Akiles WireMac Duo Wire-O® Punching & Binding Machine
A one-of-a-kind solution, the Akiles WireMac-Duo is a fully-featured Wire-O® machine that allows for the punching and binding of both 3:1 and 2:1 pitch wires in a single unit, making it extremely versatile. Manufactured for durability, this all-metal binding machine remains compact, while featuring two punching openings (one for each pitch) to eliminate the hassle of die change, and a single closer opening that handles all size wire spines. Fully disengageable punch pins allows for more versatility in sheet size and punching pattern, while a variety of adjustment knobs and settings help you achieve a look that is aligned and finished to perfection. This machine has everything you need to punch and bind with Wire-O® twin-loop binding supplies. Get the solution to all of your punching and binding needs when you buy the Akiles WireMac Duo online.
|Manufacturer||Akiles Products Inc|
|Manufacturer Part Number||AWMD|
|Suggested User||Medium Office, Large Office|
|Binding Style||Wire-O Binding|
|Capacity: Punching||20 Sheets|
|Included Supplies & Accessories||Diameter Guide|
Margin Depth Guide
|Compatible Supplies & Accessories||Wire-O® Twin-Loop Binding Supplies|
|Actual Machine Dimensions ( L x H x W)||16" x 27" x 20" (w handles)|
|Shipping (Web) Weight||59 Lbs.|
|Manufacturer's Warranty||1 Year Limited|
|Punch & Bind Capability||Yes|
|Maximum Binding Edge||14"|
|Open Ended Punch||Yes|
WireMac Duo Expert Review by Mallory Morsa
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I RECOMMEND THIS FOR:
The WireMac-Duo is the perfect all-in-one twin loop binding system for medium-sized offices. Basically, for anyone who needs the capability to bind the entire range of wire sizes for both 3:1 and 2:1 pitch, and wants a heavy-duty machine, but doesn’t necessarily need the power of an electric model.
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT IT:
Perhaps too obvious, but the thing I like most about this wire system is that it can do both 3:1 and 2:1 punching patterns. There really aren’t too many machines out there with this capability, especially in this price range. In fact, most machines that can do both are actually electric interchangeable die machines, which are quite a bit more expensive and built for heavy duty punching operations. The WireMac-Duo fits into the medium-duty office user category, though, expanding the options available while remaining budget-friendly and without going overkill on the power.
Another great feature is the independent disengageable punching pins. What’s that mean? There is a single punch pin for each hole that is punched. With the ability to disengage a pin and stop that individual hole from punching, you open up the realm of sheet size possibilities, while letting yo properly place your holes without ended up with a half-hole at the edge. This is a common feature for Akiles machines, but is not something to be overlooked.
Let’s talk about wire closing for a moment now. If you are experienced with wire-o binding, then you know that closing the wire can be a bit of a learning curve; if the closer is set too small, it over-closes the wire and creates a jagged look, or if it is set too large, your pages will fall out of the crack. Even machines that have size-specific settings for the closer —that should theoretically create a perfect close for that particular wire— users often still struggle getting that perfect circle bind. The great thing about the closer on the Duo binder is that it can be fine-tuned, so you can adjust and make sure you always have a perfect close. And on that same note, I always perfect vertical closers like this so the wire doesn’t fall out before you even have a chance to bind.
THINGS TO CONSIDER:
There really aren’t too many noteworthy “negatives” about this machine. The only real consideration I would want to be sure you think about is what your volume requirements are. Even though the WireMac Duo is manufactured with heavy duty materials, it is not meant for all day binding; the manual punching can be tiresome for your operator. So if you think you may need something stronger or for more frequent/larger jobs, then consider the WireMac E instead (but keep in mind that it is not a dual 31/21 punch, but an either-or choice).
THE BOTTOM LINE:
For medium duty punching and binding of both thin and thick wire-bound books, the WireMac Duo from Akiles and Binding101 is a great choice. Heavy duty manufacturing combined with versatility and fine-tuning features make this system a desirable option. I am not surprised that it is one of our top 5 wire binding machines of 2019.