How to Load a Tape Gun

For anyone that works in the packaging industry, a tape gun is a must-have piece of equipment. Not only is it durable, but it streamlines the process of sealing boxes.


But for anyone that’s ever had to load a tape gun will know that, unless you’ve done it a few times, the process can be quite cumbersome. So, fear not, this blog aims to tell you how you load a tape gun.


Firstly, you will obviously need the gun. They come in a variety of designs, but they are ostensibly the same: a sturdy handle, a holder for the tape, a feed to run the tape through, a roller, a ridged metal strip to perforate the tape, and a plastic tongue to hold the tape down once you’re ready to trim it.


Next, you’ll need the tape. Technically you can add any form of tape, but most tape guns utilise larger boxing tape. Doesn’t matter if it’s clear or brown packing tape, so long as it fits and can be perforated. We do not recommend duct tape.


You need to feed the tape through in such a way that it is not sticky side up. To do that, you load the tape in so when you use the gun, the tape turns away from you. After you’ve fed the tape through, it should stick to the roller via static.


After that, it should be a simple case of placing the roller against the surface you want to tape, make sure it’s got a decent purchase, and pull. When you’re done, you tilt the gun forward and the metal strip perforates the tape, allowing you to cut it to size.


Simple really. At Packitsafe we sell two types of heavy-duty tape guns. So, to find out more, please feel free to contact us either by phone or by email.

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