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April 13th, 2010, 01:15 PM
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Someone in my HS group recommended this one. I'm considering getting one, but money's tight until the other house is sold. I've got plenty of time to look around. Anyone have one they'd recommend? I'd mostly like to use it for large things like posters, which this one won't do. It only goes up to 9 inches. I'll probably either skip the laminator entirely or pay to use one locally at a toy exchange library or something.

Amazon.com: Scotch TL901 Thermal Laminator, 15.5 x 6.75 x 3.75 Inches, 2-Roller System: Office Products
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April 13th, 2010, 01:39 PM
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I have that one, I use it to laminate small things since it doesn't do the big ones. It works great though. My dh has used it a few times as well. I recently used it to make some chore cards for my girls. I also use it to laminate manipulative that are cardstock, ie flash cards and what not.
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April 13th, 2010, 03:03 PM
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No, I don't have one, but I've wanted one for a while, so I'm listening! I want to preserve artwork that I can't bear to throw out and I don't want it to get ruined.
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April 13th, 2010, 07:51 PM
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How long does it take to heat up and cool down? How much work space is required?
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April 13th, 2010, 08:52 PM
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We don't... yet. I want one, but finances don't allow. Maybe one day. *sigh*
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April 14th, 2010, 05:37 AM
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It takes only a few mins to heat up, I usually let it cool down for about 20 mins before I put it up. It is smaller than our printer. So it isn't huge by any means.
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April 14th, 2010, 05:39 AM
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I didn't realize they were so affordable! This will go on my wish list now!
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April 14th, 2010, 09:04 AM
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It was on my list when I thought we were going to have a lot of file folder games and lapbooks. knowing that didn't work out it's not a necessity for us.
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April 14th, 2010, 11:18 AM
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We have a Duck Laminator that we purchased several years ago at Walmart. It uses pouches that come in a variety of sizes. I like it because it seals the items in the pouch well and lasts a long time. I have never had a problem with it. An added plus is that I have been able to use other brands of pouches on it with no trouble.

Hubby bought me a second one about two years ago from Target called a GBC Creative Laminator. I disliked the one from Target, it did not seal the pouches well and later they would curl up.

In my opinion the Duck Laminator is the best one I have used. Unfortunately, Walmart no longer carries them since now selling the Scotch brand. I haven't tried the Scotch Laminator, so I can't offer my opinion on it.

We use our Duck Laminator for many uses:
File folder games and pieces
Flannel board characters and pieces
Calendar Math area
Decorations for bulletin board
Math Manipulatives
and more!
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April 15th, 2010, 06:02 PM
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Hmm, I don't really see where we could use one right now.
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