I've been through almost every kind of tape runner that is produced for scrapbooking, and found fault with almost all of them. My Scotch ATG 714, however, is hands down the best tape runner or gun I've used. First, the cost is extremely low compared to other runners. Second, it is very easy to load and use. There is a little bit of wrist action you have to learn when "releasing" the end of a run of tape, but other than that it's pretty much intuitive. Third, since each roll of tape is 36 YARDS long, I don't have to constantly keep adding refills. I've gone for two 6 hour crops on the same roll of tape with some left to spare. I also like that the refill produces very little waste- just the tiny core and the backing paper is disposed of. I've disliked other tape runners that seem to replace half the mechanism when you install a new refill.
I had heard from some people that the Scotch ATG gun could be considered awkward and hard to load, but I did not find this to be the case at all. First, I thought loading was pretty easy. There are markings on the inside of the gun that make it clear how the tape feeds though there. Granted, it's not as easy as a refillable cartridge of adhesive, but it's a lot more cost effective. And I think using it is really straightforward. And it never gums up or jams, which I think actually makes it easier to use than the smaller refillable adhesive applicators which often gum up or jam. I have been using mine for almost two months now and I still have tons of adhesive left on my first roll.
For years I've wanted an adhesive dispenser that was large enough to hold lots of adhesive with a very user-friendly applicator. When I saw this tool for the first time I wondered where it was going to fit on my drawing table and how well it would fit in my hand. I'm happy to report that it's balanced, fits comfortably in my hand and stores well at my table when not in use. I can always find it among the piles of paper and supplies I work with too.
I was astounded at the number of layouts I was able to complete with one roll of tape. The dispenser is easy to reload because of the embossed diagram on the discarded tape side (when you remover the paper backing roll you'll see it). When you put a new roll of tape onto the right-side wheel you'll have no problems following the diagram.
I really like the press, release and lock trigger and once you get the hang of it you can place adhesive quite accurately.
If you don't like the color of the casing, you can paint it with Krylon spray paint made for plastics. I saw where a user in our Gallery had done this and then added rub ons.
Great for right and left-handed use.
The Scotch 3M ATG 714 Adhesive Gun ROCKS!!!!!
I have taught and demonstrated scrapbooking and general crafts all over the country, and used every manufacturer of adhesive.......I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!
It seems bulky and akward looking when you look at it, then when you put it in your hand it isn't so bad..then you use it and are like, WOW!
You must practice for a minute or two at first to get the feel for it, but once you have a good grip on how it works and feels, you will be amazed at how fast you can zip through a page! I use it for cards, pages, and other paper projects too. The refill rolls last forever, and the application is so precise without YOU have to be careful!
Two thumbs and two big toes up to Scotch for this one. I actually was at the booth trying it during CHA, when the girl who helped them develope it came up and showed me exactly how to use it. WONDERFUL!
I have used every tape runner that I could get my hands on. With one simple hope. That I can finish a complete project without running out of tape.
I am so grateful to the ladies in my scrapbook club. That is where I discovered this awesome applicator. The only thing that I did dislike at first was the size. However, the adjustment did not take long. It is so light weight, that I take it to all of my scrap clubs.
This tape gun is totally worth the money. The adhesive is awesome. I don't have to worry about my photos or embelishements falling off. Nor do I worry about running out of tape in the middle of a layout.
If you have not bought one, I would highly recommend this product. Not only will you save money in buying so many refills. You will be able to make several layouts and projects from just one refill. Buy it, you won't regret it!