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Tajima CR301JF Chalk-Rite Jam Free Chalk Snap Line Box
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2010
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I previously owned a similiar Tajima chalk line that was red and I thought it was great.I even bought them for my crew when I was framing houses in California. I lost that red one and when it came time to replace it I of course thought of Tajima. When shopping online for a new one I saw the old red one and this one too. This one was a bit cheaper so I chose it. After using it a couple times I realized it is as good or better than the more expensive red one. Sometimes when I fill a chalk line full of chalk the first several times I use it extra chalk spills out around the area you want your line, (annoying). I filled this one chock full and no extra chalk spillage and the line is thin, neat and crisp. Bottom line this is the best line. It also has a couple little features that are nice. A place to hold the hook, a locking button for the line when you have pulled it out to the extent you want and fast rewind. The line itself is strong and thin and the hook is large and durable. I've never had the line frey and break off the hook like the Stanley versions often do. It's a good tool. I would also recommend using Tajima chalk.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2010
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I am a full time carpenter and purchased this chalk box 4 months ago (under my wife's name). The box is unbeatable for the price. It holds plenty of chalk and is not nearly as messy as other boxes I have had. The hook is very useful and the line is strong & thin, which makes for a very clean line. The only draw back to the thin line is that it stretches a lot and can make snapping a line that is longer than thirty feet a little more challenging. All in all, a great bang for the buck.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon September 21, 2012
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I can't rave about this chalk line box. I struggled with the line lock inadvertently locking, it did jam from time to time especially during rewind, like all chalk boxes you have to shake it to get good coverage. In the end I asked myself was it worth the extra money if I was still tripping the line lock, still jamming on rewind and still shaking the box after a weak line. I found myself dealing with all the issues I did with a box at nearly half the price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2014
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For a high-end chalk box, I would expect more. The thin string is nice but the little piece of felt inside doesn't do it's job of keeping excess chalk inside the box. When pulling the line out, this thing turns into a chalk fountain! Pointing it up doesn't help any. Keep a bottle of chalk handy as you will be wearing most of it!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Everything about this chalkline is superior to any other chalkline I've used in the past. From the clip, line, and reel, to the fold down handle, every feature is better. When snapping, the line comes out with a clearly distinct mark that's 1/2 to 1/3 the width of other lines. Refilling the chalk is a snap (no pun intended) you just twist off the top and you have plenty of room to stick the tip of the chalk container in. My only problem with this chalkline is 1)getting used to the locking feature , that allows you to easily use the "box" to pull the line tight. 2) The size. It's quite bulky, doesn't fit in my toolpouch without compromising my access to nails or other tools I keep in my pouch.
I recommend this chalkline for it's overall superior performance, but you won't like it's size.
Kim Lemon, carpenter for 35 years
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2011
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This is a wonderful chalk like. I build post frame metal buildings. This chalk line comes in very handy when we mark the nailers so that we can screw or nail the metal on. It is best for making at great line when we are ready to put our different trims on. It gives a great thin line (this one has the bold line in it)to set our trim to.

There are a couple of downsides. 1. more difficult to use in the wind. 2. the hook is pretty soft it bends easily, but the rubber is nice so it doesn't scratch.

Other than that I am extremly pleased with my purchase!!!!
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2009
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I bought 6 of these for the guys building my house and they absolutely love them. The braided line gives a more precise line than the other string lines. The rewind feature is fast with no tangles or knots. You will be happy with this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2014
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I have used every decent chalk line they sell at the big home stores. All of them are inferior to this one.
Why i like the Tajima CR301JF.
1) Very smooth and easy wind up
2) Doesn't spill lots of chalk when line is pulled out
3) Line holds chalk very well
4) Reel lock comes in handy, no need to wrap line around finger to pull line tight. also keeps line from pulling out when chalk box is in your pouches.

I have been doing carpentry work for 15 years and this hands down is the best chalk box I have ever used. After letting co-workers use my chalk line two of them have ordered one for themselves. You wont regret purchasing this product.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2014
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After repeatedly buying the junk chalk boxes at the big box stores, I finally decided to spend some extra money on a Tajima. Lets run down the great features of this box: braided line that picks up chalk on the first pull and snaps clean lines, nifty little line lock that automatically unlocks when winding, large winding handle that is easy to use (even with gloves on), large durable end hook and easy opening fill port for chalk. I don't really have anything negative to say about this chalk box, my only concern is the durability of the locking mechanism.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2011
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I have used many different chalk lines over the years, and have always been disappointed with the quality. They never last and sometimes don`t even work right from day one. These, however live up to the expectations! Best chalkline I have ever used and the only one I would ever buy again. Easy to fill, snaps perfect lines repeatedly - even when snapping 7 or 8 lines between reeling in, and reels in smooth and fast. The hook holder works great, and the thumb lock is so easy to use! Fantastic product!
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