The versatile Powis Fastback® Model 9 Binding Machine is a compact, user-friendly, and affordable tape binding machine. With just a 13" x 19.5" footprint, it is small enough to fit in almost any office environment. Although small in stature, the Model 9 is a powerful machine that is fast enough to produce finished books 3.5 times faster than other traditional punching and binding methods. The Powis 9 works with the LX Strip™ tape binding strips to produce professional-quality books from 10 to 250 sheets thick in just 35 to 40 seconds (plus cooling time), making it perfect for short-run and occasional jobs.
|Manufacturer Part Number||FB9|
|Product Weight (lbs)||17|
|Shipping Weight (lbs)||22|
|Suggested User||Small Office, Medium Office|
|Binding Style||Fastback Binding|
|Capacity||Minimum: 10 Sheets [20 lb. Bond Paper]
Maximum: 250 Sheets [20 lb. Bond Paper]
|Compatible Supplies & Accessories||LX Strips™ for Model 9|
|Dimensions||13" D x 19.5" W x 11" H|
|Certifications||UL, CE, CUL, MITI, FCC|
|Manufacturer's Warranty||1 Year Limited|
|Punch & Bind Capability||No Punching Required|
|Maximum Binding Edge||Minimum: 8 ½"
Fastback® 9 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.
I RECOMMEND THIS FOR:
The Fastback® 9 is a less expensive alternative to the Fastback® 20, accomplishing the same beautifully finished tape bound spine, but at a much more reasonable price. Because of a few more manual requirements, I recommend this machine for offices who might need to make several presentations as often as every day, but not as frequently as throughout the entire day. If you need the machine to run every day, then I strongly recommend upgrading to the Fastback® 20.
WHAT I LIKE:
What I like about the Model 9 tape binder is how easy it is to use. There is no punching, inserting or bind closing required… in fact, it is as easy as just folding the tape strip, placing it in the machine, placing your book block on top of it, pressing the bind button, then letting it cool for 3 minutes. That’s all it takes to make a professionally finished tape stripe book, so you can imagine that there is very little training needed, making it a great office machine that is accessible for multiple users.
As a crazy purple girl, I also love the look of the machine (check out some of my color inspiration on Pinterest). It is clean, pretty, and will look great in any office environment.
THINGS TO CONSIDER:
A retail price of just under $2,000 can cause some sticker shock at first glance, however, the ease-of-use and the speed of binding can pay for itself quickly. And for general office use, this is much less expensive that it’s bigger sister, the Fastback® 20, that retails for more than double, just under $4,300.
You may also want to consider that, even though this machine is very easy to use, and pretty fast (binding books in about just 5 minutes, depending on the user), it does require more steps and more manual handling than the Model 20. For example, you need to fold the strip prior to placing it on the machine, whereas with the Model 20 you do not. You also have to place the strip down and gently set your book block into it; static and other factors could cause a little hassle trying to get the strip to sit properly before you put the book block in. For the Model 20, however, it will automatically pull the strip into the machine (you do not have to fold the strip first).
THE BOTTOM LINE:
Spending just under $2,000 on a binding machine can be daunting on paper, but please watch our video(s), and see just how easy it is to make these professionally-bound tape books. When comparing the speed alone to a more traditional method, such as comb, wire or coil, a tape binding machine like the Model 9 could greatly increase production. It is also insanely easy to use, so anyone in the office can bind presentations as-needed, without having to hassle a mechanic or trained staff member… anyone can do it (even your kids during take your kids to work day).
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