Akiles Finish-@-Coil E1 Electric Spiral Binding Coil Inserter & Electric Crimper
|Manufacturer||Akiles Products Inc|
|Manufacturer Part Number||ARAC-E1|
|Suggested User||Medium Office, Large Office|
|Binding Style||Spiral Binding / Plastic Coil|
|Included Supplies & Accessories||Diameter Guide|
|Compatible Supplies & Accessories||4:1 Pitch Spiral Binding Coils|
|Dimensions||10" x 14 ½" x 7"|
|Manufacturer's Warranty||1 Year Limited|
|Punch & Bind Capability||No [Binding Only]|
|Product Weight (lbs)||18|
|Shipping Weight (lbs)||20|
|Shipping Information||Ships via UPS|
Expert Product Review: Finish-@-Coil E1 by Mallory Morsa
Hi everyone! My name is Mallory Morsa, and I am the product expert at Binding101. I have been a part of the Binding101 team since 2008, where I started out in service and sales, learning our customers' needs and how to offer truly exceptional service. After a of couple years, I moved into a role of product management that required in-depth product research, as well as training of our staff. And in my honest expert reviews, I am proud to share that extensive knowledge with you. Take a look at the product review below, which will highlight both the pros and the cons, as well as identify the ideal customer. If you have any questions or need more information, please call our customer care team at (866)537-2244. Thank you for stopping by, and please check out our Binding101 social media channels by clicking the icons above.
I RECOMMEND THIS FOR:
The Finish-@-Coil (pronounced Finish A Coil) is a great add-on machine to speed up the coil inserting process that, perhaps, was previously being done by hand. It is a good choice for small binderies, print shops, or anyone else who binds spiral coil books several times throughout the day. Or even if you are doing lower volume but want to automate the crimping process, this machine has the electric crimper to be able to do that. If you want something for a lower volume, and the crimper is not important to you, then consider the Roll-@-Coil inserter. Or if you are binding continuously throughout the entire workday, but don’t quite have industrial/production-level volumes, then check out the Rhin-O-Roll ONYX HD4170, which doesn’t have the crimper, but has been built for heavier duty workloads.
WHAT I LIKE:
The fact that one of the rollers is adjustable and can be moved further and closer to the stationary roller is a big help when it comes to inserting different sizes of coils, especially the big ones that are hard to handle in general, such as the 50mm. My favorite part about this machine is the electric crimping – those hand pliers that come free with so many punch machines are fine, but they definitely start to hurt after a while and don’t offer a consistently clean finish… making the process electric eliminates that inconsistency (and the hand cramping!).
In addition to those features that I consider the most valuable, Akiles includes a bunch of little features to really step this machine up above others in the same price point…a coil diameter selector, spine shaper channel and even a pitch identifier are all things that most other inserters don’t have.
THINGS TO CONSIDER:
Sometimes shopping for a binding machine is confusing… because there are so many options, some punch and bind, some only punch, and still, some only bind. The Finish-@-Coil is a binding machine only and will not punch the holes. It will, however, spin the coil through your pre-punched holes and will also finish the coil ends by cutting/crimping them electronically. I have also seen other inserting machines with a larger silicone roller which would only lend to an even smoother insert, but the Roll A Coil has just a standard full-sized roller.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
When there are so many coil inserter options for such a huge range of prices, how can you figure out if this is the one for you? Consider my pros and cons above and apply them to your workroom. My personal opinion is that I really had to try hard to find negative aspects about Finish-@-Coil, and it was difficult. It really is a great little powerhouse and will really speed up your inserting and binding process. The combination of awesome features (especially the electric crimper) make it a great choice.