I'd used many tape runners and searched for the best adhesives at the best prices. I stopped searching when I heard the buzz a few years ago over the ATG gun and its adhesive and purchased one. I've since given out many recommendations for it myself, and I use this gun every time I craft.
First off, don't let the size scare you. It's lightweight and well-balanced. Framers have been using this gun for years and if there were issues with it, it would have been criticized well before the time that it became popular with scrappers and cardmakers. For those with small hands who are worried about its size, don't be. A child's hand can easily grasp the handle and pull the trigger to lay down a strip of adhesive--you're not grabbing the whole thing! :-)
The adhesive is great, almost too great in that once something is stuck down, it's not easy to move it. I've been using this for about three years now, and cards that I made from back when I first started using the ATG are still holding together nicely. Since it holds so well, I can use less of it, too. The 1/4" size is definitely plenty.
The adhesive comes on nice big rolls of 36 yards, so running out of it in the middle of a project doesn't happen often. When it does happen, it's fairly easy to reload. There are arrows inside the ATG itself which show exactly how to thread the new roll of tape. There's also very little waste, just the strip of paper that the glue transfer came on and a small plastic ring. It's nice not to have to send disposable plastic tape dispensers and/or their refills to the landfills. A couple of years ago I also did a cost comparison of the ATG vs tape runner refills--the ATG refills were cheaper by far, with others costing on the order of 3x as much per yard. Also, if your tape happens to break, with the ATG you can just rethread it--with tape runners or cartridge refills, you end up having to toss whatever was left on the roll.
If there's a downside to the ATG, it's that it might be a little tougher for lefties to use it. The tape runs on the left edge of the roller, so it's easy to see exactly where you're laying down your glue if the gun is in your right hand. It's not as easy if it's in your left, though my daughter is a lefty and she uses the ATG without any problems. Okay, and the ATG isn't very pretty as is, but you can alter it--paint it, stamp on it, add some rub-ons and bling and you have your own personalized ATG.
I highly recommend the Scotch ATG 714--it's been one of the best investments that I've made for my crafting and has more than paid for itself in terms of savings in cost of refills and in ease of use. Love it!
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!
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.