All about the CL6 Six-Station Collator

April 15, 2018
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Those who have ever tried to assemble and collate large numbers of documents by hand know how immensely time consuming it can be. Many collators are available to eliminate this need, but most of them are manufactured and priced for high-output facilities; there is not much for the small office or organization. The Martin Yale CL6 collating machine changes that; it offers an extremely inexpensive solution that will pay for itself quickly with the time and hassle you save. It is ideal for assembling newsletters, brochures, literature and more.

The Martin Yale CL6 six station collator eliminates the need to count out documents or sort them by hand. It is incredibly simple to operate; all you need to do is add your sheets into the collating bins and pull the handle on the side of the machine forward. This grabs the sheets and collates them for you. This collator features six bins, allowing you to create collated sets with up to six sheets.

With the Martin Yale CL6 collating machine you can collate paper sizes including letter (8.5” x 11”), legal (8.5” x 14”) and A4 (8.3” x 11.7”). The six stations allow you to collate documents as many as six sheets in length. You can do more than the six sheets by simply collating different groups of the documents separately. Measuring at just 11-1/4" x 13" x 9-1/4", and weighing only six pounds, the CL6 is an extremely mobile machine that can be set on any desk for use.

One of the best things about the CL-6 is the cost; with a price of less than $100 the CL6 easily saves you enough time (and we all know: time is money) to pay for itself quickly. In fact, many organizations can justify the cost of the CL-6 in just a single job or project. It is a manual machine and therefore does not require power; thus there is no need for expensive-to-replace electric mechanical parts. You can take the CL6 anywhere without the need to worry about plugging it in or adjusting any complicated settings. With the CL6, what you see is what you get.


While the CL6 collator is a great little machine for offices and low-volume environments, there are some limitations associated with the machine. For one—as with all collators—the grip pads in each station (six total) will need replacing eventually as they wear down. These pads are what grip the paper to collate them. If these pads are worn out or missing, the machine cannot collate. The CL6 is not recommended for collating existing multi-part forms or stapled sets. Using the CL6 for these applications may result in feed problems or issues with the pick up pads used by the machine. It can possibly wear or damage the machine. Lastly, while the CL6 has the ability to improve productivity over collating by hand, it is still a manual collating machine, and therefore, medium to high volume users will find that the process tedious and not cost effective. In addition, the CL6 was not manufactured for high volume continuous collating, and may be damaged if used for high volume.

If you are currently collating documents, newsletters or sales literature by hand, the Martin Yale CL6 can be a huge time saver. It is an ideal collating machine for small organizations that need to collate up to a few hundred documents per week. We are so confident in the CL6 Collating Machine that it comes standard with a one year manufacturer’s warranty – Martin Yale is known for their durable products, and we stand behind their machines with this great warranty.


Mallory Morsa, Binding101 Product ExpertAbout the Author • Mallory Morsa has been the product expert at Binding101 since 2008, and has grown up in the industry. Every day she pushes herself to learn new information, incorporating real-life experiences to create solutions to the most common problems in the industry, and then present those solutions in a way that is easy to understand for everyone, from novices to experts.