Whitaker Brothers' sales reps have an average tenure of approximately 10 years. In that time, we've watched hundreds of paper folder brands come and go. As one of the highest volume paper folder dealers in the United States, we're well qualified to recommend some of the best products in each price category. Here they are.
$500 Or Less
MBM 93M: There is a LOT of junk at the low end. But this is truly a fantastic little paper folder for fairly small volumes. Has an exit conveyor too, a feature most commonly found on more expensive paper folders. The range of paper weights it will tolerate is pretty narrow, but if you're doing standard printer/copier paper, then the 93m folder is the way to go.
Martin Yale 1611 or 1711: Really impressed with the durability of these two products. The $500-$1,000 range used to be a very awkward space with no great options. But the Martin Yale 1611 folder and 1711 have very easy to use options are brand new for 2011 and have made a great impression on our customers. The greatest benefit is the flexibility to accept larger paper and a little greater margin for paper weights. Still not a high volume machine though!
Martin Yale 1812: Another new entry into the market by Martin Yale, but we're getting fantastic feedback from our customers. The fold plates automatically adjust themselves, which is a feature commonly found in much more expensive products. Of course there's the exit conveyor as well, which is a standard feature from this point forward. MBM 207M: This is one of our personal favorites because it's incredibly durable. You don't get the automatically adjusting fold plates on this product, but you do get an absolute tank of a paper folder. This is the first paper folder I would recommend for production grade work.
There are no folders in this price range that are substantially better than the previous price tier.
$3,000 and Up
Martin Yale 2051 SmartFold: This is a very popular folder amongst our customers, and is filled with many of the latest and greatest features. In general, the more expensive a paper folder, the less training we have to provide to the customer. And this is no exception. MBM 307A: This folding system has remained relatively unchanged for many years, and for very good reason. This is a highly reliable, fully automatic paper folder. Extremely easy to use with a very simple paper path leading to one of the lowest jam frequencies in the industry.