Reviews – Top Paper Folding Machines of 2017

When it comes to buying a letter folding machine, you need to weigh the amount of work you plan to put the machine through, the various types of setups available, the capacity of the machine, and how workplace friendly it is.

Letter Folding Machine Review

All letter folding machines will be described in terms of the number of duty cycles the machine is rated for. This is where you’re going to start comparing when shopping for a top letter folder. First, decide how many documents you’re going to need to fold in a month. Then, you need to add at least 25% to that number. If you don’t, you run the risk of over-working the machine which can lead to failure or the need for costly premature repairs, which may not be covered under warranty or service plan if you exceed the recommended load for the machine. Then, start shopping for a letter folder that is rated for a duty cycle that matches or exceeds the number that you’ve calculated. The number describes the maximum amount of work you can expect from the machine in a month, but as mentioned, you want to stay 25% below the maximum if at all possible. We reviewed a few of the best models to help you get started.

Letter Folding Machine Review - Top Letter Folders

 Letter Folding
Machine
Price RangeSheets/HourLoading
Capicity
Paper Size / LbsWarrentyCompare
Details & Cost
Martin Yale Mark VIIAIRFEED PAPER FOLDER$7,875 -
$8,275
35,000
Sheets/Hour
350 Sheets3.5" x 4.25" -
14" x 20" paper
16 -80 lb paper
NeoPost DS-75iNot Available3,800
Sheets/Hour
1,200 Sheets3.5" - 14" Height
5.1" - 9.1" Length
Martin Yale 1611$650 -
$748
9,000
Sheets/Hour
150 Sheets3 1/2" x 5" -
8 1/2" x 14" paper
16-90 lb paper
Duplo DF-755$2,189 -
$2,500
7,200
Sheets/Hour
500 Sheets5" x 7" -
11" x 17" paper
13-80 lb paper
DuploFoldMasterTOUCHLINE CF375$29,895 -
$34,500
6,000
Sheets/Hour
1,600 Sheets4.1" x 5.8" -
14.7" x 25.9" paper
26 - 150 lb paper
NeoPost DS-35Not Available1,350
Sheets/Hour
100 SheetsC5, 6’x9′
C5/6, DL
#10
Formax FD 6306$19,775 -
$20,825
3,800
Sheets/Hour
325 Sheets3.5" x 14" -
5" x 14" paper
26 - 150 lb paper
Dynafold DE-42FC$1,407 -
$1.595
15,000 Sheets/Hour500 Sheets3 1/2" x 5" -
11" x 17" paper
up to 100 lb paper
Formax FD382 $3,045 -
$3,735
20,100 Sheets/Hour500 Sheets3 1/2" x 5" -
12 1/4" x 18" paper
up to 25lb paper
Techko LF283B$174 -
$187
4,000
Sheets/Hour
60 Sheets8 1/2" x 11" -
8 1/2" x 25" paper
20 lb paper
STANDARD PF-40L$10,298 -
$13,900
23,400 Sheets/Hour1,300 Sheets5.5" x 5" -
12.5" x 24.75" paper
32 - 103 lb paper
Intelli-Zone DE-172AF$1,200 -
$1,420
6,000
Sheets/Hour
500 Sheets3 1/2" x 5" -
11" x 17" paper
13-80 lb paper
MBM 93M$428 -
$714
7,200
Sheets/Hour
150 Sheets4" x 5" -
14" x 16" paper
80 lb paper
Premier P7200$280 -
$319
4,000
Sheets/Hour
50 Sheets3 1/2" x 5" -
8 1/2" x 14" paper
16-28 lb paper
Duplo DF-777$2,900 -
$3,300
8,100
Sheets/Hour
500 Sheets5" x 7 1/4"-
11 3/4" x 17" paper
14 - 38 lb paper
Martin Yale 2051$2,975 -
$3,350
15,000
Sheets/Hour
500 Sheets2 1/4" x 5 1/4" -
12" x 18" paper
16-120 lb paper
Intelli-Zone IF300$290 -
$325
3,600
Sheets/Hour
100 Sheets5 1/4" x 8 1/2" -
8 1/2" x 11" paper
up to 20lb paper
Sparco SPR18726$68 -
$80
1,500
Sheets/Hour
50 Sheets8 1/2" x 11" paper
20 lb paper

Top Letter Folder Machines – Best Paper Inserters

There are a number of popular manufacturers in this review, including Pitney Bowes, Whitaker Brothers, Intimus, MBM, Martin Yale, and FP-USA, but getting the best piece of equipment depends on the quantity of letters to be folded and types of jobs you will need fulfilled.

commercial-letter-folders

TOP RATED PAPER FOLDERS FOR SMALL-MEDIUM JOBS (7,000 – 22,000 sheets/hour)

Duplo DF-755
Dynafold DE-42FC
MBM408A
Martin Yale P6200
Formax FD 382
Pitney Bowes DI600
Intelli-Zone IF300

BEST PAPER FOLDINGMACHINES FOR MEDIUM – LARGE JOBS (23,000 – 50,000 sheets/hour)

Martin Yale MK7000
MBM 352F
Martin Yale 1812
Atlas Air-Feeder

Review of Volume and Types of Paper to be Folded

If you haven’t worked with this type of equipment before, it may not be evident to you that all paper is not created equal. You have several considerations when it comes to paper, including size and weight. Standard 8.5”X11” paper will likely be handled by all folders, as should the larger legal 11” x 14” paper. However, if you need custom sized paper outside these standard dimensions, you may need a specialized machine designed to handle it.

Using paper of different weights can give a much different feel to your finished products. It’s also important to note that a machine will note which paper weights it is rated for, so if you want to use heavier stock paper you need to make sure the machine you’re interested in is rated for it.

Compare Paper Feed Types and Fold Types

Finally, it is important to understand the difference between the two different feed types of letter folding machines. The entry level options are going to use a roller system to guide paper through the machine. These are known as friction feeders, and they are limited somewhat in the types of papers they work with because of constant pressure against the paper. Air feeders are found on higher end units, and use a vacuum system to feed paper through the machine. The lack of contact means a machine with more flexibility in terms of paper type, but the cost will also be higher for this type of unit.