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The Chalk-Rite chalk boxes have the best design features I've used and durability is great
on April 12, 2015
The Chalk-Rite chalk boxes have the best design features I've used and durability is great. That said, I returned this particular model because in practical use, this cheaper plastic/rubber model has been sort of dumbed down from the Chalk-RiteII in ways that may seem superficial but in practice are - for me, the way I use chalk lines - deal breakers. The most obvious is that it is significantly larger and bulkier in physical size than the diecast aluminum version (Chalk-Rite II). I want something compact that I can slip in and out of my bags easily, quickly, effortlessly. The sleeker aluminum version handles better in my opinion. This leads to the second point, that it is entirely wrapped on the sides and rear in sticky rubber. Depending on your usage this may be an asset but in my usage, the ability to slide it across a work piece to a partner or slip it into my bags without getting caught up overrides the desire for better grip. The thick rubber also adds to the bulk. Again, great features in concept, but in practice, I much prefer the aluminum versions, despite their expense. Tajima's winder design is awesome, and the braided line holds chalk, is more durable, and snaps better than traditional cotton lines.