- Heavy-Duty Design
- 20 sheets single punching capacity (20 lbs paper).
- Available in 3:1 or 2:1 Pitch Configurations
- 14" width punching capacity with open sides for even wider documents.
- All dies can be independently disengaged, to allow the punching of any size document while preventing partial side-end perforation.
- Closing capacity: WireMac-31: From 3/16" to 9/16" / WireMac-21: From 5/8" to 1 1/4"
- All metal construction.
- Model: WireMac-31 / WireMac-21
- Pitch: 3:1 / 2:1
- Punching Length: 14" (40 dies) / 14" (27 dies)
- Disengaging Dies: All 40 / All 27
- Hole Punch: Square (0.157" x 0.157") / Rectangular (0.157" x 0.217")
- Binding Thickness: From 3/16" to 9/16" / From 5/8" to 1-1/4"
- Single Punching Capacity: Up to 20 sheets (20 lbs)
- Closer Selector: Included
- Closing Mechanism: Vertical
- Master Selector: Included
- Metal Wire Snatch: Included
- Wire Diameter Scale: Included
- Side Margins Control: Included
- Punching Margin Control: Included
- Weight / Volume: 45 lbs / 2.55 CbFt
- Warranty: 1 year
Reviewed on 1/5/2017
Our Marketing Department has been happy with this purchase thus far. And I can only thank MyBinding for their patience and guidance in helping to select a machine for us. Excellent customer service.
Reviewed on 12/7/2016
I am torn between 4 and 5 stars. The machine is built very well. It is very sturdy and the edge guide stays straight and locks in place nicely. It's packed full of features and can punch pages larger than normal since it has an open throat design. There are two flaws that I have noticed. The wire holder does not work well. Most of the times I actually use it my wire falls off as I try to remove the project from the holder. It's honestly easier to set it on the table and insert my pages rather than use the holder. It's pretty cool that it does have wire measurements on it though. The second annoyance is in punching. The punch pins stick to my pages if I punch anything over 7 pages. I thought about oiling them, but I'm a little worried that would then get oil on my paper, so I figure that is not a good idea. So I have to push the lever back up to get the pins out. I am punching photo paper, so maybe results will vary. That being said, with all the features packed into this machine and a decent price, I'll work with those flaws.
Reviewed on 3/23/2016
I would recommend this machine. It is working great for me for binding the journals that I create. Also, the video was a big help in learning how to operate it. I also appreciate the great customer service I am experiencing in working with MyBinding.com.
Reviewed on 2/16/2016
Good machine. Easy to use and straightforward. Would be nice to have the electric punch but I didn't want to spend the money.
Reviewed on 9/7/2015
As a composer, I've been producing a steady stream of music scores that need high quality binding for almost a decade. Comb is too flimsy and noisy for use in classical music performance/recording, and I find twin loop binding more attractive than spiral. It's also the standard used by the Canadian Music Centre.
I've been using the WireMac for many years and remain happy with it. There's a bit of a learning curve to get good results—it sometimes has the tendency to crimp the wire add an odd angle, resulting in a not-quite-round spine. But with patience and experience, I get good results regardless of the page count and paper weight I use for different scores.
Reviewed on 8/17/2015
Took a bit of getting used to and figuring out but once I did, no problems. Good Machine. Appreciated the excellent customer service from My Binding support team.
Akiles WireMac M Manual Double Loop Wire Binding Machine Review
- The Akiles Wiremac M is one of the most popular double loop wire binding machines available on the market.
- This machine is available with either a 2:1 pitch punching pattern or a 3:1 pitch punching pattern. You will need to choose the model that best fits your binding needs.
- Both models include a number of great features including a heavy duty wire closer, sturdy metal construction, a wire holder to help you hang your documents, and fully disengageable dies.
- These features make the Wiremac M perfect for the small to medium sized company that wants to bind their own documents using
Strengths / Features:
- The Akiles Wiremac M is available with your choice of either a 2:1 pitch (2 holes per inch) or 3:1 pitch (3 holes per inch) punching pattern. The 3:1 pitch hole pattern is designed for use with twin loop wire spines from 3/16″ up to 9/16″ and can also be used with GBC Proclick and 3:1 pitch spiral coil spines. The 2:1 pitch punch can be used with wires from 5/8″ up to 1-1/4″ and can also be used with special 2:1 pitch small sized wire. Depending on the size of your documents that you want to bind, you will need to select the hole pattern that best fits your need when you purchase the Wiremac M.
- The WireMac M includes a legal sized punching throat and fully disengageable dies. This means that this machine can be used to punch letter size, legal size, half letter, A4 and any custom sized documents less than fourteen inches in length. It also has an open throat for punching longer documents using a two step punch process.
- Both versions of the Wiremac M have a heavy duty wire closer that is designed to take the “C” shaped wire spines and close them so that they are round. The wire closer on the Akiles Wiremac is controlled by a convenient knob located on the top of the machine and is made from heavy duty steel components. This helps to ensure that the wire closer will close documents consistently even after years of use.
- The WireMac has a clamp style wire holder on the front of the machine. This is designed to hold the binding spine in place while you hang the pages on it.
- The Akiles Wiremac has a manual punching mechanism that is capable of punching up to 20 sheets of 20lb paper per lift. This is a fairly good punching capacity for a machine of this type and price range.
Weaknesses / Limitations:
- Although the WireMac has a decent punching capacity, it is still a manual punch. Users who need to bind large volumes of documents or need to bind large documents quickly should really consider an electric punch to improve productivity and efficiency.
- Although the wire holder on the front of this machine is better than having no holding device, wire binding machines with hooks to hang the wires on tend to be easier to use. The hooks help to prevent the wire from becoming deformed during the inserting process. Learning how to use the clamp style Wiremac can be a little bit tricky.
- As was mentioned above, you need to choose either a 2:1 or a 3:1 pitch hole pattern when you buy this machine. The choice that you make will limit the supplies that you are able to use. Many organizations can settle on one machine or the other. However, users who need the flexibility to bind multiple sized presentations and reports may want to look at a machine that can produce both hole patterns such as the Wiremac Duo Combo.
- The Akiles Wiremac manual combo is an ideal choice for small and medium sized organizations that need to bind a few documents on a daily basis.
- It offers a high quality manual punch, heavy duty metal construction, a durable wire closer and fully disengageable dies. All of these are features that are essential in a high quality wire binding system.
- However, users who need to bind large numbers of documents or who need to bind a wide variety of document thicknesses may want to consider either an electric binding machine or a machine that can punch both 2:1 and 3:1 pitch hole patterns.
This review was written by Jeff McRitchie who is the director of marketing for Mybinding.com Jeff has written more than three hundred articles and more than two hundred reviews on Binding Machines, Binding Supplies, Report Covers, 3-Ring Binders, Index Tabs, Laminators, Laminating Supplies, Paper Shredders and Paper Handling Equipment.