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Tapepro Mud Box Pro

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SKU: TPRO-MBP
$659.00

This tool fills the void between an automatic taper and a banjo, but has the functional features of the automatic taper.

The easiest taping tool to learn to use and also the easiest to clean, the Mud Box Pro simultaneously applies paper tape and joint compound to flat and internal angle joints.

  • Separate creaser wheel/cutter, each operated by rear controls
  • Cut tape by pulling a handle – no need to take the tape wheel off the wall
  • Feed roller allows you to continue taping after cut-off
  • Longer tape arms for increased reach
  • New tape spool spring design to prevent bending
  • Same simple mud bath operation
  • Simple and robust design

The latest update features the same polycarbonate body as the updated WMB-L model, main features are:

  • 1 lbs weight saving compared to the original Mud Box
  • Clear section on side plates to see compound level
  • Cable sleeves to protect cables and reduce exposure to compound, and to allow a reduction of arm length/weight
  • Bracing in lid for side plate rigidity
  • Better lid sealing along top side plate edge

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  • 5
    Nice tools

    Posted by Tony on Jan 18th 2021

    This is very good tools, I like it

  • 5
    Mud box pro

    Posted by brandon luna on Dec 6th 2020

    This tool is where it's at. The other taping tools for applying mud and tape at the same time seem a bit complex and maintenance and repair seems a bit more involved than this tool. Clean up and repair on this item look pretty straight forward. Haven't used it yet but looking for in working with it

  • 2
    Better Than a Banjo, But...

    Posted by Patrick on Dec 2nd 2020

    I purchased this tool after seeing it in action in the hands of numerous outfits on Youtube and finally one of the local finish crews I sometimes partner with had one. I'm going for 2/5 stars with 0 stars being the experience I would expect from a Home Depot metal banjo for $60 (USD) and 5 stars being the experience of using a well maintained Columbia, TapeTech or similar bazooka.
    Pros:
    -easy to load compound into
    -carries more mud than standard banjo, maybe about as much as a bazooka
    Cons
    -lever action jams easily: the cutting tool lever tends to remain free and smooth while the inside corner tool jams without regular inter-use cleaning (i.e., while I am taping) and requires copious amounts of cleaning & lube.
    -guide roller (black roller located "under" toothed drum) limits angle of application such that I find it difficult to start from an inside corner without hand feeding tape
    -*********Tape drags along the joint behind you, requiring a significant learning curve to basically guess how much tape to pre-feed before you pull. This is damning as it costs me 2 - 3 minutes per joint
    -Every time the cutting tool is used you're left with about 1" of tape sticking out that you need to manually feed back into position before pulling the next joint.
    -compared to a bazooka you need to run soup in the box to allow the tape to pull through the tool smoothly. Double-edged sword however as if you are running standard paper tape the higher water content quickly compromises the tape's strength. If you are not running very quickly the tape sogs out and breaks inside the tool, which brings us to...
    -tape loading is horrible. The first time: load the reel, drop it into it's cradle, pull the tape into the feed at the roller and then press tape down into bottom of tool while holding the end at the roller, then you load mud and go. Every subsequent refill the mud (with standard tape) you need to first pull out a tool's -length of tape, then load, then pull tape again to avoid the tape sogging out and tearing inside the tool. Additionally, the standard 2-5/16" tape used here in the US does not "scrape" the inside walls of the tool so between 10 - 20% of the mud never leaves the box and you must embed the tape into this floating waste mud prior to refilling.
    -Tape Tear. As mentioned above, standard tape tends to get overwet and tear. Sometimes this happens just inside the mouth of the tool and the tape "falls" back inside, forcing you to stop work, open the tool, stick your hands inside and rerun the tape.
    -lack of versatility: the tool's design forces you to hold it in such a position relative to flats on the wall that a significant amount of mud runs from the feed mouth onto your floor/boots or when working overhead the mud leaks out of the tape entry slot.

    My personal comparisons are based on tools I have used. With a standard Homax banjo I can run about 5ft/minute solo, with this tool I average about 10ft/minute solo and with a bazooka I average 35ft/minute solo (this includes loading the respective tools, pulling tape and cleaning the joints afterwards. Cleanup time for tools disregarded). Ultimately the profitability provided by renting a bazooka, pump and gooseneck (about $18(USD)/day where I live) allowed me to purchase my own bazooka, pump & gooseneck ($1,700, $450 & $80 USD, respectively. $2,230 total) after 10 jobs or about 7 weeks.

  • 4
    Game changer

    Posted by Donald Baldwin on Aug 1st 2020

    Easy transition from A banjo. And it’s better in a lot ways. Holds more compound, thus you apply more tape with one fill up and more productivity.
    Easy to clean after using. Very Happy

  • 5
    Comfortable grab

    Posted by Oscar Cruz on Jun 9th 2020

    Very comfortable and light weight