If you’re tired of spending a good chunk of your workday folding documents, it’s time to think about getting a paper folder. These machines can help you save time, which will be helpful during a busy workday. Here are five things to consider when choosing a paper folder:

 

 

Paper Size

You’re going to want to consider paper size when choosing your machine. Most folders can handle letter-sized paper without any problem. If you want to use larger or small sheets, you should look for a machine that can handle them.

 

 

Fold Types

There are a number of different folds you can do, the most common of which is the letter fold. Since this fold is so common, most machines are able to do it. If you want to do fancier folds, you may need to splurge on a higher-end machine. Be sure to give your budget some consideration so you can get the machine you want without breaking the bank. Also, if you do go with a machine that can do a variety of folds, you will want to make sure that it’s easy to switch between fold types. For example, a machine that has a fold plate set at 90 degrees is a good choice.

 

 

Paper Stock

If you only plan on using 20 lb. bond paper, don’t worry- just about every folder can handle this type of paper. Your options will be a bit more limited if you need to work with cardstock or glossy paper. If you decide to get a machine that can process these kinds of paper, be prepared to spend a bit more money. When you get your machine, you will find that it can be helpful to score your thicker and/or glossy paper before folding it.

 

 

Folding Volume

Folding volume refers to the number of sheets a machine is able to fold in a set amount of time. Desktop paper folders have lower folding volumes than larger, more advanced machines so they’re good for occasional office use. The higher end devices can typically fold thousands of documents in a set amount of time. Make sure you carefully think about how many documents you want to fold and then choose a device that fits your needs.

 

 

Budget

Finally, your budget is an important consideration. There are paper folders available at various price points so it shouldn’t be too difficult to find an affordable one that has the features you need. Keep in mind that sometimes it’s good to spend a little extra to get a higher quality machine. A higher quality machine will last longer so you can save money in the long run