Ledco Educator 25" School Laminator
- Preset lamination pressure and speed. Makes the machine easier to use and eliminates many possible sources of problems.
- Enclosed laminating and pull rollers. Helps you avoid time-consuming jams and wrap-arounds.
- Forced air cooling. Allows laminating with 3 and 5-mil films, as well as the 1.5 mil film often used by schools. Without a film cooling system, thicker films will warp and ripple because they are still hot and partly melted when they come out of the laminator.
- Fixed-position lamination rollers. Provides a stable platform for uniform roll pressure which provides the highest quality lamination available in a school laminator.
- Attached safety shield. The safety shield is fixed to the machine and is placed so that the operator will naturally put it in the guard position before laminating. The shield is made of clear polycarbonate so users can see their work and will not be tempted to try to laminate without the shield in its safe position.
- Reverse switch. Can be essential at times to help avoid problems or clear miss feeds.
- Adjustable heat control. If you have used a kitchen oven, you'll feel comfortable with our heat control dial. It allows you to use films up to 5 mil.
- Supply roll tension knobs. Gives you the control you need to produce wrinkle-free lamination without complicating your work.
- Separate safety cutter. Provides a safe means of cutting work off the back of the machine and eliminates the usual tear bar which may cut fingers or snag clothing.
- Slitter option. The Educator is the only school laminator with a safety-designed slitter option to reduce trimming time on same-size pieces, enabling higher volumes of work.
- Manufactured in the U.S.A. means quality, better service, and faster parts availability.
- Warranty: 2 year Factory Warranty.
- Certified UL, cUL, NRTL and CE approved for use in USA and Canada.
- Laminating Width: Up to 25"
- Maximum Film Gauge (per side): 5 mils
- Max. Laminating Thickness: 1/8"
- Max. Film Roll Diameter: 5.5"
- Max. Film Capacity: with 1.5 mil (500 feet) and with 3 mil (250 feet)
- Laminating Roll Diameter: 1 1/4"
- Film Core Size: 1"
- Laminating Speed: Fixed 4 feet per minute
- Electrical: 110 V 1500 watts, 15 amps
- Dimensions (LxHxD): 32" x 11" x 14"
- Warranty: 2 year Factory Warranty
Ledco Educator 25" School Laminator Review
Every school needs a laminator. These machines make it easy to protect student work, produce visual aids for classroom use, and so much more. There are a lot of school laminators available and Ledco makes one of the best: the Educator. Take a look at its strengths and weaknesses to determine if it's right for you:
- The Educator can laminate materials that are up to 25" wide. It's a great machine to use when you need to laminate class materials such as maps and posters, as well as student artwork, and so on.
- This machine can laminate up to 5 feet of material per minute. This doesn't make it the fastest laminator on the market but it should be speedy enough for you to complete your work in a reasonable amount of time.
- The Educator is compatible with laminating film that's 1.5, 3, and 5 mil thick. The rolls of film you use should have 1-inch cores and be up to 6" in diameter. The good news about this type of film is that it's easy to find and usually not very expensive so you'll be able to save some money on supplies.
- This laminator is equipped with a reverse mode so you'll be able to take care of any problems quickly and easily. Also, selecting the right settings is super easy with this machine because it's equipped with preset pressure and speed settings. (The heat settings are adjustable.) Also, you'll be able to enjoy safe laminating thanks to this device's transparent safety shield.
- Although roll laminators tend to be pretty large, that's not the case with the Educator. It only measures 32" (width) x 11" (height) x 16" (depth) so it can easily fit on a table or countertop. The machine weighs 84 pounds so you should be careful when moving it around.
- Finally, the Educator is backed by a 2-year warranty.
- This machine doesn't work with 7 or 10 mil laminating film. While this may be problematic if your materials require a lot of protection, it's pretty common for school laminators to only work with thinner films. If you really need a machine that can work with thicker film, there are other roll laminators that can do so.
- There are a number of accessories that are available for the Educator including a stand, slitter assembly, and dust cover. Unfortunately, all of these things are sold separately.
While the Ledco Educator does have a couple of weaknesses, it nonetheless is a fantastic school laminator. It's large enough to accommodate bigger materials but not so large that it will be impossible to find a spot for it. It can work with laminating film of three different thicknesses, it's easy to operate, and it has a safety shield so you can avoid getting burned. As mentioned above, this machine can laminate up to 5 feet of material per minute so you can get things done pretty quickly. And don't forget that the Educator comes with a 2-year warranty. If you need a school laminator, be sure to consider the Educator. You'll be glad you did.