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.
|Manufacturer||Akiles Products Inc|
|Manufacturer Part Number||ACM-M41|
|Shipping Weight (lbs)||39|
|Operating Method||Manual (Handle)|
|Capacity||Punching: 17 Sheets (20 lbs. bond paper)|
|Included Supplies & Accessories||Cutter/Crimper Pliers
Margin Depth Guide
|Machine Dimensions||13" W x 17.5" D x 18" H|
|Manufacturer's Warranty||1 Year Limited|
|Punch & Bind Capability||No|
|Maximum Binding Edge||13"|
|Open Ended Punch||Yes|
|Disengageable Pins||Yes, 5 Pins|
|Book Size||25mm (1-1/4")|
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:
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.