I can't speak to the longevity of this tool, but yesterday it was a lifesaver! I bought it for blackberries and haven't used it for that yet, but I planted 100 tomato plants grown in my greenhouse. Because of the cold weather they were tall when I planted out over the weekend. Then came an inch of rain and wind, so the next morning the majority were laying on the ground. I took this tool and cardboard to stand on working my way down the row and had all my tomatoes tied up very quickly. Took a few tries to get the nack of it, but when I did it was awesome. It would have taken me hours to hand tie them. I will be using this tool for many things now...am going to go online and by extra supplies after reading these reviews.
We have 9 acres of vineyards and ordered the tapener for a quicker way to tie up the plants. The tapener jams, the tape doesn't roll out smoothly, sometimes the cutter doesn't cut all the way through the tape, we constantly have to be pulling at the tape, as it gets too tight when it doesn't roll out, and with any type of wind, the staples just pull out of the tape and the plants end up on the ground. I don't use too much profanity, but after a while of using this tapener, I'm glad there weren't any people around to hear me ranting and raving. We have resorted to hand-tying. Big waste of money.
keeps one hand free to select the shoot or vine to be tied, or picked up out of the way of cultivators,etc. - much faster than twistems - [a world better than the less expensive knock-off]
This is our third year to use the Max Tapener on our Christmas Tree farm. It is great for training your trees to grow strait. It is a fairly delicate piece of equipment that must be treated as such. Any abuse will cause you alot of headache. Overall we are very pleased with the product, its ease of use and cost effectiveness.
I use one gloved handed to put the berry shoots onto the wires and the other hand has the Max Tapener to staple. The job is quick and painless. I don't let anyone else use it, because it could be abused.