I am one of the minority few who do not like the Scotch ATG....in fact, I hate it. For me, it's too big and bulky, and I found loading it quite annoying. I am more of a cartridge-adhesive type of crafty gal. If you are, too, keep reading.
The Xyron Mega Runner is a medium-sized adhesive runner. In comparison, the ATG is large and the Tombow Mono Adhesive is small. The pictures below are not to scale, but you get the idea.
The Xyron Mega Runner fits nicely in small hands and is not heavy. When you lay it down, it doesn't take up a lot of room on your crafting desk/table. And one nifty feature is the hinged cap that you can close when not in use to cover the adhesive tip:
|You won't find these on an ATG!|
|The 1/2" cartridge is clear.|
|It easily just pops right out!|
|The 1/4" cartridge is blue. Just remove the cardboard protective packaging....|
|Pop it into the handle.....|
|Turn this dial clockwise 1/2 a turn to tighten the reel, close the cover, and you're done!!|
|Don't let these tiny little dots fool you....it holds like a champ!|
Those tiny dots also mean no broken cartridges.
Let me tell you briefly about another adhesive runner I used to use, and why I stopped using it....the Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro.
The Glue Glider Pro was at one time my adhesive runner of choice, until Glue Arts came out with their "multi-directional cartridge" that you could push or pull. You can no longer buy the regular cartridges, only these. Here's my problem with that:
|I no longer endorse or recommend this product.|
See the tape line that I'm pointing at with the skewer? It's broken. That cartridge is shot. And I had just started using it. Cartridge after cartridge was doing this to me. I contacted Glue Arts and was told it was a common problem with the new cartridges. So I went looking for another adhesive runner and found the Xyron Mega Runner.
Now, if you're holding out because you don't like the blue color of the Xyron Mega Runner, hold out no more! It also comes in a pink design from Teresa Collins! Both designs use the same refills.
So there you have it...the Xyron Mega Runner. If you're looking for an adhesive runner that works just right for you, try this one. I think you'll like it.
If you decide you want to order the Xyron Mega Runner and/or the refill cartridges, they are available through Lone Wolf Designs. Here is the ordering information for each of them.
- Xyron Mega Runner (blue), comes with handle and one 100' 1/2" refill cartridge.
SKU # XY07010500 MSRP $20.00, LWDP $15.00
- Xyron Mega Runner (pink Teresa Collins edition), comes with handle and one 100' 1/2" refill cartridge
SKU # XY100049 MSRP $25.00, LWDP $18.75
- 1/4" wide, 100' of tape
SKU # XY07021225
MSRP $10.00, LWDP $7.50
- 1/2" wide, 100' of tape
SKU # XY07020500
MSRP $10.00, LWDP $7.50
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