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weak sauce laminator,
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This review is from: Scotch Thermal Laminator 2 Roller System (TL901) (Office Product)
purchased this for $19.99 when on sale, and used it in conjunction with two other laminators to laminate 500 name tags for a church retreat.
the other two laminators were heavy duty with a variable knob, and required a sleeve for each pouch. this scotch thermal laminator, without a sleeve, was still not hot enough to laminate a 5 mil laminating pouch. even after waiting 20 minutes for it to warm up, there would be splotches where the laminate pouch would not adhere because there was insufficient heat.
the specs say that it's supposed to be able to laminate up to a 5 mil pouch, but in my experience, it can't handle the job. we ended up not using this laminator, and relying on the other two. in addition, the housing is made out of cheap plastic.
my guess is that others who are rating this unit 5 stars probably are using a 3 mil or thinner pouch.
i regret buying this laminator. if you hope to use this laminator for 5 mil pouches, save your time, money and frustration and pay a little more for a better unit.
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Initial post: Jan 22, 2011 6:29:25 AM PST
What brand are the other 2 you have? I was thinking of purchasing this for 5 mil pouches, so good to know!
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 3, 2011 7:06:38 PM PST
one is a no namer, but it's fairly rugged, does pouches just a little bigger than business card size, variable heat knob.
the other one is heavy duty, wide, variable heat knob, and it's by gbc, or general binding corporation. the company has a website.
hope that helps.
Posted on Sep 25, 2011 7:20:48 AM PDT
K. Larson says:
I am looking at this because it's today's DOTD. What does "weak sauce" mean? (Sorry, I live in the upper midwest).
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2011 7:36:28 AM PDT
Hello K. Larson,
I's a colloquialism comparing an item or individual to the "mild" sauce found at Taco Bell; weak, insignificant, attempting to be like the other hot sauces, but not living up to expectations.
The unit does not work for laminating 5 mill pouches, if you're using 3 mill it should work okay.
Hope this helps,
Posted on Dec 9, 2011 4:36:12 AM PST
I use Scotch brand, 5 mil. pouches all the time with mine and never once have I had a problem. I have laminated well over 1,000 items and haven't had a single failure. Maybe you should switch to the Scotch brand pouches to be sure they are really 5 mil and not heavier.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2011 7:57:50 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 9, 2011 9:10:49 AM PST
sure, if you want to pay $3.99 for 20 overpriced pouches (20˘ each). and actually, the scotch brand pouches did not work either, even without using a sleeve.
i laminate about 500 each run, and i only pay $14 for 500 pouches (3˘ each from laminator dot com). scotch pouches are almost 7 times more expensive.
no problem at all with my other two non-scotch laminators.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2011 8:32:56 AM PST
G. Colin Mulcahy says:
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2011 1:02:11 PM PST
Mystery Maven says:
With all the positive reviews, maybe you just got an odd-off faulty product.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2011 2:07:40 PM PST
mystery man, yes it's possible. but then that says something about scotch's quality control.
the unit is cheap plastic, my other two laminators are made out of a hefty metal.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2011 9:18:56 PM PST
Sorry you had a bad experience but mine has been great for over 2 years using 5 mil pouches.