A cross fold is made by folding paper twice: first in one direction and then, on a second pass, from the side. The 2 most common are these: the basic Cross Fold (fold in half then fold that in half from the side; and the Baronial fold (fold in half and then in thirds from the side).


Photos of types of cross folds on Cross-Fold machines


Most folding machines cannot perform these folds. Some can, but have limitations. For example, Martin Yale machines require that you hand feed each sheet for the second fold.

Of those that can, there are 2 categories of machines that can perform a cross fold:

ONE PASS (2 machine) SYSTEMS


First, are one pass systems, meaning both folds are performed in one pass. These Cross Folding Systems combine 2 machines at right angles connected by a conveyor. The paper is folded by the first machine and then fed into the second machine by the conveyor for the cross fold.

1. The Formax 396 is an air-feed system that is good for larger folds, and/or glossy paper. It is very fast.

2. The PaperFolder Cross Fold System. This is a friction-feed one pass system capable of folding paper into all cross folds, including smaller sizes as inserts into small packages. It has an optional stacker that allows the operator to pause the machine and collect very small folds.





TWO PASS (performed on one machine)

We have found that the listed machines work best for this use. They are designed to perform cross folds, but cannot fold either glossy paper or down to small folds very well. The Formax machines have a guide that aids in the second fold.


Very Small Folds for Packaging

We often get calls from people needing to fold paper to very small sizes, mainly to put in product packages. The PaperFolder Cross Fold System is ideal for this purpose, particularly with the stacker.

There is no machine that will automatically fold more than one sheet together.

We recommend that you call us on this application. It can get complicated.


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Add to Compare PF-380S Automatic Paper Folder paper folder & paper folding machine

Price: $1,799.00
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Dynafold - Tabblers and Folding Machines Item #: PF-380S -

    • Automated setup for 6 folds on 6 paper sizes
    • Will handle most glossy paper-(must be tested)
    • Folds 4" x 5" to 11" x 17" paper
    • Automatically adjusts for paper thickness
    • 500 Sheet hopper
    • Can perform a Cross Fold

    Add to Compare Formax FD 346 Large Format touchscreen desktop paper folding machine paper folder

    Retail: $3,075.00
    Price: $2,767.50
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    Formax Item #: Formax-FD346 -

      • Heavy volume
      • 500 sheet hopper
      • Paper Size 3.5" x 5" to 12.25" x 18"
      • Handle glossy? No
      Photo of folds performed by Formax FD 342 paper folding machine

      Add to Compare Formax FD 382 Automated setup paper folding machine - PaperFolder.com

      Retail: $4,195.00
      Price: $3,775.50
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      Formax Item #: Formax-FD382 -

        • Heavy volume
        • 500 sheet hopper
        • Paper Size 3.5" x 5" to 12.25" x 18"
        • Handle glossy? No
        Photo of folds for Formax FD 382 paper folding machine

        Add to Compare Formax FD 38X Automated setup paper folding machine - PaperFolder.com

        Retail: $4,795.00
        Price: $4,315.50
        Availability: In Stock
        Formax Item #: Formax-FD38X -

          • Heavy volume
          • 500 sheet hopper
          • Paper Size 3.5" x 5" to 12.25" x 18"
          • Handle glossy? No
          Photos of folds performed by FD 38X folding machine

          Add to Compare Formax FD 390 Air-Feed Folder - PaperFolder.com
          Price: $9,495.00
          Availability: Built when ordered - 35-45 days
          Formax Item #: Formax-FD390 -

            • Heavy volume
            • 350 sheet hopper
            • Paper Size 3.5" x 5 to 14" x 20"
            • Handle glossy? yes
            Photo of 7 folds of air feed folder

            Add to Compare PaperFolder Cross Fold System paper folder & paper folding machine
            Price: $11,706.00
            Availability: Built when ordered - 2-3 wk lead time
            PaperFolder Co. Item #: PF-CFS -

              • Create a cross fold in one pass
              • Fold paper from 3" x 5" to 11" x 17"
              • Fold into very small sizes
              • Up to 7000 folds per hour
              • 6 fold plates for more types of folds
              • Largest variety of possible folds


              Add to Compare Formax FD 396 Right-Angle Air-Feed Folder - PaperFolder.com
              Price: $22,790.00
              Availability: Built when ordered - 35-45 days
              Formax Item #: Formax-FD396 -