At least two companies market the equivalent of professional-grade drywall banjos directly toward remodeling consumers: Buddy Tools and Homax. Their tools are plastic versions of the more expensive metal tools used by professionals to dispense tape coated with just the right amount of drywall mud.
Homax’s taping tool applies an adjustable amount of mud and tape in a single step, which they claim can save you half the time over doing it without the tool. The lightweight, plastic tool holds up to 500 feet of tape. The Buddy Tools TapeBuddy, also plastic, applies a coat of mud on the tape that is thicker at the center where it’s needed. They claim they are the only company to do so.
Both the Homax Taping tool and the TapeBuddy sell for as little as $35. Are these tools targeted at the consumer market as useful as their metal professional counterparts, or are they a waste of money? Are they Hot or Not?