Akiles CoilMac EX Plus Electric Spiral Binding Machine
|Manufacturer||Akiles Products, Inc.|
|Manufacturer Part Number||ACM-EX41|
|Suggested User||Medium Office, Large Office|
|Binding Style||Spiral Binding / Plastic Coil|
|Capacity: Punching||25 Sheets|
|Included Supplies & Accessories||Cutter Crimper Pliers|
|Compatible Supplies & Accessories||Plastic Spiral Binding Coils|
|Power Voltage||115 V AC|
|Dimensions||18" W x 16" D x 10" H|
|Manufacturer's Warranty||1 Year Limited|
|Punch & Bind Capability||Yes|
|Maximum Binding Edge||13" [With Open Throat]|
|Open Ended Punch||Yes [Allows for Up to 26" Binding Edge]|
|Throat Depth||Adjustable Margin Control|
|Disengageable Pins||Yes, Fully Disengageable Pins [44 Pins]|
|Pitch / Hole Pattern||Spiral Binding 4:1 (.248) Oval Holes|
|Actual Machine Dimensions ( L x H x W)||18" x 16" x 10-3/4"|
|Shipping (Web) Weight||60 Lbs|
Expert Product Review: CoilMac-EX Plus 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-EX+ is a new Akiles machine that is a great option for medium-duty book binding in offices that may bind several times daily, but not throughout the entire day. If you are doing lighter workloads than this, such as only once a day or even more infrequently, consider the Akiles CoilMac-ER. Or if you need something more heavy duty for bigger workloads, check out the fully electric CoilMac EPI.
WHAT I LIKE:
Akiles Products, Inc. does a great job of offering a variety of binding machines to meet many different customers’ needs, which means their machines can be very targeted for specific people, eliminating features not needed which helps keep the pricing down and the quality up. The new CoilMac-EX is an example of their goal to meet these niche market requirements, as it features all of the same high-quality parts and components, with only a smaller motor – this gives you the electric punching capabilities and electric inserting without the high price point. It is meant for offices that want these features, but that won’t be binding constantly throughout an entire day. I like that it includes “plus” machine features, the most valuable being those oval holes that make spiral binding insertion so so much easier, especially for those thick books. The coil inserting roller function also prevents the irritating need to spin in those coils hole-by-hole using just your hands, and makes the process fast. Foot pedal activation of the punching is always a favorite feature of mine (as simple as it may be) because it means I can have my hands on my book the entire time, giving me really good control. As opposed to machines that are activated with a button, requiring you to prep your book for punching, then let go of the book to turn on the puncher… and if you have ever bound a book of any kind, you know that all it takes is a tiny bump to misalign those pages. Although not important to the functionality of the machine, the fact that the CoilmacEX is black in color to match office equipment is a huge plus, in my opinion… it keeps it looking new and clean over the more industrial looking gray/tan machines.
THINGS TO CONSIDER:
Just because the Coilmac EX is an electric punch and bind coil binder, does not mean it is a high-production machine that can run all day. This was manufactured to offer the convenience of electric benefits to customers with smaller or medium-sized workloads… those who might bind several times a day, but not all day (tip: you should let the machine cool-down after every 2-3 hours of use). You should also note that the roller inserter is a single-roller, so it is not as precise as the options that feature two rollers (especially compared to two-roller inserting machines that have one adjustable roller, such as the Akiles Finish-@-Coil E1).
THE BOTTOM LINE:
At the end of it all, I feel the CoilMac EX is a great option for those medium-duty office users that make presentations for clients and meetings regularly, but not as often as “all-day-erry-day”. The combination of electric functionality, an attractive look and small motor make it the perfect office binding machine for coil books of all sizes.