Binding Equipment: What’s The Difference?

Binding machines can be useful to many businesses, as well as to creatives, entrepreneurs and students. They enable loose sheets of paper to be bound in a professional and practical manner, and presented neatly, conveniently and to a high standard.

Having items professionally bound at a printers can be expensive and time consuming – so if you can see a need for bound documents within your business, work environment, creative or business pursuits, or your studies, it is worth investing in your own binding equipment.

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Office Allsorts has a range of binding machines and binding equipment, so we are able to supply everything that you need to achieve a quality result.

There are three types of binding machines to choose from at Office Allsorts, including comb binders, wire binders and thermal binders. But what’s the difference?

Comb Binders

Comb binders are relatively inexpensive, and they work by punching a hole in the paper and then fitting the combined sheets with a plastic binding comb. One major advantage to comb binding is that the comb can be opened to add or remove sheets of paper at will.

Wire Binders

Wire binders are more expensive than comb binders and securely bind paper between twin loops of wire. One of the main benefits of wire binding is that documents can be opened through 360 degrees and will always lie flat on a desk.

Thermal Binders

Thermal binding is a mid-price option and works using heat to melt a pre-glued spine around the edges of a document. Thermal binding is a good choice for low volume light office or home use, as it is a more time consuming binding method.

Thinking about the use of the documents that you need to bind will determine which is the best choice of binding equipment for you.


Carl Barton is a director of Office Allsorts who has worked in the office products industry for 15 years.

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