|Manufacturer||Akiles Products, Inc.|
|Manufacturer Part Number||AWM-E21|
|Product Weight (lbs)||72|
|Shipping Weight (lbs)||78|
|Binding Style||Wire-O Binding|
|Dimensions||16" x 16 ½" x 16"|
WireMac-E Binding Machine Review
by Mallory Morsa
Hi! I am Mallory and I am the editor here at BUY101. I have been with the team since 2008, where I started out as a customer service representative, learning the in's and out's of every product we offer. I then moved into a roll of product management that required even more product research as well as new product training, sharing my extensive product and industry knowledge with our entire BUY101 team, and now, with you in my honest reviews.
I RECOMMEND THIS FOR:
The WireMac-E is a durable machine that is great for heavy duty binding, without getting into industrial binding needs. It is a good choice for offices, print shops, or small binderies that need to be able to bind professionally-finished wire-o books, daily (even all-day), but not at production-level requirements. If you want to look at the next step-up, consider the PB3300, which has a removable die, so you can do 3:1 and 2:1 punching (1 dies is free), has an electric closer on the machine, and is built to handle higher quantities for all-day production. If you are looking for something with the same quality components as this machine, but maybe you don’t need to use it quite as frequently (say, for less than 3 hours at a time), consider the WireMac-EX that is at a much more user-friendly price point and is a great comparison machine with the same features (the only difference is the motor… and the look of the machine).
WHAT I LIKE:
I like the huge range of features on this machine… it has all the bells and whistles to help you get the perfectly accurate punch pattern and perfectly closed wire for a professional finished book. One of my favorite features is the wire hanger on the front of the machine (that black comb-looking thing)… it is such a simple addition, and something you would never know you needed unless you tried to put your pages on your wire without it. It basically holds the wire in place so you can add your sheets as they are punched, eliminating the hassle of pages falling off your wire, or handling the wire and pages at the same time trying to get them to fit together perfectly (you get one wire loop in, and another falls out… so frustrating!). This speeds up the process a surprising amount! You may have also read in my other reviews about the punching pin disengagement feature… I am in love with this capability! It lets you tell the machine “No! You will NOT punch this specific hole” (hehehe) which is fantastic because you can make cool punching patterns (like every three holes, or in a 2-5-2-5 pattern, or whatever you want!) and it lets you stop those ugly half-holes on the edges of you books… it basically gives you full control over customization of the hole punches… well not “basically”… it does give you complete control, so you can make fun books and journals like the ones on our Pinterest page.
THINGS TO CONSIDER:
The punching is electric, but the closing is still done manually using a handle, so there is some room for operator error and some manual set-up for the wire closing (consider adding the FlexiCloser for a great electric closing solution, or checking out the ). I am not a big fan of the crank on the right side of the machine that sets the wire closer size either, because it can take a long time and be a pain to get it from one end of the machine to the other; although I do feel like this method is more accurate than moving a dial, it can just be a bit of a hassle if you have to change from small to large wires frequently. You should also keep in mind that this machine comes in either a 3:1 or 2:1 model option, meaning you would have to buy both models to get the full range of wire sizes…so you will be limited in that way (hint: 2:1 has special wire spines available to do the full range of sizes, but colors may be limited).
THE BOTTOM LINE:
The WireMac-E is a great machine… it is made of high quality parts and components and can be used for heavy duty wire-o binding that is done all day long. It still has a manual wire closing feature, so might not be the best solution for super high volume binding, but that doesn’t take away from the quality of the heavy duty parts. It has a full range of great features that make customizing your book fast and easy, and will always give you a professional and really classy finished bound book. If the ideal-user I have described in my review sounds like you, then I highly recommend this wire binding machine.