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Tamerica Versalam-1300 13" Versatile Laminating Machine
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Tamerica Versalam-1300 13" Versatile Laminating Machine

Part #: Versalam-1300
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ProductDescription

Feel like all the best laminators are over your budget? Search no further. Tamerica Versalam-1300, a versatile 13" laminating machine is a premium roll laminator at the price that you can afford. It features a 13" wide opening that can laminate up to 10 mil of thickness. Want to laminate a heavy-duty poster? No problem, the Versalam-1300 an incredible maximum mounting capacity of up to 1/4". Have the option to laminate 1-side or 2-side provides a wide range of projects and use of materials. The variable speed and temperature control is all in your hand, the Versalam-1300 works for you. Featuring 4 rear fans with a on and off switch ensures a fast finished product with a quick cool down time. The 1300 also includes a middle de-curling bar, a back pull bar, a stand, rear film slitter and a guide plate for 8.5" x 11" letter size. Create the productive and efficient working environment you want your office to be. The Tamerica Versalam-1300 will assist you to get to the top.

Product Details

  • Efficienty 1-side and 2-side laminating
  • Variable speed and temperature control
  • Energy efficient auto shut-off features
  • Feed tray & front shield sensors
  • Temperature memory function
  • 4 rear fans w/ on/off switch
  • On/off switch for bottom roller heat
  • Temperature conversion feature
  • Auto shut-off
  • Heavy-duty, all-metal construction
  • 2-tone color (navy blue/silver)
  • 11" Max. OD
  • Includes: middle de-curling bar , back pull bar , mounted on its own stand , rear film slitter , and guide plates for 8.5" x 11"

ItemSpecifications

  • Max. laminating width: 13"
  • Max. laminating thickness: 10mil
  • Max. laminating speed: 8.8'/min
  • Max. mounting capacity: 1/4" boards
  • Core size: 1" and 3"
  • UL approved
  • Warranty: 1 year warranty

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DemonstrationVideo

One Sided Lamination

Transcript: In this video we’ll be setting up the Versalam 1300 for a one sided lamination, which is a pretty big selling point for this machine.
The 1300 does not need a release liner on the bottom, which really simplifies setup and lowers costs. To start, first make sure you correctly orientate the adhesive on your film roll so the shiny side is facing the back. Then twist the rod into the roll and align the edge of the roll to the appropriate marker.
You can remove the front table, but don’t need to with one-sided lamination.
Next pull out some film so it goes past the rollers. Then thre...
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In this video we’ll be setting up the Versalam 1300 for a one sided lamination, which is a pretty big selling point for this machine.

The 1300 does not need a release liner on the bottom, which really simplifies setup and lowers costs. To start, first make sure you correctly orientate the adhesive on your film roll so the shiny side is facing the back. Then twist the rod into the roll and align the edge of the roll to the appropriate marker.

You can remove the front table, but don’t need to with one-sided lamination.

Next pull out some film so it goes past the rollers. Then thread it behind the top metal bar, over the front metal bar and drape the film over the heat rollers.

On the side, set the rollers into the down position.

If you removed the table, put it back on.

Next, twist the black knobs in the back to disengage the black roller. You can lift it up and then rest it on the knobs. Then use the laminating guide card to push your lamination through—you can push it, or run the rollers to feed it through. Once it’s out the back, then feed it over the black roller and put the roller back down and screwed in place.

The most important step for one sided laminating is to turn off the bottom roller using this switch on the right—this way the adhesive will not stick to the bottom roller.

And turn on the fans in the back.

Next, turn on the console and push the “U” button to set the upper roller temperature. I currently have it set to fahrenheit. It will flash the set temperature, then default back to show the current temperature.

You can use the guide as a temperature and speed reference, but I found I needed to set it hotter and slower for a good finish.

Push the heat button for the roller to begin warming to the set temperature. And set the desired speed.

After several minutes it will be heated and ready. Adjust the edge guides for your project and then run a sequence of test pages. Put the rollers down and hit the run button. I highly recommend running test pages because one sided lamination is a little more tricky.

Your projects are a lot more likely to curl, and it will take some trial and error to find the best setup to avoid this.

Also make sure to watch the back because it will want to curl around the back roller especially first feeding out the machine.

When you are done, you can use the built in blades to trim off the sequence of projects, though I still personally preferred using my box cutter for a cleaner cut.

If your projects are curled, pull these two red dots up to set the de-curling bar and do another test.

If that doesn’t work, you can also try bypassing the black roller—this is especially helpful when your material is slightly thicker.

Two Sided Lamination

Transcript: We’re now going to setup a two sided lamination with the Versalam 1300.
First make sure you correctly orientate the adhesive on your film roll so the shiny side is facing the back. Then twist the rod into the roll and align the edge of the roll to the appropriate marker.
Next pull out some film so it goes past the rollers. Then thread it behind the top metal bar, over the front metal bar and drape the film over the heat rollers. You’ll have to remove the table at this point.
Align the bottom roller so the shiny side is facing away from you. Thread it over the first bar, and unde...
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We’re now going to setup a two sided lamination with the Versalam 1300.

First make sure you correctly orientate the adhesive on your film roll so the shiny side is facing the back. Then twist the rod into the roll and align the edge of the roll to the appropriate marker.

Next pull out some film so it goes past the rollers. Then thread it behind the top metal bar, over the front metal bar and drape the film over the heat rollers. You’ll have to remove the table at this point.

Align the bottom roller so the shiny side is facing away from you. Thread it over the first bar, and under and over the second. My rollers are already warm, and I recommend you have them heated already. This way the bottom film will stay in place against the warm adhesive. Then bring the back bar into it’s upward position.

Now is the time to perfectly align your films—misalignment will result in adhesive getting on the rollers. When you’re done, put the table back on.

Next, twist the black knobs in the back to disengage the black roller. You can lift it up and then rest it on the knobs. Then use the laminating guide card, or a thicker paper to push your lamination through. Of course, push run first.

Activate the rollers by bringing them down, and feed the card through the back. Make sure it feeds properly. You’ll see that we have completely bypassed the black roller.

You can use the provided trimmers to then remove the laminated card.

Now it should be ready to set the actual temperature.

Next, turn on the console and push the “U” button to set the upper roller temperature. I currently have it set to fahrenheit. It will flash the set temperature, then default back to show the current temperature.

You can use the guide as a temperature and speed reference, but I found I needed to set it hotter and slower for a good finish.

Push the heat button for the roller to begin warming to the set temperature. And set the desired speed.

After several minutes it will be heated and ready.

Now you can run your projects through for a double sided lamination. And here is the final result.

StaffReview

Tamerica VersaLam 1300 13" One Side Two Side Roll Laminator Review

The Tamerica VersaLam 1300 is a great laminating system for a small to medium office.  It offers heavy duty design in a medium size machine.  You can choose from either one or two sided lamination with a wide variety of other options as well.  Here is a closer look at the details.

Strengths:

  • Once switched on, a "Ready" light will come on along with an audible alert.  The variable speed and temperature controls allow you to complete multiple projects with a single machine.  A temperature memory function lets you use the same temperature with multiple jobs without having to reset the device every time.
  • This device comes with a manual emergency shut off for immediate cessation.  It also has a reverse function to help with the clearing of any jams that may occur.  This feature also works well if you have a misfeed; simply reverse the item back out to you and start again.
  • The heated rollers are made of top grade silicon rubber to prevent bubbles or scratches occurring during lamination.  The bottom rollers can have the heat turned off for one sided lamination if needed.
  • A mountable laminator stand is included with this product.  This gives you the option of storing the machine on a table if you'd prefer or on the stand.  The stand is convenient because it has wheels for added mobility.  And it leaves your surfaces free.
  • Both tension knobs are spring loaded on the upper and lower rollers to apply the exact pressure needed.  Middle and rear de-curling bars help to keep hot items from curling up and hardening in that position.  They also help to keep items moving through smoothly instead of curling back into itself.
  • With a maximum 13 inch width, this device is perfect for smaller to medium document lamination.  It uses one or three inch core sizes, provides both one and two sided laminating, and has a maximum mounting capacity of 3/16".  The adjustable feed guide aids in keeping items from entering the machine crooked and coming out wrinkled.
  • The VersaLam can handle a 500 foot roll of 1.5mil film and accepts up to 10mil film.  Items are processed as fast as 4 feet per minute, allowing a standard size paper to slide through in less than 15 seconds on the fastest speed.
  • Tamerica guarantees this laminator with a one year warranty.

Weaknesses:

  • The width is limited to 13 inches.  For most smaller offices needing to protect standard size signs or photos, this won't be an issue.  But offices dealing with larger amounts of posters or other oversize documents will want a wider machine.  We recommend the MyBinding MY2700L, which offers a 27 inch width capacity.
  • One thing that would be nice is a foot pedal for hands free operation.  However, this is more of a luxury than a necessity for most and we don't think it detracts too much from the machine's value.

Overall, the Tamerica VersaLam is well suited for the laminating needs of a small to medium office.  It would be great in a school, small print shop, or restaurant.  With a variety of options and many automated features, this device is both efficient and convenient.  If you're looking for a smaller laminator, be sure the check out the VersaLam 1300 today!

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