If you need to create a large amount of booklets to advertize some kind of business or nonprofit, plastic bindings are both attractive and durable. However, the problem with producing booklets with plastic bindings is that you'll have to either bind them all by hand or operate and maintain an expensive binding machine. If you're dead set on binding a lot of paper sheets together into booklets, look out for these three features to get a very good coil binding machine.
1. Long Lever Across The Machine For Enhanced Binding Ability
Some coil binding machines operate purely on electricity and some rely on manual power. Among manual binding machines, some have a handle that you can push in a circular motion and some have a lever that you can push up and down.
Unless you're willing to spend a lot of money for a slightly faster and less effort intensive binding job, don't bother with a fully electric binding machine. Additionally, while you may think that a circular motion is more appropriate for powering a binding machine, you can apply a large amount of force more quickly and efficiently with a simple up and down lever.
2. Platform With Movable Pins
If you're going to buy a binding machine, you might as well get one that's as versatile as possible. Unless your current binding project is completely outside of the things you normally work on, there's no telling what kind of papers or booklets you'll need to print for your business or organization in the future.
So spring for a binding machine that has a platform with movable (paper penetrating) pins instead of a platform with completely stable pins. Having movable pins means that you'll be able to adjust your binding machine to accommodate papers of different sizes.
3. Metal Instead Of Plastic Base
You definitely want to maintain your binding machine as well as you possibly can. Even if the only thing you'll get out of your efforts is a higher price at a garage sale, your binding machine is simply too valuable and fragile to be careless about.
It won't help things if you opt to get a machine with a flimsy plastic base instead of a metal one. The modest amount of money you'll save by compromising here might only lead to your binding machine having a vastly shorter operational life. No matter what you do, plastic bases are far more vulnerable to cracking and warping than metal bases are.
When you use it right, a coil binding machine is a very charming and useful instrument. Don't let your whole binding machine purchase amount go to waste because you want to either cut corners or opt for style over function.