Akiles AlphaBind-CE Electric Comb Punch & Manual Binding Machine
For offices with medium-duty binding needs, about every week or so, the Akiles AlphaBind-CE comb binder is a good solution. The electric punching relieves the strain from any operator and speeds up the process. It can punch through up to 20 sheets* at a time, and works great for offices that primarily use letter size sheets and smaller. The punch pins can be disengaged, which allows for the smaller and odd sheet sizes without the hassle of half-punched holes. The foot pedal punching leaves both hands free to handle the books. Buy the Akiles AlphaBind-CE electric comb punch & manual binding machine online today.
|Manufacturer||Akiles Products, Inc.|
|Manufacturer Part Number||AAB-CE|
|Suggested User||Medium Office, Large Office|
|Binding Style||Plastic Comb Binding|
|Capacity: Punching||20 Sheets|
|Compatible Supplies & Accessories||Plastic Binding Combs|
|Dimensions||18" D x 17" W x 11" H|
|Manufacturer's Warranty||1 Year Limited|
|Punch & Bind Capability||Yes|
|Maximum Binding Edge||12" [With Open-Ended Punch for Edges up to 24"]|
|Open Ended Punch||Yes|
|Disengageable Pins||Yes, All [21 Pins]|
|Pitch / Hole Pattern||Plastic Comb [Rectangle Holes]|
|Product Weight (lbs)||61|
|Shipping Weight (lbs)||71|
The new Akiles AlphaBind-CE Electric Comb Punch & Manual Binding Machine was designed to be the "little brother" of the popular MegaBind-1E Electric Binding Machine. The AlphaBind machine is a great fit for mid-size businesses and print shops who primarily bind standard letter size 8.5" x 11" paper. Fully disengageable pins allow punching of unusual sheet sizes without having partial holes punched at the top or bottom of the sheet.
Akiles made this machine powerful enough to punch up to 20 sheets of 20lb. paper in press of a foot pedal. A Side Margin Control feature ensures an evenly centered punch each time. Four different margin depth setting allow the operator to select the best margin for each size of book. All metal construction plus cast hardened and heat treated steel dies make the AlphaBind CE a rugged and durable machine.
AlphaBind-CE Expert Review by Mallory Morsa
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I RECOMMEND THIS FOR:
The AlphaBind-CE is a great machine for medium-duty gbc comb binding requirements that may be found in schools, businesses, and churches. It looks sleek, and offers top-quality manufacturing, without an exorbitant price tag to go along with it.
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT IT:
The AlphaBind-CE is a more economical alternative to the heavy duty MegaBind-E machine. It offers fast and powerful punching using the hands-free foot pedal, which means that your operators hands are free to work with the documents. This may not seem like a big deal, however, having hands free means you keep control of the pages through the entire process, so you don’t have to worry about slipping pages or sheets that fan out and need re-jogging.
Because this comb binder has punch pins that can be pulled out and rendered incapable of punching, you have more versatility with your sheet sizes. And although it has a smaller punching width for letter size and A4 pages, it is open-ended, which means that if you punch once, then flip your pages and punch again, you can essentially bind a page as long as double that.
This may seem like a bit of an odd enjoyment, but something else about the AlphaBind-CE that I like the chip tray that holes the punched chads is larger than a lot of other machines that I have worked with, which means you can empty it less frequently. I also like that the comb opener handle is small and compressed close to the machine; there is no need for those handles to be so large and obtrusive, so this smaller one is great.
THINGS TO CONSIDER:
Finding something negative to share about this machine was difficult. I think that the only issue I can foresee users experiencing would be if they bought the machine for the wrong level of volume; for example, if they bind nearly all day, this machine is not the best choice and will wear out.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
With all of this information in mind, I am overall very happy with the AlphaBind-CE machine. It works well for all plastic gbc style comb sizes, and combines the efficiency and speed of electric punching, with subtle manual comb opening and closing. This unit is a good choice for medium-sizes businesses, schools, and churches who may bind a few times a week, not in huge quantities. It has the same high-quality manufacturing that we’ve come to expect from Akiles machinery, and has all of the essential features to help ensure you always achieve a professional bind.