A cross fold is also known as a right angle fold. It 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).

Most folding machines have 2 fold plate which allows them to perform 2 folds on a sheet of paper, normally in thirds, but as small as 1/4 of the sheet length. The smallest they can fold and perform a cross fold is into thirds.

A different type of folding machine called a pharmaceutical folder has 4 fold plates, so it can fold paper into smaller sizes, down to 1/8 of a sheet of paper. However due to the thickness of the paper, the smallest cross fold they can perform is 1/6 of the paper on the first fold, then into thirds. So the smallest for a letter size piece of paper would be 2.84" x 3.7" on the more common 2 plate machine, but down to 1.84" x 3.7 on the 4 plate machines.

PLEASE NOTE: NO MACHINE CAN FOLD MORE THAN ONE PIECE OF PAPER AT A TIME AUTOMATICALLY. THESE FOLDS ARE PERFORMED ON ONE SHEET OF PAPER AT A TIME.


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 RIGHT ANGLE (CROSS) FOLD SYSTEMS

First are one pass systems. 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 PaperFolder Right Angle Fold System

This is a one pass system capable of folding non-glossy paper into smaller sizes such as inserts into small packages. How? Because the first machine is a pharmaceutical folder with 4 fold plates that can perform up to 4 folds vs regular folding machines that can perform 2. So the first machine can fold paper down to 1/6 of its length vs. 1/3 for other machines. This is the machine to get if you need to fit the folded sheet into a small package.



It also has an optional stacker that allows the operator to pause the machine and collect very small folds.





2. The Baum Right Angle Fold System

This is a one-pass right-angle air-feed system especially good for high volume and/or glossy paper. It is very fast. It can cross fold paper into sizes 1/2 to 1/3 of the size of the paper.




TWO PASS CROSS FOLD SYSTEMS

(performed on one machine)

The other machines capable of performing a cross fold do it in 2 passes. You put it through once for the first fold, and then again from the side for the second. 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 fold paper into a size smaller than 1/3 of the paper size. The Formax machines have a guide that aids in the second fold.


All cross fold machines are listed below.

They vary greatly in capabilities. Call us with your application for a recommendation.


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

Price: $1,849.00
Availability: In Stock
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
    Availability: In Stock
    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
      Availability: In Stock
      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 Baum XLT Air-Feed Folder - PaperFolder.com
          Price: $9,495.00
          Availability: Built when ordered - 2-3 wk lead time
          Baum Item #: Baum-714XLT -

            • Air Feed
            • Heavy volume
            • 350 sheet hopper
            • Paper Size 3.5" x 5 to 14" x 20"
            • Handle glossy? yes
            • Very Fast
            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
              • Machine is set up before delivery for your job


              Add to Compare Formax FD 396 Right-Angle Air-Feed Folder - PaperFolder.com
              Price: $19,500.00
              Availability: Built when ordered - 35-45 days
              Baum Item #: Baum714XLT-8-Page -

                • 2 machine right angle folding system with conveyor
                • One pass
                • AIr feed can handle glossy stock
                • Very fast
                • Fold up to 14 x 20 inch paper
                • Fold in thirds or half both ways
                • Includes on-site setup and training