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How do I choose the right Twin Loop Wire Binding Machine?
Twin loop wire (also known as Wire-O) binding provides an exceptionally elegant and professional looking solution for report and proposal binding. Perhaps you have seen proposals that have been bound with a wire binding machine and would like to try wire binding in your office. This article will give you a few tips so that you can pick out the wire binding machine that best fits your needs.
- Find a wire binding machine with a good wire binding closer on it. Many of the wire binding machines on the market are fine for wire binding a few books a month. If you are looking to do any volume of wire binding, you definitely want a good wire binding closer. Less sturdy wire binding closers will slip over time and you will find that the spines of your books will be closed more on one side than the other. Both the GBC w400 wire binding machine and w200 wire binding machine are known to have this problem over time. Look at the Akiles WireMac wire binding machines–the Renz Manual Wire binding combos or the stand alone wire binding closers from Rhino, GBC or Tamerica are excellent at closing wire binding.
- Choose the wire binding machine that will best fit the size of books that you need to bind. Wire binding machines are available with two different hole patterns. Some wire binding machines punch a 3:1 pitch or 32 hole pattern (for 11” documents). These wire binding machines will accept wires as small as 3/16” and as large as 9/16”. For documents larger than 9/16” wire binding machines are available that punch a 2:1 pitch or 21 hole pattern (for 11” documents). These wire binding machines will accept wires between 5/8” and 1-1/4”. Most wire binding machines punch either a 3:1 pattern or a 2:1 hole pattern. If you are looking to bind both large and small books you might want to consider the Akiles WireMac Duo wire binding machine. The WireMac Duo wire binding machine will punch both a 3:1 pitch pattern and a 2:1 pitch pattern and will close all sizes of wire up to 1-1/4”. It is currently the only wire binding combo machine of its kind on the market and is reasonably priced at under $700.
- Look for a wire binding machine that is built for the volume of wire binding that you need to do. If you are only looking to bind a few books then by all means purchase the Akiles Offiwire wire binding machine; it will handle the job. If you are looking to bind hundreds or thousands of books, don’t buy a plastic wire binding machine. Look at the Akiles WireMac line of wire binding machines. Akiles makes the WireMac wire binding machine, WireMac Duo wire binding machine and WireMac E wire binding machine, ranging from under $500 to over $1500. Or, if you are really going to do a lot of wire binding consider a modular wire binding system from GBC or Rhin-O-Tuff. Either way, ask yourself how many books you plan on binding and buy accordingly.
- Decide if you are going to need to bind books that are longer or shorter than 11”. If you need to bind books shorter than 11” then you are looking for a wire binding machine with disengageable dies. This simply means that you can stop one of the pins from punching so that you don’t have half a hole hanging off the end of your paper. If you are looking to bind documents longer than 11” you need to find a wire binding machine with a punching throat that is either longer or is open. The Akiles WireMac series of punches comes equipped with a 14” punching throat for legal sized wire binding and has a small pin on the right side of the open throat for punching longer documents. If you are looking for something a lot bigger for large volume calendar jobs, you might look at the Rhino HD7500 wire binding machine (a 24” modular punch) and the Rhino HD8024 wire binding machine (a 24” wire closer).
< 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)