For years I've wanted an adhesive dispenser that was large enough to hold lots of adhesive with a very user-friendly applicator. When I saw this tool for the first time I wondered where it was going to fit on my drawing table and how well it would fit in my hand. I'm happy to report that it's balanced, fits comfortably in my hand and stores well at my table when not in use. I can always find it among the piles of paper and supplies I work with too.
I was astounded at the number of layouts I was able to complete with one roll of tape. The dispenser is easy to reload because of the embossed diagram on the discarded tape side (when you remover the paper backing roll you'll see it). When you put a new roll of tape onto the right-side wheel you'll have no problems following the diagram.
I really like the press, release and lock trigger and once you get the hang of it you can place adhesive quite accurately.
If you don't like the color of the casing, you can paint it with Krylon spray paint made for plastics. I saw where a user in our Gallery had done this and then added rub ons.
Great for right and left-handed use.
I've been through almost every kind of tape runner that is produced for scrapbooking, and found fault with almost all of them. My Scotch ATG 714, however, is hands down the best tape runner or gun I've used. First, the cost is extremely low compared to other runners. Second, it is very easy to load and use. There is a little bit of wrist action you have to learn when "releasing" the end of a run of tape, but other than that it's pretty much intuitive. Third, since each roll of tape is 36 YARDS long, I don't have to constantly keep adding refills. I've gone for two 6 hour crops on the same roll of tape with some left to spare. I also like that the refill produces very little waste- just the tiny core and the backing paper is disposed of. I've disliked other tape runners that seem to replace half the mechanism when you install a new refill.
I had heard from some people that the Scotch ATG gun could be considered awkward and hard to load, but I did not find this to be the case at all. First, I thought loading was pretty easy. There are markings on the inside of the gun that make it clear how the tape feeds though there. Granted, it's not as easy as a refillable cartridge of adhesive, but it's a lot more cost effective. And I think using it is really straightforward. And it never gums up or jams, which I think actually makes it easier to use than the smaller refillable adhesive applicators which often gum up or jam. I have been using mine for almost two months now and I still have tons of adhesive left on my first roll.