Akiles Finish-@-Coil M Electric Coil Inserter with Manual Cutter Crimper Pliers
|Manufacturer||Akiles Products Inc|
|Manufacturer Part Number||Finish-@-Coil M|
|Suggested User||Small Office, Medium Office|
|Binding Style||Spiral Binding / Plastic Coil|
|Included Supplies & Accessories||Manual Cutter Crimper Pliers|
|Compatible Supplies & Accessories||4:1 Pitch Spiral Binding Coils|
|Power Voltage||115V 60Hz|
|Actual Machine Dimensions ( L x H x W)||14-1/2" x 11-1/2" x 7"|
|Shipping (Web) Weight||17 Lbs.|
|Manufacturer's Warranty||1 Year Limited|
|Punch & Bind Capability||No [Binding Only]|
|Shipping Information||Ships via UPS|
Finish-@-Coil Spiral Roller Inserter Expert Review by Mallory Morsa
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I RECOMMEND THIS FOR:
Pronounced “Finish a Coil”, the Finish-@-Coil M is a great entry-level coil inserter for those with lower volumes that want the convenience of electric inserting, without the high cost. Popular customers for this roller inserter include smaller to mid-sized offices that need to bind from time to time, but not every day. It is affordable, and function-rich with many features that help making inserting easier than rolling coils in by-hand.
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT IT:
There are several things that I like about the Finish-@-Coil inserter…for one, it has several features built into the machine to aide in the coil inserting; it is not just plain old rollers. On the top of the unit is a spine shaper called a U-channel, which curves your book block into the ideal rounded edge for coil inserting. If any of you have ever tried to insert a coil (especially a larger one) through a squared stack of sheets, you know that the coils get caught over and over and over again; this simple spine shaper channel helps remove that issue. It also has a coil diameter selector built into the machine. Now, a lot of punches will also have this, but including it on the inserter is a smart choice just in case, as well as for those that are using the machine in more of an assembly-line situation, so that users don’t have to reach over each other to get to the guide on the punch. It is such an easy way to get a recommended coil size, so there is no sheet counting or guessing; just slide the entire stack into the guide to see the recommended size (and remember to go 1 size up if you’re between sizes). Although not used too often, the front of the Finish-@-Coil also has a pitch identifier, so if you’re not sure if you have a 4:1 or 5:1 coil, you can determine it by holding your coil up to the indented guide.
Another great thing about the Finish-@-Coil is that it has two rollers, while many other machines in the same price range only have one. Plus, one of the roller is moveable and can be adjusted to the different size coil you are using. For larger coils especially, this is a feature I consider a necessity because using rollers too close together for large diameter spiral bindings will not work well. This feature lets you set the space between the rollers to the specific coil binder diameter you are using easily with the twist of a dial.
And lastly, it comes with a manual crimper included. Granted, many punch machines already have this, however, there is nothing wrong with having an extra one on-hand; especially when it can be stored so easily on the unit for quick access.
THINGS TO CONSIDER:
One thing to think about is the fact that the inserting may be electrically powered, but the crimping is still manual using crimper pliers. Some users find this task tedious, and for those doing enough volume of books, it may be worth it to invest in a machine that has both electric inserter rollers as well as an electric crimper, such as the Finish-@-Coil E1. Note, of course, that the investment needed for that upgrade is nearly double the price of this unit, so it may not be worth it to many smaller office users.
Something else to keep in mind is the material of the rollers themselves. One of the rollers is made of a rubber that grips the coil and actually rolls it in; this is a good thing. The other roller is made of plastic, which can sometimes lead to a bit of slipping. To avoid this, make sure to hold your book firmly against the rollers with both hands. For those who have never used an electric inserter, it can take a little time to get used to it. But once you get the hang of it, it is easy as pie.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
The Finish-@-Coil M is a perfect add-on unit for small and medium-sized offices that have either outgrown the tedious process of rolling coils in by hand, or have increased their volume to the point where making the process electric will be more efficient and less labor-intensive. It is incredibly affordable for what it offers, and is full of features to assist your inserting process, making it more than just a plain ‘ol spiral inserter. A mid-level unit, the Finish-@-Coil M still requires manual crimping of your coils with the included crimping pliers (the “m” stands for manual), but the efficiency and speed that the coil inserter can add is quite impressive.