Who Makes the Best Wire Binding Machine?

Posted by: Morgan on March 3rd, 2011

Intelli-Bind IW250 Wire Binding MachineWe get this question almost every week. The answer really depends on what you need to do. For example, if you work in a small office where sales presentations (and other similar items) are needed on a weekly basis, we recommend the Intelli-Bind IW250 Wire Binding Machine.

First of all, the Intelli-Bind IW250 is an affordable binding machine. It won’t break your company’s budget. The unit may be used to bind proposals, marketing booklets, reports and more. This wire binder is capable of punching up to 15 sheets of standard 20-lb. bond paper at time. Another reason why this wire binding machine is a preferred choice is simply the fact that it binds documents with wire. Our customers tell us they love the professional appearance of wire-bound presentations.

If you have a slightly larger budget to work with, the Akiles WireMac is a solid recommended choice. The WireMac is a durable wire binding machine designed to punch and bind throughout the work day. Once Akiles binding machines go out our door, they don’t come back. These machines are engineered to last for decades.


Can the SircleBind WR-200 Create 1,000 Documents?

Posted by: Morgan on February 18th, 2011

SircleBind WR-200 Manual Wire Book Binding MachineQuestion

I’m interested in the Sirclebind WR-200 manual wire binding machine. Can you tell me the volume this machine is designed for. We expect to have approx. 500-1000 binders to create short-term and then minimal volume afterwards. Is this machine ok for that kind of volume?


Marvin D.


The SircleBind WR-200 Manual Wire Book Binding Machine will handle the volume that you anticipate. The SircleBind is a medium-grade machine when comparing its features, performance and durability to other models. It’s a rather easy-to-use wire binder. It will punch up to 20 lb. sheets at a time, and that amount of paper equals high production numbers.

The WR-200 is ergonomically designed to accommodate almost anyone. It features a unique U-shaped handle that may be used by both right- and left-handed people. The WR-200 is actually a combination wire binder that will punch documents for both 2:1 and 3:1 pitch wire binding elements.


Need Adjustable Wire Binding Closing Machine

Posted by: Morgan on January 31st, 2011

WBM-532 Modular Wire CloserQuestion


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.


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.


Can you Adjust Hole Punching on GBC C340 Precision Punch Bind Machine?

Posted by: Morgan on January 19th, 2011

Tahsin 213-PB Plus 3 Manual Punch Bind MachineQuestion


I want to ask you if the “GBC C340 Precision Punch And Bind Machine” the punching method is Manual?
Can I change the punching method of this machine? I want 20 holes in stead of 21.

I hope I get an answer soon!




Yes, the punching method for that machine is manual. However, you cannot change the number of holes punched with GBC C340. We recommend the Tahsin 213-PB Plus 3 Manual Punch Bind Machine. It does not punch as many sheets at a time, but the 213-PB Plus 3 will let you manually adjust the number of holes you want to punch.

You can also bind with either double loop wire or plastic comb with this 2-in-1 combination binding machine. The binding punch has 21 disengaging punching dies and can handle up to 20 sheets of paper at a time. This model has a added bonus feature with its 3-hole paper punch. The Tahsin 213-PB can handle plastic comb binding of up to two inches in size (425 sheets of standard 20 pound paper).


What Comb Binder is Best for my Needs?

Posted by: Morgan on December 20th, 2010

Intelli-Bind™ IB400 Comb Binding MachineQuestion


I’m interested in a comb binder, and wondered if you might have a suggestion of which binder would be best for my needs.

I would be using the binder to punch and bind 15 sheets of 110 lb. cardstock.  I would use the binder around 200 times/year, and would like a quality binder that will last.

Thank you for your assistance.


Abby W.


We recommend the Intelli-Bind™ IB400 Comb Binding Machine. This new comb binder from Intelli-Zone™ is the most feature-rich comb binding machine available in its price range. The IB400 can punch up to 18 sheets of 20-lb. paper at a time. It will definitely handle your heavy 110 lb. cardstock paper, but it won’t punch as many sheets at a time.

This particular model comes with fully selectable punching pins. This helps you easily disengage any punching die for custom punching projects. The Intelli-Zone IB400 can bind books up to one inch in thickness. The IB400 is a well-rounded comb binding machine that may be used for most medium-volume punch and binding tasks such as yours. It was constructed to last for several years with regular use.


Comb Binding Machines: A Thing Of The Past?

Posted by: Morgan on January 22nd, 2009

Are comb binding machines becoming a thing of the past? We’ve noticed over the years that demand for comb binders has slightly decreased. Spiral or coil binding is certainly a popular binding method today, along with wire binding. However, there’s still a healthy demand for these easy-to-use and affordable Sircle CB-110 Comb Binding Machinebinding machines.

Who still uses a comb binding machine? Well, school teachers for one like the advantages of using a comb binder. They tell us they like comb binding machines because they can easily punch an bind documents. And it’s a snap to pull off the plastic binding comb and insert or take away pages. Comb binding machines will also save you a lot of money. The CB-110 Comb Binding machine from Sircle Corp., for example, is inexpensive and offers a professional document binding solution. It’s lightweight and can be easily transported to just about any location.

There are some drawbacks to comb binding. The most obvious is the quality or appearance of the bind. Binding combs just don’t look as professional or durable as a wire or coil bound document. Comb bond documents can also easily become unbound if the comb accidentally becomes snagged on something.

But dollar for dollar, comb binding is still a popular binding method used today from school environments to businesses.

Be sure to read more about comb binding at our Comb Binding Machine FAQ page.


Save Money In Tough Economic Times By Binding Your Own Books

Posted by: admin on December 17th, 2008

Times are tough right now for many businesses and current economic conditions in one way or another affect most people. Businesses are looking for ways to trim costs and save money. One way this is being done is by bringing outsourced projects back to an “in-house” status. Businesses and organizations are saving money right now by doing their own book, report and presentation binding in-house.

Book Binding MachineBook binding isn’t complicated, and compared to paying a third party, the machines pay for themselves over a short period of time. The most common forms of binding, done by businesses, are comb, wire, coil and VeloBinding. The supplies are available in different sizes, colors and give the operator freedom to bind almost anything. Another advantage to binding books in-house is speed and convenience. With a binding machine, books can be bound in seconds, as they are needed.

Before taking the plunge towards in-house operations, determine how many books you will need to bind per day, week and month. Also determine how automated you want the binding machine to be. Many are not aware of this, but binding machines vary in functionality like a car. Some are completely manual, where others are almost fully automated. Cost does go up the more automated the machine becomes, but the amount of time and effort required to bind a book may be worth the investment.

There are four types of binding that are commonly used for in-house binding. The most popular of the four is comb binding; followed by coil binding, wire binding and VeloBinding. The binding process with these four types of binding machines is simple. Punch holes in the paper and covers, insert the binding element and close it. Most of these binding machines take less than a few minutes to use per book.

There are a few features to look for in a binding machine. One of them is an adjustable margin depth. This allows the operator to adjust how deep into the paper the holes will be punched. This is especially nice if you will be binding books of varying thicknesses. The thicker the book, the deeper into the margin the holes need to be punched. This helps to prevent pages from ripping out of the binding element. If you will not be binding thick books (100+ pages), this shouldn’t be a concern.

Another feature to be aware of are disengageable (disengaging) punching dies. This is also sometimes referred to as variable punching dies. This allows the user to determine which hole to or not to punch. This is very nice to have if you will be binding pages of varying sizes. It helps to eliminate the dreaded half-hole, which happens when the punching die runs off the paper and only punches part of it. If you will only be punching standard 8 ½ x 11-inch paper, this may not be a necessary feature.

Any printer, organization or business that creates books or reports can benefit from owning their own binding machine. Contact Office Zone for more information on binding machines.


Binding Your Own Books Doesn’t Have To Be Complicated

Posted by: admin on October 31st, 2008

Do you have a cookbook, a report or perhaps a book that you need to bind? Many people think that binding a document is long, lengthy and complicated process. Others assume that binding has to be done by a publisher, regardless of the volume. This is not the case. Binding is easy, simple and can be done by anyone.

All you need is a printer and a binding machine. There are several “do-it-yourself” binding machines available, with the three most popular binding formats being comb, wire and coil binding. These machines allow you to print your recipe book or novel using a printer. Once printed, the document can be punched and binding elements inserted. The entire process typically takes less than a few minutes.

Speed is an issue for some people, especially if you need to bind hundreds of books per day. Manufacturers have taken this into consideration. Many binding machines are now available in a manual and electric version. The manual version of a binding machine is used for lower-volume binding and requires the individual to pull a handle to punch and binding.

Electric binding machines typically use a motor to punch the holes and often help assist with applying the binding element as well. Electric binding machines make it possible to bind several hundred books a day. You can often double or triple output simply by using an electric motor enabled binding machine.

As mentioned previously, there are three popular forms of binding; being comb, wire and coil (sometimes referred to as spiral). These three binding formats require paper to be punched and elements to be inserted. All three formats are available in manual and electric designs.

Comb binding machines use a plastic element. In the United States, 8 ½ x 11-inch paper is most commonly used. A comb-binding machine will punch a total of 19 holes with this size of paper. The holes are rectangular in shape. One the holes are punched, the comb binding element is opened and inserted through the punched holes. The machine then releases the comb and the binding process is completed. A nice thing about comb binding is that the supplies can be re-used and pages can be removed or added.

Wire binding machines use a wire binding element. There are three hole formats available, being Spiral-O, 2:1 pitch and 3:1 pitch. These hole formats sound complicated, but are easy to use. Again, using 8 ½ x 11-inch paper, a Spiral-O will punch 19 total holes, using a similar hole patter to the comb binding. The 2:1 pitch punches two holes per inch and the 3:1 pitch punches three holes per inch.

The more holes there are per inch the tighter the look of the bound book, however the more holes the fewer the sheets that can be bound. Holes are available in rectangle, square and round, depending on the machine. Different hole patters are not interchangeable with different pitches of binding supplies. It is critical to buy the correct wire binding supplies that match your binding machine. Wire binding machines, similar to comb binding, punch the paper. The wire-binding element is then inserted through the holes and the wire is actually closed shut. Once closed, the wire cannot be re-opened.

Coil binding, commonly referred to as spiral binding, uses a spring-like binding supply. The appearance is much like the spiral notebooks used in elementary school, except that the supplies are made from PVC plastic instead of metal. The plastic coils are available in various colors and diameters.

Coil binding machines punch holes in paper. The supplies are then spun through the holes either manually or by use of an electric coil inserter. Coil binding is available in 5:1 pitch (five holes per inch) and 4:1 (four holes per inch) pitch supplies. Much like wire binding, the different pitches are not interchangeable.

These are just a few of the binding machines available for binding booklets. There is no need to feel intimidated or disappointed at the thought of binding your book. Simply purchase or use a binding machine and bind it yourself!