Description of the 1217A Manual Paper Folder
The Martin Yale 1217A Medium Duty Auto Folder is one of the most popular folding machines for churches, schools, and medium to large mailrooms on the market. This machine is built for reliability, convenience, and overall longevity. Constructed with high impact steel side frames this paper folder was designed with sturdiness and dependability in mind. Made in the USA, Martin Yale also guarantees the durability and lifespan of any of their machine’s part for one full year and will replace or repair any parts broken under normal use.
The 1217A folder is 21.25’’ tall, 17’’ wide, 13’’ deep, and 64 pounds. While this model is larger than other popular paper folders, the 1217A compensates with a wide array of other convenient features not available on other models. For example, the 1217A folds up to 10,300 sheets per hour, much faster than the 1501X AutoFolder. It also has a 250 sheet feed tray capacity and takes paper sizes from 4’’x4’’ to 12’’x18’’, which includes the standard letter size and legal sized paper.
This model has four standard folds: letter, half, z-fold, and double parallel, but it also has easily adjustable fold plates for custom folds. In fact, it has an adjustable fold range of 2’’ and 11.5’’ for the first fold and 1.5’’ and 5.75’’ on the second fold. In addition, this paper folder is capable of folding multiple papers (generally stapled) simultaneously and is fully adjustable for a second folding pass with the manual bypass.
The 1217A Auto Folder also comes with a 3 conveyor belt system which feeds the papers into the machine and dispenses them in neatly fanned stacks, preventing nesting and allowing for convenient and easy handling. The large rubber rollers also provide consistent paper feeding and produces a tight, finished fold.
Another convenient feature of the 1217A Paper Folder is the reversible motor. This feature was pioneered by Martin Yale and the 1217A is still one of the few folding machines with this feature. The reversible motor allows the user to prevent and fix paper jams, extending the life of the machine and saving the user time and frustration.
Overall, the Martin Yale 1217A 12x17 Paper Folder is one of the best deals on the market. It has all the basic features as well as some additional convenient specifications, all for a very reasonable price. The durability and user friendliness of the 1217A Folder is what makes this model one of the most popular folding machines for organizations such as businesses, nonprofits, schools, and churches.
|Manufacturer Name||Martin Yale|
|Fold Adjustment Setting||Manual fold adjustment|
|Feed Tray Capacity||Up to 250|
|Fold Speed||10,300 sheets/hour|
|Fold Types||Half Fold, Letter Fold (Tri), Z Fold, Double Parallel Fold, Right Angle Fold, Baronial Fold|
|Pre-programmed Standard Folds||6|
|Accepted Paper Sizes||3 1/2'' x 4'' to 11 3/4'' x 18''|
|Accepted Paper Weights||16 to 120 lbs.|
|Voltage||115 Volts; other voltages available|
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- I really have a love hate relationship with this paper folder - it's a perfect 3/5 for me. It's not easy to use or easy to feed but it's cheap if you want to fold heavy paper. Ours is about a year old now and it gets noisier every day. I'm starting to think I should be budgeting for a brand new one next year. I thought fanning paper had gone by the wayside years ago with the new paper folders but that's not the case for this one! But there is somethign to be said about a folding machine for 1000 bucks that can do the heavy paper. If it wasn't for this machine we would need to spend three times more money.
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- The feeding on my folder takes a little bit of skill. If I'm out of the office then nobody does any paper folding that day! This was actually purchased on a recommendation fromJohn at Whitaker because we needed to fold some 60 bond semi gloss paper. The 1217 does what I ask it to do but gets no points for style or features. I think if they made the fold plates move automatically it would be more worth the money. But my only other options for folding 60 pound bond paper was far too much money.
Does not meet expectations
This'll do our thicker stock for the year end President's mailing, but that's about where the benefits end. I almost liked our old machine better - you pressed a button and the folder set itself up automatically. This machine just feels outdated and I don't like setting up folds by hand.
After reading other reviews I might take a shot at folding multiple pieces by hand though. That would be a nice bonus.
- Exchanged this for a 1711 and am much happier. I didn't hate it, but you can buy much more modern folders for the same amount of money.
- Have to fan the sheets to feed which stinks. Our other martin yale folder doesn't require that! Otherwise works beautifully but maybe a little on the loud side.
Is the MartinYale 1217A offerred for $1,075 a new, refurbushed or remanufactured paper-folder machine? This is less than the price you have on Amazon. Thank you.Amazon charges a hefty fee for all sales that go through their website, so we have to pass that on to any products that customers purchase through Amazon. However this is a brand new machine direct from the manufacturer.