Akiles CoilMac ECI Plus Manual Punch & Electric Coil Inserter
With the same durable parts as the CoilMac-ECI, the Akiles Coilmac-ECI Plus has added features that offer even more versatility and convenience. With every one of the punching dies being disengageable, you can completely customize the punching pattern for nearly any sheet size. Oval holes make inserting the coil using the attached electric inserter faster and easier than ever before; even when you are binding thick books. This binding machine is in a class all it's own - buy the Akiles CoilMac-ECI Plus online today to add a versatile binding solution with professional results to your office.
|Manufacturer||Akiles Products, Inc.|
|Manufacturer Part Number||ACM-ECI41|
|Suggested User||Medium Office, Large Office|
|Binding Style||Spiral Binding / Plastic Coil|
|Capacity: Punching||20 Sheets|
|Included Supplies & Accessories||Margin Depth Guide|
Cutting / Crimping Pliers
|Compatible Supplies & Accessories||4:1 Pitch Spiral Binding Coils|
|Dimensions||15" x 16 ¼" x 21"|
|Manufacturer's Warranty||1 Year Limited|
|Punch & Bind Capability||Yes|
|Maximum Binding Edge||13" [with Open-Ended Punch]|
|Open Ended Punch||Yes [Allows for up to 26" Binding Edge]|
|Disengageable Pins||Yes, 53 Fully Disengageable Punching Pins|
|Pitch / Hole Pattern||Spiral Binding 4:1 (.248) Oval Holes|
|Shipping Weight (lbs)||55|
Expert Product Review: CoilMac ECI 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 ECI+ (plus) is a great option for offices with medium to semi-heavy workloads; someone looking for the convenience of the electric inserting, but who doesn’t need the electric punching. It may also be good option for a new small print shop to get them through the start-up workloads until their needs increase. This ECI plus model has fully disengageable pins oval holes, so works great for anyone who will do different sheet sizes and thick books with large coils.
If you fit into this category of users, but don’t need the added perk of the oval holes and fully disengageable pins, then you may want to downgrade to the CoilMac ECI standard version. However, if you are doing heavier workloads than this, consider the CoilMac EPI, which is also available in a plus model.
WHAT I LIKE:
First off, “plus” model spiral binding machines are always my first choice… the benefits of having those oval holes makes coil inserting for thicker books much easier than it normally is, and the 100% disengageable pins lets you do all different sheet sizes from 2” up to 13” (26” with the open punching throat). The attached coil inserter is nice because you don’t need to have a separate machine, or roll the coils in by hand to get the inserting done, which is normally super time consuming and tedious (the kind of tedious-ness that makes you tighten your fists up and scream under your breath). Akiles also backs a 1 year warranty, which is better than many other machines in this class that are only covered for 90 days, or sometimes even less.
THINGS TO CONSIDER:
I am not a huge fan of the industrial look of binding machines like this, with the tan/gray coloring; but that really doesn’t play into the great quality at all, just an aesthetic preference on my part (I prefer machines that fit with my office decor… even if my office is not so pretty now, I dream of office décor like the gorgeous stuff on our Pinterest page). You should also note that the ECI+ is not an all-in-one machine, so to finish your coils you need to use the coil crimper pliers (included for free – another perk!), or invest into a separate electric crimping machine, such as the Finish-@-Coil E1.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
Aside from my personal aesthetic preference, this is an overall wonderful spiral binding machine! It is built with really high quality parts, and will last for years with proper use. It has a great combination of manual and electric features for medium volume workloads. And if you decide the “plus” features are not needed, then keep in mind that the CoilMac ECI is available in two versions, so you could get the same, durable machine at a slightly lower price by choosing the CoilMac ECI “standard” version instead. The overall performance of the CoilMac ECI Plus will outshine so many other brands in regards to durability, and the 1 year warranty backs that claim up.