Kid all you like about the anal among us labeling everything (including the label maker), but labeling your work makes life much simpler — especially when you return to a task months (or years) later and have to remember what the hell you were thinking the first time around. But those nifty electronic label makers have a serious flaw: they run out of batteries. And they’re expensive. And they tend to get dirty or damaged in the shop.
(Ok, that’s a couple of flaws. My bad.)
Label maker giant DYMO, already known to many Toolmongers (see TM’s earlier post on the DYMO Letratag), offers a solution I think sounds great: A truly simple write-on-it-yourself label dispenser.
The Rhino 101 consists of essentially a case to store a reel of label material, a window where you can write on the label using the case as a steady surface, and a cutter. Just write whatever you want on the label, tear it off, and move on. No batteries for you to find dead when you’re ass-deep in the attic identifying wiring someone else installed years earlier, no print head to get gummed up with crud when you’re blasting grinding particles and wood dust (or God forbid Bondo dust) all over the shop — and a pricetag you can actually afford: $20 freakin’ bucks.
I’m afraid I’m gonna have to get one of these.