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How to choose a paper folder

Paper folding machines work well in a variety of settings. If you regularly fold letters, brochures or bulletins, you need a folding machine.  Folding machines save invaluable time and ensure a neat and accurate folds every time. Martin Yale offers a full line of folding machines with a range of capabilities to fit any need or occassion.

Shopping for a paper folder can be a little intimadating. The machine specifications and features are often described using a lot of technical jargon, and the folders themselves may look like complicated contraptions. Don't be scared! There are really just a few factors you need to consider before making your purchase.

Which fold styles will you need?

Double Parallel Fold
Half Fold
Half Fold

Baronial Fold

Letter Fold

Right-angle Fold


Half, letter, double parallel and z-folds are standard in most machines. All of the standard fold styles can be used with #10 business envelopes. If you need to make custom folds, choose models that allow users to manually set the folds.

Will you need to fold sets of documents?

Automatic only feed systems can only fold single-page documents.  You need a manual feed machine, or an automatic machine with a manual setting, to process multi-page documents.

How many documents will you need to process within an hour?

Another important feature to consider is how many sheets of paper you need to fold at a time. Office folders can fold up to 12,000 sheets per hour, while heavy-duty folders handle up to 18,000 sheets per hour.

Once you've determined what type of fold your machine needs to be able to perform, what kind of document sets you are most likely to process, and how many documents you need folded, you're all set!

Martin Yale Paper Folders

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