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Automatic and hand tools, sanders, stilts etc. What's hot and what's not.

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    Default best taping kit

    whos makes the best tools?
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    I've never used a Northstar or Columbia taping gun so cant comment on them but have heard they are very good tools. I use a hybrid mix and match kit from what tools I have lying around; my favourites are the Tapetech gun, nailspotter, roller, corner box and pumps, with Blueline jumbo boxes and a tapetech 3 " and a 4 inch corner finisher made by Drywall Master I think. These are getting a bit dated but still work well and I will look to upgrade to the newer power assisted ones soon. Also need a new wheel set for the corner roller.
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    Auto taper: I have used a Columbia, it's well made, but the knurling on their cutoff sleeve wore through the callus on my right hand, (it was brand new) that was a long week, and i haven't forgiven Columbia. I used Ames for years, but i bought a Blueline 2 because i wanted as close to Premier as i could get, and hadn't figured out which Blueline that was. It works, 4 years on, but is prone to paper jams.
    Boxes: Blueline boxes I have are high-capacity but the build seems designed to take skin off your knuckles, the blade isn't very adjustable but I got the first run off the line so that may have been fixed, and are a bit heavy to swing into awkward corners so I use those for easy runs and trowel a little more than I did with Ames boxes. I will probably move to Can-Am for my next set. They are simple and local. I put a link to them below somewhere.
    Angles: I run Can-Am for these. I own an angle box but haven't seen the benefit to using it again. I learned using 3" angle head to flush tapes and a 2" angle head on a box to finish off but when I started on my own I began with a tube and angle flushers for cost. Now I use a 3" to flush rolled tapes and a 4" run after the tube for final angles, it's quite wide and accommodates the new wider bevels we are seeing. the beauty of the angle flusher is that they are inexpensive and when you hit a fastener they slip over instead of breaking the brittle titanium blades like our Ames angle heads occasionally did. And a 4" angle head leaves the easiest sanding angle I've ever seen. Must get the mud right to flush out that far though :P
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