I have had several questions arise based on my ATG comparison, so I wanted to take a moment to address them:
If I am right handed, will I like the ATG 50?
Rest assured, you will like it! I own the ATG 50 and I am right handed. Until I used my friend's 714 for the comparison, I did not know about the difference in where the tape sits on the roller. Honestly, you get used to your product. I do think based on where the tape rolls you are able to get more precise with the 714, so if you like to apply tape right to the edge of something, you might consider spending the extra money for the 714. If you just want tape within a 1/4 inch or so, the ATG 50 will be fine. There is no real learning curve with the use of this product. One card and you will be good to go...and wonder how you survived without it!
Can the ATG 50 hold 1/2" tape?
Yes, the ATG 50 can be used for 1/4" and 1/2" tape, and I am pretty sure larger, but I am not sure a crafter would use anything bigger than that. You can even change the roll mid-way if you like. Just note that if you take a roll out when it not completely used, you will not have the leader to thread it back through when you re-load that size. This is not a big deal at all, but it would "waste" about 10" of tape.
The ATG 714 (red gun) is only for 1/4" tape, but you could get the ATG 700 (yellow gun) and run 1/2" tape with that. It has an optional adapter you can purchase to use 1/4" tape with it.
What size tape do you prefer?
I like the 1/4". If I need wider, I can just lay down another line next to the first one. :)
Are the ATG's Cost Effective?
YES!!! (I am jumping up and down as I write that as well; can you see me?!) I checked prices this AM and for one roll of ATG-7502 tape, which is the 1/4", it is $1.95. That is for 108 feet of tape!
For comparison, the SU SNAIL adhesive refill is 39.3 feet and sells for $4.50. You are getting 69 more feet of tape for less than 1/2 the price.
Scotch 1/2" double sided tape is $4.08 for 75 feet. Again, you get a ton more tape for less cost.
The initial investment of the gun pays off after a few refills!
Bottom line: You "need" a gun! Just pick one and go for it! :)