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Akiles iCoil+ Oval Hole Spiral Binding Machine

Item #: 04AKICOIL41O

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


The iCoil Plus spiral coil binding machine makes a great addition for individual users or small offices that have low-volume binding needs. Simple to operate, and safe for all users, this small spiral binder machine features an oval-hole punch, that makes for easy coil inserting through the punched sheets, especially for thick books. This feature makes binding much faster and can eliminate the hassles typically involved with coil inserting. It is compact and easy to store with a lid that folds closed for when not in use. If you have the occasional need to bind books with spiral binding coils, then consider buying the Akiles iCoi+ oval hole spiral binding machine online from Binding101.

$328.99
Qty/Pack : 1

Product Description

The iCoil Plus by Akiles is the perfect spiral binding plastic coil punch and bind machine for businesses or personal users that have a low-volume or only an occasional need to bind with coil spines. Very easy-to-use, this small coil binder machine punches oval holes, which makes inserting coils into books, especially thick books, up to 50% faster and much easier. This binding punch is very compact , taking up only a small portion of a work space with a small footprint, and even folds closed for easy storage and dust-protection when not in use. The vertical punching mechanism can punch up to 15 sheets (20# bond) at a time, with a maximum punching length of 11", making it ideal for users who only punch letter size 8.5" x 11" documents.  The punching die mechanism is made from a heat-treated steel that ensures worry-free use.  The punching is done manually by pulling on the handle, and the inserting is done electrically using a foot pedal that can be pressed by foot or hand, depending on the operator's preference.  With a maximum coil inserter rating of up to 7/8", you can punch and bind the most common coil binding sizes with this compact unit (larger coils can be punched, but they may have to be inserted by hand). 
 

Features:

  • Ability to close cover for space-saving and dust-free storage
  • Coil sizer guide (place your coil on the guide to check the size of the coil)
  • Coil selector guide (place your book into the slots to determine the recommended coil size for your book)
  • Pop-up electric inserter
  • Free cutter crimper pliers are included
  • Convenient instructions printed on the machine for punching, inserting and crimping coil
     

  How to Use the iCoil Binding Machine:

  • Adjust and set the side margin control guide to make sure all your books will be consistent and straight.
  • Place up to 15 sheets (20# bond paper) into the vertical punching throat (we recommend no more than 1 or 2 covers at a time) and pull the handle to punch.
  • Once all your pages are punched, arrange book in the proper order and, press the button on the front to pup up the roller inserter.
  • Insert your coil by hand through the first few holes, then press the foot pedal and hold your book up to inserter until it inserts all the way through the book.
  • Use the included cutter crimper pliers to cut and crimp the coils on both ends.

Specifications

Item # 04AKICOIL41O
Manufacturer Akiles Products Inc
Manufacturer Part Number AIC-41+
Quantity 1
Shipping Weight (lbs) 20
Operating Method Manual Punch, Electric Bind
Capacity Punching [15 Sheets of 20# bond], Binding [7/8" Coil (electric), 2" Coil (manual)]
Manufacturer's Warranty 1 Year Limited Manufacturers Warranty
Punch & Bind Capability Yes
Maximum Binding Edge 11" Long
Open Ended Punch No
Disengageable Pins No

Expert Reviews

Expert Reviewer: Mallory, Editor at BUY101iCoil+ Spiral Binding Machine 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.


iCoil+ Honest Expert Review by Mallory Morsa
 

I RECOMMEND THIS FOR: 
The iCoil+ seems to be a good little machine for offices that want the ease of oval holes (offering easier coil inserting) and who could benefit from a mini electric inserter, all at a lower price-point than other machines with these features that may have been built for more industrial use, such as the CoilMac ECI+. The iCoil spiral binder is only meant for low-volume, so I would only recommend it for individual or small-office users who do less than 15-20 books per month, and who only do letter size books. Do you bind even less than that? Take a look at the Rubicoil spiral binding machine as an alternative option.
 

WHAT I LIKE:
The fact that a little personal/small office binding machine has an electric inserter included on it is a pretty cool feature. Even though it is small, so not as efficient or as high-quality as the larger machines, it is still a nice way to avoid those frustrations that we get from inserting the spirals one hole at a time. I also like that the oval holes are standard on this binding machine, because that only assists with the ease of coil insertion even further. I also like all the little sizing features that this comes with, because picking a coil size can be difficult without them and so they will help you get that perfect and pretty finished bind that is professional and clean.
 

THINGS TO CONSIDER:
I’m not a huge fan of the fact that this is a plastic machine, even though it is meant for real low volume or at home users, I just prefer the feel of a punch made with a metal handle (if you’ve ever tried both, you will understand what I mean)… it just feels more structured and you know in your heart (is that weird to say?) that you are getting a higher quality finish. The inserter does not span the length of the machine, so don’t expect it to work as smoothly as the bigger ones, but it is still nice to have and definitely assists in making the process faster than by-hand. It also is a closed-in punch (meaning you can’t do any sheets bigger than letter size) and does not have pins that you can disengage (to prevent a single hole from punching) so it is not recommended for those looking to do a big variety of sheet sizes. But that being said, at-home users like those who would buy this machine don’t need a really high-quality or heavy duty unit, and this is actually a pretty nice choice for making your own coil bound journals and crafts at home.
 

THE BOTTOM LINE: 
This spiral binding machine is good option for individual users who want some of the efficient features of an office machine, but that was built for low-volume and craft use. Because it was designed for the home-user or small office, it is pretty easy to use, so simple self-training from our iCoil+ product overview video on YouTube, plus a little practice, should be enough to get you familiar and comfortable using the machine.

User Reviews

Great budget coilerReview by Joan
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It’s been a great little budget coiler binder for my realty office. We broke the little plastic holder when we pulled out the pliers for crimping, so I suggest you just very very gently pull those out. But nothing of importance broke, so it wasn’t a big deal. The inserter is a cool feature and one of the only machines in my price range that had one… it’s just a mini one, but it works ok for my needs. (Posted on 5/2/16)
I like it a lotReview by Jeanne
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I bought this so I could make crafts and books for my family and friends for gifts. I really like it… it’s been pretty easy to use (especially after just a little practice) and makes real nice booklets. I’ve made picture books and little scrapbooks so far and just keep it to only punching a couple sheets of photo stock at a time, because it seems to work better and be easier. I really like how small it gets so I can store it when I’m not crafting. And I like the little inserting wheel to help spin in my coils (faster than doing it by hand for sure). (Posted on 4/25/16)
Too expensive for me... maybe good for someone else, thoughReview by Margie
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I don't really think this was worth the cash for me. It is ok, and it makes the holes well (and fast) but I haven't been able to justify why I decided to spend over $300 on a spiral binder for my scrapbooks... maybe it would be good for like an office, but for me, I feel like I made a mistake.

That in mind, though, I do think it's cool that it folds up and gets really small so I can store it really easily. I like the little coiler roller too and how it pops up. It actually seems to have a lot of good features, I just got way too excited and impulse-bought without thinking it through all the way. (Posted on 3/28/16)

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