How do I choose a Modular Punch Machine?

posted this on Jul 17, 2015

If you bind a lot of documents, one machine you should consider getting is a modular binding punch. These things make it easier to punch a lot of paper for different binding methods. If you’re wondering how to pick the right one for your needs, it’s pretty easy. You just need to keep the following things in mind as you shop….

1.) Punching capacity. A machine’s punching capacity is definitely important, especially if you need a device that can punch a lot of paper at once. Most modular punches can process at least 15 sheets of paper at a time with some machines being able to handle 50 pages or more. You’ll want to carefully consider how much – and how often – you’ll be needing to process to find a device with the right capacity for your needs.

2.) Vertical or horizontal punching. Each punch on the market has its own punching orientation whether it’s vertical or horizontal. Both orientations have their advantages. For example, vertical punching is ideal if you want to ensure your paper is properly aligned. However, horizontal punching can be faster. So choose whichever orientation suits you the most.

3.) Dies. The whole point of having a modular punch is so that you can use one machine for a number of different binding styles. These devices can produce the hole patterns needed for styles as diverse as plastic comb and VeloBind, twin-loop wire and color coil. Be sure to look for a device that’s compatible with the punching dies you need. Also, check out how easy it is to change the dies. With some machines, you can slide the dies in and out, while others require the use of tools. Choose a machine that makes it easy to swap the dies. It will make the entire process much smoother.

4.) Brand name. Another important consideration is brand name. As with any other product, a number of different companies make modular binding punches and some of them are better than others. Go with a brand that’s familiar to you and is well-respected. Avoid the no-name brands. You’ll save yourself money in the long run because the product will be better constructed and will be less likely to require repairs or even replacement.

5.) Price and warranty. Finally, be sure to keep your budget in mind while also choosing the best punch you can afford. Also, be sure to see what kind of warranty your new device has. A long warranty is a sign that the compact believes in its product so you’re more likely to wind up with a better device.

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