Comparing the Fastback Model 9 and Model 15xs

posted this on Apr 26, 2016

There are many features between the Fastback model 9 and 15 that are similar and many features that are very different. Apart from the substantial difference price tag, there are a number of features that distinguish these two models. This article is designed to identify the differences between the Fastback Model 9 and Model 15xs binding machines.One of the most distinct differences in these features can be found in the binding strips that the two models use. The Fastback 9 utilizes strips which include the narrow and medium LX strips. The LX narrow strip is a strip that requires a manual fold for binding. An operator needs to fold the LX strip and then place it within the machine prior to placing the document within the machine to bind. These strips have a capacity of 1/2 Inch. The medium LX strip also requires a manual fold and placement within the machine and have a binding capacity of 1″. Both strips need to be adjusted to the right along with the document that is to be bound for a proper bind. The model 9 is also capable of accommodating image strip. Unlike the model 15, the Fastback 9 can bind a document using another strip known as an image strip. This image strip offers either a custom design manufactured by Powis Parker to match corporate logos, text or images. An operator can even choose from a variety of pre-developed images to assist in matching the image needs of bound documentation.

The Fastback 15 binding machine utilizes strips that are known as Super strips. There are three distinct sizes of Super strips that are used when binding with the Fastback 15 model. The sizes encompass a narrow strip that can bind a document up to 1/2″. The Second size of strip is known as a medium strip and can bind a document up to 1″. The third size super strip is capable of binding a document that is 1 1/2″ in thickness. This strip is known as a wide strip. Another difference between the LX strips and the Super strips is the manner in which the adhesive is place on the strips themselves. The Fastback 9 model binding machine uses strips that contain the same adhesive with the exact same qualities as the Model 15; however the Super strips have the adhesive placed in such a manner as to replicate that of a bar code.

These Super strips are able to be “read” by the Fastback model 15. This gives an extreme advantage to higher volume production of bound documents verses the Fastback model 9. The model 15 is designed for high production and is capable of handling binding documents with a bind cycle from 15 – 35 seconds. The Fastback model 9 binds documents form 35 – 45 seconds. The 15 requires a warm up time of 9 minutes where as the model 9 does not require a warm up time prior to binding documents.

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