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DYMO 12966 Mechanical Embosser with Tape

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3.2 out of 5 stars 197 customer reviews
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  • Ergonomically designed for ease of use and modern look. Intuitive turn and click labeling system.
  • Prints letters, numbers and symbols with an extra degree of comfort and convenience.
  • No batteries needed. Stands on workbench or desk.
  • Includes one pre-loaded12-foot by 3/8-inch wide embossing tape.
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Ergonomically designed for ease of use and modern look. Intuitive turn and click labeling system. Prints letters, numbers and symbols with an extra degree of comfort and convenience. No batteries needed. Stands on workbench or desk. Includes one pre-loaded12-foot by 3/8-inch wide embossing tape.

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  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6.2 x 3.8 inches ; 12.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B0000AQOD3
  • Item model number: 12966
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 197 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,113 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Style Name: classicItem Package Quantity: 1
I had the same experience as some of the other one star reviewers. Namely, the label maker worked like a champ for a few days, then it abruptly quit embossing or cutting.

Now, I have a philosophy which has served me well, but it may or may not work out for others: if a device is broken to the point that it's about to go live with Dr. Trashcan and I have nothing to lose by taking it apart, I take it apart. Even if I don't manage to fix the device, I get to see how it works. When I took apart the label maker, I found about what one might expect: some little slivers of embossing tape stuck within the embossing wheel, jamming it up. Once I removed them and reassembled the label maker, its embossing feature worked again, although its cutter doesn't function as well as it did before this whole debacle.

If your label maker is broken beyond hope and you want to try this yourself, here's what I did:
1. Get out a smallish Phillips screwdriver and remove the two screws on the underside of the label maker. Place them in a bowl so they won't get lost.
2. Get out a long, slender flat blade screwdriver, the type one isn't supposed to use as a pry bar. Using your fingers, pull the grey embossing wheel assembly away from the black support on the bottom. You will find that the embossing wheel assembly doesn't wish to detach from the black bottom support. From the front of the label maker, jam the screwdriver into the gap thus formed, all the way to the back by the handle where the embossing wheel assembly won't detach.
3. With the screwdriver - yes, the very screwdriver one shouldn't use as a prying device - pry the grey embossing wheel away from the black bottom assembly.
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Style Name: classicItem Package Quantity: 1
This Dymo Express Pro label maker was affordable and does what I expected it to, so I'm satisfied. I prefer this old-school retro label maker style, over the newer white tape, black lettering labels commonly used in offices, etc. For me, there's no need for ultra high-tech keypads, digital readouts & other bells and whistles when all I need is an occasional label for the home or garage. The quality on this item seems rugged and the design is relatively comfortable and sleek. My only disappointment is that there is no ampersand ( & ) character, but fortunately I and most people know how to spell the word "AND".
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Style Name: classicItem Package Quantity: 1
Dymo(R) Express Pro™ Handheld EmbosserTape will not stick to any thing but paper. Worked for hours makeing labels for craft items, by the next day they had all fallen off. Tried it on pottery canisters, same story. By the time I got done making all my labels the darn label maker was not cutting tape and extremely difficult to turn to various letters. It is now in the land fill.
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Style Name: classicItem Package Quantity: 1 Verified Purchase
I got this to use with my scrapbooking. I just cut a 3/8 inch length of cardstock (preferably white core or Core'dinations), run it thru the labeler and have a cute little strip of words custom made to work with my lay out. It is great. I love that it packs so easily in my bags too.
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By Seji on May 4, 2007
Style Name: classicItem Package Quantity: 1
If you've ever wished you were more organized, then this may just be the product that makes your day. With Dymo Embosser labeler, I make labels for just about everything, get organized! Labels are fun, embosser labels are even more fun!

However, do not use it on hot surface, such as power adapter. The letters will flatten away, according to my experience. ;)
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Style Name: classicItem Package Quantity: 1 Verified Purchase
This is a great little label maker. It works just as you'd imagine, and has that retro funk the newer, more expensive label printers lack. It squeezes easily, but feels a little cheap.

TIPS:
Squeeze with just a tiny bit more force than you have to, to get the letter to show up perfectly.
Always type a SPACE after the last letter so the space from the tape to the letter edge is the same on both sides.

NOTE:
There are a few common characters that this DOESN'T have, including: * & + % : ; ( ) [ ]
The lack of parenthesis and colons means no emoticons. :(

Anyone who scrapbooks, or is obsessed with organizing, should definitely have one of these.
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Style Name: classicItem Package Quantity: 1 Verified Purchase
Basically it does what it supposed to do, make a label. Missing 2 stars for the folowing reasons: The letters are spread quite far apart, probably in the hope that you'll run out of tape sooner and have to buy more (I just use it to label external hard drives, so the 3 included rolls will last me literally years anyway, if they don't have a shelf life). Also the included tape is not very sticky (does adhesive really cost that much?) and in a 80+ degree room or 50- degree room (think garage with no climate control) they will fall off. I ended up super-glueing them on. Overall this was the cheapest there was on amazon so I guess this should be expected.
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Style Name: classicItem Package Quantity: 1
This type of labeler has fallen out of fashion given the new digital labelers. Had a digital labeler but found the labels hard to remove. Wanted the old style label maker like this one. Very happy I found this. This little device works and works away. Also one does not need batteries so batteries can be used for something else saving you money. The labels are easy to remove as well with little residue left behind unlike those nasty digital label makers.

This is what I have learned:

1. Sometimes little pieces of the label do break off and jam the pinwheel. But these can be easily removed from the pinwheel. If you keep pressing, the pinwheel seems to spit them out far enough so you can get a hold of it and pull it out.

2. Do not apply too much pressure to avoid breaking the handle. (This is for the men who are using it! I doubt this is a concern for the women folk given their gentle touch.

3. Be patient. The device needs training. Work the letters and number all around the pinwheel several times and do not grumble about wasting tape. This calibrates the device so all the numbers and letters are able to form better letters and numbers.

4. It makes no difference whether you always turn the pinwheel one way for each new letter selection or back and forth. (Some maintain it should be turned only one way to avoid "clogs".)

5. When the machine is new, it takes a period of breaking in.

6. If you treat your new little friend with care and compassion, your new friend will serve you well for years to come.

Enjoy!
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