I was super surprised and excited to be chosen to receive a Scotch™ Thermal Laminator Chatterbox from House Party. I still have my trusty old Aurora laminator from over 10 years ago that I used while running an evening kids program. I was curious to see how the Scotch Laminator stacked up.
The Scotch Thermal Laminator TL902 warmed up faster than my Aurora. It has a rear loading tray, and a profile similar to an old bubble jet printer. I suppose this lends itself to fitting in on a desk top well. But I don’t have a work desk, so the rear loading took a bit for me to get use to. One page bent as it was going in even though I loaded the sealed end of the lamination pocket first. I had another page go in crooked even with the page guides, but it turned out alright.
The Scotch Thermal Laminator TL902 has buttons so you can select 3mm or 5mm depending on the thickness of your project you are laminating. However only the laminating pocket thickness was shown on one of the 3 packages I bought to use. It defaulted to 3mm. I didn’t change the setting and it worked well for the plain paper I was laminating, as well as the slightly thicker bookmarks I ran through.
I printed the kids new morning and evening schedules for this school year and laminated them. I’m still considering how best to include an expo marker so they can check the boxes. I’m also considering the clean up involved with having a dry erase item hung on the wall. Maybe those large check boxes will just be for looks.
I had lots of generic 3mm lamination pockets from 10 years ago. I tried them in the Scotch Laminator. They worked well. That’s nice because I already have a bunch of those, and buying the Lamination pockets can get spendy. Thankfully the chat pack included coupons for Scotch pouches.
The Chat Pack also included a second Scotch Thermal Laminator TL902 to give away to an educator! I’m having a hard time deciding who to gift with this fun package. I know so many educators. I do know of a newer teacher who may not have acquired such a handy tool yet. It might head that way!