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Fastback® 20 Binding Machine

Item #: 04MODEL20FB

Our Expert has Rated this product with 5 Stars   1 Expert Review  |  Click to Read Review

Customers and staff are raving about the Fastback® 20 binding machine, one of the simplest, fastest, and most attractive ways to bind books of all kinds, including presentations, manuals, reports, proposals, and so much more. In 3 simple steps, and just a few seconds, you can turn loose pages from 10 to 350 sheets into a professionally bound book that offers lay-flat and fold-over reading options, with a strong hold, and without damaging the spine. The binding is completely automatic, and there is no hassling with punching pages; to make books with the Fastback® Model 20, just follow these simple steps:

   ①  Place your pages into the machine.
   ②  Press the green "bind" button.
   ③  Insert the Super Strip™ or Image Blank™ binding strip.

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Product Description

The Fastback® Model 20 was designed with the operator in mind, featuring an LCD display screen that guides the users through each step using animated illustration. Extremely simple to use, the Fastback® 20 binding machine automatically adjusts the settings depending on the binding strip that is being used, so you don't have to hassle with manual machine adjustments. You can even edit your tape bound books by re-heating them and either removing or inserting sheets.

One of the most important aspects of business is how you present your company to your clients, business partners, and suppliers. With professionally-bound tape books using the Powis Fastback® Model 20 book binders, you can make a statement, and a striking first impression. It is perfect for offices that want to make their own documents, and can run all day long, making it a good fit for print shops who need to offer these premium-bound books to their clients.

In addition to the standard Super Strips™, you can also use the Powis Model 20 with Image Blank™ strips, that you can customize with your own printer to offer on-demand custom branding. With the Fastback® Model 20 thermal binding machine you can create professionally bound books quickly, and easily. There is no formal training required, so everyone in your office can use the machine without worry. Just pair with the binding strip of choice, and you can start making presentations, manuals, mailers, and other documents of all kinds.


Item # 04MODEL20FB
Manufacturer Powis Parker
Brand Name Fastback®
Manufacturer Part Number FB20
Product Weight (lbs) 57
Shipping Weight (lbs) 68
Shipping Information This item ships via Truck (Common Carrier). Free dock to dock truck shipping is available for qualifying orders. It is the responsibility of the Consignee (receiver) to remove the product from the truck. If you do not have a loading dock or any other means to lift the freight off the truck and/or you need assistance bringing the product inside of your location please call (866) 537-2244. Click here for full details.
Suggested User Medium Office, Large Office
Binding Style Fastback Binding
Operating Method Binding: Electric Push Button]
Binding Operation Electric
Capacity Minimum: 10 Sheets [20 lb. Bond Paper]
Maximum: 350 Sheets [20 lb. Bond Paper]
Compatible Supplies & Accessories Super Strips™ for Model 20
Image Blank™ Printable Binding Strips
Power Voltage 115V
Dimensions 23" D x 23.55" W x 9" H
Certifications UL, CE, CUL, MITI, FCC, KCC
Manufacturer's Warranty 1 Year Limited
Punch & Bind Capability No Punching Required
Maximum Binding Edge Minimum: 5 ½"
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

Very good binderReview by Tom
Very impressed with how easy this is. Our whole office loves it. Thank you! (Posted on 4/14/17)
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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