MyBinding Knowledge Base
What’s Great About the GBC CombBind C12 and C20 Plastic Comb Binding Machines
One of the leading manufacturers of plastic comb binding machines is GBC and they recently launched two new products: the state-of-the-art CombBind C12 and C20. These innovative devices make it easy to understand why GBC is so successful. They offer a lot of user-friendly features including ergonomically friendly handles, easy operation, and the ability to punch and bind a lot of paper. Here’s a close look at what’s great about these new products so you can determine if one of them is right for your document finishing needs.
1.) Terrific punching and binding capacities. The C12 and C20 can punch and bind a whole lot of paper, so they’re perfect for both short and long documents. The C20 can process the most paper: it can punch 20 sheets and once then bind books containing a maximum of 320 pages. Meanwhile, the C12 can punch 12 and bind 200. Choose the one that best meets your needs.
2.) On-board instructions. Using a comb binding machine isn’t terribly difficult, but it can take a while to get the hang of it. Luckily, both of these devices have directions printed on them so you’ll know what to do at each stage of the process. Also, each one of these devices has a color-coded comb selector to help you determine which comb would be the best choice for your book.
3.) Easy operation. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced binder, the C12 and C20 are easy to use. Each machine has an ergonomically friendly handle that makes punching a breeze. The handles are D-shaped as well, so they can be used by both right- and left-handed people. (Punching is really easy with the C20 because it has a low-impact vertical punch. You don’t need to exert a lot of effort to process your paper and the holes will be perfectly aligned.) Also, every device has low-profile comb fingers that make it easy to thread the tines of the comb through your document.
4.) Eye-catching design. Comb binding machines aren’t really known for being well-designed in terms of looks. However, the C12 and C20 are both well-designed and look great. Each one is sleek, relatively compact, and boast a silver and black color scheme. There are even accents of bright color thanks to the comb selector. If you want a comb binding machine that looks great, one of these devices would be perfect.
5.) A low price and a great warranty. Both of these products are affordable with the C12 retailing for less than $115.00 and the C20 going for less than $300.00. Each one comes with a one-year warranty.
As you can see, there are a lot of great reasons to purchase one of GBC’s new comb binding machines. The C12 and C20 have great punching and binding capacities, they’re easy to use, and they look fabulous. They’re even affordably priced and come with great warranties. So if you’re in the market for a new device, be sure to consider purchasing one of these first-rate products.
< 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)