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Old 04-12-2014, 05:03 AM   #1
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Why do you guys here consider Tajima Chalk Lines the best, what makes them better than the others?
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Old 04-12-2014, 05:22 AM   #2
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Aluminum body. Nice build quality. Best of all they have the thinnest string so it snaps clear straigth lines. I believe there is also an ink version that does away with chalk altogether.

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Cleanest lines I've found, nice rewind, line holds a good amount of chalk...oh...and they last more than a month!
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I have a dead one. The inside is plastic just like any of the others. I agree, it's a nice line though. I figured it would last forever. It doesn't, I assure you.
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I have owned two. As a framer, I am really rough on chalk lines. Are they better?
Yes. Are they worth $30? Not to me. I agree with Kent. Eventually the winding mechanism starts to bind like all the rest. Durability on the outside of a chalkline is pretty much meaningless. Not many of mine have met their demise due to an exterior failure.
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I had my first one for 5 years, second for 3, current one for the past 4. I really like the sharp line it puts down. I have tried putting the taj line into a Stanley box, but it was not as good as the Taj. Worth the cash in my ipinion
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A guy I know replaces the line on the inexpensive chalk box with fly fishing line, he gets nice crisp chalk marks.
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I love it, great chalk line, nothing else to add
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Apparently you get free parts for them.
Mine worked good until i dropped it 20' onto concrete..
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Aluminum body. Nice build quality. Best of all they have the thinnest string so it snaps clear straigth lines. I believe there is also an ink version that does away with chalk altogether.
Ink? Explain how does this work? and is work good?
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Worth it to me. On my second one, first lasted a few years, so has this one. Irwins break within 6 weeks for me.

Lines are crisper as well.
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Just ordered a Chalk Rite Jam Free off amazon last nite. Will be here Tuesday with prime shipping. My Bostitch box won't snap a clean line over 8' long
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http://www.tajimatool.com/products/i...w.php?page=all

Thats the ink one. I dont have it but ive heard good things. I jus have one tajima and i have the taj lines in all the other chalk line boxes i own.
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I've got two. The red metal case and the black plastic.

It didn't seem to work very well on rough concrete footers.

I also got a little bottle of dye, I think, that came with one of the lines. Is that an additive to the chalk, or does it get used by itself?
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The knobs all wear out before ghe line ever breaks or frays. I got a bunch that that all have the knobs off. I will call the salesman on Monday and see about free parts. That Woukd be great
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The line inside is simply braided ice fishing line. You can get 100 yards for $10. 30# is a little light. I think from what I remember, 60# works great in regular boxes.

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Looks like anyone can get it at WalMart. Can't stand that place, but it's everywhere.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Power-Pro-...0-lbs/10340040
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They are like anything, If you take care of it it will last, I've had a couple for 3 years, I have a total of 5 I think.

The little knob has two tabs that hold it on, they broke on my older lines, but I PAM glued them back on they don't spin now but who cares.
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ive never had the gears chew up the string like other brands ive had have done.
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I've got two. The red metal case and the black plastic.

It didn't seem to work very well on rough concrete footers.

I also got a little bottle of dye, I think, that came with one of the lines. Is that an additive to the chalk, or does it get used by itself?
The ink is used by itself. If you got a bottle of ink with one of the boxes, you purchased an ink line not a chalk line. I use both, ink is nice for basement remodels/build outs where the lines get stepped on a lot and you forget your hairspray at home.

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