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Old 01-08-2012, 03:05 PM   #1
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I'm about to drop a few thousand on a new set of automatic drywall tools and i'm torn between Columbia and Tape Tech. I just went out on my own and this si goinna be the first set I'm buying on my own. I want to buy the better of the two (obviously). Any feedback would be much appreciated. Thanks fellow drywallers!

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Old 01-08-2012, 03:59 PM   #2
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i'll be watching this post to see what the results are i'm about to do the same but cant decide on the 2 brands also !!
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From what I've seen on this site Aaron St.James of Columbia is on the task of customer satisfaction. Any upgrades to my set of tools Columbia gets first consideration.

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I've had both if I had to buy again .it would be Columbia great tools and the best customer service in the industry.
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I have always owned tape tech and never had any problems. I have just recently purchased a 3.5'' anglehead from Columbia and as stated above their customer service is top notch. Other than that I can't help you much as I have never ran Columbia tools.
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who has the better warranty
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who has the better warranty
Having a good warranty is great but its all about who's gonna handle problems in the quickest and easiest way .as far as I've seen there's no better than Columbia
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I have had both

Columbia:
1) stands behind their tools, even after the warranty is gone
2) Will answer any question you have in less than a day
3) listens to users and improves their tools (even upgrades a tool for ya sometimes)


TT
1) If your tool is out of warranty,,,your on your own
2) Won't talk to you at all,,, you have to send it to them
3) Doesn't really give a hoot wheather you like em or not

The choice is yours of course,,,,
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Re: automatic taping tools brand wars: columbia or tape tech?


My choice would be Columbia. Perhaps I am biased as they are a Canadian company and close to home but I think there is more to it than that. Many of the basic tools are essentially the same in design with few if any minor differences between the 2 companies. Columbia parts are made in North America and I am not sure I can say the same about Tape Tech (I hear rumours). Prices are competitive so after that it boils down to service. Have nothing but praise for the service Columbia offers as do others and it sounds as if Columbia is on solid financial ground. Seems like a no brainer now doesnt it?
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I'm about to drop a few thousand on a new set of automatic drywall tools and i'm torn between Columbia and Tape Tech. I just went out on my own and this si goinna be the first set I'm buying on my own. I want to buy the better of the two (obviously). Any feedback would be much appreciated. Thanks fellow drywallers!
Unless you're trying for a deal because of your buying a set from one or the other manufacturer, you could consider mix and matching, if you have likes and dislikes about each manufacturer's tools.

Regardless of who you go with, for production, I'd try to work a Columbia Fat Boy in there - one of the size that you'd like to use for your 1st boxing coat (a 8" or 10"). One of our long time tapers runs a Columbia 10" Fat Boy for 1st coat, and a TT 12" for finishing.
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