Why Should I Choose Plastic Comb Binding?

posted this on May 31, 2016

If you’re looking for a document finishing method, there are a lot of options available. However, plastic comb binding is one of the best and should definitely be considered.

  1. Price. Comb binding is extremely affordable and costs less than wire, thermal, and color coil binding. The combs themselves often only cost pennies per piece and you can get a decent binding machine for less than $100.00. It’s the way to go if you’re sticking to a budget but still want your documents to look their best.
  2. Availability. Comb binding has been around for a long time and it’s very popular. Therefore, it’s really easy to get the supplies you need. You can order them online or pick them up at a big box office supply store. You definitely won’t find thermal, wire, or coil supplies at your nearest store, that’s for sure.
  3. Variety. Plastic combs are available in a number of colors such as navy blue, black, maroon, and yellow. There are even clear ones that can make your documents look great. Also, combs range in diameter from 3/16” to 2”. Thus, you can use this binding methods to create books that are up to 425 pages long. And while most combs are designed for use with letter-sized paper (8.5” x 11”) you can get combs for other sizes of paper. That makes this binding method incredibly versatile.
  4. Ease of use. If you’re looking for an easy bookbinding method, comb binding is the way to go. All you need to do is punch holes in your document, open the comb with your machine, and inserts the tines into the holes. You then close the comb and remove the document from the machine. It doesn’t get much easier than that.
  5. Functionality. Comb binding is perfect for personal and professional documents. You can use it to bind cookbooks, financial reports, sample books, proposals, school assignments, legal documents, and more. Also, the combs make the documents lie flat which makes them easy to read. The combs will also keep their shape if you mail your books. Plus, you can open the combs at a later date in case your document needs to be edited.

Plastic comb binding is one of the simplest bookbinding methods available. These are five reasons why you should consider it if you’re looking for a document finishing solution. Give it a try – you’ll be glad you did.

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