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Old 08-16-20, 03:48 PM
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Chalk Line

Recommend a good chalk line. I just need one to cut plyboard etc. Nothing like 100'. 20' would be plenty for me.

I had a chalk line for probably 20 years & I guess during the move 3 years ago, its missing. I can not find it. I have looked everywhere. It was a really good chalk line. Worked real well, no issues. But I dont know what brand it was.

So, I bought one at Harbor Freight & after about 15 minutes, it went in the trash.
So, I went to HD & bought a Dewalt & if I hadnt been in a need for one... in a pinch.... it would have gone in the trash too.
 
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Old 08-16-20, 04:00 PM
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I've got about 10 chalk lines, of all of them I like this one best.

https://www.menards.com/main/tools/h...9901401006.htm

6x reel speed. Nice thick cord. Easy to open and refill.

I've also got a compact one that I like for small stuff. I think mine is a Stanley but I think Irwin was bought by Stanley and now some of Stanley's lines of tools are branded as Irwin.

https://www.menards.com/main/tools/h...9901401006.htm
 
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Definitely get one where the crank handle is geared so the line reels in faster than you turn the handle. It's a surprising time saver.
 
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I agree. The fast wind is the way to go.
 
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If I was a carpenter using a chalk line daily, a geared unit makes sense, otherwise a simple direct drive unit will do the job. Using the chalk line a few times a year, the time saved retracting the line can be measured in seconds, but who is keeping track?
 
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XSleeper We dont have a Menards anywhere around here that I am familiar with so I ordered the one you suggested, from Amazon. Got two bottles of chalk Thursday & the chalk line today just in time to start cutting my OSB. Works great. Finally a good chalk line. Thanks for the referral. I really appreciate it.
 
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Glad you like it!
 
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