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I would like to buy a laminator and am wondering which one is the best for classroom usage. Thank you.


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Old 07-11-2019, 08:20 AM
 
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I bought an Amazon Basic laminator for about $20. It's not very fast, but it gets the job done well. It has two settings for 3mm or 5mm laminator paper. I've had it for two years, and it's still working fine. It's a decent and cheap laminator for personal/classroom use.

I like it because I can get my desk plates, cubby names tags, and bulletin board items laminated without having to wait for the school laminator. You could use it for centers too, but I usually use the school laminator for that, because I don't want to use all the laminating pages.
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I have the same one mentioned above and it easy to use, and the machine is still kicking 3 years later so for like 25 bucks its a good price.

The real cost is in buying the lamination pouches-I buy them in lots of 100 for like 10 bucks and I use them sparingly when it it really is worth the expense to save myself the headache or waiting on the school laminator.

Keep in mind you are pretty much stuck to 9 by 11 sized things.
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Old 07-11-2019, 09:17 AM
 
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I have a Scotch Thermal Laminator and really like it.
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Old 07-11-2019, 10:18 AM
 
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I bought a scotch one at Target everyone was raving about on sale for $20.

First off, a corner usually caught coming out and jammed it. I would have to try catch it each time with an unbent paperclip so it would't jam.

Next, after a few months of not heavy use ( due to the annoying corner jam thing) the motor feeder kept running even when the item had gone all the way through.

That made me nervous it would overheat somehow.


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Old 07-11-2019, 11:16 AM
 
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I bought the Scotch Thermal Laminator about eight years ago. I've never had any problems with it.
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I bought a Scotch thermal laminator about 4 years ago, no issues, works great.
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Old 07-11-2019, 01:09 PM
 
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I have a Scotch laminator and it has held up well. I got it at Walmart for $20. The Scotch brand laminating sheets can be pricey, but you can get some deals on laminating sheets on Amazon and you don't have to use the name brand laminating sheets.

I have to confess that it is my second laminator. When I got my first one, I was a laminating fool. Well, one day I found a beautiful dead luna moth in a parking lot. I had this brilliant idea that I would laminate it so I could keep it in my Science Discovery Center forever. The kids would be able to see both sides of it since the film is clear and I wouldn't have to worry that it was going to disintegrate and fall apart.

At the time, it sounded like good idea. Lesson learned-not a good idea. I placed the moth in the middle of the sheet. When I ran the sheet through the laminator, I wasn't paying attention and didn't notice that it wasn't coming out the other end. It wrapped around. By the time I realized what happened, it was too late. I couldn't reverse it and pull it out. It was stuck forever. I think if I had put a rectangular piece of cardstock inside the laminating sheet along the bottom seam before I inserted the sheet, the end would have been sturdier and came through instead of wrapping around. I won't test that theory though.
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I bought the Swingline version
Old 07-11-2019, 01:32 PM
 
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For $16 on Amazon. It works well and I've never had any issues with it. It can do hot or cold lamination in several thicknesses. I've used the standard size and legal sizes. I almost bought those long enough for file folders but changed my mind-but I have no reason to think they wouldn't work...

It came with a few laminating pockets included and I had a "coupon" for an add on pack. Now, I add the lamination pockets to my yearly office supply budget and let the school pay for them. All I laminate is for school use so that works on every level.
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Amazon and others
Old 07-12-2019, 01:44 PM
 
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I got mine from Amazon and really like it. When I purchased it it was on special for $10.

Don't forget that Amazon is having big sales for their Prime Days. If you don't have a prime membership you can get a free 1 month membership. However, the good news is that lots of the other big name stores will also have sales at the same time. Don't you just love competition!

This is definitely a good time to check around!


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Old 07-12-2019, 06:30 PM
 
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Thank you everyone, I am going to check them all out.
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Ditto on the Scotch
Old 07-12-2019, 08:35 PM
 
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I bought the Scotch thermal laminator and I love it. I just bought another one for a teacher friend who is changing schools. She was so grateful.
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Old 07-14-2019, 11:53 AM
 
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If you use single page game boards the film is much sturdier than the film provided by the school.
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Old 07-15-2019, 03:33 AM
 
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$17.88 https://www.amazon.com/Scotch-Therma.../dp/B0010JEJPC

$15.39 Prime Day Special https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-...IKX0DER&sr=1-3
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Old 07-16-2019, 12:41 PM
 
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I bought the Scotch one yesterday on Prime Day special for $11.99. Thank you everyone.
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