With the most complete system of functions and a built-in electric coil inserter, the Akiles CoilMac-ECI is in a class all to itself. The CoilMac-ECI makes Spiral Binding fast & easy, and that's why Binding101 has dubbed it as the ideal partner for mid-volume workloads.
The CoilMac ECI features die disengagement pins that allow for a clean punch with multiple paper sizes. This feature is ideal for those who will be punching any sheet size other than letter, as it allows you to control how many holes you page has, giving you the capability to eliminate half of a hole punch on the end of your sheet. The punching margin control provides the correct punch-margin-depth for each spiral binding coil size while maximizing the document's tear resistance. The deeper set the holes are, the stronger the bind will be. The open punching throat and continuous punching guide allow for an easy alignment and punching of documents larger that 13". The electric spiral binding coil inserter is foot pedal operated, allowing the free use of both hands and granting the operator complete rotating control of the roller. This drastically reduces time and costs by making the inserting surprisingly fast and easy. The Coilmac ECI includes a Spiral Binding Diameter Guide as well as a pair of our Cutter Crimper Pliers, making this unit a full finishing solution. CoilMac-ECI Plus with oval holes for easier inserting also available.
* May vary depending on paper stock used. Estimates based on 20# bond copy paper.
|Manufacturer||Akiles Products Inc|
|Manufacturer Part Number||ACM-ECI41|
|Product Weight (lbs)||55|
|Shipping Weight (lbs)||59|
|Operating Method||Punching: Manual [Handle]
Binding: Electric [Foot Pedal]
|Capacity||Punching: 20 Sheets*
Binding: 290 Sheets*
|Included Supplies & Accessories||Cutter Crimper Pliers
Margin Depth Guide
|Compatible Supplies||Spiral Binding Plastic Coils [4:1 Pitch]|
|Dimensions||15" W x 16-1/4" D x 21" H|
|Manufacturer's Warranty||1 Year Limited|
|Type||Spiral Binding Plastic Coil|
|Punch & Bind Capability||Yes|
|Maximum Binding Edge||13" [with Open-Ended Punch]|
|Open Ended Punch||Yes [Allows for Books up to 26" Wide]|
|Disengageable Pins||Yes [5 Pins]|
|Pitch / Hole Pattern||Spiral Binding 4:1 (.250) Round Holes|
CoilMac ECI Review
by Mallory Morsa
Hi! I am Mallory and I am the editor here at BUY101. I have been with the team since 2008, where I started out as a customer service representative, learning the in's and out's of every product we offer. I then moved into a roll of product management that required even more product research as well as new product training, sharing my extensive product and industry knowledge with our entire BUY101 team, and now, with you in my honest reviews.
I RECOMMEND THIS FOR:
Offices with light to medium workloads, making a little more than a few books per day. It would also be good as a beginner machine for a new small print shop to get them through their start-up workloads until their needs increase. This ECI standard model has basic round holes, so is best for those who use only smaller coils for thinner books.
If you fit into this category of users, but will be doing thicker books, then check out the CoilMac ECI Plus version. If you are doing lighter workloads than this, consider the CoilMac M, which is also available in a plus model. Or if you need something more heavy duty for bigger workloads, check out the fully electric CoilMac EPI.
WHAT I LIKE:
I like that the CoilMac ECI has two model options to pick from: a standard and a plus version, so you can have the same good machine with different feature choices, all depending on your budget and needs. It has an electric coil inserter attached as a part of the same machine, so you don’t have to buy a separate inserter or manually insert the coils, which, as you may know, is quite time consuming and a coil binding problem that pushes some people away from the binding method (including me; it can be so frustrating to roll it through each hole manually), so this feature is a big perk. This standard ECI model has five disengageable pins, which makes it easier to work with any standard sheet sizes, because it gives you the ability to stop a hole from being punched, which will prevent half-holes on your pages. So now you can make your half-sheet and mini coil books and still have them look clean and professional. BONUS: a pair of crimping pliers are included at no additional cost, so you can manually finish your books. The manufacturer (Akiles) also backs a 1 year warranty, which is great considering that many machines in this class only carry a 30-90 day warranty.
THINGS TO CONSIDER:
It weighs about 55 lbs, so it may be difficult for some to move without multiple people. I'm also not a big fan of the tan color and industrial styling for an office-machine like this because it can clash with printers, collators and other office machines... but that is just my personal aesthetic preference (where are my organized office lovers at?). You should also note that the ECI is not an all-in-one machine, so finishing your coil will require the use of the included coil crimper pliers, or an additional investment into a separate electric crimping machine, such as the Finish-@-Coil E1 (if you are looking for an all-in-one machine, check out the Rhin-O-Tuff® Coil Binding System 3000).
THE BOTTOM LINE:
Because the CoilMac ECI is available in two versions, you have choices, depending on your budget and specific application requirements. For users with medium workloads, I almost always recommend the oval-hole plus version, because the additional investment is very small compared to the additional versatility it offers. Though it may not be as pretty as some other coil binders on the market, the overall performance of the CoilMac ECI will outshine a lot of other brands in regards to durability and the 1 year warranty. In addition, the manual punching and electric inserting features keep this semi-electric binding machine in-budget.