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Mar 1, 2021 9:00 PM CST
Name: Vickie
southern Indiana (Zone 6b)
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crawgarden said:Interesting, mine are going on 6+ years and still look brand new, through heat, cold and snow.


I use the TZE tapes also and they have lasted at least that long too.
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Mar 1, 2021 9:05 PM CST
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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So now I am still waiting to see if anyone has used the off brands for as long as four or five years and experienced no problems with the tape and if you think it comparable to the TZE tapes.
Edited to say:
Well Frank did say that he had been using them after he had problems with the Brother Tape, don't think he mentioned if it was TZE and it was only 1/2 inch I think. Not sure how many lines would fit on that. So I would figure if he bought the printer in 2010 used it a few years (that is a good long test) and he was pleased with the results.
@frankrichards16,
Have you ever used any of the wider tape and can you tell us what brand you used?
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Mar 2, 2021 6:39 AM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

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The brother tape I bought was all TZe 1/2 inch. I have never used a wider tape. I bought several of the brother tape in 2010 and 2011. Some of it worked just fine.

In 2017 I bought an off brand multi pack of different colors. This tape is doing well so far. I used the entire 6 pack.

In 2020 I purchaed a 2 pack of off brand white tape. Time will tell on this tape.
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Mar 2, 2021 7:56 AM CST
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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daylilly99,
Were you using the Brother tapes so they had to be bent or curved, or were you just using them on the flat faceplates of the metal makers? Anyone have suggestions of which of the non-Brothers brands to choose?
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Mar 2, 2021 8:13 AM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

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I used the brother and off brand tape on both curved and flat plastic surfaces. The only problems I had were on curved surfaces.

here is the amazon link to my last purchase.

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/pr...
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Mar 2, 2021 8:25 AM CST
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Thanks Frank.

I looked at the Label Kingdom brand and they had great reviews! It is really the only other brand I had looked at. Have others out there tried different non-Brother brands of tape for long enough to give some feedback?
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Mar 2, 2021 8:42 AM CST
Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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I just started using this type of label last spring, so can't comment on longevity. I have bought two packages of non-Brother tapes.
I am mainly using these labels for my seedlings, so the labels don't need to last as long as labels for permanent garden plants.
Once the snow melts, I will report how they fared during the winter. I have made maps of all of my seedling beds, though, must to be on the safe side!
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Mar 2, 2021 9:26 AM CST
Name: Pat
McLean, VA (Zone 7a)
Seedfork said:daylilly99,
Were you using the Brother tapes so they had to be bent or curved, or were you just using them on the flat faceplates of the metal makers? Anyone have suggestions of which of the non-Brothers brands to choose?


Larry, just on the flat metal plates.
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Mar 2, 2021 9:26 AM CST
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Personally I would be more than happy with a tape that lasted 4 years, really super happy with one that would last six years. It seems to me most people that are using the brother brand or off brand are getting at least that four year length of use out of them? Due to the cost, and the amateurish hybridizing program I have, I would not spend the money on expensive tape for my seedlings. I use discarded vinyl blinds and a grease pencil. That works OK for two years, and is mostly faded out by three years. I would be pleased just to find a paint pen, or marker that would stay clearly visible for 3 years for my seedlings. After that they will be culled down to no more than two of thee keepers out of a few hundred and I could use the pricier tape printed markers then.
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Mar 2, 2021 6:43 PM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

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"Industrial" permanent markers are better than the normal so called permanent markers.

Also, regular #2 pencils work well.
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Mar 2, 2021 6:52 PM CST
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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I tried industrial makers but they failed miserably and did not last longer than a few months in my garden. Still want to give some of the paint markers a shot and maybe some of the cattle ear marking pens.
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Mar 2, 2021 8:56 PM CST
Name: Roger & Karen
Birmingham, Al (Zone 7b)
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Pricy yes but still no fade four years later.. I have used others and they just dont stand up to this sun.
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Mar 3, 2021 6:42 PM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

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Several years ago I purchased 6 Japanese iris that I carefully planted and marked with indestructible fibre glass markers with brother labels. I was so confident. New special plants, great markers. What could go wrong?

At that time I also had a great new Aussiedoodle pup that carefully pulled up all my markers and neatly piled them at the back door.

Since then, I have expanded the location data on my garden spreadsheet.
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Mar 4, 2021 12:57 AM CST
Name: Robin
Southern Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Rolling on the floor laughing Frank...good pup!
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