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.


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.


Reviewed: Akiles CoilMac ECI PLUS Plus Binding Machine

Posted by: James 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.


Akiles Coilmac ECI Manual Coil Binder w/ Electric Inserter Review

Posted by: James 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.


Fellowes Helios 60 Thermal Binder Review

Posted by: James on June 10th, 2011

Fellowes Helios 60 Thermal Binding MachineAre you looking for an inexpensive way to bind your documents, while at the same time trying to avoid comb, wire, or coil binding?  If so, a binding style to consider would be the thermal binding.  In particular, the Fellowes Helios 60 would be a great choice to start with.  This review will show you why this machine has risen quickly as a great option in the thermal binding genre.

Fellowes is one of the most familiar brand names around the office, ranging from shredders, laminators, mouse pads, to comb, wire, and thermal binders.  The Helios 60 is one of their newest additions to the office environment and it is gaining in popularity quickly.  Why is this?  Listed below are a few of the main reasons it is a recommended product.

– Large binding capacity.
With the ability to bind up to an amazing 600 sheets, the Helios 60 outperforms pretty much every other binder on the market.  Comb binding only goes up to 425 sheets.  However, if you don’t need up to 600 sheets, yet you still enjoy thermal binding, the Helios 30 is also available, which is very similar in design and purpose.  You can find more information about the Helios 30 here.

– Simplicity. Binding has never been easier with the Helios 60 thermal binder.  Thermal binders work like sophisticated ovens.  After a brief 4 minute warm up time, your machine is ready to go.  Simply put your documents into the thermal binding covers and then place into the machine.  The machine will melt the glue from the covers and bind your covers securely and without any mess.  Covers range in size and color.  Here is a link to view our selection of Fellowes thermal binding covers.

– Modern design. The sleek, new design from Fellowes allows the Helios 60 to fit in any office or home setting.  Featuring the capability to fold flat, it can be easily transported or stored away.  It also comes equipped with a LED control panel, auto shut-off to prevent overheating (or accidental burns), document thickness detectors, and audio and visual indicators which will signal when the machine is ready for use, as well as when the job is finished.

– 2 year warranty. This is a very generous warranty for a binding machine.  Most binding machines only come with a 90 day warranty.  This machine doesn’t really have any consumable parts, and is in general a simple machine, but having a comfortable 2 year warranty brings peace of mind knowing your machine is built to last.

Again, if you need a very simple, affordable binding machine, the Helios 60 is one that will be a great asset to your office or home business.  It is also a great option for school reports.  You can find more information about the Fellowes Helios 60 thermal binding machine here:

If you need to place an order, or if you have any detailed questions, feel free to contact our sales representatives at 800-543-5454.


Akiles EcoBind-C Plastic Comb Binding Machine Reviewed

Posted by: James 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.