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What is the Difference Between VeloBind and SureBind Systems 1, 2, 3, 4?
When shopping for a Velobind or SureBind binding machine system, customers often call wanting to know the difference between the four different binding machines that are made for each binding style. Really, the differences between the various VeloBind and SureBind systems are fairly simple and understanding them is essential in choosing the correct Velobind or Surebind binding system for your needs. You just need to know the fine points.
- The Velobind / SureBind system One binding machine (or the GBC v800pro) is the lowest priced hot knife Velobind binding machine system on the market. These binding machine systems have a manual punch that can punch a maximum of 20 sheets per lift. The Velobind and SureBind system One binding machine can bind documents up to 1” thick (approximately 250 sheets).
- The Velobind / SureBind system Two binding machine offer an electric punch that can punch a maximum of 22 sheets per lift. It offers a slightly shorter binding cycle (approximately 10-12 seconds to bind). It can bind documents up to 2” thick (approximately 500 sheets).
- The Velobind / SureBind system Three binding machine offers a foot pedal operated heavy duty electric punch that can punch a maximum of 25 sheets per lift. It offers a faster binding cycle on smaller documents (approximately 8 seconds for documents up to 1 inch) and a slightly longer binding cycle for larger documents (approximately 18 seconds for documents over 1 inch). The Velobind / SureBind System Three binding machine includes a built in debinding feature and is the only binding system on the market that can bind documents up to 3” thick.
- The Velobind System Four Bind binding machine is a standalone electric binding head that operates in much the same way as the Velobind System three binding machine. It includes a built in electric debind feature and can bind documents up to 3 inches thick. The System Four binding machine binds documents up to 1” thick in approximately eight seconds and binds documents over 2” thick in between ten and twelve seconds. Many users who elect to buy the Velobind System Four binding machine use their Magnapunch or other modular punch for increased productivity. This allows one individual to punch documents while another binds.
All of the Velobind / Surebind binding machine systems above have the ability to bind documents that are 8.5”, 11” and 14” long using the appropriate binding strips. These systems are all hotknife binding machine systems utilizing 11 pin strips that are riveted into place using heat for a permanent, secure and tamper resistant bind. These binding machine systems are not compatible with the smaller desktop Velobind units on the market.
< 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)