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What features should I look for in a spiral coil inserter?

Jeff McRitchie posted this on Jul 2, 2015

If you are looking for a spiral coil inserter to use in your office or print shop and don’t know where to start, don’t worry. This will help you better understand the different coil inserters that are available on the market so that you can better make your decision. 

  1. Number of Rollers: Coil inserters come with either one or two moving rollers. Generally speaking, spiral coil inserters that have two rollers are easier to use than inserters with just Rhin-O-Tuff Onyx HD4170 Electric 12' Coil Inserterone roller. However, the Tamerica Duracoil EL is an exception to this with its large grooved single roller and Teflon coated plate. The Duracoil EL is just as easy to use as most of the dual roller Spiral Coil inserters available on the market. Not all dual roller are the same. Some dual roller coil inserters have on stationary roller and one moving roller. The best dual roller spiral coil inserters have dual spinning rollers.
  2. Roller Spacing: A few of the best coil inserters on the market include the ability to adjust and gap the rollers. This makes it possible to use these rollers with larger diameter coils. The GBC CC2700 coil inserter and the Rhino Tuff HD4170 both include adjustable rollers, making it easier to use these machines with larger diameter coils. It is important to note that none of the coil inserters available on the market are proficient at inserting coil on documents greater than 30mm. Most professional binderies end up inserting coils larger than 30mm by hand. This is a process that can be made much easier through the use of a coil inserter.
  3. Spine Former: Many spiral coil inserters have a cupped area on the top of them to curve the spine of your book so that it matches the curve of the coil that you are inserting. This is helpful when inserting larger diameter coils. However, for extremely large books you may still want to consider getting the EZ book former to help you hold the book in place when inserting large coils.
  4. Foot Pedal Control: All of the best spiral coil inserters on the market offer foot pedal control. This allows the operator to hold the book with two hands while inserting the coil. Being able to hold the book with both hands makes it much easier to ensure that the coil spins smoothly across the entire book without problems.