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Reader Review- ATG Comparision

by Guest Reporter Siobhan Kline

A little about guest blogger Siobhan…

I am a Mom to 3 wonderful kids, 2 fur babies, and wife to a military man. Professionally, I have a degree in nursing. In my free time, I love to create cards and scrapbook!

There has been a lot of talk about ATG guns and which one is better, etc, etc. I decided to do a comparison of the generic Tape Depot version ATG-50) and the full-up Scotch 714. Up front, I will disclose that I currently own the Tape Depot version, but I promise I will not let that guide my ‘research’!

To start, I thought I would give the specs of the guns.

ATG-50:
•Color: teal
•Weight loaded with a full roll of tape: 14.1 ounces
•Dispenses 1/4″ or 1/2″ tape

Scotch 714:
•Color: Red
•Weight loaded with a full roll of tape: 14 ounces
•Dispenses 1/4″ tape

Below you will see a series of pictures of the guns next to one another. It will give you a good idea of how they compare to one another.

As you can see, the Scotch 714 has a larger body, but interestingly enough, it weighs essentially the same at the ATG-50.

There are some minor differences in the guns.

•The trigger on the Scotch 714 is much smaller than the one on the ATG 50.

•The ATG-50 has a wider handle width by 1/4″.

•The Scotch 714 has groves on the handle, where as the ATG 50 is smooth.

•The ATG-50 does not have a cover over the take up spool like the Scotch brand does.

•The ATG-50 can dispense both 1/2″ and 1/4″ adhesive

For me, the cover over the take up spool has not been as issue at all. As you can see from the picture below, the used tape winds just fine without it. This has been a reported problem on the message board, however. In my own use, I noticed that if I did not have the tape roll loaded correctly, I had problems with my take up spool. Once corrected, it was winding pretty again. (and, let’s face it…pretty is good!) Incidentally, if you are having issues loading your ATG-50, check out this YouTube video. She does an awesome job explaining how to load it correctly!

The biggest difference I can see is related to the side of the tape roller that the tape is dispensed from. The ATG-50 dispenses from the right of the roller, whereas the Scotch 714 dispenses from the left.

I will say that as a right-handed person, the Scotch was easier to dispense from, as it was really easy to gauge where I was laying the tape. I would imagine the ATG-50 might work better for a left-handed person. I do think that one gets used to their tape gun so this may become a non-issue over time.

I do like the feel of the ATG-50 better. The handle feels better in my hand (less floppy?), perhaps because it is a little wider. I also think I prefer the larger trigger. I just feel like I can control the gun better. The handle of the ATG-50 is almost 3/4″ shorter which may contribute to a greater feeling of control as well.

What is the bottom line? I like both guns (that was highly conclusive, wasn’t it?)! I went with the ATG-50 initially because of the cost. I could not justify spending $50 including shipping on a tape gun when I could get the ATG-50 and 12 rolls of tape for $43 including the shipping. If you are on a budget, the ATG-50 will suit your needs just fine and I can’t see you being disappointed in the investment.

You can find the ATG-50 from Tape Depot here and you can find the Scotch 714 at many online retailers.

Price:
The ATG-50 is $25 and the Scotch is between $42 and $58

If you have the opportunity to try out both guns, we would love to hear about it! Send us a comment!

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CHA- Adhesives: Scotch ATG

For those of you who have waiting to take the ATG plunge, wait no more!

3M Corp is offering its support to breast cancer research through donations to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation from the sale of its new pink ATG gun. For each gun sold, the company will donate $1.20 to the foundation, with a minimum donation of $25,000.

Hey, guess what we found out… the industrial/framer version of the ATG stood for “Adhesive Transfer Gun” and when they were brainstorming name ideas for the new, pink, crafters’ version, they totally accidentally came up with a name that also had the initials ATG: Advanced Tape Glider. I’m not sure I believe it was accidental, but it makes for good party trivia. If you’re partying with crafters, anyway.

Here’s Sarah Moore getting a lesson on how to load the new, pink ATG: Advanced Tape Glider:

The pink ATG will be available at Michaels and Joann stores. MSRP $39.00; as for the tape itself, 2 rolls of the general purpose adhesive has MSRP of between $6 and $7 dollars, 2 rolls of the acid-free variety will retail for between $9 and $10. Each roll contains 36 yards of super strong adhesive. Yep, it’s the good stuff.


How excited are you about the new, pink ATG: Adhesive Tape Glider? Yeah, us too!

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On the second day

On the second day of the holidays our staff wants to see…

… 2 ATG guns and some embossing powder from ZING.

If you have done any paper crafting, or have been reading Craft Critique for a while, you’ve probably heard of the Scotch ATG Gun. If you haven’t, take a look at what we have had to say about it.

Lauren gave this adhesive rave reviews two years ago and people have returned again and again to watch Melissa’s video on how to load her ATG Gun. This handy adhesive device has even made several wish list posts each year. One of our reporters said, now that I have one, I can safely say that I’m never going back.”

If you already have an ATG gun let us know what you think of it. If not, you might want to add it to your wish list just like we did.

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