If you’ve decided to get a plastic coil binding machine for your home office, the question you’ll need to ask yourself is if you are better off with a model that is electric, or one that functions manually. While either one will produce a final product that is clean, crisp, and professional looking, the experiences involved in making that nicely bound document will be very different indeed.
There are some real benefits to using an electric machine when you are binding booklets. An electric machine streamlines the process. It makes the whole thing go faster and also takes a lot of the frustration and hard labor out of it.
With a manual machine, you will have to press down on a lever to punch the holes in the pages. While this doesn’t sound like a big deal, and with a more expensive manual model it will likely be a bit easier, it certainly does involve a bit of upper body strength.
An electric machine will do the punching for you, and will also punch through more sheets of paper than a manual machine is able to. This can make a big difference in time because you will be able to punch the holes in a big fat booklet a lot faster with an electric machine.
But the real clincher is the inserting of the plastic coils. If you have to do that by hand, it can seem to take forever. For a home office, you probably won’t have to produce so many booklets that it will be impossible to insert the threads by hand, but at the same time, it can make you want to tear your hair out.
Fortunately, you can get a manual machine that comes with an electric coil inserter. For more information about these machines, and to compare models, visit http://bindermachine.org.