Consider the warranty you are purchasing. The three primary manufacturers of a high-end binding machine are GBC, Rhin-O-Tuff, and Akiles. Warranty is important because you do not want your operation to be down and you want a machine that is backed up by its manufacturer. We are going to look at the warranties for Rhin-O-Tuff, GBC, and Akiles.
Rhin-O-Tuff by far has the best warranty out there with a 3-year warranty. It says a lot about the confidence they have in their binding machine. The Onyx line is built for print shops as they can handle the larger volume and have the muscle to last long. They use interchangeable dies for all kinds of punches including coil, comb, and wire. Along with other more specialized punches, you may need.
As I have mentioned in previous posts, GBC may be popular, but not always the best value. If you price compare GBC to Rhin-O-Tuff, you will find the Rhin-O-Tuff machines to be competitive with the best warranty. The following chart provides the differences for all three and their competitive machines.
Rhin-O-Tuff by far has the best warranty and priced competitively to the GBC machines. The machines are made for a print shop.