I live in SWFL which means I have a screened in pool deck. 3 panels blew out so I set out to replace them. New screen... check. New spline... check. Screen roller... hmm which 1 to get. I skip over the $3.00 cheap roller because I found this amazing roller that comes with a knife and 3 rollers for different kinds of spline. The cutting tool is an added bonus. The roller is worthless. The blade snapped while pulling the old spine out. OK fine, a utility knife and a pair of needle nose pliers step in.
The roller itself now becomes the bane of my existence. First you need to pop out the bearing wheel insert and reinsert it into the proper disk. This turns out to be a nasty task and takes longer than installing the screen. Then once all that happens, it doesn't spin freely to install the spline. After wrestling with this thing. What do I do? Borrow a friend's cheap roller that costs about $3.00.
Don't waste your time on the clever tool. It's not worth it. Just get a simple roller and call it a day.
I bought this along with the Screen Tight 1.5" track and used it with a fiberglass screen and .175" diameter spline. Using the tool I was able to install the screen by myself, the cutting tool on the end was very useful.
Sturdy, Easy to Move, Good Size & Weight, Nice Design
This spline roller and cutting knife are really nice. I paid approximately five dollars more for it than the other one. I am very glad I did. I was replacing the cheap screens with pet resistant screens since my 70lb puppy can't seemed to keep his paws off of the screening when birds and squirrels are in residence. That screening is exceptionally thick compared to the other. To compound matters my screen cannot be laid flat for the installation it must be installed vertically. This roller was ergonomic enough to get a good grip and really put my back into it. The wheel has a snug fit so no wobbling or bouncing out of the groove. The blade did very well on the cheap stuff but a word of advice, if you're going with a thick pet resistant screen just spring for the husky or stanley box cutter style blade and decrease your spline diameter a little. This blade is razor sharp for standard but not good enough for the tough stuff.
Nice Design, Durable, Good Size & Weight, Sturdy
Good for .175 spline but not for the smaller gauge spline, IMO
September 04, 2016
I used this on .140 spline and I went back to my other cheapie spline tool that had a more narrow wheel because I could hear the fiberglass screen being cut occasionally. It seems that if the width of the wheel is bigger than the channel when you push the spline in it can cut the screen. I checked all the screens I used this tool on and I couldn't see any tears along the spline so maybe it just made that crackle sound by hitting the screen but didn't actually cut it. Nevertheless, my cheapie tool didn't ever make that sound so I'm sticking with it. This is made for the thicker .175 spline and is probably perfect for that but I would be reticent to use it with the smaller gauge spline. It's a pretty solid tool so I'm taking away one star for not mentioning it was for .175 spline and giving it 4 stars.
I had several screens to replace and thought I would try replacing them myself. There were severa...
March 09, 2019
I had several screens to replace and thought I would try replacing them myself. There were several rollers available but I went for this one thinking the knife would be a handy addition. The roller part works fine, no issues there. The handle is easy to grip and get enough pressure with. However, the hook knife part of this tool is not a good design. The knife comes loose very easily. It can be accessed with a screwdriver but if you tighten it to try and keep the knife held in place, the knife won’t retract very easily. I would suggest the manufacturer rethink the design to allow for the knife to be retained in the holder while simultaneously being able to extend or retract it with ease.
Would not recommend for .125 spline. It does not push it into the track. Just glides on the surfa...
November 22, 2017
Would not recommend for .125 spline. It does not push it into the track. Just glides on the surface. Luckily i have a trowel to push into the track. The blade also pops out with the slightest tug. even after tightening. But it does cut when you hold the blade by hand. Must be designed for thicker spline. Will be returning.
After a struggle and getting nowhere, I lifted one side of the screen I was attempting to install and tried to put the roller in the track without screen fighting me... and the roller didn't fit! If you're installing a .140 or larger spline, this tool might work, but it absolutely cannot work with a track that requires a very common .125 spline. You would think they might mention that on the package... but they don't. This one will be returned tomorrow.