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Comparing the GBC CombBind C12, C55, and C75
GBC makes some of the best plastic comb binding machines and they recently unveiled a new one: the GBC CombBind C12. This device is set to replace the old C55 and C75 machines, so we want to compare the three products to see how they were similar and different. Here’s what we discovered about the GBC CombBind C12, C55, and C75.
Punching and binding capacities: First of all, you should know that the C12 has the best punching and binding capacity out of all three of these machines. Here’s a look at how they stack up:
Machine No. Punching Capacity Binding Capacity
C12 12 sheets 200 pages
C55 5 sheets 90 pages
C75 10 sheets 125 pages
As you can see, the C12 has the best punching and binding capacities, hands down.
Ease of use: All three of these machines are easy to use considering they’re pretty much entry-level devices. However, the C12 is a bit easier to use thanks to a number of factors. First, it has an ergonomically friendly handle that both left- and right-handed users can take advantage of it. (The C55′s handle is on the right side of the machine which isn’t very convenient for left-handed users.) Also, the C12 has step-by-step instructions and a color-coded comb selector guide printed right on it, both of which are extremely helpful. And finally, the new machine has low-profile comb teeth that make it easy to bind your documents. Neither the C55 nor the C75 have any of these features.
Size and appearance: Each one of these devices is on the small side, so they won’t take up very much room. However, one of the reasons why the C12 stands out is because of its unique styling. The C55 and C75 look pretty much like your typical office device whereas the newer binder looks like the latest must-have electronic device. It’s sleek, has a modern black and silver color scheme, and the colorful comb selector really catches the eye.
Odds and ends: One possible disadvantage to using the C12 is that it isn’t lightweight and portable like the C55. The C55 only weighs 8 pounds and it has a carrying handle. So if portability is important to you, the newer device might not be the best fit. None of these products have open throats nor do they have disengageable dies.
Price and warranty: All of these products come with a one-year warranty and they’re available for less than $115.00. All three of them are budget-friendly devices that won’t break the bank.
Overall, the GBC C12 is the best out of these three binders. Its punching and binding capacities can’t be beat, making it ideal for both short and long documents. It has the printed instructions, color-coded comb selector, and a ergonomically friendly handle that’s perfect for all users. And, of course, it looks great and is much more aesthetically pleasing that either the C55 or C75. So if you need a plastic comb binding machine, the choice is clear: the C12 is the one your office needs.
< Over the years, a number of customers have asked me whether they can use twin loop wire with their plastic comb binding machine. These customers often don’t want to have to buy a brand new machine but like the look and feel of twin loop wire binding. However, the answer to their question isn’t as simple as it seems. You see, they actually do make twin loop wire that is designed to work with the plastic comb binding hole pattern. With that said, if you want to use these wires you are going to need a way to close the wires. What is Spiral-O Wire?Let me explain a little bit more…There is a product that we carry called Spiral-O Wire. This wire has 19 loops and is designed to work with the hole pattern from a plastic comb binding machine. Spiral-O Wire is sometimes called Wire Combs or Ibico Wire and was originally designed for use with some of the older Ibico binding machines. A number of the older Ibico plastic comb binding machines also included a twin loop wire closer on the front of them to allow users to use both plastic combs and wire. This 19 loop wire was designed for this purpose.What Equipment is Needed? As the Ibico brand has been phased out by GBC and all of the older Ibico plastic binding machines have been replaced with new models, they no longer have the twin loop wire closer on the front of them. This presents a problem in trying to use these spiral-o wires since you can’t use the wires without a way to close them.One of the only options left is to purchase a Twin Loop wire closer. However, since twin loop wire closers are not incredibly cheap this option usually only appeals to users who have larger electric plastic comb binding machines. Otherwise, it is often advisable to simply buy a low end 3:1 pitch twin loop wire binding machine (the supplies are cheaper). This being said, if you have one of the older Ibico binding machines that has a wire closer included you are in luck. The Spiral-O binding supplies that we carry will work perfectly with your machine and you will be able to use both plastic combs and wire depending on your needs. These Spiral-O binding supplies are available in Black, Silver, White, Blue and Red and in sizes up to 1″ in diameter.If you aren’t sure what type of wire binding supplies that you need to work with your machine simply give us a call. Our trained sales representatives will be glad to help you find the correct supplies for use with your machine.(Read More)