Comb binding has been a highly preferred bookbinding alternative over the years because it is both easy and affordable. Comb binding machines are available in many varieties, offering a wide range of features for all types of on-site binding requirements. By using the right kind of machine and supplies, it is possible to churn out all types of documents without any difficulty whatsoever.  

While selecting comb binding machines, one of the key decisions to make is whether a manual or an electric model is better suited for your needs. Both these types come with their own unique characteristics.  

Manual Comb Binding 

Though these machines are slower compared to the electric machines, some people prefer them because of the element of control provided by them while creating documents. Also, smaller businesses often opt for manual machines to avoid electricity costs. 

Electric Comb Binding 

These electrically operated machines are extremely popular for a number of reasons. The operators find it easier to run these machines. As they are not required to physically punch the holes using their arm, they can run the machines for a longer period of time. Also, the quality of the finished product is relatively better with fewer missed punches.

Vertical vs. Horizontal Feed 

The vertical paper feed is another important advantage of using an electric comb binding machine. This configuration ensures that the paper can move down easily into the throat of the die, keeping all the sheets aligned. Also, the binding materials are easier to insert because the edges of the pages remain aligned and the holes are even with each other. 

In case of horizontal paper feed, lining up all the pages evenly can be difficult when punching thicker books. In some cases, there may be a mis-punch of the entire document. However, horizontal feeds are a better option for small thin books. On the other hand, while feeding and punching, horizontal feed keeps the stack properly aligned and stable with these thinner books.  

Essential Manual and Electric Machine Features 

Whether you opt for an electric or a manual machine, there are some key features that you must look for. 

  • If you plan to use different sizes of papers, your machine should be able to handle that. If your machine is only suitable for regular sized paper, punching legal sized or smaller documents will not be possible. 
  • You should be able to disengage the punch pins of your machine because this will help you set up the best punching pattern as per your requirements. Adjustability of the punch pins also ensures that the ends of the document have no half or partial holes. 
  • Carefully check the control with which the depth of the punch margins can be changed. This is the space between where the hole should be punched and the edge of the paper. With the right distance, pages can be turned easily once they are bound.  

If you have any other questions related to binding machines, please contact us at RENZ Australia. We have a wide selection of book binding machines and equipment tailored to suit your requirements.