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Fellowes Starlet 90 Manual Plastic Comb Binding Machine
- For occasional home, office, or student use.
- Manually punches up to 7 sheets at a time.
- Binds up to 90 sheets with a 1/2” 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.
- Item Number: 5217201
- Model Number: STARLET
- 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: Personal
- Usage: Occasional
- 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 7 Sheets
- Binding Capacity: 90
- Beep at the End of Binding Cycle: N/A
- Auto Shutoff: N/A
- Removable Binding System: No
- Warranty: 2 Yr
Fellowes Starlet Manual Plastic Comb Binding Machine Review Video
Of first note is its compact stowaway design for easy storage and just good looks. To assure consistent punching throughout your project, there is a margin control knob on the side of the machine. It does work well, even though it's a little flimsy. Punch capacity is always important for any punching machine. This ... Read More
Welcome to MyBinding video. This is a review of the Starlet 90, a Fellowes-made manual plastic comb binding machine. Built for home, small office, or classroom occasional binding needs, the Starlet 90 is a great little machine. Let's watch it in action and check out its features.
Of first note is its compact stowaway design for easy storage and just good looks. To assure consistent punching throughout your project, there is a margin control knob on the side of the machine. It does work well, even though it's a little flimsy. Punch capacity is always important for any punching machine. This one claims and can actually do seven sheets of 20lb paper per lift. And considering what this machine was made for, that's a good amount. But keep in mind the lever's on the right hand side. So for left-handed users, this would be a problem. When it comes to the binding part, this machine seems to perform just as well. There is a pull out tray on the right side of the machine that stores some combs; however, not very many. But there is a small handy little tool that allows you to take your completed project, slide it into the slot, and make the most accurate selection for your comb size. In terms of the mechanics of the comb opener, the teeth are made of metal but the lever is plastic. But then again, most of the machine is made of plastic because its design is really for occasional use.
The most major limitation of this unit is that it is only designed for use with plastic combs up to half inch in diameter. This allows you to bind a document of up to 90 sheets in length. And because the punch pins are not disengageable and the punch slot is not open, it can only be used with letter sized sheets and oversized covers. Anything smaller or larger just will not work. But again, it's great for what it was designed for and for a price point of under $60, it's a good deal. For more demos and reviews of this product and many more, check out MyBinding.com.
Fellowes Starlet 90 Comb Binding Machine Demo Video
After practicing a little with scrap paper, let's begin with the covers. Place them in the back slot, use the margin control knob to set the margins so that all punches are consistent throughout your project. When you're all set, make your punch. Continue punching through the rest of the paper ... Read More
Welcome to MyBinding video. This is a demonstration of the Fellowes Starlet 90, a manual plastic comb binding machine. If you've got the occasional binding need in home, small office, or classroom, the Starlet 90 could be your best bet. Let's watch it step-by-step in action and see how to bind a book.
After practicing a little with scrap paper, let's begin with the covers. Place them in the back slot, use the margin control knob to set the margins so that all punches are consistent throughout your project. When you're all set, make your punch. Continue punching through the rest of the papers in your project, in small batches of seven sheets or less. When your entire project is punched, you're ready for the binding part.
Collate your project, get it ready. It's now time to select your plastic comb and bind it all together. Built into the hidden tray on the side of the machine is not only a small comb holder but a measuring tool that allows you to stick your entire project into the slot to choose the right size comb for your project. After selecting your comb, place it over the teeth of the comb opener. Use the lever on the left hand side of the machine to open up the teeth of the comb. Always be sure to keep the teeth faced up and the project faced down, that way the book won't fall apart in use. Drape the project over the teeth of the comb, close the comb, and you're all set. It really is that simple with the Starlet 90 by Fellowes. And for more demos and reviews of this product and many more, check out MyBinding.com.
Fellowes Starlet Manual Plastic Comb Binding Machine Review
- The Fellowes Starlet 90 binding machine is one of the most economical plastic comb binding machines on the market.
- Designed for home and small office users this machine is designed to give users the ability to bind their own documents, reports and proposals without spending a fortune on a binding system.
- This machine is small, easy to use and even includes a convenient carrying handle for transporting the machine.
Strengths / Features:
- The Fellowes Starlet binding machine is one of the least expensive comb binding machines available on the market. With a price of just over $50, this machine is a great choice for someone who needs to occasionally bind a few documents or reports.
- The Starlet has a unique design that allows the machine to fold flat when it is not in use. When folded there is a convenient handle to carry the machine from place to place. It also includes a slide out tray for holding a limited supply of plastic binding combs and provides a special sizing guide to help determine the correct size of spine for your document.
- Unlike many other low priced plastic comb binding machines, this unit offers metal fingers and hooks as part of the comb opener. Units with plastic fingers and hooks will often break over time and are far less durable.
- The Fellowes Starlet also includes one handle for punching and another handle for opening plastic combs. The two handle design helps to reduce wear and offers a nice small footprint for the machine.
- This machine can punch up to 7 sheets of 20lb paper at a time. Although other units can certainly punch more, this is a respectable number for a low priced unit such as this.
Weaknesses / Limitations:
- One major limitation of this unit is that it is only designed for use with plastic combs up to 1/2″ in diameter. This allows users to bind documents up to 90 sheets using this unit. It is certainly possible to punch documents that are thicker than this. However, the comb opener is only designed for use with smaller combs. If you need to bind thicker documents, you might want to look for a heavier duty larger binding machine.
- The Starlet is designed for use with letter sized (11″) sheets and oversize (11.25″) covers. It can not be used to bind documents that are shorter or longer than eleven inches. Organizations that need to bind legal sized documents or half size books need to consider other binding machines.
- Although the hooks and fingers of the comb opener on the Starlet are made of metal, virtually everything else on this machine is made out of plastic. For light occasional use this shouldn’t be a huge problem. However, this machine is not designed for heavy use and if used heavily, the plastic parts will most likely break.
- For individuals or organizations that are looking for a low cost plastic comb binding machine to bind letter sized documents up to 90 sheets thick, the Fellowes Starlet is a good choice.
- It has a nice sleek design and the fact that it folds flat and contains storage for comb binding spines makes this a great choice.
- However, the Starlet is not a good fit for organizations that need to bind custom length documents, need to bind large numbers of documents or need to bind documents that are thicker than 1/2″.
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.