What should I know about a paper scorer?

Having a scorer makes it easy to fold your documents and not crack the paper during theprocess. There are a lot of scorers you can buy, so how do you know which one is right for you? This article will fill you in on the five things to consider when making your selection.

1.) The machine’s scoring capacity. As with any other type of device, you want to choose a scorer that’s able to handle just the right amount of paper. There are products that can only score one sheet at a time and there are others than can process much more at once. General speaking, a manual device is best-suited for smaller jobs while an automated one is better for large quantities of paper. So be sure to choose accordingly.

2.) The size of your materials. Something else to consider is how large (or small) your materials are. If you plan on working with larger sheets – such as those that are 8.5” x 14” (legal-size) or 11” x 17” (tabloid) – you’re going to need a large scorer. If your materials are smaller, you won’t need a big machine. Luckily, each device’s box and instruction manual will fill you in on the sizes it can handle, so make sure to take a look at these specs before purchasing your device.

3.) The thickness of your materials. Another thing to keep in mind is how thick your materials are. Will you just be working with everyday 20 lb. paper or do you need to score thicker items such as cardstock and laminated documents? You want to choose a machine that can handle your materials no matter how thick or thin they may be.

4.) Do you also need a perforator? A lot of the scorers on the market have the ability to perforate paper and cardstock so you’ll be able to create professional-looking forms, tickets, advertisements, and more. This can be a nice feature to have, so if it interests you, be sure to look for it when selecting your machine.

5.) Price, warranty, and brand name. Finally, you’ll want to choose a scorer that’s high-quality, but also affordable. You’re much better off buying a slightly more experience machine than a bargain basement one because you’ll end up with a bigger product. Some good brand names to look for include Lassco Wizer, Graphic Whizard, and MBM. As for as warranties go, more products come with a year’s worth of coverage. However, most of Graphic Whizard’s products are covered for 5 years.

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