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Paper Folding
updated: Jan 15, 2013, 2:31 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

Does anyone have experience/advice about paper folding machines? Our office puts out lots of different types of folded paper and we need something that can handle about 500/month. I've been researching online and opinions and prices are all over the map.

We're most interested in knowing: Make/model Approx. # per month Amt. paid Type of paper used (bond, texture) Type of folds Upsides/downsides

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 COMMENT 363773 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-15 02:44 PM

a lot of office copiers these days can offer folding. the roller baring ones I saw in my intern days were dangerous because they could chew up a tie or long hair like something fierce.

Depending on your copy contract, maybe just opt for a more contemporary copier. They do a lot these days so you could even potentially retire other, cost associated office machines

*full disclosure : I'm a web developer and the only thing I print are photos of my kids hahaha. But experience past with folding machines (unless u need 5k+ /mo) and office equipment - i always appreciated simplicity


 COMMENT 363777 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-15 02:49 PM

I used a Martin Yale Desktop Letter / Half Folder Paper folder. I'm honestly not sure about the exact model, because I bought it about 10 years ago. I do not remember the price, sorry. It was wonderful. I had to fold and stuff about 250 invoices per month, and it really helped me out. I think it's pretty long lasting too, because my dad is still using it for his business. We were just using regular, generic paper.


 COMMENT 363780 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-15 02:56 PM

We use one by Pitney Bowes and they service and maintain it, it basically runs by itself.


 COMMENT 363781P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-15 03:00 PM

I sold the Pitney Bowes letter combination folder/inserter and standard folders but that was in 1970 so unfortunately my knowledge is not up to date. I do know they still sell them but they are probably a lot more than you want to spend.


 COMMENT 363798 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-15 03:29 PM

hire some government workers - they are good at folding paper - since that is pretty much all they do when they are not eating donuts


 COMMENT 363804 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-15 03:40 PM

Watching paper fold a machine is a hoot.
Less fun is watching a machine fold paper.Especially if you get a body part caught in it.


 COMMENT 363861 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-15 05:35 PM

I prefer an Origameter for short runs


 COMMENT 363917P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-15 08:43 PM

I used a service: Bill's Copy Shop, for big runs. It might be worth it to farm out for only 500/month, which in my work experience is a very small run. Give them a call. 1536 State Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 564-4353

I never worked harder than when I worked for government. Time to check email? Impossible. Unpaid overtime? Every week. Being nice to everyone? Priceless.


 COMMENT 363936P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-15 11:21 PM

Bill's Copy Shop has good service and they fold the work with a nice, professional looking crease. Recommended. 917P - thank you; I agree.


 COMMENT 363995 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-16 08:30 AM

Shawn at Adams Printing and Graphics will pick up, cut and deliver your paper cut to perfection. 805-886-8654
He's local and gives the best customer service EVER!


 COMMENT 364037P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-16 10:07 AM

I'm getting practice at developing my periferal vision!


 COMMENT 364039 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-16 10:13 AM

I have an older Martin-Yale (friction-feed) I'm not using, that can handle up to 14x22 size paper, and any number of parallel folds, that I'd willingly part with. It's heavy enough to require its own desk. Contact me if interested.


 COMMENT 364083 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-16 12:47 PM

039 - Fantastic! How may I contact you?


 COMMENT 364605 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-17 02:37 PM

OP here. 039, have you left us? You have me in suspense. I'm quite interested in knowing more.


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