Manual Comb Binding Machine 101

Let’s start with some refresher on the conventional comb binding machine. It’s one of the many easy, effective and inexpensive ways to bind pages and documents together - to create notebooks, journals, reports, recipe books, and more. It’s also widely used by high school and university students to create their studying guide and assignment submission deck. 

But what makes comb binding so convenient and a trusted go-to for everyone? For starters,  it’s super straightforward and easy to use - all you need is a binding machine and round plastic binding comb. Next is the fact that the binding and pages can be adjusted easily allowing room for error or even perfection. The binding can be reopened for removing or adding more pages into the already bound set of pages. As for the plastic binding comb, it can actually be removed and used again for other reports and projects. Talk about being economical!

Wondering if a comb binding machine is right for you? Ask yourself a few simple questions below to get a better idea.

  • Are you currently paying an external vendor (printing shop, stationery shop etc) to do the binding work?
    If yes, then consider investing in a good quality binding machine to do the work in-house and save such expense.
  • Are your books and reports on the thinner side, requiring only a few punched stacks of papers per book?
    If yes, the comb binding machine will work perfectly. Or else, you might end up spending too much time doing many rounds of punching and the plastic comb might not be able to hold the stacks together.
  • Do you have the manpower and time to spare for the binding work?
    If yes, go for it! It’s a rather quick job (and sometimes, it’s a nice “break time" from the usual tasks).

How To Use A Comb Binding Machine

  1. Check that the comb binding machine is placed stably on a safe working table before use.
  2. Prepare all the pages that need to be punched, including the front and back cover, along with the plastic binding comb.
  3. Insert some sheets of paper to be punched (about 10-20 sheets at a time). Then pull the handle and punch the sheets to make holes.
  4. Place the plastic binding comb on the machine’s comb opener and push the handle lever to open the comb.
  5. Carefully insert the opened combs spines through the holes in the sheets.
  6. Release the comb opener and close the comb.
  7. You’re all done! On to the next binding!

Now that you have a better understanding of binding machines and how to use one, it’s time to check the newly added binding machine on our online store.

HP-2088C Heavy Duty Binding Machine

Key Features

  • Binding Thickness: 30mm Round Plastic Comb
  • Ellipse Plastic Comb Punching Capacity: 20 Sheets [80gsm]
  • Hole Distance: 14.3mm 
  • Punching Hole Quality: 21 Holes [3 x 8mm]
  • Product Size: 420 x 350 x 230mm

For simpler binding needs and thinner stacks of papers, you can opt for HP-2188N Heavy Duty Binding Machine which has a punching capacity of 8 sheets [80gsm] of paper each round.

You can also find A4 Plastic Comb Binding Spine from as low as RM9.10 for a box of 100 pieces. The plastic combs are available in various sizes from 8mm to 51mm on our online store.

Key Features

  • High-quality plastic with glossy finish
  • Made of rigid PVC plastic material
  • Fit to any standard Binding Machine
  • Can be easily cut to fit any size

Now you are all set to working a binding machine of your own, on your own! Head over to our online store to find out more.

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