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What should I look for in a manual comb binding machine?

posted this on Jul 7, 2015

If you are in the market for a manual plastic comb binding machine, you might be wondering how to pick the device that’s best for your needs. To help you out, here are the five features you should look for.

  • The right punching length. Most of the comb binding machines on the market are designed for letter-sized paper (8.5” x 11”). There are some devices that are larger so you can bind documents of varying sizes. Usually these machines can handle paper that’s up to 14” long, so you can create legal-sized documents (8.5” x 14”). Choose a device that will be able to handle the paper you want to use.
  • Disengageable dies. A good comb binding machine will have disengageable dies. Machines with disengageable dies are suitable for binding work of various sizes because they’ll punch the correct hole pattern. If you don’t disengage the appropriate die(s), you will probably end up with a partial hole at the edge of your paper.
  • Depth of punch margin control. A depth of punch margin control is an essential feature that you should look for. This feature allows you to control the distance between the edge of the paper and where the holes are punched. Adjusting this distance will help you create documents that are easy to read because the pages will turn freely. Also, this feature makes it easier to bind short documents as well as work bound with oval combs.
  • Durable construction. Since you’re putting out good money for your comb binding machine, it’s important to choose a device that is durably constructed. The most durable machines contain metal parts and can withstand years of use. Whatever machine you choose, it should definitely have a metal comb opener since this feature will be used frequently.
  • A good warranty. Finally, the comb binding machine you select should have a good warranty. Comb binding machine warranties can last anywhere from 90 days to a year or two. Be sure to find out if the warranty is replacement one or of the return-and-repair variety. Replacement warranties can be more convenient because you’ll be able to get a new machine so you can stay productive.
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