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[27/03/2011] What to look for before buying a laminator

If you have never purchased a laminator, then you might be uncertain which one of the hundreds of available models is the right one for you. Their prices vary greatly and while the cheapest models might be ideal for personal use, they are rarely suitable for heavy-duty usage in the office. Before purchasing a laminator, consider the following factors:

  1. What is the size of the items that you need to laminate? A4 laminators would work perfectly for all A4 (216 × 279mm) papers, but will not be able to handle A3, A2, or bigger sizes.
  2. Consider the material of the items that you intend to laminate – some laminators handle photos better than others do and there are models, which are specifically designed to work with foam board and even wood.
  3. The quality of lamination – while some laminators would give you nearly perfect lamination, with little or no bubbles and wrinkles, others have poor performance and might be suitable for home use only.
  4. The volume that a laminator can handle could be of great importance as well – the cheapest brands and makes can handle only a few documents at once, and you will have to leave them to cool down if you wish to laminate some more. The higher end laminators could work continuously for long time and still deliver excellent quality lamination.
  5. The thickness and the quality of the used pouches or film – if you want to laminate important family photos and expect them to stay protected for a very long time, then choose higher-end laminators, which work with thicker and higher quality pouches and films. On the other hand, if you want to protect cards, which are valid for a few months, then a thinner and lesser quality pouch would suffice and would be more economical.
  6. The size of the laminator – if your office desk is already crowded, then purchasing more compact laminator is likely to be a wise choice.
  7. Safety and anti-jamming features – most laminators have cold surface even when they are in operation, but some older models might not be as well protected and be more hazardous to operate. In addition, choose a model, which is easy to un-jam, especially if you intend to laminate hundreds of documents.
  8. Pouch laminators vs. roll laminators – the former are typically smaller, lightweight, and easy to use. The roll laminators are suitable for heavy-duty use and can handle very large items, but are often bulkier and could be more expensive as well.

Other articles from this category:

[09/05/2010] What is the biggest size print that I can laminate?

[09/05/2010] What is a laminating pouch carrier?

[09/05/2010] What thickness laminating pouch do I need?

[09/05/2010] What size laminating pouch is the best?

[09/05/2010] How does a pouch laminator work?

[09/05/2010] Which pouch laminator is the best?

[09/05/2010] Types of laminators

[09/05/2010] Who are the big laminator manufacturers?

[09/05/2010] Why do we need to laminate?

[09/05/2010] Drytac JetMounter Laminator

[09/05/2010] Cold Roll Laminators

[09/05/2010] Heated roll laminators

[27/03/2011] How to maintain a roll laminator

[27/03/2011] How to use pouch laminators

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