Vintage aluminum label-embosser kicks your labelwriter's ass:
Make's Sean Michael Ragan reviews an old-school Dymo Metal Embossing
Tapewriter he found cheap on eBay and finds it to be an eminently
satisfying piece of kit. There are modern versions but they'll cost you
lots more, and this thing is pretty much indestructible so there's no
reason not to buy a cheapo one on eBay.
But in terms of construction quality and durability, the Tapewriter is as
far removed from those cheap plastic embossers as a Mercedes is from a Kia.
It's 10″ long, weighs almost two pounds, and is made almost entirely from
cast aluminum, with steel fittings here and there, and all held together
with machine screws. The only polymer in the thing, as far as I can tell,
is a rubber friction coating on the internal tape drive wheels...
Embossed aluminum is pretty much the ultimate labeling material. Without
wanting to be morbid, there is a reason why military services around the
world choose it for personnel identification tags. Secured with mechanical
fasteners, instead of adhesives, an embossed aluminum label will stand up
for years against water, extremes of heat and cold, prolonged direct
sunlight, and any organic solvent you care to throw at it. This is a true
“industrial-grade” labeling tool, and if you can snag a used one for a
reasonable price, you can expect a lifetime of use from it.
Tool Review: Dymo Metal Embossing Tapewriter
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1/11/2012 01:29:00 PM
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