Martin Yale 1217A Paper Folder

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FOLD TYPES

Letter/Tri/C FoldHalf/Single FoldZ/Accordion FoldDouble Parallel FoldChurch/Right-Angle FoldBaronial Fold

Accepts Multi Sets and Stapled Sets
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  • List price: $2,099.00
  • $1,045.00
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AMPA From USA
No longer a good buy
March 28, 2014
I have ten years of experience with the Yale 1217 and just moved to a 1711 on the advice of Whitaker. They asked me to give my experiences. I give it high marks for durability and it seems easy to repair. But now that I'm using a more up-to-date paper folder I realize just how far the technology has come. It's like living for 20 years with an abacus, but then using a calculator for the first time. You don't hate the abacus but you could never recommend it over the calculator.
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PhoenixRepro From USA
Read the reviews
February 25, 2014
Why didn't I read the reviews? This thing is noisy and it misfeeds constantly. Save yourself a lot of headache and get the Martin Yale 1711. I had to pay all of the shipping costs related to the swap so it was an expensive lesson but I'm so much happier. This paper folder was probably awesome back in 1970 when it was introduced but now it needs to be retired.
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Tom781 From USA
Fan Feed Still Exists?
December 9, 2013
I can't believe fan feeding still exists in the year 2013. You can do way better especially for the money
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3882721 From USA
Loud and hard to use
November 22, 2013
Do not recommend. Hard to feed hard to adjust and hard to use.
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HicksUMC From USA
Love/Hate
July 2, 2013
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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S.Mary's Correctional From USA
Minor Complaints
May 21, 2013
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.
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WCWildcat From USA
Does not meet expectations
February 19, 2013
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.
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Mario@princeton From USA
Traded in
February 13, 2013
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.
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Mason From USA
Sheet Fanning
December 19, 2012
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
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searyx From USA
Warning
December 4, 2012
Be careful the ability to fold a set of stapled paper isn't something that Whitaker Bros or Martin Yale guarantees. I purchased this to run stapled sets of 8 sheets and come to find out that's too much paper at one time. When I called Martin Yale to complain they said that running stapled sets wasn't a supported feature, just something that people have managed to do on their own.

By printing on both sides of the paper and cutting out some fluff we shrank our mailings down to 3 sheets which this folder will do. I give this three stars because I still think its a good folder and I would definitely buy it again but they should make it clear that stapled sets aren't a promised capability.
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Linear Printing From USA
Agree with the above
November 20, 2012
this is the only paper folder ive found that will do a stapled set. it looks like a dinosaur though so probably not good for a beginner.
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Nsteiner1971 From USA
Does what I need it to
November 20, 2012
This is an old school paper folder, none of the newer features/bells/whistles. But it can take a stapled set of our paper and fold it all at once which is something none of the newer paper folders can do for me. Our first one lasted for 12 years until we finally had to buy a new one so I would say we got our moneys worth out of it.
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Product code: MYL1217A

UPC code :11991012170

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Features of the 1217A Martin Yale Folder

  • 10,300 sh/hr (sheets per hour)
  • Fold Capabilities: Letter, Single, Z, Double, Parallel, French, and Baronial
  • Handles sheet sizes from 3.5 inches by 4 inches to 11.37 inches by 18 inches and 16 pound bond to 120 index
  • Uncomplicated adjustments for processing letter (8.5 inch by 11 inch), legal (8.5 inch by 14 inch), and ledger (11 inch by 17 inch) sized paper.
  • Fully modifiable fold plates
  • First fold adjustable within a 2 inch to 11.5 inch range
  • Second fold adjustable within a 1.5 inch to 5.75 inch range
  • Fully equipped to customize a second folding pass
  • Rubber rollers create neat and even professional folds every time
  • Sturdy exit conveyor belt system
  • Excellent longevity and durability
  • Perfect for small business operations (e.g. home office, community centers, churches, education facilities)

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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.

Q: 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.
A: 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.
Manufacturer Name Martin Yale
Model # 1217A
Feed Type Friction-fed
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.
Weight 64 lbs.
Height 17''
Width 42''
Depth 17 1/2''
Voltage 115 Volts; other voltages available
Warranty

UPC 011991012170
Shipping Weight 64.0000
Shipping Length 23
Shipping Width 28
Shipping Height 20
Product review(s)
Average rating:
(Based on 12 vote(s))
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AMPA From USA
No longer a good buy
March 28, 2014
I have ten years of experience with the Yale 1217 and just moved to a 1711 on the advice of Whitaker. They asked me to give my experiences. I give it high marks for durability and it seems easy to repair. But now that I'm using a more up-to-date paper folder I realize just how far the technology has come. It's like living for 20 years with an abacus, but then using a calculator for the first time. You don't hate the abacus but you could never recommend it over the calculator.
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PhoenixRepro From USA
Read the reviews
February 25, 2014
Why didn't I read the reviews? This thing is noisy and it misfeeds constantly. Save yourself a lot of headache and get the Martin Yale 1711. I had to pay all of the shipping costs related to the swap so it was an expensive lesson but I'm so much happier. This paper folder was probably awesome back in 1970 when it was introduced but now it needs to be retired.
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Tom781 From USA
Fan Feed Still Exists?
December 9, 2013
I can't believe fan feeding still exists in the year 2013. You can do way better especially for the money
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3882721 From USA
Loud and hard to use
November 22, 2013
Do not recommend. Hard to feed hard to adjust and hard to use.
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HicksUMC From USA
Love/Hate
July 2, 2013
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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S.Mary's Correctional From USA
Minor Complaints
May 21, 2013
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.
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WCWildcat From USA
Does not meet expectations
February 19, 2013
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.
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Mario@princeton From USA
Traded in
February 13, 2013
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.
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Mason From USA
Sheet Fanning
December 19, 2012
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
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searyx From USA
Warning
December 4, 2012
Be careful the ability to fold a set of stapled paper isn't something that Whitaker Bros or Martin Yale guarantees. I purchased this to run stapled sets of 8 sheets and come to find out that's too much paper at one time. When I called Martin Yale to complain they said that running stapled sets wasn't a supported feature, just something that people have managed to do on their own.

By printing on both sides of the paper and cutting out some fluff we shrank our mailings down to 3 sheets which this folder will do. I give this three stars because I still think its a good folder and I would definitely buy it again but they should make it clear that stapled sets aren't a promised capability.
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Linear Printing From USA
Agree with the above
November 20, 2012
this is the only paper folder ive found that will do a stapled set. it looks like a dinosaur though so probably not good for a beginner.
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Nsteiner1971 From USA
Does what I need it to
November 20, 2012
This is an old school paper folder, none of the newer features/bells/whistles. But it can take a stapled set of our paper and fold it all at once which is something none of the newer paper folders can do for me. Our first one lasted for 12 years until we finally had to buy a new one so I would say we got our moneys worth out of it.
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