We test independently. Askgeorge.com uses affiliate links. For a purchase via a link marked with a or our price comparison, we may receive a small commission.

Spiral Binding Machines - 10/2019

Our test winner is the Pulsar Plus Manual Comb Binder by Fellowes as it convinced us the most with its intuitive functionality and precise binding results. Our favorite with the test grade 9.5/10!

We tested 4 spiral binding machines and paid special attention to the operability and the binding result.

Whether in the office or at home: spiral binding machines finally bring order back to your documents! Loose heaps of paper are a thing of the past because, with a spiral binding machine, documents of all kinds can be neatly and clearly stapled together. Spiral binding machines are also ideal for craft projects - for example, you can bind calendars and photo albums by yourself.

Winner IconOur winner:
Fellowes Pulsar Plus Manual Comb Binder

Product Icon
4
products tested
Hours Icon
30
hours invested
Reviews Icon
210
Amazon reviews analyzed
last modified: 30.10.2019, 14:03
Winner Best price winner
Our winner: Fellowes Pulsar Plus Manual Comb Binder Peach PB200 30 A4 Plastic Binding Machine Review Genie CB 850 Spiral Binding Machine Review ProfiOffice Binding machine K1451 Review

Fellowes
Pulsar Plus Manual Comb Binder

Peach
PB200 30 A4 Plastic Binding Machine

Genie
CB 850 Spiral Binding Machine

ProfiOffice
Binding machine K1451

Easy-to-use device for frequent use, but takes up a lot of space.

The threading is difficult, but the binding result is good.

A little tedious to operate, but delivers decent results and is easy to store.

The margin can be adjusted and the binding result is very good. Unfortunately, the handling is a bit cumbersome.

  • One-handed operable
  • Very good binding result
  • Very easy handling
  • Very good storability
  • Very good binding result
  • Easy to store
  • Very good binding result
  • Easy to store
  • Very good binding result
  • Adjustable margin
  • Heavy and big
  • Slips during punching
  • Cumbersome threading
  • Cumbersome threading
  • Slips during punching
  • Cumbersome threading
  • Slips during punching
  • No binding spines and covers are included in the scope of delivery
Punching power (recommended) 16 sheet 10 sheet 10 sheet 9 sheet
Result
Handling
Range of functions
Stability
Quality impression Robust, excellent Okay Okay Okay, simple
Binding capacity according to manufacturer 300 sheet 350 sheet 350 sheet 450 sheet
Punching power 20 sheet 12 sheet 12 sheet 14 sheet
Scope of delivery Binding device, manual, 10 x DIN A4 starter sets (front and back cover, 5 mm and 6 mm spirals) Binding device, 5 binding spines (6mm, 8mm, 10mm, 12mm, 16mm), 5 PVC cover foils, 5 cardboard - backsides binding device, 75 binding spines (10x6mm, 10x8mm, 5x10mm), 25 PVC cover foils, 25 cardboard - backsides Binding machine, manual
Height 13 cm 17 cm 24 cm 25 cm
Width 47 cm 40 cm 38 cm 37 cm
Depth 42 cm 27 cm 28 cm 26 cm
Weight 6.9 kg 3.8 kg 3.71 kg 3.4 kg
4-fold punch No Yes Yes No
☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
33 reviews
☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
70 reviews
☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
4 reviews
-
Number of punched holes (DIN A4) 21 21 21 21
Quality of instructions Good Good Good Good
Manual language EN, GER, FR, ES, IT, NL, SV, DA, FI, NO, PL, RU, BG, EL, TR, CS, SL, HU, PT, HR, SL, SR, RO, AR, HE GER, EN, FR, IT, ES, PT, NL, SE, DK, CZ, SK, PL GER, EN, FR, IT, ES EN, GER, RU, PL
Packaging Simple, safe, illustrated, informative, appropriate Simle, informative, adequate Simple, illustrated, adequate Simple, adequate
Additional warranty 2 years No information 2 years No information
Test seal: Fellowes Pulsar Plus Manual Comb Binder, Rating 1.4
read review
Test seal: Peach PB200 30 A4 Plastic Binding Machine, Rating 2.2
read review
Test seal: Genie CB 850 Spiral Binding Machine, Rating 2.3
read review
Test seal: ProfiOffice Binding machine K1451, Rating 2.7
read review
show all offers show all offers show all offers show all offers

*All prices include VAT (if applicable, extra charge for delivery. Check the particular online shop to find information about the availability. Changes of indicated prices since the last update remain reserved.

Fellowes

Pulsar Plus Manual Comb Binder

Test seal: Fellowes Pulsar Plus Manual Comb Binder, Rating excellent

Our test winner, the Pulsar Plus Manual Comb Binder, is very easy to operate and has a high punching performance. However, it is quite large and heavy and therefore not so easy to store and transport. Especially for an office or large home working space, where it has a fixed location and is often used, it is very well suited.

read review

Fellowes - Pulsar Plus Manual Comb Binder

Winner: read review
  • Before the first punching, you should pre-punch with lubricating paper to remove possible production and protective residues.
  • Before punching a document, the paper stop setting should be tested with lubricating paper.
  • If threading is too tedious, it may help to use a larger spine.
 

In the run-up to the test, we defined practical requirements and the following test criteria:

  • Handling
  • Outcome
  • Punching power
  • Functional scope
  • Sturdiness

In order to be able to evaluate these criteria, we have defined several tests for the spiral binding machines. First, the scope of delivery and functions of the devices are checked. In the first test runs, we check whether the machines can punch 10 sheets at once.

The next step is to determine the maximum number of sheets the machines can punch at one time without losing quality. DIN A4 sheets are used for this purpose.

The cleanliness of the punched holes and the amount of force required are assessed. In further test runs, the procedure is carried out with DIN-A5 sheets.

A spiral binding machine in our test laboratory
A spiral binding machine in our test laboratory

During tying, it is also checked whether the devices are stable enough to be operated with one hand. Once the folders are bound, the turning of the pages, the cleanliness of the holes and the stability of the folder are assessed. Finally, it is checked how easy it is to empty the punching compartment.

In order to rule out errors and to ensure the load of everyday use, each test takes place in several rounds.

The test criteria receive percentages depending on their importance. The final score is then objectively calculated from the test criteria using an algorithm.

Product selection

Our product selection is based on an observation of the current market. In addition to popular branded products, we also include insider tips in our selection. Criteria such as price and range of functions are an important factor for us. The test field is also determined by analysis and evaluation of customer reviews and external tests (e.g. Stiftung Warentest).

The devices are purchased anonymously or lent to us by the manufacturer. Dealers and manufacturers have no influence on the tests and our evaluation.

As soon as new relevant products come onto the market, our test field is extended by these. The new products go through the same test as the already tested devices.

I can use a binding device wherever I want to file many pages of paper neatly. Using a binder is a good alternative to other filing methods.

Especially for representative documents or a professional presentation, bound papers are more attractive, but also more practical than conventional staplers. A binding device can, therefore, be a sensible investment both in private households and for commercial use.

Even in households where only housework or photo albums are created from time to time, the investment in a simple device is worthwhile. Cleanly bound booklets can be archived well.

Even if they are checked more frequently, the spiral binding keeps the pages undamaged for longer. Especially in families, the purchase can be worthwhile. In addition to the private documents, great handicraft ideas for children can also be realized.

So for example with few hand tricks, a low-priced coloring book can be arranged. The children's favourite pictures can also be bound, stored or given away in a beautiful book.

Our test winner in action.
Our test winner in action.

A binding device can be used in many ways in a company. From the creation of customer information to internal documents, even larger quantities of paper can be quickly filed, depending on the device and capacity.

The annoying stapling can be done with only a few steps.

In addition, the end result is more practical to handle than a normal stapler, which often covers part of the page. The spiral binding, on the other hand, makes it possible to keep the full side. It is even possible to copy this page without any problems.

Wherever documents have to be archived for a long time, a binding should be used. Despite digitalization, it is still necessary for many areas to store documents in paper form.

Above all, important documents and data are always quickly at hand without the need for a PC or access to the network.

A binding device can be used in many ways in a company.

In the field, it is therefore essential to be able to present the data not only on the tablet or smartphone but also in paper form in an emergency.

A spiral binding machine enables you to make your own blocks or staplers with a spiral binding.

Each spiral binding machine has a punching function which is operated by means of a lever. To do this, insert the paper straight into the machine and punch it. Depending on the number of pages and the punching performance of the machine, you have to do this in portions. For straight punching, you can gently tap the stack of paper onto the tabletop. Slipped sheets inside the stack will move downwards. As a rule, the spiral is only inserted into the machine after punching. The spiral is inserted so that the teeth are open at the top. Tension the binding wire into the device according to the instructions so that it covers all holes. The teeth of the binding are then compressed by operating a lever or switch. Now you can remove the finished stapler.

Usually, staplers up to a size of DIN A4 can be produced. In these machines, however, it is also possible to bind smaller staples (DIN A5). Rarer are larger devices in which DIN A3 can be bound.

In order to achieve a clean finish, care must be taken when punching.

Before the first punching you should pre-punch with lubricating paper to remove possible production and protective residues.

Professional equipment makes this process easier, as holes can be punched more precisely and with less effort. However, the paper stack should always be laid neatly on top of each other before punching. Some models are equipped with a scale that simplifies precise work.

Single-handed punching with the binding device
Single-handed punching with the binding device.

How many pages can be punched at once in the machine varies depending on the model. As a rule, stacks of a maximum of 20 pages can be punched. A marker will help you straighten the pages. If you later assemble staples with more than 20 pages, you won't see any differences in the punching once you've worked cleanly here.

High-quality devices sometimes have an electric punching function. This allows you to work more precisely and effortlessly. Simple machines for rare binding are equipped with a manual punching function. If you only want to staple a few copies at a time, the manual punching function is usually sufficient. However, you should take into account the time you need to punch larger quantities of paper piece by piece.

Many machines are designed for either plastic or wire binding. However, there are also machines that can use both bindings. The differences between the different types of bindings are explained in the following text. The number of punchings also varies, whereby the respective devices can only carry out a fixed punching.

When binding, the spine, and lid can also be integrated.

If threading is too tedious, it may help to use a larger spine.

This makes the finished booklet even more stable. These pages are either made of stronger paper or of a foil, which you can buy in different versions ready punched. Finished booklets bound in this way are even more stable and of higher quality. The die-cutter is designed for die-cutting paper so that you may not be able to die-cut foil or foil yourself.

A spiral binding device is suitable for domestic use, but also for the office. Simple devices are helpful for making your own calendars, notebooks or photo albums. If you like to make handicrafts or take extensive notes, such as writing down recipes, you'll have a lot of fun with a cheap spiral binding machine. Even affordable machines are easy to use and deliver reliable results.

Spiral-bound staplers are similar to the well-known Collegeblocks. The big advantage of this technique is that all leaves can be turned around. This is especially useful for instructions, plans or similar documents, as each page can be filed flat without the stapler closing. Wall calendars also work according to this principle and can be easily designed by yourself. If you frequently buy and design wall calendars to create yourself, you can save a lot of money by binding them yourself. In addition, it opens up many possibilities for you to become creative.

Especially in offices and small businesses, a spiral binding machine is a sensible purchase. It saves you the hassle of going to the print shop and is a good way to file documents securely. Especially with regard to the costs for making folders, self-binding can definitely save you money. Especially for companies in which customer information and offers are frequently prepared, spiral binding conveys a professional appearance and high quality of the staplers produced. In contrast to folders, a separate cover sheet can be added here, which, for example, is provided with the logo. Self-employed people or companies who frequently present their projects will be remembered for a longer time due to a professional presentation. Another advantage of having your own binding machine is that folders can even be produced on weekends and at the last minute. After all, who hasn't had the problem that faulty documents were printed or weren't finished in time for the print shop's closing time?

In addition, there are many other areas in which the spiral binding can certainly be useful. Teachers and other group leaders, who often compile material, can file their own folders and pass them on to their students. The advantage of this is that the booklets hold tightly together. In contrast to single sheets, it is easier to keep order here - which is often a problem, especially for children. Parents of schoolchildren can staple together teaching material for their children so quickly, which can be especially practical for learning on the move.

It is also possible to design a cover sheet of one's own, which allows an individual and uniform design when filing choir or orchestra notes, for example. At the next concert, the sheet music appears uniform and can be designed with your own logo. It makes sense to choose the plastic binding for this purpose. Here, sheet music can be easily exchanged if the repertoire changes once.

For older pupils and students the purchase can also be a good investment to save time for sorting and money for the print shop. During their studies, students often have to do homework that has to be submitted in bound form. The investment in your own device quickly pays off, depending on the course of study. Even transcripts and copies can be well organized with staplers. This creates clarity on the desk and makes it easier to prepare for the exams. In addition, well-bundled teaching material makes learning easier.

After all, a spiral binding machine makes sense wherever data and information have to be summarised frequently. In companies and institutions, important documents can be bundled in this way and passed on and displayed protected by a cover sheet.

Depending on the type of binding, you can even exchange individual sheets after binding or add them later. This is especially the case with plastic binding. The wire binding is strong and cannot be loosened without damage.

What you should pay attention to when buying a spiral binding machine depends primarily on its use and frequency. If you want to use the machine very often and for larger quantities of paper, it may be worth investing in a high-quality model. For home use, the simplest and cheapest devices are often sufficient. However, they usually have a lower binding capacity and a lower punching performance. That's why you should consider the size of your bindings before you buy. This will save you a lot of time, especially when it comes to punching, which can take a long time with large quantities of paper and low punching power. You can find out more about punching performance in the next section.

Even in the design of the machines, there are clear differences. For very small offices you should consider the outside dimensions and the weight of the machine. Some devices have very small dimensions and are very light. This allows you to store the unit after use, saving space in small rooms. However, most spiral binding machines are so large that clearing them away is cumbersome. Before buying, you should, therefore, consider whether it is worth purchasing a space-saving model. The rarer the device is in use, the more you should prefer a space-saving model. However, this may be a bit more expensive than larger devices with similar features but will save valuable desktop space.

There's a big difference between the features the devices have. Punching can be very labor-intensive with large side quantities. If you're going to use the machine very often and for large amounts of paper, make sure it's easy to use.

There is a big difference between the functions that the devices have.

You might even find a device with automatic punching worthwhile. The devices differ considerably in the quality of the cutting device. For use in the office, at school or for professional presentations you should pay attention to a smooth and high-quality punching. Some machines are even so automated that the punching and subsequent binding is completely automatic. When choosing one of these fully automatic binding machines, however, it is important that you pay attention to the binding capacity of the machine. Automatic binding on such machines often only works up to a thickness of 30 pages. This limits the possibilities of these devices and is only worthwhile in exceptional cases.

If you don't want to spend too much time punching, you might want to consider buying a thermal binding machine. With very large page numbers, you can bind much faster with these devices than with a spiral binding.

Even before you buy the device itself, you should find out about the available spirals for the bindings. With frequent binding, you will often need larger quantities of spiral bindings and perhaps cover sheets with the appropriate perforation. If special cover sheets or transparent films are to be used, the question also arises as to whether these can be purchased for the desired device. Many manufacturers already supply a number of binders with the purchase, sometimes even front and back sides. Here, however, caution is advised, as the prices can vary greatly with the subsequent purchase. Make a note of the different punchings and the re-purchase prices for the spiral binders and compare them.

Some machines offer functions that go beyond the standard version. Practical are, for example, machines with a compartment for the punching residues. With frequent punching, you prevent paper shavings from flying around and can dispose of the scraps in one easy step. Since the paper scraps can also block the inside of the machine, a collecting container is extremely practical and saves time with frequent punching. Higher-quality models almost always have collecting bins.

The basic difference between bonds is whether the sheets are punched and joined with a spiral or by a thermal process. The spiral binding machine is an inexpensive and practical solution for domestic use and most medium-sized companies.

However, if you value the look of a bound paperback, you should look at thermal binding. In some contexts, such as final theses, this binding is necessary. No pages can be added here. It is also not possible to remove individual pages without leaving a mark.

Spiral binding

The types of binding differ in their production, but also in their properties. The spiral binding again varies depending on which spirals are used. Plastic spirals are very inexpensive and can be opened again after binding without damaging the paper. These staplers can, therefore, be changed once again. It is somewhat more difficult to open the wire binder again. But these binders are of high quality, visually appealing and more durable. They are particularly suitable for professional environments and presentations.

The spiral binding can be implemented in different ways. Which type of spiral binding is used depends on the manufacturer. Wire bindings are used in different variations, which differ in the number of holes. The most widespread is the "US pitch", in which the blade is punched with 21 holes. The so-called 2:1 pitch means that there are 23 holes on the long side of the A4 sheet. The 3:1 pitch with 34 holes has smaller distances.

Also with the plastic binding, there are different divisions which are used. Overall, plastic bonds are cheaper and can be reused. There are also bindings with click systems. However, the type of binding that can be used depends on the device used. These usually only work with a certain type and with certain perforations.

Thermobinding

Thermobinders have also been tested by us. You can find the detailed test reports here.

The thermal binding comes close to a bound paperback. The advantage is that you can do this professional and high-quality binding at home with a suitable device. Printers also use this technique.

Thermal binding works without perforation. Here, the entire stack is inserted into a binding folder. There is an adhesive binding in the folder. Care must be taken when inserting. The adhesive folder is now inserted into the machine together with the paper stack. This heats the glue so that it is firmly attached to the sides and then solidifies. The result is a firmly joined stapler with a fixed lid.

We have tested thermal binding machines for you too.
We also tested thermal binders for you.

The thermal binding is very stable and durable. Once the binding is complete, no more pages can be added. For this reason, this binding is often used in contexts such as final theses or in public authorities. Contracts can also be beautifully bound in this way. For different purposes, you can choose from a variety of bindings, which are available in many designs for this process. This makes it easy to design the binding yourself.

A big advantage of this binding is that the pages still sit firmly in the binding even after frequent turning of the pages. Since some devices can bind up to 600 pages, even large documents can be quickly assembled. The main advantage is that time-consuming punching is no longer necessary. Due to the adhesive bonding, the process takes the same time for all paper quantities.

Thermo-bonded paper stacks can be sent easily, depending on the cover thickness. In contrast to ring stitching, the thermal binding does not apply and thus saves space in the envelope. Thermal binding is a relatively fast method that delivers a high-quality result.

The specified punching power refers to the amount of paper that can be punched at one time. Paper with a surface density of 80 g/m2 is used. If you want to punch and bind more paper than the number of punches indicates, you have to punch the stack piece by piece. As this can be a long process, the punching power should be taken into account when purchasing. While inexpensive machines can sometimes punch only 8 pages, more expensive machines can punch up to 20 pages. A higher punching performance also means that the machine's mechanism is easier to operate. With a small number of pages, these machines require little force. This is especially important when you want to punch and bind a very large number of thin folders.

When selecting and operating the printer, you should be aware that manufacturers use standard printer paper. This means that the punching capacity can be lower with thicker paper. If you like working with thick printing paper or photo prints, you should look at the devices with higher performance.

When punching, you should only insert so much paper at once that it easily fits into the space provided.

When punching, you should only insert so much paper at once that it fits easily into the designated gap. If more paper is inserted than the punching power indicates, this can lead to unclean holes.

The specified binding capacity gives you information about the number of pages that can be bound. The binding capacity varies from 120 to over 300 pages, which can be bound with a spiral binding.

The comparison of the binding capacity is worthwhile for you if you will often bind very large documents. Weigh up, however, whether the difference in price is worth it for you. Very thick booklets with several hundred pages are quickly unwieldy. Sometimes it makes more sense to divide documents into sections and bind them in thinner binders. Then it is not necessary to buy a device with a very high binding capacity.

The test winner convinces with his practical binding device
The test winner convinces with his practical binding device

As with the punching performance, you should assume that the manufacturers refer to standard paper. Another indication of the number of pages that can be bound is the maximum spine thickness. It also varies greatly. The rule is thicknesses of about 2 cm. To make sure that the device meets your requirements, the book spine thickness should be observed. This value is particularly important when binding photo albums, calendars or the like.

How do we test at askgeorge.com?

Live and authentic: We get the devices into our Hamburg test laboratory. Here we take a close look at everything.

Each test is preceded by an extensive search:

  • Which suppliers are on the market?
  • What current products are there?
  • What are the comparison criteria?
  • What tests are we going to run?
  • What is the test procedure?

When everything's settled, we'll bring the devices to us. For each product the test procedure, the measured values and product properties are documented in detail. We create photos and videos. We evaluate the results for you, summarize everything in a test report and calculate the test grade.

Have fun!

Rate this test

Questions

2019-10-16
What are the best Spiral Binding Machines?
AskGeorge.com

Our test winner is the Pulsar Plus Manual Comb Binder by Fellowes as it convinced us the most with its intuitive functionality and precise binding results. Our favorite with the test grade 9.5/10!

We tested 4 spiral binding machines and paid special attention to the operability and the binding result.

Whether in the office or at home: spiral binding machines finally bring order back to your documents! Loose heaps of paper are a thing of the past because, with a spiral binding machine, documents of all kinds can be neatly and clearly stapled together. Spiral binding machines are also ideal for craft projects - for example, you can bind calendars and photo albums by yourself.

Comments

No comments

Ask George or leave a comment

E-mail address and name are optional

send