Binding Device: Review & Recommendations

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Welcome to our big binding machine Test 2020, where we present all binding machines we have tested in detail. We have put together detailed background information for you and also added a summary of customer reviews on the net.

We want to make your purchase decision easier and help you to find the best binding machine for you.

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available we also offer you interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page which you should pay attention to if you want to buy a binding machine.

Binding Device Test: The Ranking

1st place: ProfiOffice® binding machine

In the first place of our binding machine ranking is the plastic binding machine of the brand Profi Office. The binding machine is comparatively a little more luxurious, but this is well justified by the high binding and punching capacity.

The manufacturer also promises a flexible binding and a durable, easy-to-use binding device. The customers especially appreciate the positive results of the punching and processing and report that the price-performance ratio is optimal.

2nd place: Peach wire binding machine

Our place 2 is a wire tying machine of the brand Peach. The uniform hole result and the simple combination of the sheets made this binding machine already the test winner.

Despite the low price, the manufacturer of the binding machine promises a decent result of the punching and binding. In addition, the easy handling is praised by the buyers. All in all a solid device for quick and uncomplicated use.

3rd place: Fellowes thermal binding machine

Third place goes to the Fellowes thermal binding machine. This binding machine is available in binding capacities of 300 or 600 sheets per binding. In addition, the manufacturer placed special emphasis on safety and efficiency when developing this binding machine. Therefore a HeatShield and a sleep mode is built in.

Customers are particularly enthusiastic about the easy handling and the almost perfect binding. Furthermore, it is extremely durable and does not diminish in quality.

Advisor: Questions you should deal with before you buy a binding machine

For whom is a binding machine suitable?

A binding machine is, due to its uncomplicated and practical operation, in principle suitable for everyone. By binding your papers you create order and clarity in your paperwork. Whether you use it at home for your private use or in a small to medium sized business is not important.

A binding machine can be used in different versions, for different purposes. Generally speaking, a binding machine saves you the trip to the copy shop or professional bookbinder and lets you avoid additional expenses.

We will discuss further advantages and possible disadvantages in the following part of the guide.

What types of binding equipment are available?

Mechanical binding machines are most frequently used. They are excellent for the fact that you have to operate them manually, under your own power. Thermal binding machines are the only binding machines that require an electrical power supply.

The thermal binding machines do not require manual operation. They stamp and bind completely independently. Both binding machines, the spiral binding machine and the thermal binding machine have their advantages and disadvantages which we will discuss in more detail later.

What do you want to use the binding machine for?

When buying a binding device, the first thing you need to be clear about is what type of binding is right for you. It is also important to know if you always want to bind the same paper size or if you want to bind larger or smaller sizes.
There are also different types of binding machines that differ in the complexity of operation. You can also choose between different materials, such as wire or plastic.
Here we have a small video for you if you can’t yet imagine exactly how a binding machine looks like and how it works properly. Especially the simplicity of the operation of a binding machine can be seen here:

How much does a binding machine cost?

Binding machines vary greatly in price. Basically, a binding machine with a high price indicates a high binding quality. Especially when a proper binding is desired, such as for your master thesis or an important project presentation, it is worth investing in a more expensive binding machine.
However, it should not be a high price of over 1000 €. These devices are mostly suitable for commercial use and for the rare private use rather a waste of money.
Here again a small summary with which price range you can count with the different binding machine types:

What is the thickness of your documents to be bound?

The thickness or resistance of the document you want to bind depends in most cases on the material it is made of.
Cardboard, laminated sheets or glossy prints are often harder to bind with a binding machine than normal paper. Not every binding machine is capable of punching materials other than paper. Therefore you should carefully consider which materials and therefore which thickness you want to punch and bind.

The higher the quality of your binding machine, the stronger the punching force and thus the probability that the binding machine is capable of punching different, harder materials. So that you can then bind, for example, laminated photos as a photo book.

Which paper formats can my binding machine process?

To answer this question, you should first know what formats are available.
DIN A4 (210x297mm) is probably the format you are most often in contact with. It is often used for forms, journals and magazines. Additionally, DIN A6 (105x148mm) prints for postcards or greeting cards but also DIN A3 (297x420mm) for newspapers or sheets of music are used.
If you want to bind many different formats with your binding machine, you should make sure that the binding machine is able to change the punching format.

How many sheets can I punch at once?

Punching is done in several steps, which ultimately makes it irrelevant how many sheets can be punched at once. The punching capacity tells you how many sheets the binding machine can punch at once, i.e. how many punching steps you have to perform to punch your stack of paper completely.
More importantly, however, it is important to pay attention to the spine of the binding. This tells you how many sheets can be bound together in the end. A larger spine and higher punching capacity are also an indication that the binding machine is of better quality.
The binding is done in such a way that first the sheets are punched in individual steps and then all punched sheets are bound together by the binding machine.

How high should the binding capacity of the binding device be?

The binding capacity tells you how many documents you can bind together with the binding machine. A larger version is therefore advantageous, because you can bind more extensive.
For example, if you want to bind a master thesis of 300-400 pages cleanly, you will need a higher quality binding machine than you would need for binding a simple manual of 100-200 pages.
With the right label paper and labeling equipment you can organize your bindings perfectly.
Binding machines with a very high punch capacity are usually more expensive. A cheaper binding machine should be able to bind about 100-200 pages, and a higher quality, higher priced binding machine about 400-500 pages.

Decision: What types of binding equipment are available and which one is right for you?

Which binding device you use for binding your documents determines the finished overall picture. There will be differences in the material of the binding spine and whether your binding machine punches or glues the pages.

To give you an accurate guide as to which binding device is best suited in which case, we have put together a table to help you find your way around.

Of course the choice of your binding device is up to you. However, we are of the opinion that just when you start to deal with the subject of binding equipment, many a person is overwhelmed by the selection and the offer.

What distinguishes a plastic binding machine and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A plastic binding machine is a manually operated binding machine. This means that you first punch the pages and then bind them into a book using the binding machine.

The leaves are bound together with plastic straps. This type of binding is especially suitable for people who only rarely want to have a few pages bound. Accordingly, this binding is less stable and durable.

Advantages

Low purchase costs of the plastic belts
Binding can be dissolved again
Pages can be turned over 360

Disadvantages

Purchase costs often very high
Plastic appears less valuable than wire
Easily bendable

What distinguishes a wire tying device and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

As with the plastic binding machine, the sheets are first punched in a wire binding machine. Afterwards, a wire comb is pulled through the holes, just like a college block, which holds them together in a stable and long-lasting manner.

This type of binding device is also more recommended for private households and for the proper storage of private documents, photos or other things.

Advantages

Dimensionally stable bond
Visually high-quality result
Pages can be turned over 360
Stable even during intensive use

Disadvantages

Bond cannot be released again
Addition of further sheets impossible
More expensive compared to plastic binding

What are the characteristics of a thermal binding machine and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Another alternative is the thermal binding device. This binds the documents with an adhesive binding comparable to the binding of a paperback book.

This type of binding is, unlike the wire and plastic binding machine, electrical. This means that you don’t have to stamp the leaves first and then bind them. The documents to be bound simply have to be placed in the binding machine. As soon as the binding is finished, the bound sheets including softcover are taken out and you have a noble looking collection of sheets.

Ideal for smaller companies that want to create a clear folder for the presentation of a project. But also a private person can make use of a thermal binding machine.

Advantages

Documents do not need to be punched
Visually high-quality result
Bound version suitable for mailing
Ideal for one-time presentation

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What distinguishes a bookbinding machine and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A bookbinding machine is the most professional type of binding machine and makes the bound documents look as if they were bound by a bookbinder.

Unfortunately, the application is a little more complicated than with the already mentioned binding devices. You have to put the stack of documents into the hardcover, adjust the binding and then use the leverage to compress the metal straps.

Due to the special use of the bookbinding machine it is rather less suitable for private use. In general, the bookbinding machine is also more suitable for presentations of projects. This is optically enhanced by a book binding compared to a simple thermal binding.

Advantages

Extremely stable due to hardcover
Relatively short time expenditure
Professional appearance

Disadvantages

Bond cannot be released again
Hardcover avoids convenient page flipping
Only suitable for paper sheets
High costs for device and accessories

Purchase criteria: You can compare and evaluate binding machines based on these factors

In the following part we will show you which aspects will help you to decide between the variety of binding devices.

The most important criteria that you can use to compare binding devices include

  • price-performance ratio
  • Quality
  • Punching capacity
  • Binding capacity
  • Simple operation

In the following paragraphs we will explain what is important for each category.

price-performance ratio

As mentioned above, there are large differences in the prices of the various tying machines. For example, for a bookbinding machine, the price starts out very high with a minimum of 270 €. A plastic binding machine, on the other hand, can be bought for about 13 €.

If it is very important to you that the binding machine is able to make a neat and tidy binding, you should not spend less than 50 € on your binding machine. However, if the binding machine is only used once or twice and the result of the binding quality is less important, you can consider using a cheaper binding machine.

Quality

The quality of a binding is particularly noticeable in the type and durability of the binding. A neat binding with clean cut edges is important for every application.

The quality of the binding machine is also determined by the binding capacity and the punching. The more carefully the binding machine is able to bind a large number of documents, the better the quality of the binding machine.

Punching capacity

Let us now come to the already mentioned punching capacity. This indicates how many sheets the binding machine can punch at once. Many higher priced binding machines can punch through up to 20 sheets at once.

Accordingly, the punching capacity only indicates how often you have to punch your stack of documents separately before you are allowed to bind them.

Binding capacity

It is much more important to pay attention to the binding capacity. It informs the customer how many sheets can ultimately be bound together. Good binding machines can achieve a total number of 300 – 500 pages.

Simple operation

A simple and fast operation without having to read the complete manual is probably the dream of every student or office worker.

The different types of binding machines have different weights or are easy to operate. For plastic and wire binding machines, you should either watch a video or read the description, because the binding consists of several steps and is done manually.

A thermal binding device, on the other hand, binds virtually by itself. It only needs to heat up and preserve the pages and the rest runs by itself.

Here again a visual illustration to show the ease of use of a thermal binding machine:

Trivia: Worth knowing facts about the binding machine

Can laminated sheets also be bound with the binding machine?

Now, if you want to bind laminated documents or photos into a beautiful album after you buy a binding device, it’s easy.

To find out if your binding machine is capable of this, you should first look at the punching capacity. This tells you how strong your binding machine is. So if the punching capacity of your binding machine is very high, punching and therefore binding laminated documents should not be a problem.

However, a thermal or bookbinding machine is usually not capable of binding laminated documents.

Is it possible to use larger spines than suggested in the description?

For example, if your binding spine is larger than the size of your already die-cut documents, you can easily reduce it with good scissors or a sharp knife.

Of course, this only applies to plastic binding machines, where the binding spines are easy to cut due to the material. In the case of wire or thermal binding machines, the spine should preferably correspond to the document format.

Is the binding machine capable of punching cardboard?

As with laminated sheets, you should check the punching capacity of your binding machine. In principle, as with laminated sheets, this should not be a problem.

With the thermal and bookbinding machine, this could cause problems earlier or even be considered impossible.

How many rings are required for binding an A4 document?

Generally, it depends on how many holes your binding machine punches in the documents. The number is usually stated in the product description. You can then use it to buy your spine, adjusted to the number of holes.

Does the binding machine only work with rings of the same brand?

Basically you can buy rings of any brand after you have used up the supplied spines. Most binding machines should have no problem with this. Besides, it should not be difficult to find the right ones, because you only have to pay attention to the right number of holes.

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