The Akiles WireMac-EX electric Wire-O® binding machine offers fast, easy and professional twin loop wire binding that is perfect for medium-duty offices that want the efficiency of an all-in-one wire binder, as well as high-quality parts that are built to last, all at a cost-efficient price point. The foot-pedal activated electric punching action makes punching through up to 25 sheets* of paper easy. A manual wire closer that is activated with a handle will finish the wire and close it around your pages. You can control the depth of the hole punch to customize your book for more tear-resistance while side-margin control makes it easy to perfectly align your pages for centered holes. The front of the WireMac-EX has a wire selector to help you determine what size Wire spines you need. Fully disengageable pins give you complete control over which holes will activate when the foot pedal is pressed, which is ideal for users who need the capability of doing multiple sheet sizes without running the risk of punching partial holes on the edges. An open-ended punching throat is 14" wide, however, allows for documents up to 28" to be punching buy just flipping over your book and punching again. A unique reverse function allows for manual reverse of the motor and pins, which is a great feature to clear paper jams.
• Electric motor allows for punching up to 25 sheets of paper at a time*
• Reverse feature to clear paper jams
• Fully disengageable punching pins
• Wire hanger on front of machine to make putting pages on the wire easier
• Foot pedal punching operations leaves both hands free to work with the documents
• Made of mostly metal construction and durable parts
• Auto-shut off safety feature if the machine overheats
|Model||3:1 Pitch Model||2:1 Pitch Model|
|Maximum Wire-O® Binding Size||9/16" Wire-O®||1-1/4" Wire-O®|
|Fully Disengageable Pins||40 Pins Total||53 Pins Total|
* Based on 20# bond copy paper. May vary depending on what paper stock is used.
** The WireMac-EX is built with quality parts, but is not meant to run all day and needs to "rest" after a minimum of every 3 hours of use to prevent overheating.
|Manufacturer||Akiles Products, Inc.|
|Capacity||Max Punching: 25 Sheets*
Max Binding: 9/16" Wire-O® (3:1 Pitch Version) / 1-1/4" Wire-O® (2:1 Pitch Version)
|Product Weight (lbs)||55|
|Shipping Weight (lbs)||60|
|Operating Method||Punching: Electric [Foot Pedal]
Binding: Manual [Handle]
|Compatible Supplies||3:1 Pitch Wire-O® Twin Loop Bindings|
|Power Voltage||115 V AC|
|Dimensions||19" D x 16" W x 16" H|
|Manufacturer's Warranty||1 Year Limited|
|Punch & Bind Capability||Yes|
|Maximum Binding Edge||14" [With Open Throat]|
|Open Ended Punch||Yes [Allows for Up to 28" Binding Edge]|
|Disengageable Pins||Yes, Fully Disengageable Pins|
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-EX is a new Akiles machine that is a great option for mid-duty twin loop book binding in offices that need the strength of a machine capable of handling daily binding, but not one that should be run all day long without rest periods every few hours. If you are not binding daily and need something less-powerful, you may want to check out the Akiles WireMac-M. Or if you need something heavier duty or for more frequent and larger workloads, you may want to consider the WireMac-E and possibly even add the FlexiCloser Electric Wire Closer.
WHAT I LIKE:
I like that this machine is at a good price point between the manual machines and the heavy duty electric machines. It offers a combination of manual and electric features, along with a medium-duty motor, that help to keep the pricing economical while still providing really high-quality components. I like that punching is activated with a foot pedal instead of a button, because it gives you both hands to be able to handle your documents with complete control. I love that it has a stylish black finish that will match well in any office (much better than the industrial-looking tan on many other machines). It also has the 100% disengageable pins, which is a huge perk if your book size ever varies because it lets you stop a specific hole from punching. This cool feature also lets you make patterns of punching for creative wire binding.
THINGS TO CONSIDER:
Just remember that, just because this is an electric punch, does not mean it is meant for high capacities or heavy volumes – it is an office-rated machine that can be run daily, but should not be used for longer than two to three hours without cool-down periods. The wire closer is still manual, so you will need to set it for the different wire sizes you are using and pull the handle around your wire to close it.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
Overall the WireMac-EX is a great office-duty machine for anyone who needs to bind twin loop books on a daily basis, but not continuously. The electric punching stops your arms from getting tired of punching and punching through stack after stack, and the black finish is sleek and looks great on a desk or workstation. As long as you work within the parameters of this machine, it is a great option and will give you beautifully finished wire bound books.
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