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Kutrimmer 1135 Paper Cutter Review

Posted by: Office Zone on July 15th, 2013

Kutrimmer 1135 Paper CutterWhen you need a tool for slicing and dicing photos, paper and card stock, a solid paper cutter is a must-have tool. You don’t want something that will cut crooked, dull quickly or cause you a massive headache. You probably don’t want something that is just a step above a pair of scissors. One solid paper cutter, considering what you get for the money, is the Kutrimmer 1135 guillotine cutter from MBM (found here). I have personally used this very cutter on many occasions and would like to share my thoughts about it with you.

MBM stands for Michael Business Machines. This company, based out of South Carolina, is a national dealer for a wide range of high-end German machinery from IDEAL Krug & Priester. This includes Destroyit paper shredders, Triumph stack cutters and Kutrimmer. These products are known for their precision engineering and high build quality.

The Kutrimmer 1135 is a guillotine paper cutter. This means that it features an arm blade that rubs against a base blade in a scissor-like fashion. These types of paper cutters used to be found in schools everywhere and featured a wood base. The downside to these older guillotines is that they didn’t have a clamping mechanism and when the blade became dull, it would pull the paper while cutting it, resulting in a very crooked cut. Luckily modern guillotines implement a wide range of technology that makes them far superior to the older guillotines.

To begin with, the Kutrimmer 1135 is made of metal. Everything from the base to the arm is made of metal. The only plastic components are the guide, safety shield and hand grip. A built-in clamping mechanism forces the paper to stay in place during the entire cutting process. The result of these improvements means a very straight and very accurate cut. The metal used in the blade is made of German Solingen steel, which is arguably some of the best in the world.

Something else you find in this cutter that you definitely didn’t find in the guillotines of a decade ago is an optical cutting line. This laser line shines right across the paper. While the included sliding guide is ultimately all you need to align the paper, the laser makes it easy to make fast and accurate visual adjustments. Wherever the light shines, the blade will cut. It’s that easy.

Assuming you are cutting standard 20# bond paper, this cutter will handle up to about 25 sheets at a time. It can also be used to cut photos, card stock, laminated material, clear covers and more. Just be aware that the cutting capacity will change depending on how thick the material is that you are cutting.

Slicing through paper using this cutter is actually pretty easy. Every time I have used it the blade cut through the paper without any issues. This is due in part to the double pivot bearings and aluminum blade mounting bracket. It’s just very easy to move, handle and manipulate. It weights about 13 pounds shipped and I can pick it up and move it around very easily. Rubber feet on the bottom of the cutter help keep it in place.

I recommend using this at home, in the office, at church or in a school. It really is a nice general-purpose cutter. It can cut a little of everything and very accurately.

If you still have questions about this cutter, give us a call at 1-800-543-5454. You can find all of our guillotine paper cutters here.

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

Posted by: Office Zone 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.

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Formax FD 8704CC Multimedia Paper Shredder Review

Posted by: Office Zone on June 18th, 2013

Formax FD 8704CC Multimedia Paper ShredderModern businesses have many needs and often need tools that support their often versatile and constantly changing working conditions. For this reason, Formax has made the FD 8704CC multimedia paper shredder (found here). This shredder is designed from the ground up to keep up with the needs of modern businesses and help them stay on top of the curve, especially when it comes to data and information destruction. I would like to share a few of these features with you in this article.

While paper destruction and HIPAA / FACTA compliance is extremely important, not all data and sensitive information is stored on paper. Many businesses use optical or magnetic media to store patient and customer records, important plans, research and much more. This is where the Formax FD 8704CC really finds its mark. This shredder is equipped with paper, optical and magnetic media destruction capabilities. Let me go into more detail.

Before I go into too much detail on how the FD 8704CC’s capabilities shredding material, I would like to cover how many other manufacturers approach multimedia shredding. The ability of a shredder to destroy optical media is often an afterthought with other shredders. All shredding is done via the same slot. That’s not to say they are bad shredders, but the separation of the paper and multimedia material found in the FD 8704CC is by far superior in my personal opinion.

The FD 8704CC has two dedicated shredding slots. One is designed for paper, found in the front, and the other is dedicated for CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, floppy discs, mini DV cassettes and zip discs. Because there are two dedicated slots, each does it’s own proprietary job extremely well. Amazingly, Formax didn’t go chintzy on the paper shredder. It handles up to 45 sheets of paper in a single pass!

The cross cut shredding pattern falls in at a Level 3 and the particle pieces are 5/32″ x 1 5/8″ in size, which is more than what most offices need. The feed slot is 9.4″ wide, so it easily handles letter-size paper and smaller. You can even shred larger paper, it just needs to be folded in half. The shredding blades themselves are made from heat-treated steel. Formax didn’t cut corners on the quality. Even the gears are made from high quality materials.

Have you ever used a shredder and had to turn it off after 20 or 30 minutes to cool down? This is what’s referred to as the duty cycle when it comes to shredders. The Formax FD 8704CC is what’s known as a continuous duty shredder, meaning there is no duty cycle. It uses a thermally protected motor that can be used continuously through the day. This is especially nice in an office where there may be several people using the shredder throughout the day.

If you have ever used an office shredder, you may have discovered that some almost require a degree to use, if not at least a manual. The FD 8704CC is extremely easy to use. It has a control panel with LED lights to let you know what’s going on. It lets you know when the shredder door is open, when the bag is full and when the shredder needs to be oiled. It also includes a photoelectric sensor that automatically turns the shredder on when material is detected. A load control indicator lets you know how hard the motor is working. If the light goes up into the red, it is working too hard. If it is shredding too much, it will shut off, reverse the paper back out and let you adjust the quantity. You could almost say this shredder is jam proof.

Overall I just have to say that this is a solid piece of machinery and an EXCELLENT shredder for the office. I can’t stress enough just how well put together this shredder is. It is ideal for use in a centralized office location. You can find the FD 8704CC here. Still have questions? Give us a call at 1-800-543-5454. You can find our entire selection of paper shredders here.

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Akiles CoilMac-ER 41 13″ Coil Binding Machine Review

Posted by: Office Zone 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.

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Martin Yale 1611 AutoFolder Paper Folding Machine Review

Posted by: Office Zone on April 24th, 2013

Martin Yale 1611 AutoFolder Paper Folding MachineWhen shopping around for a paper folding machine, I have found that many customer expect to pay upwards of thousands of dollars to get a good machine. While there are many excellent machine hovering around that price range, one often overlooked model that can handle a remarkably high volume of paper is the Martin Yale 1611 paper folding machine (found here). I have personally used this machine out on our showroom floor and would like to offer some of my own personal observations and thoughts in this article.

Martin Yale makes a lot of paper folding machines and other pieces of office equipment. Products from Martin Yale are hit and miss in my book. Some products are masterful pieces of engineering genius, while others (like the 1501X & 1217A) make me want to bang my head against a wall. Luckily the 1611 (and the automated 1711) utilize newer technology and seem to have ironed out many bugs.

So what is the Martin Yale 1611 (known as the 1611 Ease-of-Use AutoFolder)? It is a friction feed paper folding machine. This means it uses rubber rollers to grab and pull paper into the machine via friction. This system is the most common used in office equipment. While it is extremely effective, its biggest shortcoming is in use with slick, glossy and coated paper. Because the surfaces of these types of paper are slippery, friction wheels can choke on them creating a significant jam. My advice? Try to stick with non-glossy paper when using this machine.

This is a manual setup paper folding machine, meaning the folds have to be manually adjusted by you. This is done by adjusting two folding plates. One of the plates is located under the feed tray and the other above the exit tray. Martin Yale does a pretty good job of indicating where the folding plates need to be adjusted. I have found that it only takes me a few seconds to adjust each. If the fold isn’t exact, or is a little off skew, you may need to go back to the plates and make some fine tuned adjustments.

The Martin Yale 1611 can handle paper ranging in size from 3 ½” x 5″ up to 8 ½” x 14″. Most people use this with standard letter-size paper, although it can create folds with legal size paper. The feed tray on this machine holds up to 150 sheets of paper (based on 20# bond paper). The motor used to pull in and fold the paper runs at a speed of 9,000 sheets per hour, although I don’t recommend you run it like this for hours on end. I recommend using this machine for a few hundred to a few thousand sheets a day.

You can create all of the most common folds with this machine. I tried out the Z fold (aka accordion) and the C fold (aka letter fold) without a problem. It can also be used to create a half fold, right angle fold, double parallel fold and can create variations of these by tweaking the folding plates. As the paper is folded, it drops out onto a powered exit conveyor with a stacking roller. This system helps keep the folded paper organized as it leaves the machine.

One feature that I feel sets this machine apart from much of the competition is the inclusion of a multi-sheet bypass tray. On the top of the machine, you can manually insert up to 5 sheets of paper at a time (based on standard copy paper) for multi sheet folding. While the multiple sheets do have to be manually fed, it is a fast process and the results turn out quite well.

While not necessarily an important part of the operation of the machine, I have to admit that this is one of the nicer and more modern looking folding machines we offer. It features nice rounded curves with a black / gray design. Overall I consider this a great value for the money. As of this article, this machine is less than a thousand dollars and it really does fit in nicely in an office environment. I recommend this for use with businesses, schools and churches.

If you have any questions about the Martin Yale 1611 AutoFolder, please give us a call at 1-800-543-5454. You can find the Martin Yale 1611 here and our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

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Cassida Tiger Currency Counter Review

Posted by: Office Zone on January 8th, 2013

Cassida Tiger Currency CounterIf compact, portable and small footprint are features you need in a currency counter, the Cassida Tiger may be a good option. We have been selling this machine for a few years now and have had remarkable luck in how it has held up with continuous use. So if you are a casino, bank, credit union or other business, is the Cassida Tiger a good fit for you? I would like to cover a few of this machine’s features and benefits in this article.

The Cassida Tiger is available in three flavors. You can buy it as the basic model (found here), the UV model (found here) and the UV/MG model (found here). Which  of these three you end up using will depend on the degree of counterfeit detection your business needs. The basic model has no counterfeit detection capabilities. The UV only uses ultraviolet lights to scan bills and the UV/MG model uses ultraviolet light and a magnetic ink scanner. As you might expect, the more equipped the counter, the more it will cost. Other than the counterfeit detection differences, all three are pretty much the same.

One of the biggest perks of the Cassida Tiger is the compact design. It measures in at 10″ x 10.4″ x 5.4″ and weighs in at just 8.3 pounds. Few currency-counting machines have a height that is just 5.4″ tall. While this is one of Cassida’s newer machines, it really holds up well with rigorous use. The Cassida Tiger is one of our top 2 selling Cassida counters. Thanks to a compact design, this counter can be used on most tables, work desks and other surfaces.

Another huge advantage of this counter is it’s easy-access cover. The entire top of the machine flips up, allowing easy access to the internals of the counter. This makes it easy to clean out dust and gunk often left over by dirty bills and money.

So here are some of the specifications you will find in this machine, which I must say are very impressive considering how compact it is.

Capacity – This counter can hold up to 250 new bills in the hopper (where you feed in the bills) and 250 in the stacker (where the bills come out). You can usually divide that number in half when dealing with used bills, which would be 125. This is a decent capacity for a currency counter.

Speed – This counter has a counting speed of up to 1300 bills per minute. I have seen machines range from 900 up to 1500, so this is a good counting speed. In fact, it will probably count the bills faster than you can feed them in.

Other Features – This counter can count stacks of bills, add up multiple stacks and will batch count bills. The control panel is very straightforward and the display is easy to read. It will also alert the operator audibly and visually when there is an issue. It can detect double notes, half notes, chain notes and for foreign currencies it includes size note detection. If equipped with counterfeit detection, it will notify the operator when a suspicious bill is detected.

For the price, and considering its compact size, this is a very well rounded currency counter. This will fit in nicely with casinos, banks, credit unions and other businesses that need a compact bill counter. For more information, please feel free to call us at 1-800-543-5454. Have you used this machine? Post your experience and feedback as a comment. You can find our entire selection of currency counters here.

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Intelli-Fold DE-172AF Paper Folding Machine Review

Posted by: Office Zone on December 28th, 2012

DE-172AF Paper Folding MachineIf your business folds hundreds to thousands of sheets of paper per day, you may want to consider buying a paper folding machine. These machines can be used to fold invoices, letters, brochures, pamphlets and much more. One machine that our customers enjoy using is the Intelli-Fold DE-172AF paper folder by Intelli-Zone (found here). I have had the opportunity to use this machine on several occasions and this is my review.

The Intelli-Fold is an upgraded version of the Intelli-Fold DE-202AF (including the Dynafold DE-202AF). While the DE-202AF is a solid machine, the DE-172AF has a few upgraded features. This includes sensors that let you know when the folding plates aren’t properly seated, when the cover isn’t closed and when the paper is out. It also includes a powered exit conveyor with a set of stacking wheels.

The added sensors are a nice addition because one of the most common culprits for a paper folding machine jam is improperly seated folding plates. Any gap or incorrect clearance in the plates can results in a fairly serious paper jam.

The inclusion of a powered exit conveyor helps bring order to the paper folding process. Many folding machines have a basic catch tray. While this works, it can lead to the paper becoming disorganized and jumbled. The conveyor, along with the stacking wheels, help slow the paper down as it leaves the machine and keeps it organized and stacked. This is excellent for organizational purposes and helps keep invoices, bills and other documents in order.

The DE-172AF utilizes a high-speed motor that folds paper at a speed of up to 6,000 sheets per hour. While it is not recommended to run this machine at full speed for hours on end, it is fast. It also features a variable speed motor. This allows it to more easily handle various paper thicknesses and adds an extra degree of control to the operator. The DE-172AF can be used with paper ranging in thickness from 16# bond up to 50# index.

The feed tray on this machine holds up to 500 sheets of standard 20# bond paper. What I appreciate is that you don’t have to pre-fan the paper. Simply press down on the spring loaded tray (paper squared up) and the machine will automatically begin pulling one sheet at a time from the top of the stack. The feed system works very well. A total of three rollers help ensure the paper is pulled in straight for more accurate folds.

I have personally set up this machine and would say it takes about 2-3 minutes to properly set up. Once set, no further adjustments are needed unless a different paper size is used. The DE-172AF can use paper ranging in size from 3.5″ x 5″ up to 11″ x 17″. All you need to do is find the sheet size you are folding on the two folding plates, determine the type of fold you need to create and adjust the folding plates accordingly. The process is very simple. If the paper seems to be slightly off skew, I recommend either re-aligning the paper guides or making fine-tuned adjustments to the folding plates.

Overall I highly recommend this machine. It is a great fit for small businesses, medium-size businesses, church, school or copy shop. It is easy to use, our customers tell us it is very reliable and it is priced right. Please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-543-5454 with any questions you may have about the Intelli-Fold DE-172AF. You can find our entire selection of paper folding machines here.

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Reviewed: MBM Triumph 4305 Stack Paper Cutter

Posted by: Office Zone on September 15th, 2011

Triumph 4305 Stack Paper CutterIf you’re looking for a precision paper cutter that is more rugged and can handle cutting thicker stacks of paper than a standard table top paper cutter then you should seriously consider purchasing the MBM Triumph 4305 stack paper cutter.

The MBM Triumph 4305 stack paper cutter is built from solid, high quality metal that is designed to hold up for years of use. The design of this manual, high performance paper cutter enables the user to make clean cuts through stacks as thick as 1 1/5 inches. This capacity for clean, heavy duty cuts makes the MBM Triumph 4305 stack paper cutter an excellent choice for print shops, in-house design departments and publishing companies and other businesses.

The MBM Triumph 4305 Stack Paper Cutter is an arm style paper cutter that has some special design features that sets it above other table top paper cutters. The extra-large cutting arm and blade makes cutting through thick stacks of paper require minimal effort. The MBM Triumph 4305 Stack Paper Cutter has a spindle-guided back gauge with calibrated crank so the user can set the paper to a precise cut measurement. It has a 17 inch cutting blade length that enables it to cut through larger sizes of paper, leaving a precise and clean cut as good as an original factory edge.

To operate the MBM Triumph 4305 Stack Paper Cutter, the user begins by placing the stack of paper to be sliced on the cutting board. This paper cutter is designed for heavy-duty use and can accommodate a stack of paper almost 2 inches thick. The user adjusts the side guide with measuring scale to match the desired measurement to be cut. For convenience, the lever-activated, fast-action clamp holds the stack of paper in place so there is no shifting during cutting. This is especially important when cutting thicker stacks. One the paper is set and secured the user can make the cut.

The Triumph 4305 Stack Paper Cutter is a product of MBM Corporation, Inc. Headquartered in historic Charleston, South Carolina, the MBM Corporation has produced world-class equipment for the graphics and printing industries for 75 years. According to their website, MBM has used innovative thinking and exhaustive research and development to design and build all their products.

There is a lot to like about the Triumph 4305 Stack Paper Cutter that makes it a good purchase option. The fact that it can cut through stacks of paper repetitively without breaking the user’s back or wearing out the user’s arms is a big plus. The Triumph 4305 Stack Paper Cutter features a safety cutting system that includes transparent front and rear safety guards the cutting edge of blade to prevent injury. The blade also stays covered when it is being changed to a new one.

The Triumph 4305 Stack Paper Cutter is a good, affordable option for print shops, publishing houses, churches, schools, scrap book and craft stores, manufactures, colleges and large businesses.

You can purchase the Triumph 4305 Stack Paper Cutter, along with the rest of the MBM catalog of paper cutting equipment at Office Zone. You can find Office Zone’s entire selection of stack paper cutters here.

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Reviewed: Tamerica TPF-42 Paper Folding Machine

Posted by: Office Zone on September 15th, 2011

Tamerica TPF-42 Paper Folding MachineIf you organization sends out fliers, mailers, invoices, statements or any kind of business correspondence then you need a paper folder.  Those documents aren’t going to fold themselves to fit in the envelope, and why would you want to waste valuable labor hours paying a bunch of minimum wage employees to fold them slowly by hand? The Tamerica TPF-42 Paper Folder is an excellent choice for companies that would rather have one employee folding thousands of sheets an hour than several employees folding hundreds of sheets per hour. The Tamerica TPF-42 paper folder can handle rapidly folding large stacks of paper into every common type of paper fold.

The Tamerica TPF-42 Paper Folder has a high folding capacity, can be set to produce custom folds and is the easiest paper folder on the market to set up. These ease-of-use features makes the Tamerica TPF-42 Paper Folder a top choice among banks, brokerages, law offices, investment houses, credit unions, insurance companies, churches, schools, print shops, government agencies, publishers, direct mail marketers and other organizations that send out thousands of sheets of paper throughout the month.

The Tamerica TPF-42 Paper Folding Machine is a friction style folder that automatically feeds the paper through using a friction roller and conveyor system. The Tamerica TPF-42 Paper Folder can handle a wide range of bond paper ranging from 12# to 60#. Along with custom folds, this paper folder can do single, letter, Z, double parallel, half accordion, and gate folds. The Tamerica TPF-42 Paper Folder is a high output machine that has variable speeds so you can adjust the folding speed based on the size of your stack. It has a maximum folding speed of 8,000 sheets per hour. It would take dozens of grumbling employees to match that output.

The TPF-42 Paper Folding Machine is the product of made by Tamerica Products Incorporated, located in California. For almost 30 years, Tamerica Products Incorporated has been manufacturing and distributing top quality office equipment, including paper folders, binding machines, laminating equipment and other office supplies. According to their website, Tamerica Products Incorporate takes pride in providing quality products and honest customer service to its customers.

The setting controls on the Tamerica TPF-42 Paper Folder are designed for easy adjustment. It has an auto jam detector and auto shut off sensor. This is a high volume paper folder that has a feed tray able to hold a 500 sheet stack of paper. It has a test sheet button that enables the user to try out a test fold before beginning the full stack.  This eliminates incorrect folds that don’t line up correctly in windowed envelopes. The only downside of the Tamerica TPF-42 is the shortcoming that afflicts all friction-style paper folders. It shouldn’t be used to fold glossy paper. If you’re in a business that uses a lot of slick, shiny paper then you’d be better off with a suction-feed paper folder.

You can get the best price on a Tamerica TPF-42 Paper Folding Machine, along with other office equipment, at Office Zone.  You can find Office Zone’s entire selection of paper folding machines here.

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Reviewed: Akiles Diamond-5 Corner Rounder

Posted by: Office Zone on September 15th, 2011

Akiles Diamond-5 Electric Corner RounderMany companies like adding rounded corners to their stationary, cards and other paper media to give them a more finished and refined appearance. Companies who prefer the rounded corner look can either have an employee take a pair of scissors and manually cut the rounded corners, or they can spare themselves the frustration of griping, sore-fingered employees by purchasing an Akiles Diamond-5 Electric Corner Rounder.

The Akiles Diamond-5 Electric Corner Rounder is a popular choice used by print ships, design houses and other businesses. The rounded edge look is a common practice in the business world when making office paper products and marketing materials, such as business cards, greeting cards, invitations, announcements, notebooks, post cards, awards, certificates or office stationary.

The heavy duty design of the Akiles Diamond-5 Corner Rounder can also cut rounded corners on heavier materials such as plastics, PVC, polyester and even leather. This is advantageous for making a nice, smooth, rounded edge on credit cards, id cards, plastic id covers, pouches, licenses, signs, or even leather book covers.

The Akiles Diamond-5 Corner Rounder is a simple corner cutting machine to operate. The machine does most of the work itself. All the operator has to do is adjust the sizing tools to accommodate the size of the material being cut and then place the paper, plastic or leather sheets in to the cutting area. After the sheets of cutting material are set the operator just pushes a button and the machine electronically brings the cutting blade down, creating a clean rounded edge.

The Akiles Diamond-5 Corner Rounder Corner Cutter is designed to handle standard 8 ½ x 11 sheets, but it can be extended to handle a larger size of paper or plastic sheeting. The Akiles Diamond-5 Corner Rounder is designed for heavy-duty office use, and can actually handle cutting a stack of paper that is 2 inches thick.

The Diamond-5 Corner Rounder is a product of the of Akiles Products, Inc. Akiles is a leading manufacturer of quality book binding, book making, and accessory equipment in the Binding and Laminating Industry.

The Akiles Diamond-5 Corner Rounder has several features that make it a practical choice among corner cutters. Since it is electric it can handle a larger capacity than a manual corner cutter can. It has interchangeable cutting blades so you can choose whether you want cuts measuring 1/8 inches, 1/4 inches, 3/8 inches, or 13/16 inches.  The included L-guide on the cutting area makes rounding the corners on smaller product simple and easy. The versatility of materials that can be cut, and the 2 inch cutting capacity makes this a more practical and convenient corner rounder than smaller or manual corner cutters.

The Akiles Diamond-5 Corner Rounder is a good choice for print shops, publishing houses, book stores, offices that print their own business cards or marketing collateral, or make their own id cards. It’s also a practical choice for schools, banks, plastic card manufacturers, factories, human resource management companies, churches, government agencies, law offices and other organizations.

You can purchase the Akiles Diamond-5 Corner Rounder at very competitive prices at Office Zone. You can find Office Zone’s entire selection of corner rounders here.