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Ibico binding machine

It still works, but it's very hard to punch holes in more than 10 sheets. Does it have blades that need to be sharpened? If so, where do we go for that service?

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I have sold some Ibico machines, depends on the model some are only designed to punch a few sheets such as 6 to 10 booklets. Need the model.

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So, this is a rather long way of saying, and trying to explain why I recommend that, you check with a local dealer perhaps, but plan to replace the machine. If it lasted you this long, the same level of machine should last just as well, and $40 US a year isn't too bad!

If you need further assistance, please post back. Otherwise, thank you for using and rating FixYa!

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