The 10 Best Date Stamps

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This wiki has been updated 25 times since it was first published in May of 2016. Despite promises about us all living and working in a paperless environment by now, it hasn't happened yet and probably never will. If, like the rest of us, you're still using hard copy documents and need to keep track of them, you may want to check out these date stamps. They're ideal for marking items as "received," "paid," and more, with customizable options for versatility. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Trodat Professional 4.0

2. ExcelMark R100

3. MaxMark XL

Editor's Notes

August 14, 2019:

Like the fax machine, the date stamp is one of those items that businesses, teachers, governmental offices, and more still need, even though much of today’s work is tracked digitally. To help folks in these situations, we’ve looked for both manual and electric date stamps. In the former category, we still think the Trodat Professional 4.0 is a good bet since it’s simple, built to last, and not overly expensive. We added the MaxMark XL, as well, which is offered with a range of messages, including deposited, faxed, and paid. Its two-color printing is clear and stands out, too. As for electric options, we’ve kept the AT-3000R Digital and added the Pyramid 3500. Both are fairly easy to set up and can be locked, so you don’t have to worry about time theft. The latter is also available in a SmartSite alignment version that makes aligning cards a breeze, although this feature does increase the price quite a bit.

Special Honors

Bidwell Rapidprint The Bidwell Rapidprint line may be pricey, but each machine is made for durability and longevity that’s hard to beat. And with an adjustable stamping force, they let you work easily with multi-copy forms.

Lathem LT5000 If you’re always in a hurry, the Lathem LT5000 might be just the tool to keep you on the move. It can print two lines in a lightning-fast 1.3 seconds, so you can stamp that big stack of documents in no time at all.

4. AT-3000R Digital

5. Sparco 4 Band

6. Trodat Printy Do It Yourself

7. MaxMark Max Dater II

8. Trodat Printy Economy

9. Pyramid 3500

10. Shiny 4-in-1 Mini

Melissa Harr
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Melissa Harr is a language-obsessed writer from Chicagoland who holds both a bachelor of arts and master of arts in English. Although she began as a TEFL teacher, earning several teaching certificates and working in both Russia and Vietnam, she moved into freelance writing to satisfy her passion for the written word. She has published full-length courses and books in the realm of arts & crafts and DIY; in fact, most of her non-working time is spent knitting, cleaning, or committing acts of home improvement. Along with an extensive knowledge of tools, home goods, and crafts and organizational supplies, she has ample experience (okay, an obsession) with travel gear, luggage, and the electronics that make modern life more convenient.

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