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Paper Folding Machine Guide

Guide to buying a paper folding machine.

See below our UK guide to buying paper folding machines. This has been put together to help make sure you purchase the correct letter folder for your application. But should you need any advise as to your application please call us on 0800 0432 758 or 01895 448984, we are paper folding machine specialists and are happy to assist.

Paper size:.
This tends to be an easy decision, if you only fold A4 paper then every paper folding machine is suitable on that basis. Any A3 paper folding machine will be able to fold A4 paper in a variety of ways.

This is effected by the paper folding machines, speed, feed tray capacity and if the letter folding machine has a conveyor. A larger feeder and conveyor are just as important as the paper folding machines speed as these allow for longer un-interrupted production. Note the "Designed for" category on our adverts, this will be a quick guide as to whether the letter folder in question is suitable for you.

Make sure you choose a paper folding machine that is suitable for the amount of work you are doing. Our adverts state a "designed for / recommended usage" make sure you keep these in mind. The most common difficulty paper folding machine customers have is they have purchased a machine that is to small for their requirements.

Paper thickness/coating:
Make sure you select a mailing machine that is capable of handling the weight of paper that you are using. Paper weights quoted are based on non coated paper, if you are using glossy or coated paper firstly make sure you select a paper folder with speed control. Also reduce the advertised thickness by 30gsm for a light coating or 50gsm for a heavy coating. If it doubt contact us, we are more than happy to do a test runs for you.

Number of feed tyres (not applicable to high end, air feed paper folding machines):
Like on a printer, but worse as it has already been processed.
As paper is pulled into the machine, it both offers resistance to being pulled and tries to twist (screw). The more (and wider) the feeder tyres that initially pull the paper into the machine the better. This helps the initial pickup of the paper as well as stopping the paper twisting, which can cause a variety of problems.

Fold types:
Make sure you choose a paper folding machine that will be able to do the type of fold you require. Our adverts show a clear picture of the fold type that particular model can do, making this one of the easiest choices when buying your letter folding machine.


Sheets per hour/per minute:
Maximum speed at which the letter folding machine will run paper through. This figure is based on the paper folding machine industry standard of 70gsm paper folded into 3 for a DL size envelope. These figure do not take into account for "down time" reloaded the paper feeder.

Feed tray capacity hopper:
How many sheets of flat 70gsm paper the paper folding machine will hold in its paper feed tray also know as a hopper.

This means the paper folding machine pulls paper from the feed tray one after the other "automaticly". All but the smallest hand fed paper folders feed automaticly.

Multiple sheets hand feed only:
Also known as a manual bypass, some paper folding machines allow the operator to insert Stapled and non-stapled sets of paper into the folding machines, paper feeder by hand. Please note on the smallest folding machine capable of this is the Martin Yale 7200. But the manual bypass on this letter folder does not have side guide which can create regular "skewing" of the paper. If a quality manual bypass facility is important to your application we recomend looking at the martin Yale 1611 upwards.

Auto detect and stop:
Simply means the paper folding machine know when there is paper in the hopper.  The machine will know the paper has run out and automaticly stop:

Extended warranty:
Ongoing warranty, maintenance cover is availible on this paper folding machine.

Preperation for paper folding, hints and tips:
All paper folding machines supplied by Postroom-online, come with our guide to paper handling, as well as the usual manufacturers instruction manual. But here are a few of the key things to note:


- Many printers use heat to transmit text, pictures etc to the service of the paper.  Heat causes paper to distort and curl, if the paper is then loaded immediately onto the print finishing machine, in this case paper folding machine, this will cause problems.
- A simple way to resolve this is to lay the paper on a flat service until it has cooled down.  As the paper cools it will regain some of its original shape.  It is then easier for the paper folding machine to handle the paper.
- Life is not always simple and sometimes times issues are with us.  One way to speed up this process is to lay a heavy object ie telephone directory on top of the stack.

Static electricity in the paper:

- Some printers cause static electricity to build up on the paper service: this will cause paper to stick together when trying to pass through the separator roller on the paper folding machine.  This can cause paper jams and double feeds to occur.
- A simple way to resolve this is to again lay the paper on a flat surface (even better on a metal surface) for a while.  This will help the static electricity to discharge, which makes it easier to induce air between the sheets and help the machine perform correctly.

Good paper handling makes good sense, to get the best out of your machine it is wise to follow these steps.

Paper joggers  A3 High Capacity Air Jogger Paper Jogger

Paper Joggers and Air Joggers:
- The preferred choice of the print finishing industry, print shops, mailing houses
- Eliminates electrical static, heat as well as ink and toner residue in seconds
- Greatly improve feeding performance of, paper folding machine, folder inserters, creasing machines, and other rubber roller fed print finishing processes
- Prices have dramatically fallen in recent times, especially on higher end air joggers, making these profession machine suitable for in house applications.

 Folder Inserter Roller RestorerMartin Yale paper folder supply kit Rejuvinator + anti static

Roller rejuvenator (roller cleaner):
- Cleans of paper dust, which can cause rubber rollers to slip on paper causing creasing.
- Rejuvinates rollers keeping rubber soft and grippy. This both improves performance and life of the roller.

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