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P-Touch PT-80 Labeler

I promised in the comments of A Label Maker For The Shop that I’d write a Dealmonger post next time the Brother P-Touch went on sale. That day came this last Sunday — Office Max discounted the Brother PT-80 to $15, 50% off the retail price. They list this deal both in their weekly circular and on their website.

The labeler comes with a starter tape that’s labeled several of my multi-drawer storage units, a file drawer full of file folders, and all the wires behind one of my computers. The last replacement tape I bought cost $12 — that was walking into the store without any bargain hunting.

The PT-80 features the familiar qwerty keyboard. You can’t touch-type on it, but it’s a heck of a lot easier to type a label on this keyboard than on a labeler with some non-standard layout. A 12-character LCD scrolls to display everything you’ve typed. You can choose from six type sizes and nine type styles in the label maker’s only font, and you can print the label on either Brother’s 3/8″ or 1/2″ wide “M” tape in a variety of different background and text colors.

The feature set of this device is limited compared to more expensive labelers, but do you really need a ton of features for a shop label maker?  I’ve never used anything but the default settings.

This deal ends Saturday, May 24th, 2008.

PT-80 Labeler [Brother]
PT-80 Labeler [Office Max Website]
PT-80 Labeler [Office Max Circular]
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5 Responses to Dealmonger: Brother P-Touch Labeler $15

  1. Bob says:

    I’d spend the extra money to get a Brother P-Touch that can print on TZ (laminated) labels, not the M (non-laminated) ones that this one does. The laminated ones seem to last forever, the non-lam wear off over time.

  2. Bob, laminated labels might be nice in some spots, but is it really necessary to buy a more expensive labeler for those few occaisions.

    I have four of the same universal remotes in different rooms, so I labeled them so I knew which room they belonged in when they wandered off. That’s the only case so far where I’ve had any problem with labels fading and peeling because they are handled every day. Every other place I’ve used them they’ve been fine.

    My theory is the best tool is something you’re not afraid of using. If I spend a lot of money on a labeler I’d leave it someplace safe like my office, instead of having it in my shop or taking it to the garage where it gets abuse. I don’t care if I break it, gunk it up with sawdust, etc… because I paid practically nothing for it.

  3. Emery Roth says:

    I have a friend who has pretty successfully labeled a lot of his tools with these labelers. The kicker is that he only uses the laminated tz tapes (and i think there are also super sticky ones). It all depends on what you plan on doing with the labels. The nicer ones also allow you to make ‘flags’ for cables.

  4. Scott says:

    I have one of these battery suckers at work. Two words: don’t bother. The Dymo LetraTag (http://global.dymo.com/enUS/Products/LetraTag.html) is a great handheld that has a larger keyboard, two row printing capabilities and the batteries seem to last forever. I have it in my shop and label everything with it and I’m still on the first set of Duracells!

  5. David says:

    Brother has a decent labeler but the tapes are pricy. To add insult to injury they (on purpose in my opinion) have their machines run a long leading and tailing piece of tape before and at the end of each label that no printing is done on. Is there any way to shorten this??? I am sure that at least 50% of each tape I buy goes to waste. Many times I even have to cut this extra off when labeling smaller items!

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