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    I am a contractor in Australia and we use the plastic Homax Banjo. There seems to be a lot more choice of banjo's in the USA. The Homax is fine but we were wondering if the other brands had any advantage over the Homax.

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    Ive come across homax banjo's before - am i right in thinking there is no way of cutting the tape with these, you use your taping knife to cut it? but it does have a creaser wheel for internals?

    in uk we only really use then for fire taping and we have choice of either goldblatt or marshalltownbanjos in stanless steel
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    Hi and welcome to the forum. I've just searched and watched the video for this banjo. For about 40 dollars, it seems like a compact and efficient little tool. As I use scrim tape on my flat joints, it wouldn't be something I would use, but can see it might have its place in the market. How far does it go on 1 fill?
    To me, the American banjos look a bit cumbersome.

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    You are right, you use your taping knife or 4 inch to cut the tape but there is no creaser wheel on any of the banjos. The wheel assembly on the Homax is for flat joins. The wheel assembly also drags the tape through the banjo eliminating the need to hold the tape after the initial start. It saves us heaps of time. We have never used the stainless types and wondered how they go over there.

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    As we have to use paper tape over here we find using a banjo to be very efficient and time saving. As for the coverage from 1 fill, depending on the flow setting for plaster thickness we get between 30 and 40 lineal metres.

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    i have a tool that applies the fibre tape and it has a trigger that cuts it....... also use it on my paper internal tapes as it has an odly shaped wheel that fits into the 90 =]

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    Is it the same as this one?
    http://www.all-wall.com/Categories/J...ape-Applicator
    I bought 1 last year and to be honest I cant use it! The tape seemed to be too tough for the thing to cut, and the BG paper tape wouldnt fit on it. Waste of money its now lying in my shed

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    Quote Originally Posted by E.K Taper View Post
    Is it the same as this one?
    http://www.all-wall.com/Categories/J...ape-Applicator
    I bought 1 last year and to be honest I cant use it! The tape seemed to be too tough for the thing to cut, and the BG paper tape wouldnt fit on it. Waste of money its now lying in my shed
    its similar to that one and the blades shite i modified it so it holds a stanley blade and the core that holds the tape on mine it came with 3 inserts to hold diff sized tapes never really used it up till a few months ago but i find it a bit quicker took a while to get used to

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    that wasnt a banjo though...... how many guys on here own and use a banjo? and what filler/compound do yous use?

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    I've only ever used a Banjo and reckon it goes great. We use it with base mainly, sometimes with all-purpose compound. Only pain is cleaning it thoroughly after every use, but you get that with any box.

    For the price, they are definitely worth a go. If you have an apprentice, just get them to run the box in front of you, and you'll fly through a job. I just saw today that you can get internal heads for them, but we use it without on internals and just have to push it in. Still way faster than doing by hand.

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    i have used homax banjo for 10 years and just bought a delko creaser wheel for internals and its fantastic. i have a cousin in england who cant find them anywhere wondering if belmoreboy or anyone can help him get them

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    Quote Originally Posted by klhplaster View Post
    i have used homax banjo for 10 years and just bought a delko creaser wheel for internals and its fantastic. i have a cousin in england who cant find them anywhere wondering if belmoreboy or anyone can help him get them
    He can and he will ! Have some Homax banjos on there way to me right now, just sorting order of the delko int creaser wheels too! will re post when available to buy online - loads of new products being released by Belmore this year ! Watch this space
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    Quote Originally Posted by belmoreboy View Post
    He can and he will ! Have some Homax banjos on there way to me right now, just sorting order of the delko int creaser wheels too! will re post when available to buy online - loads of new products being released by Belmore this year ! Watch this space
    thanks belmoreboy hes pumped said theres a few lads after them. cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by scottishlad2k10 View Post
    that wasnt a banjo though...... how many guys on here own and use a banjo? and what filler/compound do yous use?
    Yea i have a Homax banjo which is a goot tool especialy if using fast set in a small room or up scaffold!!

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    Great Banjo, A quickfill pump is handy for filling them.
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    Hey Cazna where do you get the quickfill pump? I've been needing somethin like that to use withmy nailspotter, but closest thing available was a crappy plunger type thing for unblocking drains! It would've been ideal if the end was flattened to fit in the spotter but it wasnt. Your one looks the biz though

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    Those quickfills are off austrailia e bay, Is to big to fill a spotter though, Great for banjos and boxes, Good for hotmuds as they are fast clean up, Do you have a standard can am cp, They can fill spotters, Or get some copper pipe, Bend the end flat, And unscrew the ball off a cp and fit this pipe.

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    I dont have a CP tube Cazna, so I'll keep looking for something similar to your quickfill thingy
    cheers

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    Has anyone tried a bait pump sea fishermen use?....they look exactly the same but metal, gutted I used to have one paid peanuts for it off ebay 8 quid but can't remember what I've done with it .....

    Has anyone tried multi through one of these? we might be starting a job soon and it's skimmed but paper tape

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spunky View Post
    Has anyone tried a bait pump sea fishermen use?....they look exactly the same but metal, gutted I used to have one paid peanuts for it off ebay 8 quid but can't remember what I've done with it .....

    Has anyone tried multi through one of these? we might be starting a job soon and it's skimmed but paper tape
    Good spot on the worm pump - do a bit of fishing myself and should have thought about one of these, im sure ive still got an old one in the garage at home will have a look later and see if it works for joint compound.

    Homax now in stock ! here: http://www.belmoretools.co.uk/acatal...ool_Banjo.html
    Just waiting on delivery of the creaser wheel but if you are interested might be an idea to pre order as they will sell out fast see here: http://www.belmoretools.co.uk/acatal...PPLICATOR.html

    Think multi finish would take some reall cleaning off the inside and wheel of the homax - you may be better off with a stell banjo - less moving parts and can take more abuse when cleaning.

    UPDATE:
    Ok so the worm pump sucks compound ok - but its obviously gonna need some kind of end cap shaped to stop the mud dropping as you lift from bucket, Hmmm engineering head on, see what i can come up with.

    Could anyone on here tell me who has best stock of the quickfill pump in Australia? had a quick scan and found a few.
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