Punch Dies are indispensable part of binding machines; their role is to cut holes into the paper. However, different quality punch dies are available in the market that may affect the quality of holes and machines.
The two main factors that affect the quality of holes and binding machines are as follows:
a] Type of steel used in its manufacturing.
b] The way the dies are molded in the factory.
The high grade steel dies or high tensile dies are considered the best as they are diamond moulded. They generate clean holes that do not blunt with time and are sharp edged. Such punch dies evenly distribute the force of the punch over the hardened steel, generating crisp perforations.
On the other hand, some manufacturers to cut down the cost of dies, compromise on the quality of materials used. The end result is: machine’s lifespan gets reduced. Case in point: Chisel dies.
The Chisel dies are made from soft metal. The low quality metal makes the die lose its edges quite easily. Re-sharpening is out of question for them. And the worst part is that they do not cut until you force them through the paper to make cuts. This puts additional burden on supporting components such as gears, linkages and punch bar assembly. The end result: feathered, frayed perforations, which make quite a laborious task and excessive wear and tear of other components.
So it is important for the customers to realize that by buying a cheap machine will only result in 3 to 4 replacements, which in turn, will shoot up the cost of the machines, probably more than the good quality machines. The wise old adage of “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of a low price is forgotten” has never rung so true.
The fact is that today you will find manufacturers who produce quality punch dies. Acedepot offers branded punch dies that has been test-driven several times. And the results have been awesome. Our manufacturers’ emphasize on using quality steel and exclusively use the very best components.
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