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Buying Guide

A guide to help you choose

Here you will find a simple guide to assist you in selecting the right business machine.
We provide useful information on many important factors such as capacity, size, operation modes. Read the below guide to get help to purchase binding machines, laminators, guillotines, trimmers, whiteboards or interactive whiteboards.

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Binding Machines
Binding Type

The type of binding you want for your documents is often as aesthetic as it is practical. The types of binding – as well as their benefits – is definitely worth considering when looking at binding machines. Plastic comb binding is probably the most economic and popular of all the binding finishes and it is able to bind documents up to 5.08cm - 2 inches – thick (binder dependant). Wire coil binding – also known as ring wire binding – creates booklets and documents that can be opened completely flat on a table or desk. Wire binding provides a very professional and compact look, as well as able to bind documents up to 25.4mm - 1 inch – thick (binder dependant). Thermal binding is the most unique of all the binding techniques, as it doesn’t punch holes in any of the sheets – merely applies a thermal strip or glue to the spine and binds by heat. It provides a professional book-like finish and is the best method for high volume jobs – it can also bind documents up to 57.15mm – 2.25 inches – thick (binder dependant).


Plastic comb binding is the most popular binding method due to its ability to punch & bind thicker documents – as well as being the most economical. Wire coil binding provides a very professional finished document which is able to be opened completely flat on a table or desk. Thermal binding provides a book-like finish and does not require holes punched thanks to its thermally sealed glue or tape on the spine – it is also able to bind thicker than the other two types (machine dependant).

Sheet binding capacity

Generally, the higher the sheet capacity the better, but you should consider how many pages you are likely to be binding and which sheet capacity will suit you the best. The binding sheet capacity for each machine will likely be different. These can be divided in the following:

Sheet punching capacity

In order to bind documents following the plastic comb or wire binding methods, you will need punch the sheets that you need to process. Most machines offer various hole punch capacities making the job more or less easy for you. The usual types are:

Operation Type

Most plastic and wire coil binding machines are manual, though we do have a selection of automatic binding machines. Automatic binders not only take the manual labour out of operation, but also the time it might take. Some binding machines also have automatic motors available for purchase to turn them in to automatic binders.

Laminators
Temperature

Hot laminators are suited for most paper documents and provide the most bubble and crease-free laminating process, relying on heat to seal the laminator pouch or film to the document. Cold laminators are great for laminating any materials which are heat sensitive such as photos and relies on sticky adhesive film that will seal without the need for heat. There also many laminators available which have both hot and cold settings, which generally provide superior cold lamination jobs.

Number of Rollers

The number of rollers a laminator has will impact greatly on the quality of the final product – the more the better! This is because the more rollers, the more the heat (in the case of a hot laminator) and pressure is distributed, providing a much more even finish and less chance of bumps and bubbles.

Document Size

You should consider the size of the documents you will likely be laminating when looking at laminators. The most common sizes are A4 and A3 but you will be able to find larger laminators that can laminate up to A2 size documents or above.

Guillotines
Sheet capacity

Obviously, the higher the cutting sheet capacity the better, but you should consider how much usage you will likely be getting out of your guillotine and which cutting sheet capacity will suit you the best. Home use or small offices are best suited to anything up to 10-15 sheets, medium to large offices are best suited to 15-40 sheets and the 40 sheets and above option is great for much larger organisations.

Sheet size and machine weight

The size of the paper you are planning on cutting is definitely worth considering when looking at Guillotines. A larger sheet will require a longer blade and a wider cutting surface which will significantly influence the price of the guillotine. The most common paper sizes for guillotines are:

Operation Type

Most entry to mid-level guillotines will be manually operated – though there is the option of automatic guillotines. Automatic guillotines not only take the manual labour out of operation, but some offer the ability to be programmed for ease of use with jobs such as business cards and others that may be of a repetitive nature.

Trimmers
Sheet capacity

Obviously, the higher the cutting sheet capacity the better, but you should consider how much usage you will likely be getting out of your trimmer and which cutting sheet capacity will suit you the best. This can be influenced by the size of your office. A large office will tend to see a higher volume of sheet to be cut at once.

Sheet size and machine weight

The size of the paper you are planning on cutting is definitely worth considering when looking at Trimmers. You might want to think about the most common size of paper you are likely to be cutting. The standard paper sizes for trimmers are:

Whiteboards & Glass boards
Surface type

How frequently you or your team are likely to use your whiteboard will help guide you to buy the right surface for you. In terms of whiteboards, Porcelain whiteboards provide the superior quality and finish, are scratch and stain resistant and are ideal for common areas or meeting/conference rooms. Premium whiteboards provide a similar look and feel to the Premium surface whiteboards, but are more prone to wear and tear. Glass boards on the other hand, provide a stylish alternative to regular whiteboards and can be a colourful alternative in terms of aesthetics. To help selection, we have also provided printed whiteboard options that include glass, porcelain and premium surface options. They are great for calendars, memo boards, sheet music and grids.


Premium surfaces are great for entry level surfaces, but are prone to scratches, dents and smudges. Porcelain surfaces provide superior quality and are scratch and stain resistant. Glass surface boards are great for adding some extra colour and style to your office or workspace and printed surface boards are great as calendar, memo board, sheet music lines and gridline solutions.

Fixed or Mobile

How you plan to use your whiteboard can be limited by a board’s mobility. Fixed whiteboards and glass boards are more traditional and are great for shared areas or if you don’t plan on moving them and are great for preserving floor space. Mobile whiteboards are great if you don’t have adequate wall-space available for mounting and if you want to use them as mobile boards.

Surface Size

Size is always a contributing factor and we offer solutions in many different sizes. It is important to consider the space you have to work with before deciding on the size of whiteboard or glass board you need, as well as if the size justifies the use of the board.

Interactive whiteboards
Surface Size

Interactive whiteboards come in various screen size options and it is important that you take the time to consider which sized screen is right for you.

Printer Attached

Interacting with your whiteboard is one thing, but being able to print directly from it is great. Many of our interactive whiteboards allow you do just this – including built-in printers for ease of use.


Fixed or Mobile

Interactive whiteboards are great as either fixed screens or mobile solutions. Fixed interactive whiteboards are more traditional and are great for shared areas or if you don’t plan on moving them and are great for preserving floor space. Mobile interactive whiteboards are great if you don’t have adequate wall-space available for mounting and if you want to use them as mobile boards. This is especially the case for boards designed specifically for education.