I’ve got to say using a chalk-reel this large is a first for me. I use a chalk reel pretty often, but most of the time its a 25-ft reel as I’m normally working in rooms wiring residences when using one. Let’s dig into it a bit shall we?
This is nuts. I don’t think I’d ever use this but someone who’s in framing and building layout might. The difficulty you run across when using this is the physical snapping of the line. If you use this over the course of 20-feet like a normal chalk line you’ll have no problems, in fact it produces a really bold line which is far easier to see. However when snapping a 100’ long line you have to take some care in ensuring you have a lot of tension on the line and someone is able to stand in the middle to snap it. If you try snapping at just one end I’ve found the line doesn’t translate well 100ft away.
The handle that is used to roll this reel back up is a great idea. It makes rolling up 100-feet of line really easy as it has a 4:1 gear ratio so much like a bicycle works, small rotations create large motion. I like the large ring on the end as it is helpful to hold the end in place while you walk 100-feet away ensuring it doesn’t slip off by the time you get there.
Spec’s from HomeDepot.com
Our new 100 ft. Extra Bold Large Capacity Chalk Reel provides you with the most durable and best performing large capacity chalk line reel. The planetary gear system provides you with the longest gear life in chalk reels. For added productivity, our chalk line tool features a fast retraction ratio of 4:1 allowing you to quickly mark multiple lines. The chalk string marks with an extra bold line giving you maximum visibility. A 18 oz. capacity allows you to mark more lines between refills while an X-large quick turn opening makes those refills easy.
Planetary gear system
4:1 gear retraction ratio
18 oz. chalk capacity
Extra bold line
100 ft. line
Stable refill base
Includes: one 100 ft. extra-bold large capacity chalk reel