Buyer Guide

A guide to help you choose

Here you will find a simple guide to assist you in selecting the right business machine.
We provide useful information on many important factors such as capacity, size, operation modes. Read the below guide to get help to purchase binding machines, laminators, guillotines, trimmers, whiteboards or interactive whiteboards.

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Binding Machines

The type of binding you want for your documents is often as aesthetic as it is practical. The types of binding – as well as their benefits – is definitely worth considering when looking at binding machines. Plastic comb binding is probably the most economic and popular of all the binding finishes and it is able to bind documents up to 5.08cm – 2 inches – thick (binder dependant). Wire coil binding – also known as ring wire binding – creates booklets and documents that can be opened completely flat on a table or desk. Wire binding provides a very professional and compact look, as well as able to bind documents up to 25.4mm – 1 inch – thick (binder dependant). Thermal binding is the most unique of all the binding techniques, as it doesn’t punch holes in any of the sheets – merely applies a thermal strip or glue to the spine and binds by heat. It provides a professional book-like finish and is the best method for high volume jobs – it can also bind documents up to 57.15mm – 2.25 inches – thick (binder dependant).

Plastic comb binding is the most popular binding method due to its ability to punch & bind thicker documents – as well as being the most economical. Wire coil binding provides a very professional finished document which is able to be opened completely flat on a table or desk. Thermal binding provides a book-like finish and does not require holes punched thanks to its thermally sealed glue or tape on the spine – it is also able to bind thicker than the other two types (machine dependant).

Plastic Comb Binding MachinesThermal Binding MachinesWire Coil Binding Machines

Sheet binding capacity

Generally, the higher the sheet capacity the better, but you should consider how many pages you are likely to be binding and which sheet capacity will suit you the best. The binding sheet capacity for each machine will likely be different. These can be divided in the following:

Up to 50 sheets50-200 sheets200-400 sheets400+ sheets

Sheet punching capacity

In order to bind documents following the plastic comb or wire binding methods, you will need punch the sheets that you need to process. Most machines offer various hole punch capacities making the job more or less easy for you. The usual types are:

Up to 10 sheet punch capacity10-20 sheet punch capacity20+ sheet punch capacity

Operation Type

Most plastic and wire coil binding machines are manual, though we do have a selection of automatic binding machines. Automatic binders not only take the manual labour out of operation, but also the time it might take. Some binding machines also have automatic motors available for purchase to turn them in to automatic binders.

Manual BindersAutomatic/Electric BindersAutomatic Binders Add-on
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Laminators

Temperature

Hot laminators are suited for most paper documents and provide the most bubble and crease-free laminating process, relying on heat to seal the laminator pouch or film to the document. Cold laminators are great for laminating any materials which are heat sensitive such as photos and relies on sticky adhesive film that will seal without the need for heat. There also many laminators available which have both hot and cold settings, which generally provide superior cold lamination jobs.

HotColdHybrid

Number of Rollers

The number of rollers a laminator has will impact greatly on the quality of the final product – the more the better! This is because the more rollers, the more the heat (in the case of a hot laminator) and pressure is distributed, providing a much more even finish and less chance of bumps and bubbles.

1-2 Rolls3-4 Rolls5-6 Rolls6+ Rolls

Document Size

You should consider the size of the documents you will likely be laminating when looking at laminators. The most common sizes are A4 and A3 but you will be able to find larger laminators that can laminate up to A2 size documents or above.

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Guillotines

Sheet capacity

Obviously, the higher the cutting sheet capacity the better, but you should consider how much usage you will likely be getting out of your guillotine and which cutting sheet capacity will suit you the best. Home use or small offices are best suited to anything up to 10-15 sheets, medium to large offices are best suited to 15-40 sheets and the 40 sheets and above option is great for much larger organisations.

Up to 10-15 sheets15-40 SheetsAbove 40 sheets

Sheet size and machine weight

The size of the paper you are planning on cutting is definitely worth considering when looking at Guillotines. A larger sheet will require a longer blade and a wider cutting surface which will significantly influence the price of the guillotine. The most common paper sizes for guillotines are:

Up to A4A4 to A3A2 & up

The bigger the size, the heavier the guillotine is likely to be – something else that is worth considering.

Under 15kg15-59kg60kg and up

Operation Type

Most entry to mid-level guillotines will be manually operated – though there is the option of automatic guillotines. Automatic guillotines not only take the manual labour out of operation, but some offer the ability to be programmed for ease of use with jobs such as business cards and others that may be of a repetitive nature.

Manual GuillotinesAutomatic/Electric Guillotines
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Trimmers

Sheet capacity

Obviously, the higher the cutting sheet capacity the better, but you should consider how much usage you will likely be getting out of your trimmer and which cutting sheet capacity will suit you the best. This can be influenced by the size of your office. A large office will tend to see a higher volume of sheet to be cut at once.

Up to 5 sheets5-10 sheetsAbove 10 sheets

Sheet size and machine weight

The size of the paper you are planning on cutting is definitely worth considering when looking at Trimmers. You might want to think about the most common size of paper you are likely to be cutting. The standard paper sizes for trimmers are:

Up to A4A4 to A3A2 & up

The bigger the size, the heavier the trimmer is likely to be – something else that is worth considering.

Under 5kg5-10kgAbove 10kg
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