What brands of binding equipment should I consider for my office?

posted this on Jan 27, 2016

If you are thinking about purchasing a new binding machine punch, the choices can seem endless. There are hundreds of binding machines available on the market from dozens of different manufacturers. Your decision can be a lot easier if you know just a little bit about the different makers of binding equipment. This article will provide a quick overview of some of the largest and most well known binding machine manufacturers.

  • GBC Ibico: GBC or General Binding Corporation is by far the largest and best known maker of binding machines and binding supplies. GBC has dominated the binding and laminating industries for over a half century and still makes some of the best binding machines on the market today. GBC is especially well known for its Comb Binding Machines and its modular line of binding equipment. If you are looking for a comb binding machine you should definitely check out the GBC CombBind C250 or the GBC CombBind C800pro. If you are looking for a modular interchangeable die punch you should consider the GBC MagnaPunch or the GBC MP2500ix.
  • Akiles: Akiles products is a relatively new maker of binding equipment. They have managed to build a solid reputation for manufacturing coil binding machines and wire binding machines. The Akiles CoilMac line of coil binding machines are some of the finest pieces of spiral binding equipment on the market. Likewise, the Akiles WireMac Line of Wire Binding Machines are also well-built and feature-packed. These two lines of equipment are the standard in the industry for desktop spiral coil and wire binding machines.
  • Tamerica Products: Tamerica Products also manufactures a full line of binding machines. Their Comb Binding, Wire Binding and Coil binding machines are well-built and easy to use. The Tamerica DuraCoil EL coil inserter has several unique features that make it one of the best coil inserters available on the market. It includes a Teflon coated base, a large grooved roller and a stop to prevent the coil from spinning too far on your books.
  • PDI Rhin-O-Tuff: The Rhin-O-Tuff line of modular binding equipment has managed to establish itself as a major competitor to the GBC line of modular binding equipment. Rhin-O-Tuff binding equipment is well made and is designed to punch more pages per lift than any other equipment on the market. The Rhin-O-Tuff HD7700 can punch as many as fifty-five pages per lift (more than 10 pages more than the GBC Magnapunch). Rhino also makes the HD7500 which is the only 24” wide punch on the market. TheRhinoTuff HD7500 is specifically designed for binding large documents such as calendars.
  • Renz: The Renz line of binding equipment is extremely well built and competes well with almost all of the other binding machines on the market. Their innovative coil binding equipment comes with an integrated crimper for easy operation without the need for coil crimping pliers. Renz sets themselves apart in the coil binding machine category by offering oval hole coil punching at no additional charge (with most other manufacturers oval hole coil is either not available or is very expensive). Additionally, the Renz SRW and ECO wire binding machines are ruggedly built and give the Akiles WireMac line a run for its money.

Although there are several other binding equipment manufacturers including Fellowes and Wilson Jones, the manufacturers listed above provide most of the high quality binding equipment in the market. However, this overview is only a starting point. If you have more questions or want to know the difference between two specific models of binding machines, just remember that it never hurts to ask.

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