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Fastback® 20 Binding Machine

Item #: 04MODEL20FB

Our Expert has Rated this product with 5 Stars   1 Expert Review  |  Read an industry-professional's opinion below

The Fastback® Model 20 Binding Machine is a versatile binding machine capable of tape binding as well as hard book binding. This machine is powerful enough to handle small to large jobs. You can produce professionally bound books in seconds; about 3 times quicker than the other traditional binding methods. Buy the Fastback® 20 binding machine online today - is a great fit for corporate offices, financial institutions, copy shops, print environments, and schools.


Product Description

The Fastback® Model 20 was designed with the operator in mind.  An LCD display guides the user through each step using animated illustration.  The machine automatically adjusts the setting depending on the binding strip being used.  You can even edit the tape bound books by re-heating them and either removing or inserting sheets.  Maintaining the machine is simple too, due to the Teflon-coated heating platens.  

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Name Fastback® 20 Binding Machine
Item # 04MODEL20FB
Shipping Weight (lbs) 68
Product Weight (lbs) 57
Manufacturer Part Number FB20
Manufacturer Powis Parker
Capacity Minimum: 10 Sheets [20 lb. Bond Paper]
Maximum: 350 Sheets [20 lb. Bond Paper]
Model Fastback® Model 20
Operating Method Binding: Electric [Push Button]
Compatible Supplies Fastback® Super Strips™ for Model 20
Power Voltage 115V
Dimensions 23" D x 23.55" W x 9" H
Certifications UL
Manufacturer's Warranty 1 Year Limited
Color Purple
Type Fastback® Tape Binding
Punch & Bind Capability No [Binding Only]
Maximum Binding Edge Minimum: 5-1/2"
Maximum: 12"

Expert Reviews

Expert Reviewer: Mallory, Editor at BUY101Fastback® 20 Binding Machine Review
by Mallory Morsa
Hi! I am Mallory and I am the editor here at BUY101. I have been with the team since 2008, where I started out as a customer service representative, learning the in's and out's of every product we offer. I then moved into a roll of product management that required even more product research as well as new product training, sharing my extensive product and industry knowledge with our entire BUY101 team, and now, with you in my honest reviews.

Powis Fastback 20 Expert Review by Mallory Morsa

The Fastback® 20 from Powis is an awesome tape binding machine that I recommend for offices and shops that need to tape bind documents as frequently as every day, throughout the day, for client presentations, manual creation and so much more. If you’re looking for a Fastback tape binder that does not need to be used every day, check out the Fastback® 9 instead.

What I like most about this binding machine, and tape binding in general, is how easy the machines are to use. The model 20, for example, is a heavy duty machine that can be run all day long, but you would never think that based on the simplicity; at least for me, when I think of an all-day binding machine, I think of complicated book binders that require a lot of knowledge and mechanical training. This is not the case here. Seriously, all you have to do is place your pages (cover included) into the machine, press the big green button, and insert the tape strip.

As a purple fanatic, I also love the look of the machine (check out some of my color inspiration on Pinterest). It is clean, attractive, and will fit well into any office environment. I actually think it is such a pretty piece of machinery that it will grab attention and be a centerpiece in your workroom.

And of course, the speed is a huge plus here... thermal tape strip binding is typically as much as three times faster than other traditional binding solutions, such as spiral coil and wire binding. There is no learning curve with this tape binder, and you can make as few as a single presentation in less than a minute… perfect for that last-minute client or on-the-go salesperson with a tight schedule.

If you are torn between the Model 9 and Model 20, you should also consider the fact that the Model 20 offers more versatility, allowing for use with ImageBlank™ strips that can be customized by you with any standard printer. This lets you make a presentation for a specific client, branded for them, without the high production costs of having a short-run outsourced at a print shop.

The price is, of course, the main concern. It can be difficult to get an amount like this approved by purchasing for the office. But when you consider the time it saves, the ease of document transportation with the lay-flat finish, and how insanely easy it is to use, the benefits may outweigh the sticker shock. That’s the only thing I have to “consider”, because I really do love this machine!

I know that the price point of the Model 20 may cause some sticker shock, but before you turn away be sure to weigh all the benefits this machine has to offer. I am really impressed with just how easy it is to use, making it accessible by literally anyone in the office (even kids during take your kids to work day), and how much durability and production-speed it offers. It is a workhorse of a machine that will last for years, and allows for the ability to do small runs and save a lot of money in the long run.

I hope this review has helped inform you of how highly I think of this machine, and that with the information, you can make an informed decision with confidence. Thanks for reading! TTFN: Ta ta for now!

User Reviews

Really Awesome Tape Binding Machine!Review by Justin S.
This tape binder is AWESOME! It was ready to use, pretty much straight out of the box, and is so fast (takes most of us just 10-15 seconds per book) and automated that my whole staff can use it with no problem. I love the flexibility that the tape binding offers, and the fact that they bind really flat, so when sales people take presentations on the road they are easier to transport and the binding can't be damaged (I use to use twin look wire, so I know the hassle of a bent binding spine). I love how automated it is too, and that there's no heat-up time... when we need to use it, we just get to it and it's ready to work hard for us! The initial investment was high, but I already think it has paid for itself in our case (bought it in January). (Posted on 4/27/16)

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