Fellowes Pulsar+ Comb Binding Machine with Starter Kit (5006801)
The full-featured, medium duty Fellowes Pulsar Plus Comb Binding Machine is ideal for general office use. Compact machine manually punches up to 18 sheets at a time and binds up to 300 sheets with a 1-1/2-Inch comb. Vertical document loading ensures accurate punch alignment. Efficient design allows user to punch and bind in a continuous manner. Features built-in comb storage tray with document measurement device for added convenience and quick set-up. Adjustable edge guide centers documents with
- Punches up to 18 sheets at a time
- Binds up to 300 sheets with a 1-1/2" comb
- Efficient design allows user to punch & bind in continuous manner
- Built-in comb storage tray with integrated document measurement device for added convenience and quick set-up
- Includes binding starter pack (contents: 10 pk assorted kit)
Operating the machine for punching is easy enough, though the instructions could be better. Simply insert the edge you wish to punch into the middle of the machine looking down and use the large arm to punch through. It does not take much effort and the punched holes come out with a very clean cut. 18 sheets at one time means you will have to punch away over and over for a big volume, but it is very quick and painless, plus you'd have to get a more expensive commercial model to punch more at once. The punched holes are a bit closer to the edge than I would like for durability, but some users may enjoy having the holes very close to the edge for minimum obstruction.
Binding with the Pulsar Plus 300 is a little more tedious, but straightforward. You insert the comb (make sure when they unroll they point up) and pull the small lever just enough to expose the ends of the comb (it will stay in place). Then you prop your sheets into the area between the metal forks and the comb tips. After you adjust the comb to match up with the holes, you push the lever back and voila. As the number of pages increases, it may be more difficult to get everything lined up, but I had no trouble with under 40 pages. Note: be careful not to go too far with the lever when you unroll the comb or you could bend it and make it more difficult to get hooked in when you try to reinsert it.
Overall, I found this machine easy to use and though it is bulky it is also constructed well. It met my expectations and produces an attractive final product, but it does take a while to get larger jobs done.
They are about the same size overall; the Ibico looks dated in comparison to the Fellowes, which is sleek and modern looking. But looks aren't everything - the important thing is how it performs.
It will punch up to 18 sheets at once and the sheets go in vertically. You can make adjustments for where the punching begins with a small "screw" operated by a finger or thumb. The punching mechanism seems smoother than the Ibico; it took very little effort to punch the holes in a 15 sheet bundle.
I found the binding step a little more difficult than with the Ibico, though after several uses - and with a larger comb - it may become easier. Most tasks do become easier with repetition.
Bottom line is this Fellowes binder worked very well, and very easily. I often bind 20-25 of my Anger Management Seminiar booklets (about 50 pages) in succession, and I think it will be easy to do with this machine. I also often bind booklets just because I can: I use this at work all the time for all manner of booklets: Policy and Procedure Manuals, Field Visit records, training materials. This is one of those items that now that I have, I can't imagine NOT having. Of course, this might be expected from someone who can spend hours in an Office Depot!
Being a writer and artist, there are also times when I want to bind other things. Having this machine at my disposal will make that much easier. Plus, it will save me a trip to the office supply store and having it done there.
The construction of this device is impressive. It is heavy duty and some parts are metal, so it's likely to last and not break. It has many nice features. It punches the paper, has a removable clippings tray, plus a storage compartment for unused combs and a starter kit that includes combs and covers. It will also measure for you so you know what size comb to use for your project. You can obtain additional supplies at the office supply store, if you do many projects. All the supplies are in one place and with the machine, which is a lovely feature. You won't spend time looking for the combs and things you have on hand when you need to use this binder.
There is a bit of a learning curve, but if you follow the instructions and take your time the first time, it is easy to figure out. If you aren't one to read instructions, you can go to You Tube where there are many videos on using this product.
I can see myself using this more than I thought I would originally. It's a great machine.