[nobe-l] OT: Braille embossers

Heather Field missheather at comcast.net
Tue Mar 20 05:37:32 UTC 2012

Hello Kathy,

Great news about your embosser. You'll wonder how you lived without it once 
you get it.

A major factor to consider is whether or not you are prepared to sit around 
for ages ripping pages apart, and ripping off the tractor feed lines from 
the edges of pages once each document is embossed. Obviously, this horrible 
means of stabilising printer paper went out with the dot matrix printers, 
years ago. And, the office workers of the world rejoiced. However, it's 
still very much alive and well in the blindness field, thanks to the design 
of most braille embossers.

If, like me, you have better things to do with your time than wrestle with 
an antiquated form of printer paper, then your choices of embossers are very 
limited. Fortunately, I have found the Everest to be a great embosser. 
Because it was ground breaking technology when it first came out in the late 
nineties, it had some problems in the first model. However, these issues are 
long ago resolved though the reputation took a while to recover. So, ignore 
anyone who tells you that the Everest embosser has problems due to design. 
It absolutely doesn't. It's also quiet when in it's cabinet. It's 
double-sided and easily adjusts to different paper sizes. It takes regular 
braille paper and is a single sheet feed embosser. I'm not sure if the Index 
embosser that Denise mentioned has single sheet feed. It's certainly made by 
the same company. Perhaps you might start by visiting the Index embossers 
website and reading up on the various models.

Another advantage of the embossers which don't use tractor feed paper is 
that they will also braille/emboss paper which you can buy inexpensively 
from your local office supplies store like Office Depot or Staples. This 
results in a really big saving in paper costs.

So, after that long preamble, I'd encourage you to look into a single sheet 
feed embosser. As a side note, I agree with Mike that the Juliet is a 
fabulous, simple to use, heavy duty embosser and the price is very 
competitive as well. I had one but the tractor feed drove me absolutely 
crazy so our time together was short and tumultuous and not very sweet.

Enjoy the search and please let us know what you finally choose and why.

Warmest regards,

-----Original Message----- 
From: Kathy Nimmer
Sent: Monday, March 19, 2012 4:32 PM Subject: [nobe-l] OT: Braille embossers

  I have the awesome possibility of purchasing a braille embosser for my own 
use, with funds that are being gifted to me unexpectetly. This would grant 
me the ability to have braille copies of materials I created myself and 
teach in class, not to mention the poems and stories and articles I teach 
from our lit anthology. Anyway, it has bee about twentyy years since I 
thought about a braille embosser, largely because of the price. Does anyone 
haveany insights on good versus bbad embossers, features worth it or not, 
companies to consider or avoid, one sided versus two sided brailling? I'd 
love any opinions or leads. Thanks.

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