Akiles CoilMac EPI Standard Electric Punch & Electric Coil Inserter
If you need the ability to punch and bind electrically, as frequently as several times a day, then consider buying the CoilMac-EPI electric punch and electric coil inserter online. This high-quality book binding machine works perfectly with spiral binding coils - punching holes through up to 25 sheets of 20 lb. paper at a time, with the simple activation of a foot pedal, and rolling coils through your punched holes with the electric rollers, activated by a button. The foot pedal punching means both of your hands are free to handle your papers. Once punched, just roll the coil through the first few holes, flip on the roller switch, and hold your book against the roller to pull it through the rest of the book. Then you can use the included cutter crimper pliers to finish the end of the coil. The heavy duty motor and cutting edge punching mechanism make the Akiles CoilMac-EPI coil binder one of the most popular choices for print-on-demand shops and offices with daily binding needs.
|Manufacturer||Akiles Products Inc|
|Manufacturer Part Number||ACM-EPI41|
|Suggested User||Large Office|
|Binding Style||Spiral Binding / Plastic Coil|
|Capacity: Punching||25 Sheets|
|Included Supplies & Accessories||Cutter Crimper Pliers|
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|Compatible Supplies & Accessories||4:1 Pitch Spiral Binding Coils|
|Dimensions||21" x 23 ½" x 15 ¾"|
|Manufacturer's Warranty||1 Year Limited|
|Punch & Bind Capability||Yes|
|Maximum Binding Edge||13"|
|Open Ended Punch||Yes|
|Disengageable Pins||Yes, 5|
|Pitch / Hole Pattern||Spiral Binding 4:1 (.250) Round Holes|
|Actual Machine Dimensions ( L x H x W)||18" x 16-1/4" x 11"|
|Shipping (Web) Weight||75.1Lbs.|
Expert Product Review: CoilMac-EPI 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.
I RECOMMEND THIS FOR:
The CoilMac-EPI is an electric punch and an electric binding system for spiral binding coils that I recommend for small print shops or offices that need to bind frequently, even multiple times a day, or is large (but not production) volumes. For the same power, but with additional features, consider the EPI Plus version, or for something a little less rugged, check out the CoilMac-EX Plus.
WHAT I LIKE:
Akiles is a pretty well-know and trusted brand, that does a good job making quality machines for the binding industry. Their EPI binder machine is no different, so I am happy with the quality of components. It’s made of a durable metal, not cheap plastic, so sits firmly on a work station for a stable work environment. It is fairly easy to use for the industry it is directed to…as in, a print shop or facility that is familiar with coil binding on a basic level. If you are brand new, training and learning the machine is very easy too. Integrated features like 5 disengageable pins, dials, guides, etc. make it easy to get the perfect punching pattern for a variety of common sheet sizes.
THINGS TO CONSIDER:
When it comes to an “all electric” machine, it is a bit of a bummer to realize you still have to manually crimp and cut the coils to finish them. Granted, the pliers are included for free, but an electric crimper function would make this an all-in-one machine. The price is also a little off putting, when you consider that there is an all-electric machine available for less, called the Rhin-O-Tuff® System 3000. But what you should keep in mind is the recommended volume… the EPI is rated for users who bind daily or even multiple times a day in higher volumes, so has a more powerful motor. There have been a few complaints over the years about inner parts being difficult to replace and easily damaged, but as long as you don’t push this machine (or any machine, for that matter) to the max capacity 100% of the time, this will rarely come up. This was designed for standard sheet sizes, such as letter size, half size, legal size, etc. with the 5 punch pins that can be removed. If you need more customization opportunity, the EPI Plus model requires only a little more investment and packs several bonus features.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
Akiles is a reliable brand with a one year warranty that protects you against defects, offering more assurance than the common 90 day warranty offered by other manufacturers. It has several features designed to help you customize your punch, as well as get a professional finish, each and every time. At the end of it all, I recommend the CoilMac-ECI spiral binding machine as a start-up machine for users that bind coil on-demand for clients, such as Kinko’s, or as a durable office machine for client books, inter-company presentations, and more.