Binding Machine by Intelli-Zone

What ever happened to comb binding machines? You know, those strange looking gadgets that sit alone in a dark corner in the copy room. It seemed only just a few years ago that comb binding was the most popular method to professionally binding office documents. Wire binding machines and coil binding machines have been around for a while too, but they have lured away former loyal comb binding enthusiasts in recent times.

There still remains, however, a strong customer base for comb binding machines. For example, we have several schoolteachers and others in the education market that love the versatility and relative low-cost of comb binding machines and materials. A plastic comb binding spine is easy to remove from a punched document. You would do this if you needed to remove or add a page or two to an already bound document.

If your child brings home a stack of artwork or similar project from school, chances are it’s been bound with a plastic comb binding machine. Several of our customers also prefer using a comb binding machine over other binding methods simply because of the ease of use, low costs for supplies, and you can actually bind up to several hundred sheets at a time.

The Intelli-Bind IB700 Comb Binding Machine from Intelli-Zone is a solid, all-around model for most binding needs. This manually operated comb binding unit is not difficult to use or expensive. We have actually extensively tested this model in the offices of Office Zone. Its specially designed punching handle is leveraged in a way that you only need to exert minimal effort to punch a stack of paper.

The Intelli-Bind IB700 actually makes punching a stack of 20 sheets of paper feel like you’re only punching through five. Not only is the IB700 simple to operate, it is also equipped with high-end features, typically not found in a competing model in this price range. Some of the unique features include disengaging (selectable) punch pins, punch and comb opening levers that work independently of each other, adjustable margin depth, waste catch tray and more.

The IB700 is designed to last for several years of typical office needs use. It’s an attractive machine that looks good in any office or copy room. The IB700 and is the ideal solution for most medium-volume document binding needs. Be sure to contact Office Zone today to learn more about the comb binding machines that we recommend, including the impressive IB700 from Intelli-Zone.