Akiles CoilMac M Standard Manual Spiral Binding Machine
|Manufacturer||Akiles Products Inc|
|Manufacturer Part Number||ACM-M41|
|Suggested User||Small Office, Medium Office|
|Binding Style||Spiral Binding / Plastic Coil|
|Capacity: Punching||17 Sheets|
|Included Supplies & Accessories||Diameter Guide|
Margin Depth Guide
|Compatible Supplies & Accessories||4:1 Pitch Spiral Binding Coils|
Cutter Crimper Pliers
|Dimensions||13" W x 17 ½" D x 18" H|
|Manufacturer's Warranty||1 Year Limited|
|Punch & Bind Capability||Punching|
|Open Ended Punch||Yes|
|Disengageable Pins||Yes, 5 Pins|
|Actual Machine Dimensions ( L x H x W)||13" x 17.5" x 18"|
|Shipping (Web) Weight||35 Lbs.|
Expert Product Review: CoilMac-M by Mallory Morsa
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I RECOMMEND THIS FOR:
I recommend the CoilMac-M for small offices, or even potentially individual users who scrapbook or bind their own little coil books. I would say that anyone that does more than 10-15 or so books per month may want to consider upgrading to the CoilMac-ECI coil binding machine. Or if you want something geared more toward an individual or at-home user, check out the Rubicoil.
WHAT I LIKE:
The quality of the CoilMac-M is something that sets it apart from other low-volume spiral binding machines. It is a great investment over cheaper machines, and can pay for itself quickly, as compared with paying to have your books bound at a binding or printing shop. It is sturdy and well-made with metal parts, (not like those cheapy plastic machines) and offers good value for the price. I love to use this for hand-made notebooks (click for fun spiral coil binding ideas), little scrap books, and other book binding craft projects.
THINGS TO CONSIDER:
The CoilMac-M spiral coil binder is a completely manual machine, so the punching is manual, (with a handle that you pull) the inserting is manual, (so you have to roll the coil all the way through the holes) and the crimping is manual (using the optional cutter crimper pliers). Keep that in mind when making your choice, because the all-manual process can be tedious. But in all reality, this is a low-volume machine, so as long as you work within those parameters, it should be pretty easy. And you can always upgrade and buy a separate electric inserting machine, such as the Roll-@-Coil, if you decide it is too difficult to roll in the coils by hand. This is also a “standard” punch, which has round holes, so if you make thicker books (I would say, right around 1/2” [12mm] or so), then you may consider the “plus” version with oval holes because it makes inserting the coil much easier and less likely to catch on the pages. This standard version also has just a few disengageable punching pins, whereas the plus version has fully disengageable pins; so if you are needing to do a wide variety of sheet sizes, then the plus version may be a better option as well.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
The CoilMac-M is a great machine for a small office… it is sturdy, looks pretty nice, and punches clean holes. A 1 year manufacturer’s warranty only plays into the positives of this machine, as so many machines in the low-volume market have warranties worth 90 days or less. It is fairly easy to use, so multiple people in the office can bind without a lot of training or reading up in the manual. If you are doing less than 10-15 books per month, and the books are on the thinner side (less than 1” thick), and are all common sheet sizes, than the CoilMac-M is a great option.