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Fellowes Star 150 Manual Plastic Comb Binding Machine

Part #: 5217301
Brand: Fellowes
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  • Binding Capacity: 150 sheets
  • Color: White
  • Punching Type: Manual
  • Punching Capacity: 10 Sheets
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Designed for the home or small office, this Fellowes Star 150 Manual Plastic Comb Binding Machine is a great little machine. Let’s watch it step-by-step as you make a book. Let’s begin with the covers. Slide them into the slot at the back of the machine. Use the side margin control knob on the left hand side to align your paper where you want the holes punched and all papers will be punched consistently throughout your project. Down with the lever, you’re all punched. Continue to make punches through the rest of the pages of your project in batches of seven sheets or less. When all of your punches are made, gather your materials together. You’re now ready for the binding step. There’s a small tray on the right side of the machine that slides out. Here you can store a few combs but more importantly there’s a great little tool to help you determine which size comb is best for your project. Slide your completed project in and choose your comb. With your selection made, place the comb over the teeth of the comb opener. Be sure to keep the plastic comb teeth faced up and your project faced down. That way the project does not come apart in use. You open the comb with a lever on the left hand side of the machine. Simply pull down until it’s open as far as you need. Thread your project over the teeth of the comb, down, close the comb, and you’re all set. It really is that easy with the Star 150 by Fellowes.

Product Details

  • Light duty comb binding machine for the small office.
  • Manually punches up to 10 sheets at a time.
  • Binds up to 150 sheets with a 3/4" comb.
  • Allows user to punch & bind continuously for maximum productivity.
  • Loads vertically for accurate punch alignment.
  • Adjustable edge guide centers documents with ease.
  • Document thickness guide helps user select proper comb width.
  • Built-in comb storage tray for added convenience.

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Item Specifications

  • Item Number: 5217301
  • Model Number: STAR
  • Color: White
  • Material Type: Plastic/Metal
  • Qty Per Pack: 1
  • Item H x W x D (inches): 3.13 x 17.69 x 9.81
  • Application: Small Office
  • Usage: Moderate
  • Ready Light/Binding Light: N/A
  • Vertical Punching: Yes
  • Binding Type: Plastic Comb
  • Three-hole Punch: No
  • Binding Element Selector: Yes
  • Punching Type: Manual
  • Punching Capacity: Capacity of 10 Sheets
  • Binding Capacity: 150
  • Beep at the End of Binding Cycle: N/A
  • Auto Shutoff: N/A
  • Removable Binding System: No
  • Warranty: 2 Yr

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Fellowes Star 150 Plastic Comb Binding Machine Review

Transcript: Welcome to MyBinding video. This is a product review of the Fellowes Star 150, a manual plastic comb binding machine. The Star 150 is basically Fellowes' upgrade of the Starlet 90. It doesn't do anything more, it just does it better and is a stronger machine. Let's check out its features while we watch it in action.

We really do like the fold up and stowaway design, and it looks great. A significant improvement over the Starlet 90 is the two-handed lever. This makes it great for left and right handed users as well as punching with two hands. However, it really does get in the way of placing ...
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Welcome to MyBinding video. This is a product review of the Fellowes Star 150, a manual plastic comb binding machine. The Star 150 is basically Fellowes' upgrade of the Starlet 90. It doesn't do anything more, it just does it better and is a stronger machine. Let's check out its features while we watch it in action.

We really do like the fold up and stowaway design, and it looks great. A significant improvement over the Starlet 90 is the two-handed lever. This makes it great for left and right handed users as well as punching with two hands. However, it really does get in the way of placing papers into the slot for punching. It just ends in the way and your hands are always bumping it and you have to negotiate around the bar. There's really no improvement to the side margin control knob. It's still plastic, works well but a little flimsy. In terms of punch capacity, which is very important with any sort of punching machine, this machine claims to do ten sheets of 20lb paper. However, we couldn't get that many into the slot, we could only get eight, max. However, punching was very easy, especially with the two handed lever. As with seemingly all Fellowes binding machines, there's a small compartment on the right hand side, in which you can store some combs. Not a whole lot, mind you. However, the measuring tool inside is very helpful to determine which size comb you need for your project. This, then, brings us to the step of binding.

The Star 150's lever as well as the comb opening teeth are all made of metal. This is a great selling point for this size machine, because oftentimes they're made of plastic, break easily, and then render the machine useless. Again, you can notice the handle is in the way of trying to lace the finished project over the opened teeth of the comb. The Star binding machine is only capable of binding documents up to ¾ inch thick. That's about 150 sheets of 20lb paper. The machine is designed to bind documents that are 8-1/2 by 11 and also can punch oversized covers that are 8-3/4 by 11-1/4 in size. However, you cannot punch anything that's legal size, A4 size, or custom size sheets. You would need a larger machine with disengageable dies and an open throat for that. Keeping in mind that it was designed for the home or small office, the Fellowes Star 150, at just under $75, is a great buy. For more reviews and demos of this product and many more, check out MyBinding.com.

Fellowes Star 150 Plastic Comb Binding Machine Demo

Transcript: Welcome to MyBinding video. Today we're looking at the Fellowes Star 150, a manual plastic comb binding machine. Designed for the home or small office, this all-in-one comb binding system is a great little machine. Let's watch it step-by-step as you make a book.
Let's begin with the covers. Slide them into the slot at the back of the machine. Use the side margin control knob on the left hand side to align your paper where you want the holes punched and all papers will be punched consistently throughout your project. Down with the lever, you're all punched. Continue to make punches through the ...
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Welcome to MyBinding video. Today we're looking at the Fellowes Star 150, a manual plastic comb binding machine. Designed for the home or small office, this all-in-one comb binding system is a great little machine. Let's watch it step-by-step as you make a book. Let's begin with the covers. Slide them into the slot at the back of the machine. Use the side margin control knob on the left hand side to align your paper where you want the holes punched and all papers will be punched consistently throughout your project. Down with the lever, you're all punched. Continue to make punches through the rest of the pages of your project in batches of seven sheets or less. When all of your punches are made, gather your materials together. You're now ready for the binding step.

There's a small tray on the right side of the machine that slides out. Here you can store a few combs but more importantly there's a great little tool to help you determine which size comb is best for your project. Slide your completed project in and choose your comb. With your selection made, place the comb over the teeth of the comb opener. Be sure to keep the plastic comb teeth faced up and your project faced down. That way the project does not come apart in use. You open the comb with a lever on the left hand side of the machine. Simply pull down until it's open as far as you need. Thread your project over the teeth of the comb, down, close the comb, and you're all set. It really is that easy with the Star 150 by Fellowes. For more demos and reviews of this product and many more, check out MyBinding.com.

Staff Review

Fellowes Star Manual Plastic Comb Binding Machine Review

Overview:

  • The Fellowes Star is a low cost introductory plastic comb binding machine designed for home office and small office users.
  • This machine offers a sleek and contemporary design that is easy to use and easy to transport.
  • The Star is a larger and improved version of the Fellowes Starlet plastic comb binding machine.

Strengths / Features:

  • The Fellowes Star binding machine is designed to be extremely economical and offers light volume users an opportunity to bind their own documents without spending hundreds of dollars on equipment. It has a MSRP of about $110.00 and a selling price of around $75. For the features, this machine offers a great price and value.
  • The comb opener on this machine has metal fingers and metal hooks. Many inexpensive comb binding machines use plastic hooks to save money. However, plastic hooks frequently break off making the machine useless.
  • The Star binding machine includes a single ergonomic handle that stretches across the front of the machine. This makes it easy for both right handed and left handed operators to use this machine.
  • There is a built in storage tray on the side of the machine to hold a small supply of plastic combs. This helps to ensure that binding supplies are always within reach. The storage tray also has a built in guide for measuring the size of your comb binding supplies and to help determine the right size of spine for your document.

Weaknesses / Limitations:

  • The Star binding machine is only capable of binding documents up to 3/4″ thick. That equates to about 150 sheets of 20lb bond paper. It is possible to punch documents thicker than this using this machine. However, the comb opener is not designed to handle larger sized combs. Users who need to bind documents thicker than this will really need to consider a different machine.
  • This machine is designed to bind documents that are 8.5″ x 11″. It can also punch oversized covers that are 8.75″ x 11.25″ in size. However, it is not capable of punching legal size, A4 size or custom sized sheets. To bind documents that are smaller or larger than 11″ in length a machine with disengageable dies and an open throat would be necessary.
  • This machine is constructed almost entirely out of plastic. For most occasional users this should not be a problem. However, the machine is simply not designed for high volume binding applications. Users who need to bind more than a few documents per week should really consider a larger more durable machine.

Recommendation:

  • The Fellowes Star is a great choice for organizations that are looking for a low cost plastic comb binding machine for occasional use in a home office or small office environment.
  • The Star offers a sleek ergonomic design, is simple to use and is easy to transport.
  • Provided that your organization doesn’t need to bind documents larger than 3/4″ thick and doesn’t need to do more than occasional binding then this is a great fit.
  • Higher volume users will want to consider a heavier duty machine with metal components and an expanded feature set.

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.

Questions & Answers

Thank you for your question. The hole spacing described matches 2:1 Twin Loop Wire. You can find our selection of 2:1 Wire Binding Machines here .

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