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on September 13, 2014
05/28/2017 (*UPDATE REVIEW*) --- So, maybe I didn't need the 3100L, but as it turns out I am glad I bought it. On occasions I have noticed less than ideal laminations, to which the solution is slowing down the transit time from "3mil". The "7mil" setting on the 3100L is a bit too slow but I've found perfect results with the "5mil". You still don't need the thicker laminating sheets, just slow down the heat exposure for best outcome. Guess I got this one right after all, I also hope this helps you decide which laminator is right for you. Another option while still buying the less expensive Swingline is to simply perform a double pass; that works also; and another 'also', I increased my review from 4-STARS to FIVE‼️
It earned my top rating the hard way . . 😏

(Original review)
I exchanged it for the Swingline 3100L but sorry I did. When I got the upgrade and ran a test lamination, a "7 mil" test, then I realized that, hey, "7 mil" isn't necessarily better. I then ran a 3-mil test and sure enough, I prefer the 3-mil; so I didn't need the 3100L.
Now I know and so do you. Buy the 1000L and save (but read my latest review update).

Bill B Rethunkin . . 🤔 . . 🔀
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on March 28, 2013
I tried it the first day I got it and it did okay. I like it that I don't have to use a sleeve with it like my old one required. I just slip it in the plastic pouch and slide it in. It didn't take as long to warm up as it said it would. The case does get warm but not hot. It is really small and compact. This small size is much nicer then the desktop Xerox laminator it replaced. I have cleaning sheets to run though it and it would be a good idea for people to get these cleaning sheets to run through it each time they are done using it. It will avoid a lot of problems if you do. Since this laminator doesn't require a protective sleeve (which is real nice) you want to clean those rollers often to keep your laminator pouches from wrapping around the rollers. All laminators that work this way need to be cleaned often. It is a simple matter of running the cleaning sheet through it after you are done and before you turn it off. Simple maintenance.
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on December 11, 2016
Works like a champ! Bought this for work and we laminate up to 20-30 sheets daily. We use the cleaning card after 10 laminations. This unit is very good about staying jam free. The E4 error message has appeared a couple of times and a customer service rep advised me to leave the machine off and unplugged for at least an hour to allow the machine to reset it itself. Overall, we are very happy with this laminator. It is much faster, efficient, effective, and easier to use than the last laminator we were using which was the FELLOWES VOYAGER 125.
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on September 18, 2014
Lol, sounds a bit silly but it's smooth and fast, so we love it. Compared to the previous machine that it replaced which had a grindy motor that finally gave out after being rigged a few times... It feels like luxury to not have to fuss with because it just works well.

3000L : We use it to make signs. It was well worth the extra investment to have a machine that has functioned well and lasted. We were had gone through about 6 or 7 of the $40-$50 thermal laminators in the previous two years, so the difference in $ was easily made up for in terms of convenience and energy into replacement efforts between the two situations...

I would purchase it again.
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on September 15, 2015
This review is a little tricky. I have this laminator at home and it works like a charm: heats up quickly, works quietly, and has multiple heat-settings which work with just the push of a button. The "refurbished" one I bought recently for school didn't work at all. I plugged it in, and the lights just kept blinking up "the scale" and down again. It never began to heat up, so I had to return it.
The one I have at home works great and is still cranking out the laminating (I've used both 3 mil and 5 mil pockets with it) like a champ for 3 years now (and believe me, as a PPCD Teacher, I do A LOT of laminating). I think it was just a defective one (maybe the reason it was sent back originally for refurbishment). Buying this one new, has been great!
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on January 13, 2018
This GBC laminater works well sealing a single business card to small poster or mailer fold out. Every once in a while it gets noisy while heating & laminating then next time it may be nearly silent to run. The noise does not affect the laminators ability to seal properly. It's just odd that it's intermittent. Overall I really like it and the idea that I can seal 14 inch posters is useful and fun.
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on April 8, 2018
Great product just got it today 4.8.18, I had an old GBC Thremal Laminator broke and I couldn't get the replacement motor. I'm used to the old style laminator where you have to insert the item inside the protective sleeve, not with the newer units. Ran it and it works great.
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on May 25, 2018
Terrible Machine. Purchased this one based on Amazon reviews. What a joke. Used it 4 times and the second time it jammed for no reason, but was able to get the piece out that was stuck. The 4th time I used it, it jammed once again and I couldn't remove the stuck piece. I have had to return it. IF A PIECE GETS STUCK, THERE IS NO WAY TO REMOVE IT. The "reversal" button does absolutely nothing.
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on October 25, 2013
I replaced my very old laminator with this one. I decided on this model because of the features.

For example:
Fast heat-up time of only 90 seconds. Many others take 5 minutes.
Laminates a letter size sheet in 37 seconds.
Extra wide opening of 12 inches.

I doubt if users realize that you must insert the page as straight as possible to avoid jamming. With this extra width of 12 inches you do not have to be as careful getting it straight. Plus it gives you the option of wider sheets.

All the laminating I have done has turned out perfect and I have had no problems with this machine. I highly recommend it.
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on June 1, 2018
This is the second attempt at finding a brand of laminator that actually works! I should have paid attention to the 1 & 2 star reviews. It did exactly what the others stated: worked fine for a few sheets then jammed up, ruining the item being laminated AND unable to remove the sheet! I am so frustrated! I just want a quality laminator & I think paying close to $100 should provide that product! Very disappointed!
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