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Akiles CoilMac-M Manual Spiral Binding Machine

Item #: 04AKCOILMA

Our Expert has Rated this product with 3.5 Stars   1 Expert Review  |  Read an industry-professional's opinion below


The CoilMac-M by Akiles is one of the most popular manual spiral binding machines in the world. It is more durable than many other machines in the same price range, and offers the perfect blend of features that make it versatile and cost-effective. The five disengageable punching pins allow for more versatility of paper size, as you can stop the machine from punching a specific hole for perfect alignment. It also has a u-shaped channel to create the ideal spine shape to insert spiral binding coils, a feature to adjust the hole depth, a side guide to help with hole centering, and a large waste bin. Gain unmatched binding capability when you buy the Akiles CoilMac-M Spiral Binding Machine online from Binding101.

$299.00
Qty/Pack : 1

Product Description

The Akiles CoilMac-M Spiral Binding Machine offers efficiency and productivity & features 53 punching pins. Because of its high quality components and full range of functions, the Akiles CoilMac M is the most complete and durable piece of Plastic Coil equipment in its class. 

5 Die disengagement pins allow for a clean punch with multiple paper sizes. Simply pull the pin on the edge of your paper to avoid punching half of a hole on the binding edge. This feature is especially necessary for odd sheet sizes (smaller or larger than letter size). The Punching Margin Control provides the correct punch margin depth on you binding edge for each spiral binding coil size and maximizes the document's tear resistance. The deeper you set the holes to punch on the paper, the stronger they will hold. The Side Margin Control provides an evenly centered punch for all document sizes, every time. Simply adjust the guide so the holes are centered on your sheet. Remember to complete a test punch before punching your actual application to make sure it is perfectly centered. The CoilMac M also features a Diameter Guide or Coil Selector that will make choosing the correct Spiral Binding Coil Supplies for your book thickness. The open punching throat and continuous punching guide make it easy to punch sheets larger that 14" long. The Coilmac M also features a removable EZ Inserting Table™, which speeds the inserting of the coil, (if inserting manually) reducing costs and binding time. The Akiles CoilMac M includes our Hand Cutter Crimper Pliers for finishing your coils. CoilMac-M Plus with oval holes for easier inserting also available. 

Specifications

Name Akiles CoilMac-M Manual Spiral Binding Machine
Item # 04AKCOILMA
Shipping Weight (lbs) 39
Manufacturer Akiles Products Inc
Manufacturer Part Number ACM-M41
Capacity Punching: 17 Sheets (20 lbs. bond paper)
Model CoilMac-M
Operating Method Manual (Handle)
Included Supplies & Accessories Cutter/Crimper Pliers
Diameter Guide
Margin Depth Guide
Dimensions 13" W x 17.5" D x 18" H
Manufacturer's Warranty 1 Year Limited
Quantity 1
Type Spiral Binding
Punch & Bind Capability No
Maximum Binding Edge 13"
Open Ended Punch Yes
Disengageable Pins Yes, 5 Pins

Expert Reviews

Expert Reviewer: Mallory, Editor at BUY101CoilMac-M 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.


CoilMac-M Honest Expert Review by Mallory Morsa
 

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. The crimping pliers are also included for free, saving more money. 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 cutter crimper pliers that are included for free). 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.

User Reviews

Great InvestmentReview by Anonymous
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I am so glad I finally made the decision to buy a coil binder, because I had been toying with the idea for months and decided that after spending a couple hundred bucks at kinkos, I wanted to give doing our client presentations myself a chance. I've only had the machine for a couple months, but it has already almost paid for itself through the savings of outsourcing the binding. The difference in quality compared to more affordable machines was obvious even before I actually used it... it's sturdy and even looks pretty good (it isn't even that big). You'll have to buy the coils separately. (Posted on 5/2/16)
Good for small quantitiesReview by Jen
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We use this for office proposals and presentations. It's easy enough to use, but the coils have to go in by hand. For us it's not a big deal because we usually just bind one or two pieces at a time. But I would not recommend this for people who do more than that. It's a good quality machine for the price. (Posted on 4/25/16)
Wonderful binder for low production workflow - even on specialty paperReview by Danny
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My production needs are not big. The books I produce are about 40 paper pages in length.

The 'action' of the machine is just a joy to use when punching single sheets of heavy weight stock. This binder can punch 2 or 3 sheets of 230gm RC photo paper at once. But it moans and groans, so for the cleanest punches and less noise...I do them one sheet at a time. I've used it on heavier weight cotton rag and cellulose fine art photo papers with beautiful results. The holes come out clean and as perfect as one could hope for.

It will not punch a stack of photo paper. If you need to punch large blocks of paper at once, get a different binder. I also punch 10.6 mil plastic covers - again one at time. Does them perfectly. It can do 2 or 3 plastic covers at once, but moans and groans and is hard to operate.

It is fairly easy to insert coils into holes of my thin books. If you bind books that are thicker or made of heavy weight paper over 220gm, the oval hole binder (I think it is called the "plus") does a better job when it comes to easy coil insertion.

The unit comes with a pin registration attachment, but it is not needed for thinner books. Comes with a useful gauge for determining coil size for binding. Or you can use a ruler to gauge your coil needs.

Highly recommended binder for low production work. Beautiful, high quality build...just a superb machine if used within its limits. (Posted on 3/24/16)
Its okReview by No Name
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This is just ok...it does what it needs to do, and we typically do smaller jobs, so it's fine for those needs. Had to put some parts together, but for the basics, it's solid and much less expensive than Kinkos. (Posted on 3/17/16)

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