3-Ring Letter Size Silver Binder Mechanisms [1 ½" Round Ring] (50/Bx)
|Sheet Size||Letter Size [8 ½" W x 11" H]|
|Number of Rings||3-Rings|
|Ring Shape||Round Ring|
Expert Product Review: 3-Ring Binder Mechanisms by Mallory Morsa
Hi everyone! My name is Mallory Morsa, and I am the product expert at Binding101. I have been a part of the Binding101 team since 2008, where I started out in service and sales, learning our customers' needs and how to offer truly exceptional service. After a of couple years, I moved into a role of product management that required in-depth product research, as well as training of our staff. And in my honest expert reviews, I am proud to share that extensive knowledge with you. Take a look at the product review below, which will highlight both the pros and the cons, as well as identify the ideal customer. If you have any questions or need more information, please call our customer care team at (866)537-2244. Thank you for stopping by, and please check out our Binding101 social media channels by clicking the icons above.
Binder mechanisms are popular for users of many kinds who want to make their own ring binders. Because they are sold in full boxes of 50+ mechanisms (depending on the size/color) our customers tend to be in the manufacturing, industrial supply, and government/military industries, however, sometimes home businesses that make custom binders to sell on Etsy will buy too. They are even used by furniture and fabric stores to hold swatches of fabrics as an alternative to loose leaf rings.
WHAT I LIKE:
Binder mechanisms are great, because they give you complete control over making your own custom binder and other crafts. They are made of metal, and are very durable to withstand a lot of heavy use. They have boosters on the ends, which make opening the rings quick so you don’t have to pull the rings open by hand, and there are two holes in each mechanism for rivets, which when bound properly, will make a very strong attachment. They also come in several colors, so you can make your binders stand-out with gold/brass or black mechanisms, or keep a more traditional look with the silver ones.
These particular ring mechanisms are letter size, which is the most popular ring binder size in the US. The spacing is regular 3-ring spacing to be compatible with all standard 3-hole punches (like the ones available here). And because they are just the metal binder spine without the covers attached, they are extremely versatile. Use them to make traditional ring binders or unique clipboards, or use them to hang calendars and organize items, or for anything else that you can think of. The pricing is also very reasonable per piece (especially the silver, considering you can probably not find them elsewhere for under $5 each), part of the benefit of selling full-case quantities.
THINGS TO CONSIDER:
There is a minimum order requirement for these mechanisms that makes them unobtainable by a lot of individuals or personal users, and even some small businesses. For silver mechanisms, it is 50 pieces for all the sizes. For black and brass mechanisms, the quantity varies depending on the ring size, ranging from 54 to 200 pieces. Unfortunately, we are unable to sell smaller quantity boxes, as these minimums are required by the manufacturer. They are also not available in assorted size boxes, so if you need 1" and 2" silver mechanisms, the minimum is 1 box per size.
Unless you have a large, automatic rivet setter machine for your industrial manufacturing plant, then riveting is done using a hand setter tool that can sometimes be tedious and difficult to use without the proper amount of strength. I am a fairly small woman, and it took several tries before I was able to accomplish a good finish that was tight enough to hold the mechanism in place properly. So before you buy, consider the fact that it can take quite a bit of effort and strength to rivet them to your binder covers and other materials, and consider standard pre-made ring binders as an alternative.
Also, although 3 colors are available, only silver is available in the full range of ring sizes from ½” to 4”, as well as round-ring and slant-d ring styles; the black and brass colors are only available with rings up to 2” in the round-ring style.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
Ring binder mechanisms are a popular solution for businesses of many kinds, especially industrial and manufacturing plants, as well as government/military bases, and more. They are the standard size for the most popular paper size in the United States (8 ½” x 11”), come in a few cool colors, and several different ring sizes to handle stacks of paper and other materials up to 3 ½" thick. They are only sold in case-quantities (starting at 50 per case) and are unavailable in smaller boxes. Sometimes they can be a challenge to work with, but if you persevere, you can create a huge variety of unique ring binders and other items of all kinds.