I’ve wanted one of these for my garage for I don’t know how long. I’m always getting water all over the place when I wash my hands in the sink, then flail around looking for the roll of paper towels hanging off a nearby tool cart. (Well, hopefully it’s hanging off a nearby tool cart. Often enough I leave the roll laying somewhere else in the shop, in which case I get to drip all over looking for it.) Of course, one thing stops me from ordering one today: The one pictured costs $40. That’d buy a lot of, you know, tools.
And yes, I realize this is a very “First World” problem. Hell, it’s pretty damn cool just that I have a sink in the garage. (Thanks again to the awesome builder who recommended it. It cost me a whopping $50 to red-line the sink into the house plans, and that included a cheap plastic stand-up sink that’s still soldiering on seven years later despite incredible abuse.) But I’ve always thought these were a relatively elegant solution to the problem of keeping things nice and tidy.
Assuming I was willing to shell out the $50 — fat chance, as I’m a cheap bastard — the refill towels are pretty cost-effective. Wal-Mart sells the refill towels (online only, though) for $55 per 12-roll box. Each roll is 350 long, so that’s a lot of towels, especially considering that since you can’t steal them to go clean up the car or whatnot they’re likely to actually get used for things near the sink only.
Now if I could just talk myself into actually ordering one.
Update: A little Googling shows that Staples carries the dispenser for $34 and the refills for $26 — a pretty big discount. As of the moment, though, the Staples website appears to be broken (not loading it’s stylesheets for me, anyway).