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I was a bit hesitant to take the plunge and buy one for home use, but as the local stationers who had done this service for me previously has closed down & with working from home depriving me of access to a commercial version I went ahead and bought this after some research on Amazon.
Happy I did as worked straight out of the box and following the simple instructions pages are passing through easily and all have sealed perfectly. It may help that I have also gone with Fellows own laminating sheets, but these did seem a very good price on Amazon too, so was not a cost issue.
Small bit of advice for anyone using for the first time would be to stand the machine on something like a chopping board in order to protect whatever surface you stand it on a it can get quite hot and may cause damage to any delicate surfaces and take your time lining up the page as it enters the machine to ensue it starts out straight (there are 2 line markers at the page edges) as any twist will just get worse as it passes through the laminator.
Can't fault the price for an A3 laminator but it is slow in comparison to other brands. Have only just got it so feel sure it will be OK - I'll just make sure I have a drink while it is doing its thing. Hopefully being a decent brand it will last a reasonable amount of time.
Update \October 18
Not used this for approx. 10 months and had a pile of things to laminate. It will not heat up when switched on and leaving for 30 minutes still nothing. Unless it is on a 2 year warranty which I doubt then its only good for the bin so suggest avoid at all costs and get another brand that works.
The laminator arrived quickly and looked good. It completely ate the first couple of documents though, so we assumed it was broken. We ordered a replacement, which arrived the next day, but this did exactly the same. We tried a selection of makes of laminator pouches, in case that was the problem, but it made no difference. We have since bought a different brand, which is fantastic. We would advise anyone against buying this machine.
Bought as a backup for my current Fellowes laminator. My daughter is a primary school teacher so my current Fellowes laminator is in almost constant use so a backup for emergencies is essential. So what to buy, naturally another Fellowes. Let's hope it sits in the box for a long time. Saying that, I took it out of the box, switched on and laminated a large number of sheets - worked perfectly.
Have just laminated 40 A4 posters and it works a treat. No jams, no fuss. It takes up to 125 microns, so will laminate 250 micron pouches (2 x 125) which are stiff. A4 feeds short edge first (portrait) so top edge bonded pouches work best, side ones can catch when going into rollers but only had a couple bend. Very pleased so far.
Bought to replace a 20+yr old Fellowes laminator which stopped heating. My how technology has moved on. So much better than the old one which gave excellent service. No longer need to use a cardboard carrier. Does not leave air bubbles. Very pleased with my purchase.
Purchased this item for xmas present. It was recently taken out of box to use but mangled everything. Was tried several times with same result. I realise that the return window has closed but I am wondering if I could exchange it? Maybe for better quality and pay extra?
Bought this laminator in 2017 and it worked fine for a year. However I have just had to throw it away as it keeps jamming when I try and laminate A3 size and I have ruined a couple of important large documents. I have now bought another brand and hope that I am more successful with that. I can't say that I recommend this laminator.
Fellowes Spectra A4 Home Office Laminator It is very good, but the overall size has been cut down to the bear minimum. Needed time to get used to it...had one or two false starts. My former Fellowes had worn out.