Choosing A Paper Folding Machine

A letter-folding machine is a piece of equipment, which is designed to fold paper. Letter folders are popular for two reasons: First, its versatility allows you to find an affordable solution for different folding needs. Second, it's easy to use. You simply place paper in the hopper, set the fold plates or program the control panel to select the type of fold, and turn the machine on. The equipment then folds the documents to your specifications and neatly moves them to a catch tray at the other end.  

If You are in the market for a paper folding machine there are some very important things that you need to consider before you make your purchase. you should make sure before buying that they will be right for the folding machine you select.  

What sizes of papers are you going to need to fold, it is important to try to anticipate the different types of documents that you are going to need to fold. . For instance if you need to fold 11” x 17” paper you wouldn't want to buy a folder that is only capable of folding letter sized documents. 

What types of folds do you need to produce? This is the most important question that you need to consider. If you are looking for a simple tri fold, a half fold or a z-fold most folders will work for your needs. However, if you are looking to do a cross fold or a fold that is more complex you probably don't want to buy a lower end folder. You most likely won't be happy with the results. It is important that before you go shopping for a folding machine that you know what types of folds that you will need it to do   

What types of papers are you going to need to fold. Most lower end folders on the market will have a difficult time folding any type of cardstock or index stock that is not pre scored. Many of these folders will also have a difficult time with slick glossy paper stocks. It is always a good idea to have your special papers tested in the paperfolder of your choice before you make your purchase. That way you will know for sure if they will work or not  

How much folding are you going to need to do? This is an important question to ask when choosing a paper folder. If you are going to need to fold hundreds of thousands of documents per month you are going to need a different type of folder than if you are going to fold 500 sheets per month.Just remember to consider your volume when deciding what type of folder to buy. 

How often are you going to need to change folds? If you plan on folding lots of different types of documents or are going to need to change the fold settings more than once a week it would be a really good idea to get a folder that has either easy to adjust fold plates or is completely digital  

The letter folding machine you buy will probably need machine quality envelopes, so you should follow the manufacturer's recommendations on this. Make sure, too, that your dealer has a good reputation for products and service. This will help ensure you are buying a quality letter folding machine and can rely on good follow-up service, if required.

Another factor to consider is that your letter folding needs may change in the future. If you buy a folding machine now that can accommodate both your present and anticipated future needs, you could find you have saved yourself time and money when those needs eventuate.