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GBC CombBind C75 Desktop Binding Machine (7704230)

by GBC
3.9 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
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  • Compact, lightweight design
  • Punches up to 10 sheets and binds up to 125
  • Full size handle for easy punching
  • Removable chip drawer for clean, easy emptying
  • Limited 1 year warranty

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Compact lightweight design fits easily on a desk top and is perfect for small jobs. Punches up to 10 sheets and binds up to 125 sheets. Features a comb selection guide to and a removable chip drawer. Accommodates oversize and regular covers. Limited one year warranty.

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Technical Details

Brand Name GBC
Item Weight 1 ounces
Product Dimensions 7 x 16 x 14 inches
Item model number 7704230
Color Charcoal;Silver
Number of Items 1
Manufacturer Part Number 7704230

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ASIN B000SBNYH2
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3.9 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #179,438 in Office Products (See top 100)
#90 in Office Products > Office Supplies > Binders & Binding Systems > Binding Machines
Shipping Weight 6.8 pounds
Date First Available April 18, 2006

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This machine says that it will punch up to 10 pieces of 20# paper. The most I could punch at one time was 8, and that was difficult. It works best with 1 to 3 pices of paper. If you have never used this type of a binding machine, be prepared to spend some time on each job. First you have to carefully stack the papers so the left edges are all even. Then you have to punch holes in 1 to 3 pieces of paper at a time. When this is done, then you have to use the machine to open the plastic comb and carefully place each piece of paper on all of the open fingers. I bought this machine for home use to help bind various sets of papers such as tax returns. The C75 worked well in peforming this function, but extra time was needed to punch the required holes. If there were any creases or staples in the paper, they had to be cleaned up so they would fit in the small opening for the punch to work. I paid $72.75 for my machine in March of 09 and now it sells for about $10 less. At this price it is a good piece of equipment if is durable enough to last a while. If you are doing lots of comb binding, this machine is probably too slow and light weight.
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The machines works very well, it is quite solid. I have made several booklets with this, collecting/binding collections of papers that would otherwise sit in a file folder in a file cabinet. For that alone, I think this machine is worth it!!

The punch has a handy drawer which collects the "hole punches", making it easy to empty later. Also, there's a second drawer in which you can keep a variety of plastic combs/spines for binding --- this makes it much easier than going back to the supply closet to get a 1/2" or 3/4" or 1" comb.

I've taken a pile of monthly forms and spiral bound them, then they're all in one place --- I just flip the page & I'm onto the next month. I teach art to kids. Took the best ideas for sculpture & spiral bound those. Now, when I need a sculpture idea, I just pull the booklet off the shelf. Ditto for booklets on painting, collage, figure drawing, etc. Sometimes I print off PDF booklets from the internet & bind them. Even amassed all my dieting tips into one handy booklet to recharge my motivation when I need to drop a few pounds. They are handy to slip in my tote bag to read in the doctor's office, on a trip, etc.

I find that having these little booklets on hand, I use/access the material much more. In that past, the articles simply accumulated in file folders, buried in a file drawer. This spiral booklet method is much more fun.

The only difficulty I've found is that it is hard for me to line up the plastic spine with the myriad of holes in the edge of the paper --- I'll get 80% "hooked" on the spine, but 20% don't want to go on. This is not a criticism of this machine, however, as I think it would be a problem with any spiral binding machine.

Overall, I'm having a lot of fun with my purchase!!
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I am a teacher and used the binding machine to make booklets for the classroom. I had laminated pages to bind. To be on the safe side I did only 3 laminated pages at a time. Make sure to practice, especially if you are not using standard paper sizes so that the holes line up centered from the top and bottom.
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This machine has a problem with getting the paper lined up straight before punching. To be fair, I am using it to punch and bind 80-lb double-sided matte photo paper that I am making calendars out of. It's supposed to handle 10 sheets of 20-lb paper (which is 200-lb in thickness) so it shouldn't be a problem. However, the paper keeps sticking when I try to get it in place for punching and the holes end up getting punched out of alignment. Of course, that means I have to re-print the double-sided page and start over. Binding with the combs is easy, but I would not recommend this machine to anyone trying to punch thick paper or more than 3-4 sheets of regular paper at a time.
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I just finished binding 7 calendars for my kids and grand kids. It took 3 passes to do the 13 pages. (45 pound outer and 24 pound inner pages.) For 25 bucks it sure was worth it not having to burn the gas to go to Office Depot to get it done. Aligning and punching is easy. Attaching the binder is a little slow, but us retired people have plenty of time.
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I hesitated about which binding machine to order, and decided on this one, since it was a mid-range unit. It's supposed to cut 10 pages of plain paper at a time, which I figured meant 3 or 4. However, if the paper is fresh out of the package, it will indeed cut 10 at a time. The problem with used paper (say, paper that's been through the copy machine) is that the edges tend to curl a bit, and that makes it hard to get all that paper into the slot on the machine. But if you can get the paper into the slot, it will cut it.

The unit has suction cups on the bottom (which I didn't expect) and they keep it from tilting up or sliding around when you apply downward force on the handle. It's solidly made, and should last quite awhile with reasonable treatment. The binding section is simple and mechanical, and doesn't work as well as I'd hoped, but I don't think any other machine would do better. The problem is that the tight curl on the plastic spines make it hard to get them through the entire stack of paper.

BTW: it doesn't "cut and bind" all in one operation. The cutting is done on the flat surface (like a large 3-hole punch), and the binding is done on the top where you see those metal spikes sticking up in the picture. It's not a particularly fast operation that way, but, for the price, I think it's a good deal.
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