Tamerica Optimus-46i Manual Spiral Coil Binding Machine with Electric Inserter
|Manufacturer Part Number||OPTIMUS-46I|
|Binding Style||4:1 Pitch Spiral Binding Plastic Coils|
|Maximum Binding Edge||11.7"|
|Punching Capacity||20 Sheets*|
|Adjustable Punch Depth||Yes|
|Max Binding Size||25mm (Manual Inserting of Larger Coils)|
|Pitch||4:1 Spiral Binding Coil|
|Crimper Pliers Included||Yes|
|Operation||Manual Punch & Electric Bind|
|Dimensions||31" x 18" x 12"|
Optimus 46i Expert Review by Mallory Morsa
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I RECOMMEND THIS FOR:
The Optimus 46i is an ideal spiral binding machine for low-volume users who tend to bind in smaller batches, such as just a few books at a time.
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT IT:
Considering the impressively low price, the Optimus 46i from Tamerica and Binding101 has an array of impressive features that are typically only found on much more expensive models. One of the best of those features is the fast that the holes are oval in shape, instead of circular. This makes a significant difference when it comes to rolling in the coils through your punched pages; it is faster and less of a hassle as the coils more easily shape to the holes and catch less often, if at all. On top of the machine you will also find an electric inserter roller. This feature is controlled with a foot pedal, and can help speed up the process of rolling in the coils even more. Just roll it manually through the first few holes and then hold it against the activated roller to insert the rest of the way. In addition to that, every one of the punching pins (there is one pin for every hole) can be dis-engaged, which really opens up the possibilities for document sizes. This makes it versatile than many other systems on the same price range.
THINGS TO CONSIDER:
Although this machine does have an electrical inserting roller, it is made of plastic and has creases throughout. This material and setup doesn’t work quite as well as other, more advanced systems that have solid rubber rollers…basically this means that some users have reported the roller is not as convenient or time-saving as they had hoped it would be. In addition, Tamerica states a 15-sheet punching capacity, but I recommend keeping that down closer to 10-12 or so. This, of course, depends highly on the paper stock you are using, but even with a standard 20# bond copy paper that was used to determine that rating, it can be a bit of a struggle (and strain the machine), so fewer pages are recommended.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
For the price point, the Optimus 46i has several outstanding features that are found more often on much more expensive models. This brings those convenient features to lower volume users for a faster and easier document binding solution. Though it is not as powerful as some users may prefer, the essentials for professional finishing are all there, expanding accessibility.