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How do I choose the right stapler?
Dahle is a name that’s synonymous with some of the best office products available, from rotary trimmers to paper shredders. Now the company has turned its eye to document-fastening and introduced their new line of Novus staplers. Simply put, if you want a well-made stapler, you’ll find one in this series of products. These devices are great for everyday office use as well as more intensive applications. And, because they carry the Dahle name, it’s obvious these products are very durable, too. Here’s a brief look at what products are available from Dahle Novus.
The Executive Series
If you’re in need of a great-looking, professional-grade stapler, the Executive series is for you. There are two models in this lineup – the B4 and B5 – and the only difference between the two is size. (The B4 is a compact model that’s just over 5 inches long, while the B5 is full-size at 7 inches.) Both of these products can staple up to 40 sheets at once plus they offer three stapling modes (permanent, temporary, and tacking.) Also, these products are extremely well-built so you can use them for years to come. They are available in three colors: black, blue, and gray.
Flat Clinch Models
These products are simply Executive devices with a couple of great additional features. The first is this product’s ability to make your document take up 30% less storage space. The device achieves this by completely flattening the legs of the staple after it has entered your document. Also, the flat clinch products can staple 10 more pages at once than the regular Executive models, for a grand total of 50. Finally, if you want a flat clinch stapler that’s incredibly easy to use, you will want to check out the B8FC. It offers the same great stapling capacity and methods as the other models, but it requires 70% less effort to use it thanks to its Power on Demand feature. This is the only feature of its kind available in the stapling world. To use the B8FC to staple up to 50 pages, all you need to do is lift the top lever, no sweat or muscle involved. It’s stapling at its easiest and least strenuous.
The Professional-Grade Long-Arm Stapler
Long-arm devices are great for when your document is really large or if you need to create brochures, booklets, and other items with center-stitch fastening. The B17 is what you need in those circumstances. It can staple up to 11.75 inches away from the edge of your page and it will fasten up to 40 sheets. Its base is imprinted with both types of measurements (imperial and metric) and it can produce both temporary and permanent clinches.
Novus also has several heavy-duty staplers that are great for those tough jobs and/or environments in which a lot of stapling goes on. These products have the following impressive stapling capacities and throat depths:
Model B40 = 100 Sheets with a 2.75″ Throat
Model B45 = 140 Sheets with a 3.25″ Throat
Model B52 = 20-170 Sheets with a 4.25″ Throat
Model B56 = 20-210 Sheets with a 3″ Throat
Model B54 (long-arm) = 20-170 Sheets with a 9.88″ Throat
All of these heavy-duty products have an Anti-Blocking System (ABS) that will prevent staples from getting jammed up and either damaging your documents or not fastening them at all. This will let you create great-looking items more quickly.
Finally, all of these products come with a 10-year warranty, with the exception of the heavy duty models which have 5 years’ worth of coverage. Also, each of these products are compatible with various types of Novus staples, which are available in boxes of 1,000. Each stapler comes with a box to help you get started.
< Over the years, a number of customers have asked me whether they can use twin loop wire with their plastic comb binding machine. These customers often don’t want to have to buy a brand new machine but like the look and feel of twin loop wire binding. However, the answer to their question isn’t as simple as it seems. You see, they actually do make twin loop wire that is designed to work with the plastic comb binding hole pattern. With that said, if you want to use these wires you are going to need a way to close the wires. What is Spiral-O Wire?Let me explain a little bit more…There is a product that we carry called Spiral-O Wire. This wire has 19 loops and is designed to work with the hole pattern from a plastic comb binding machine. Spiral-O Wire is sometimes called Wire Combs or Ibico Wire and was originally designed for use with some of the older Ibico binding machines. A number of the older Ibico plastic comb binding machines also included a twin loop wire closer on the front of them to allow users to use both plastic combs and wire. This 19 loop wire was designed for this purpose.What Equipment is Needed? As the Ibico brand has been phased out by GBC and all of the older Ibico plastic binding machines have been replaced with new models, they no longer have the twin loop wire closer on the front of them. This presents a problem in trying to use these spiral-o wires since you can’t use the wires without a way to close them.One of the only options left is to purchase a Twin Loop wire closer. However, since twin loop wire closers are not incredibly cheap this option usually only appeals to users who have larger electric plastic comb binding machines. Otherwise, it is often advisable to simply buy a low end 3:1 pitch twin loop wire binding machine (the supplies are cheaper). This being said, if you have one of the older Ibico binding machines that has a wire closer included you are in luck. The Spiral-O binding supplies that we carry will work perfectly with your machine and you will be able to use both plastic combs and wire depending on your needs. These Spiral-O binding supplies are available in Black, Silver, White, Blue and Red and in sizes up to 1″ in diameter.If you aren’t sure what type of wire binding supplies that you need to work with your machine simply give us a call. Our trained sales representatives will be glad to help you find the correct supplies for use with your machine.(Read More)