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A Quick Look at the Fellowes Quasar 130 and Galaxy E Binding Machines
Wire binding machines are a cost-effective way to create your own bound documents. These devices can make your work look extremely professional while saving you the hassle and expense of having a print shop put your booklets together. Although there are a number of wire binders on the market there are two new ones that deserve a special look. They’re the Fellowes Quasar 130 and Galaxy E binding machines. Here’s a look at these products. Maybe one of them will be just the right one for you.
The Galaxy E Wire Binder
The Galaxy E is an electric device that binds books together using wire spines. The biggest perk to using an electric device is that they tend to operate a lot faster, resulting in increased productivity and making them good for high-volume production. Such is the case with the Galaxy E. This is a product that can punch up to 20 pieces of paper at once and it will bind documents consisting of up to 130 sheets. (For that particular thickness, a 9/16″ spine would be used.)
The Galaxy E has a lot of great features, such as a vertical punching apparatus, a wire closer that operates quickly and is good for the production of a lot of books, and an edge guide adjustment so your documents will always been aligned just right, resulting in flawless binding. This machine also offers easy operation and it will punch and bind with the touch of a button. This is the device to get if your office is large and you need a machine that can handle frequent use.
The Quasar 130 Manual Binding Machine
The Quasar 130 is very similar to the Galaxy E in that they share the same binding and punching capacities, as well as the vertical punching feature. They also both have spine storage trays, document thickness measurement guides, and rotary edge guides. However, the Quasar 130 is different in that it is a manual machine and thus, cannot produce booklets as quickly as the Galaxy E despite being designed for continuous punching and binding. Due to this, the Quasar 130 is better for smaller offices that make booklets less often. This machine might also be a better choice for budget-conscious individuals and organizations because it’s a bit less expensive the the Galaxy E and offers many of the same features.
Finally, both of these products are covered under 2-year warranties. They also both come with starter kits that contain enough covers and wire spines to help you get started binding.
As for which machine is right for your office, it depends on your needs, your budget, and how many booklets you want to make. In a nutshell, the Quasar 130 is great for budget-conscious organizations, as well as offices that don’t need to make a lot of booklets on a continuous basis. It would also be good for users that don’t mind manually operating a device. On the other hand, the Galaxy E is perfect for those organizations that need to quickly make a lot of books on a frequent basis. It’s also ideal for people that like to see results quickly and will put out a little extra cash for that privilege. But really, no matter which device you choose, it will be a good experience because, after all, these are Fellowes machines and they’re some of the best products money can buy.
< 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)