The Akiles CoilMac-EX Plus is a new and innovative electric spiral binding machine that makes medium-duty coil binding fast and easy. This cost-effective electric binder offers the convenience of electric punching and electric coil inserting, without the high price point of the more production-driven machines. It is built with all the same high-quality and durable parts as the other Akiles machines, but feature a smaller motor that reduces the cost greatly. It is the perfect solution for medium workloads who may bind daily, but not consistently throughout the day**. This "plus" machine features 100% disengageable punch pins that give you complete control over which holes punch and which do not. This feature is important for users who do multiple sheet sizes, as they can stop specific holes from activating, preventing the accidental partial-hole that may occur without this feature. The "plus" model also has oval holes, which makes inserting the spiral coils much easier.
* Based on 20# bond copy paper. May vary depending on what paper stock is used. It is not recommended to punch the full capacity 100% of the time (this is true for all punching machines).
** The CoilMac-EX is built with quality parts, but is not meant to run all day and needs to "rest" after every 3 hours of use to prevent overheating.
*** For coil sizes larger than 1", we recommend an electric inserter that has and adjustable roller, such as the Finish-@-Coil E1. The stand-still roller on this machine will insert all coil sizes, however, it gets more difficult with larger coils.
|Manufacturer||Akiles Products, Inc.|
|Product Weight (lbs)||50|
|Shipping Weight (lbs)||55|
|Capacity||Max Punching: 25 Sheets*
Max Binding: 440 Sheets* (50mm / 2" Coils***)
|Compatible Supplies||4:1 Pitch Spiral Binding Plastic Coil|
|Power Voltage||115 V AC|
|Machine Dimensions||16" D x 18" W 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]|
|Disengageable Pins||Yes, Fully Disengageable Pins [44 Pins]|
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:
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.