There are five styles and many sizes of the Big Squeegee to fit the needs of most sign shops.
The plastic Laminator Tool comes in sizes 26", 32", 38", 44", 50", 56" & 64". It is primarily used for working with prints and laminate. It will mount cut vinyl but is not designed for the application of paper masking/application/transfer tape.
The laminator tool has a roll holder for holding rolled up materials to make them easier to handle. This tool is used for graphics that are otherwise too long to handle unless they are rolled up.
A handle is standard with Laminator Tools 50" or more in length. The handle is removable and can be fitted with telescoping extensions(2 sizes, sold separate). The handle makes the tools more versatile, allowing for one person operation, applying floor graphics while standing up and much more.
The aluminum Laminator Tool is an extruded tool that is in the same shape as the plastic tools. It comes in the same sizes as the plastic tools with the addition of 14" and 20". It however, has many more amenities that are not available in the plastic version. It has mounting rails to attach a roll holder to keep the roll on the tool, handle hardware and many future possibilities for other attachments such as a backing take up spool and changeable application edge. This tool replaces the need for all the other tools as it will do everything that the other tools do and more. More information...
The Cut Vinyl Tool looks very much like the Laminator Tool and comes in sizes 26" and 32". The difference between the CVT and LT is that the CVT has more of the flat board sticking out the front of the cradle and has two edges covered in felt(no cotton edge). The cut vinyl tool is so named because its primary purpose is working with cut vinyl. It will apply transfer tape both by pushing the roll ahead of the tool or by placing the roll in the roll holder and applied off the back of the tool. It will work very well with mounting prints and laminates.
The Rivet/Dent Tools and Yard Sign Tools are very similar to each other. The only difference is that the Rivet/Dent tools have a padded edge with felt for going over obstacles. The Yard Sign Tools have a cotton covered edge for laminating.
These tools are for use on small signs that don't require that the graphic to be rolled up for easier handling. Their light weight and slim design make it easy to work with on small signs and vertical surfaces. Both Rivet/Dent Tools and Yard Sign Tools come in sizes 14", 20", & 26".
The slim felt edge on both tools will apply masking, vinyl and laminate.
Yard Sign Tool
Cut Vinyl Tool
All of our tools will laminate and mount pressure sensitive vinyl. The different sizes and types of tools make it possible to choose the right tool for the job. Each shop will benefit by having a variety of tools to work with.
The Big Squeegee line of tools can replace the need for a powered laminator in most small shops. They are a good addition to any shop, even with a powered laminator. They make it easier to laminate small graphics and can reduce waste by not having to change the roll in the power laminator to do an odd job. Most small jobs can be done faster and easier with the Big Squeegee then with a roll laminator
All Big Squeegee tools will produce bubble and wrinkle free applications on pressure sensitive vinyl with a minimum amount of experience. Prints do not need to be pre-masked before application. Wet application is not necessary and highly discouraged.
The fabrics on all the tools are easy to replace when they get soiled, cut or worn out. Many of our original tools are still in use after 7 years of production. Some of them even have the original covering, even though they get used daily.
Felt edge vs Cotton: Felt slides across the vinyl easier. However, the felt can give off a few fibers where the sticky edge of the vinyl comes in contact with the felt. This may leave fibers along the edge of an install. In most cases this in not a problem because the edge will get trimmed off anyway.
White felt is often chosen for laminators because the edges of prints are usually white and any fibers will not be obvious if it not trimmed away. The felt we use now is pressure sensitive so the loose fibers are not as big of a problem. The original felt was held on with a specially made Velcro® hook product. We carry all repair items even if it is discontinued.
The cotton edge has been used for several years and is cleaner to work with. It can However, collect ink from fresh prints and, if not cleaned off, will dry and harden.
We have a plan in the works to produce a replaceable edge covering made of Teflon for the new aluminum tools.
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Attachments and Parts(Aluminum Tools)
Note that we no longer include the DVD with the squeegees. They are pictured with DVD's here to help show the size of the Tools. What was on the CD is now part of what you see on line.
Plastic Laminator Tools
Accessories and Parts(Plastic tools)
2-Cut Vinyl Tool
4-Yard Sign Tool
sample: 1-50 is a 50" Laminator Tool.
We no longer make the Cradle Tool
Aluminum Laminator Tools