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Ever been in a shop where you’re completely lost unless you’ve memorized the unique location of every item? (If this is your shop, you don’t have to answer.) I admit to being a “cluttery” person, but the wisdom of more organized friends and, most importantly, a decent label maker, have saved the day more than once.

Electronic label makers like the Dymo LetraTag Plus LT-100T, shown above, are a good bet for organizing all those drawers, shelves, and buckets (think Mythbusters’ ever-present labeled boxes o’ stuff in the background). For around $30, the LT-100T is a solid, mid-range label printer that offers two-line printing, five fonts sizes, seven text styles, date stamps, a a graphical display to let you see it before you print it (some rolls of label tape can run as much as the printers themselves).

The Dymo also works with labels made of paper, plastic, iron-on, metallic, and (here’s the good part) magnetic labels. It comes with a 1/2″ roll of white and a 1/2″ roll of clear labels, so anything else you’ll have to order separately. The magnetic kind are great for metal tool cabinets, file and storage cabinets, and white boards, though we just stick the white labels on the drawers of the good ole’ red Craftsman tool chest. Face it: When your home alarm system is wigging out, your dog’s going crazy with the noise, and you need that one specific hand tool — you don’t want to be wandering around the shop opening drawers and thinking, “one down, thirty-nine to go!”

I’d be interested to see how other Toolmongers organize their tools — let us know in comments, or if you’ve got a photo of your own great solution, post it in the Flickr pool!

Thanks to mtneer_man at Flickr.com for the great cc-licensed photo!

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17 Responses to DYMO LetraTag Label Printer For The Shop

  1. Pezdad says:

    I had a Dymo a few years ago, it was junk and the lables didn’t stay put. I threw it out and got a Brother P-touch, and have been very happy with the Brother.

  2. Jim K. says:

    I’d second the recommendation for the Brother P-touch over the Dymo. I’ve used both and the Brother labels seem to hold much better.

  3. dlone says:

    Is that a SLIDE RULE in the middle of the picture???!!!

  4. Kris says:

    I tend to keep my general tools in a palletized cases. My specialty tools are in bags by function – one for electrical, plumbing, etc. I do use a P-touch to label parts boxes.

  5. Jerry says:

    One more vote for the P-Touch. Again though, the labels do seem a bit costly but worth it.

    And yes, that certainly is a slide rule! Haven’t seen one in many years. I probably wouldn’t even remember how to use it. I really did know at one time!

  6. Cameron Watt says:

    I have a vintage Dymo label maker (chromed even!)and wouldn’t trade it for anything but most of my marking is done with a paint marker or a sharpie.

  7. Toolhearty says:

    Can’t go wrong with the P-Touch (have one at home), but my Dymo at work has been going strong for around 20 years and I’ve never had a problem with the labels not sticking. Just need to replace the ni-cad battery pack every decade or so.

  8. Andy H says:

    Dymo has the same type of label printer as the Brother P-touch that prints rather than embosses the characters on self-adhesive tape.

  9. Toolhearty says:

    Andy H Says:
    Dymo has the same type of label printer as the Brother P-touch that prints rather than embosses the characters on self-adhesive tape.

    Ah, I suppose I should have clarified that in my earlier post. My 20 year old Dymo is a printer, not an embosser.

    (does anyone still use those crappy embossed tapes anymore?)

  10. dreamcatcher says:

    “…those crappy embossed tapes…”

    Crappy? I’d say comparatively those tapes were superior to the Dymo/Brother labels that we all use now days. I remember seeing things at my grandfather’s construction company labeled with those plastic tags. They stayed on forever. On keys, on CB radios, labeling buttons on equipment, light switches in the shop, parts bins, and sometimes tools themselves. On and around things that were used every day in a harsh construction environment. And they are still there to this day. Would you trust your paper print-out to last 30 years in the open?

    I should say, I have the Dymo LetraTag Plus handheld. It’s adequate…gets the job done most of the time. I got it for under $20 and being so cheap I don’t worry about carrying it around in my tool truck; which means I use it more often. Sometimes the labels don’t want to stick. Sometimes the ink wears off the label, especially on the clear plastic ones.


  11. Mac says:

    +1 for the P-Touch here too.

    Labels are more expensive than I think they should be, but that’s on purpose – companies make more $ that way. (e.g. Printers are pretty cheap… ink is not.)

    Yeah, I like the slide rule! I have a couple that are hidden away. The pic makes me think mine might have to become displayed. I used to be able to do basic math on one, but now it’s just a straight edge. 🙂

  12. Jim Crockett says:

    Another vote for the PTouch. But the secret to keeping the labels firmly attached is to wipe down the surface to which the label will be attached with alcohol before affixing the label. Have never had a problem when I have done this.


  13. Dan says:

    My only tip to add on label printers it to get one with a qwerty layout if you’re used to typing on keyboards or smartphones. I had one with an alphabetical layout and it felt slow and cumbersome, it was faster to just feed out the tape and write on it with a sharpie.

  14. Robin says:

    The Dymo labels that I have NEVER stick. How embarrassing to see labels that peel off in a very organized office. Tried contacting them to let them know and I found no way to do that. I WILL NEVER BUY ONE AGAIN!

  15. frank george says:

    I would like to know how to do a second line on my machine Dymo LetraTag. Can anyone help?

  16. sandi says:

    how to change letteing to english

  17. Nancy says:

    Are there instructions for using Dymo LetraTag ?

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