personal laminator

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  1. Pencil Monkey

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    I'm thinking about buying one of those little laminators that you can buy the pouches to put things in to laminate.

    Is it worth it? Does it seal everything nicely and does the lamination last?

    Update: I purchased the lamination machine and will update with a review and pictures on my blog next week. http://thepencilmonkey.blogspot.com/
     
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  3. EiffelTower

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    I have one that I bought at Costco and LOVE it! I've used it so much this summer for my classroom. I've never had any problems with it not laminating at a high quality. Mine is the brand Purple Cow.
     
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    I have a Scotch brand laminator that I purchased at Walmart for under $40 - it works fine. I buy my laminating pouches at Amazon for a fraction of the cost elsewhere.

    I also splurged last year and purchased a larger, more "professional grade" laminator (about $100 on Amazon). It uses the same pouches, but because it is hotter, I'm not left with as much of a margin on the edges of whatever I'm laminating. It is much faster than the little one.

    Both still work, so this year, I'm taking the "little" one to school for last minute laminations, and keeping the "monster" one at home for late-night laminating sessions!
     
  5. giraffe326

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    I just ordered one the other day- it will be here tomorrow. I'll report back!
     
  6. Pisces_Fish

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    I have the Scotch one. It works fine, nothing snazzy. I would buy it again, though.
     
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    I bought mine through ABC Distributing. I love it!! So worth it.:thumb:
     
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    I love mine. I bought it at Target for $25.00 and have used it for 3 years now. The lamination is much better quality than the film rolls.
     
  9. TeacherNY

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    Ok, the laminator situation at my school is getting ridiculous. People are taking them and not signing them out so nobody knows who has them. Then, when I want to use it, nobody can find one! I am going to try to buy one this weekend. I know I can get laminator sheets from the office so at least I don't have to buy those.
     
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    I wasn't going to buy one because my P said that I could just laminate what I need at the school. However, school is just over two weeks away, and my school has been closed for construction all summer. We open up on Monday, and I imagine that everyone and their mother will want to use the laminator. I just want all of my decorations laminated, so they will last me for a few years.

    I think that I will be purchasing the Scotch brand at Target today. I've heard good things, and I'll let you all know how it works out.
     
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    Our school laminator (run only by a Title I aide - who also runs the risograph) is on the fritz so often - that's why I bought my own.
     
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    I also brought the laminator at Target Scotch Brand and it works great... a lil slow, but it gets the job done and the pouches are a thicker plastic than the laminating rolls at school.
     
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    I just got my Scotch one yesterday (ordered from Amazon because the laminator and 100 pouches were $40!). I'm pleased- as mentioned, it is much thicker!
     
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    I am going to Target on Sunday. I hope they have it!
     
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    My Target didn't have one. Gonna have to use Amazon.
     
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    I think I'm finally going to buy the Scotch one on amazon with the pack of 200 pouches. I rarely laminate big stuff, and I can just do that at Lakeshore. I rarely use the one at school because we can't laminate ourselves - we just turn it in and an aide does it for us. It sometimes bubbles and peels when she does it.
     
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    Thanks for the tip about amazon. I bought one this morning. I will report back next week!
     
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    This is the exact reason I wanted my own laminator. Great minds!
     
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    I just purchased my laminator a few days ago. Umm... I LOVE IT, and why did I not purchase one earlier?

    The lamination is incredibly sturdy. The only things that will need to be laminated at school are my larger items. I know that this will be such a great investment!
     
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    I bought the Scotch one at Walmart for 25.00. I am going onto Amazon to buy the pouches. I LOVE how sturdy the lamination is...much better than the film we have at school. Only downfall is not being able to laminate big posters....but for 81/2 by 11- it is worth every penny!
     
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    Question: I want to laminate flashcards to have practice sets hanging on a BB. If I buy one of these, will I be able to do the whole sheet of paper, then cut on the dotted lines, without it peeling?

    Also, where would one find a laminator at Walmart? I've never seen one, nor have I looked.
     
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    Yes, it will do that. I did that to several items.

    You can find it in the office supply section or possibly the craft section.
     
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    I would cut them first. I have never seen the ones cut after last too long.
     
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    I got a laminator for Christmas a couple of years ago and it is seriously the BEST gift I have ever received. I use it ALL the time and it works really well. I can't imagine my life without it. :D

    The only thing is that the laminating pouches can be a little expensive but sometimes you can find them on sale.
     
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    I just went to Amazon to order more pouches...but the shipping and handling stop me in my tracks!!!!!! The pouches were cheaper, but the S&H was 27.00!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Guess I'll pay a bit more at the store, but I can't see paying that much in shipping! This was the regular shipping too!
     
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    I'm not sure how many you need, or how fast you need them but Office Depot.com

    http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/801826/Scotch-Thermal-Laminating-Pouches-89-x/

    has 100 for about $27 (27 cents per pouch), and if you purchase two of them, it's free shipping.

    Just wanted to toss out another option. :)
     
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    Thanks! I don't need them immediately, so I am going to check this out. I will probably do the two and get free shipping!
     
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    We would get our pouches at Sam's Club. I can't tell ya the price it's been awhile since we bought them.
     
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    I will be purchasing one when I get the FED tax exempt fund (teacher tax money)
     
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    I ordered one today, along with 200 pouches - SOOOOO EXCITED!! :D:D

    Thanks for posting this review - it is what finally pushed me to buy it! :)

    I got these pouches - 200 for $28. I have Amazon Prime so the shipping is free, and I can't see how much regular shipping would be. But it's over $25 so shouldn't that be free super saver shipping.? (Do they still do that? I've had Prime for 3 years.)
     
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    Question about pouches: can you easily put multiple small things into one pouch and then cut them apart after lamination? Or before lamination if that works. Just curious!
     
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    I guess it depends on the size of the items you place in the pouch. The pouch is really more of a folded piece of plastic. What I mean by that is that it's not a pouch in the most-used sense. A pouch commonly has THREE sides sealed shut (like a pocket). This only has the one side sealed...so you can open and close (like a folder or book).

    When you place small items, there is a risk of the items slipping around as you put the pouch through the machine. What I do in this instance is just carefully hold the pouch as horizontal as possible while it moves through and hope for the best. :)

    I always cut the paper items BEFORE I laminate and separate them within the pouch. Then I cut around each item after it's laminated. In the past, when I've cut the items AFTER, there is never a good enough seal around each item.

    Does this help at all? Clear as mud? :)
     
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    Yep, got it. Thanks Ted!
     
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    To keep small items from slipping around in the "pouch," I either use double-stick tape or a small bit of glue (from a stick) to hold it in place. I try to place as many small items as possible in one pouch, to save pouches. If you are not getting a good seal, you are either running it on the wrong thickness (3 mil as opposed to 5 mil) or putting too many things too close together. Or you need to replace the laminator.
     
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    I love my laminator! The laminate is so much sturdier than the rolls, and I can laminate while I watch tv or cook dinner. My only complaint is how slow it is, but it's worth it.
     

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