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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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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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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.

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Reviewed: Akiles CoilMac ECI PLUS Plus Binding Machine

Posted by: Office Zone on September 15th, 2011

Akiles CoilMac-ECI Plus Coil Binding MachineThe Akiles CoilMac ECI PLUS is a top-quality coil binding machine that will give all your manuscripts, reports, notebooks, proposals and other documents a sharp, professional look. The Akiles Coilmac ECI PLUS coil binding machine is a popular book binding machine choice among large corporations, colleges, churches, print shops, schools, law firms, court houses, government agencies, accounting offices, publishers and other organizations due to its reliability, functionality and output capacity.

By using the Akiles CoilMac ECI PLUS to bind the pages of a document into a spiral bound book all the individual pages are secure, easy to turn through, and show your target audience that you take your business seriously.

The Akiles Coilmac ECI PLUS coil binding machine is very simple to operate and can produce as many books in an hour as the operator can run through it. The Akiles Coilmac ECI PLUS  has two sections that are used to prepare and bind the documents. The first part that is used is the paper punch, and the second part of the binding machine is the coil feeder.

To bind the documents into a spiral bound book, the user first sets the stack of document pages in order on to the hole punch section of the book binding machine. The operator then simply pulls down on the lever, piercing the pages. The hole punch leaves a series of oval-shaped holes in a 4:1 pitch along the margin of the pages. Once the holes have been punched through the document the binding machine operator runs the complete document through the coil feeder. The coil feeder briskly applies the metal or plastic coil through the holes in the pages, binding the pages together into a sturdy, professional looking spiral-bound book.

This is a video demo of the Akiles CoilMac ECI Plus coil binding machine:

The Akiles Coilmac ECI PLUS book binding machine has a rugged metal frame and an industrial grade roller motor. This solid construction ensures that it will provide years of reliable use, giving you more bang for your binding machine buck. The hole punch features a super strength punch mechanism with exclusive “Precision Guiding System” Blade Set that has a 20 sheet stack capacity to handle thicker books. The insertion roller on the Akiles Coilmac ECI PLUS is a full length heavy-duty electric coil inserter with a double roller mechanism to make coil inserting faster and easier.

The CoilMac-ECI PLUS book binding machine is the product 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 Coilmac ECI PLUS book binding machine has a heavy duty, high volume design that is able to bind books more rapidly than similar coil binding machines. The oval shaped holes in the paper, combined with the double roller system, will speed up insertion time by 50%. The two sections of the machine can be separated so you can use the punch and inserter side by side with two people operating it, one punching the other inserting. This enables you to get through more books faster if you’re up against a deadline, or have a larger order to bind.

You can purchase the Akiles Coilmac ECI PLUS coil binding machine at Office Zone. You can find Office Zone’s entire selection of coil binding machines here.

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Akiles Coilmac ECI Manual Coil Binder w/ Electric Inserter Review

Posted by: Office Zone on August 29th, 2011

Akile CoilMac-ECI Coil Binding MachineProposals, manuscripts and reports all have one primary function-they are supposed to impress stakeholders, decision makers and prospects. The condition in which you present these documents speaks just as loudly as the information and data contained on the pages. So unless you think your target audience is going to be impressed with your awesome stapling or paper clipping skills, you need a book binding machine. More specifically, you need the Akiles Coilmac ECI binding machine.

The Akiles Coilmac ECI is a coil binding machine that will give all your important documents a professional, “we actually care about our business,” appearance. It binds the individual pages together to create an organized book.

The Akiles Coilmac ECI coil binding machine is commonly used by large corporations, churches, print shops, schools, accounting offices, publishers and other organizations to organize and bind their documents into sturdy books. The binding equipment contains all the pages in order, so there is no fear of losing important information due to page fall out. The coil binding also makes pages easy to turn so it reduces tearing or damage to the book.

The Akiles Coilmac ECI coil binding machine functions using two parts that are very easy to operate. The first part is the paper hole punch, the second part is the coil feeder. To bind books the user first places an ordered stack of documents from the book into the hole punch section. The user then pulls the lever down on, piercing the pages leaving a series of oval-shaped holes in a 4:1 pitch along the margin of the pages. After all the pages have had holes punched, the binding machine operator runs the complete stack of pages through the coil inserter which rapidly feeds a metal or plastic coil through the holes, binding the pages together.  And just like that, the user has a sturdy, professional grade book instead of a bunch of pages that look like a high school research paper.

This is a video demo of the Coilmac ECI:

The Akiles Coilmac ECI book binding machine is ruggedly built to provide years of solid use. It can punch a stack of 20 sheets at a time, and has an industrial grade roller motor. The insertion roller on the Akiles Coilmac ECI is designed to be high friction and have long durability to make coil inserting more fast and easy.  This solid construction means you’ll get years of use out of this machine, making it a good purchase decision.

The CoilMac-ECI book binding machine is the product 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 Coilmac ECI book binding machine is designed to bind books together more quickly than other binding machines. The oval shapped holes in the paper, combined with the double roller system, will speed up insertion time by 50%. You also have the option of use the punch and inserter side by side, so two people can operate the machine at a time.  This is a handy time saving feature when you’re up against a deadline.

You can purchase the Akiles Coilmac ECI coil binding machine at Office Zone. You can find Office Zone’s entire selection of coil binding machines here.

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Akiles EcoBind-C Plastic Comb Binding Machine Reviewed

Posted by: Office Zone on May 17th, 2011

Akiles EcoBind-C Comb Binding MachineDo you dread the fact that you have to make yet another trip to Fedex-Kinkos or a similar store to get your binding done?  If so, it’s probably time to start looking at getting your own binding machine.  Binding machines are surprisingly inexpensive, especially comb binding.  When it comes to affordable comb binders, a great model to consider is the Akiles EcoBind-C.  It is a low to mid volume range machine.  This review will give you some great insight into this machine, as well as help you understand why it will save you time and money.

An important thing to consider, when shopping for binding equipment, is which brand name to go with.  Akiles is 100% solid quality and their machines have a great reputation for standing the test of time.  Built from all-metal construction, they offer durability and longevity from their most basic models to their high-end industrial binders.  They also back up their machines with a great one-year warranty.

A key component to this model that separates it from its competition is a full set of disengaging punching dies.  This allows you to select which holes will punch on the paper, thus eliminating those pesky half-punches on the edge of the paper.  It also gives you flexibility to bind smaller documents with ease.  Most binders in this range will have 1 or 2 disengaging punching dies or none at all.

One thing many people don’t take into account when comb binding is a margin selector.  The Akiles EcoBind-C can handle documents up to a whopping 425 sheets.  When binding larger documents, it is always a good idea to adjust the margin so that the punch is deeper into the paper.  This will prevent your document from coming unbound from the comb.

The modern design also offers a “U” shaped handle, which is perfect for eliminating arm strain.  It also features a catch tray for the excess chad (left-over paper).  It punches up to 20 sheets at a time (tested…it really does).  Many models sport a high punching capacity, but just don’t live up to the hype.  Not so with this model.  It also has an extended base for your paper.  This is great for making sure to punch in the proper place consistently each time.

The Akiles EcoBind-C comb binder (found here) is a good quality machine. I would easily recommend it over some of the more expensive models.  You can find our entire selection of comb binding machines here. If you have any questions about comb binding, other models, or binding in general, be sure to contact knowledgeable customer service reps at 1-800-543-5454.

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Need to Cut Sheets of Paper Accurately

Posted by: Morgan on February 24th, 2011

Rotatrim Professional Rotary Paper CutterQuestion

Hello

I’ve purchased a paper folder from you guys and I’m really happy with it – Thank you!

I also need a new binding machine ( something I can recreate spiral notebooks with) and a good paper cutter.  I would use the cutter for accurate sizing down of printing I do.  In other words, I would need to be able to cut a few sheets of paper at a time very accurately.

Please help me find out some options!

Reza

Answer

Glad to hear the good news about your paper folding machine! We highly recommend the Akiles CoilMac-ECI Manual Spiral Binding Machine With Coil Inserter. This particular model is a big favorite with our customers. They prefer the CoilMac-ECI because it’s a durable binding machine that simply gets the job done. You can easily punch through a relatively thick stack of paper with it, and then quickly insert the binding coil with the unit’s electric coil inserter.

We also recommend any Rotatrim Professional Rotary Paper Cutter model. What else can be said about the quality of Rotatrim cutters? Their construction and cutting quality are unsurpassed. We actually did a tolerance test a couple of days ago with a Rotatrim paper trimmer. It easily sliced through a wide variety of materials from tissue paper, cork board and then plastic magnetic pads. The most impressive thing about a Rotatrim cutter is that no matter the weight of the material, the blade stays sharp and you still get an accurate cut with every pass.

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Need Adjustable Wire Binding Closing Machine

Posted by: Morgan on January 31st, 2011

WBM-532 Modular Wire CloserQuestion

Hello,

I am looking for a manual wire closing machine. I am having a bit of difficulty finding the right product and I was hoping you could give me a recommendation on any of your products. I need one that is adjustable to the wire coils and is just a wire closer. If you need anymore information from me please let me know. I would truly appreciate you assistance in the matter. Thank you.

Katie C.

Answer

We recommend you choose the Akiles WBM-532 Wire Closer. This is a heavy-duty model designed to be used on a frequent basis. The WBM-532 features an open-ended wire closer tray capable of closing wire up to 14 inches in length.

The all-metal construction of the WBM-532 means this durable wire closing unit will last you for several years. The machine is easy to set up and includes handy features such as a diameter size selector and wire holder. The WBM-532 may be used with both 2:1 and 3:1 pitch binding wire.

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Looking for Precise Rotary Paper Cutter

Posted by: Morgan on January 24th, 2011

Akiles Roll@Blade 1815 18-inch Rotary Paper CutterQuestion

I’m looking for a very precise rotary cutter for home use. I’m interested in the Akiles 1815, but I can’t find any info about the manufacturer, or the price of replacement blades. I’d want to be sure the product will still be made for a few years! Is this cutter my best bet?

Deb V.

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The Akiles Roll@Blade 1815 18-inch Rotary Paper Cutter is a good choice … especially if you need to perform precise cuts. The manufacturer, Akiles, is a well-known brand in the office equipment industry. They have built a solid reputation by creating some of the most durable and dependable document binding machines available. Paper cutters are a relatively new entry for this company. However, from our testing we have found the Akiles model cutters to be just as accurate (if not better) than most competing brands.

The model 1815 rotary paper cutter is a high-precision paper trimmer. It features an ergonomic blade carriage and a tungsten steel alloy blade. Its two sliding poles deliver exceptional stability and cutting accuracy. Replacement blades are available for this model. The Roll-@-Blade also features a transparent clamping bar for added visibility and stability when cutting.

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CR-20 Corner Rounder vs. Diamond-1: Which is Best?

Posted by: Morgan on January 5th, 2011

Lassco CR-20 CornerounderQuestion

Hello, we need a corner rounder to cut corners on 100 lb. laminated (3 mil) cardstock. We are looking at the Lassco CR-20 and the Akiles Diamond 1. Which do you recommend? The items to be cornered are 2.75 x 3.5 and a “little old lady” will be doing the work. We are looking for speed and ease of use. Any help making this decision is appreciated.

Patricia G.

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We have actually used both corner rounders here at Office Zone. Both models are an excellent choice, but we prefer the Lassco CR-20 Cornerounder. The dies used with the CR-20 are the same size as the Diamond-1 Corner Rounder; however, they are definitely more durable and extremely efficient at cutting through a stack of paper.

It is also much simpler changing dies with the CR-20. You simply pull out the die to remove and insert a different one. By comparison, the Diamond-1 by Akiles requires that you replace the die by removing two bolts. The CR-20 also requires less physical effort to perform a corner cut when compared to the Diamond-1. The engineers at Lassco certainly didn’t “cut corners” when designing this baby!