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 Looking for good/inexpensive source for Aluminum Tree Tags 
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Post Looking for good/inexpensive source for Aluminum Tree Tags
I have been using tags that I bought from Fedco but I'm not completely pleased with the writing area and the price.
http://www.fedcoseeds.com/ogs/search.ph ... earch=tags

Can someone recommend another supplier?

For now, I'm considering the 2702's from National Band & Tag:

http://www.nationalband.com/nbtplant.htm#Tree_Tags


Sun Feb 05, 2012 4:34 am
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Post Re: Looking for good/inexpensive source for Aluminum Tree Ta
Hi Joe,

I have used the 2729s from National Brand and Tag. There is plenty of room on these to write variety name and rootstock. Whatever size you choose I was happy with their product.

Galen


Sun Feb 05, 2012 8:17 am
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Post Re: Looking for good/inexpensive source for Aluminum Tree Ta
Another option is to cut up pop cans. I just made about 100 tags during the super Bowl.
John S
PDX OR


Sun Feb 05, 2012 10:42 pm
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Post Re: Looking for good/inexpensive source for Aluminum Tree Ta
One "good" finger cut would provide me with at least $20 worth of discomfort/inconvenience.


Mon Feb 06, 2012 6:53 pm
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I haven't had a cut yet. There are also no shipping or handling fees. I also like the ability to control how many I get and need when I want to. It's under local control.

I mention it mainly so that others know that it is possible, because I only found out because someone shared the idea with me, and now it's what I do.
John S
PDX OR


Mon Feb 06, 2012 7:01 pm
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Cutting tags from scraps of vinyl siding seems like it would be much faster...
...and for some, safer.


Mon Feb 06, 2012 8:16 pm
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Post Re: Looking for good/inexpensive source for Aluminum Tree Ta
John S wrote:
Another option is to cut up pop cans. I just made about 100 tags during the super Bowl.
John S
PDX OR

hee hee! That's my MO too John! Out of a 12 ounce soda can I can usually get 24 decent tags. Use a paper punch for the hole.

I'm trying to get some aluminum cable from the power company, just scraps. Unwind some of that stuff and use a crimp of it to hold a soda can tag, then insert into a hold with some epoxy on a branch. How many years does it take for a branch to be 4 inches in radius to hide my label? LOL

Cheap and fun to make.


Tue Feb 07, 2012 5:50 pm
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Post Re: Looking for good/inexpensive source for Aluminum Tree Ta
I've been making my own tree tags since last year. I'm trying to copy the commercial ones, which have cardboard (or thick paper) sandwiched in between thin aluminum. I haven't found a local source of the thin aluminum (.005 is what I remember the thickness is), so I've been using cheap cookie baking sheets, the kind you buy at a place like 99cent stores. There are many thin aluminum baking forms, but most are embossed and that limits the amount of flat area you have to work with. For the sandwiching paper I've been using two thicknesses of brown supermarket paper bags (the large grocery ones).

You just cut the aluminum with sissors, make the bottom piece larger than the top piece (so you can fold the edges over), then cut the paper the size of top piece( or slightly smaller). Then fold over the edges about 1/8th inch on the long sides, and more on the end sides. Crimp the folds with the widest pliers you have. Use a 10d (3") nail to make one or two holes at one end.

These are easy to write on with a nail, and while not perfect they are simple and cheap to make. I'd like to find slightly stiffer aluminum, but I want it to be easy to write on. Next batch I'll try folding the aluminum over the paper, which will make one side stronger and require less crimping.


Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:10 am
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Post Re: Looking for good/inexpensive source for Aluminum Tree Ta
I go the pop can tag route. I just cut them into rectangles with a scissors. I cut the corners off a little too. When I'm ready to tag something I have a piece of soft cedar board as a writing surface and just write on it with a ballpoint pen. Poke a hole in the end with the tip of my pruner, and wire to the branch with some phone or data wire.


Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:00 pm
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Post Re: Looking for good/inexpensive source for Aluminum Tree Ta
I have been pleased with cut-up aluminum blinds. I found a guy on craigslist trying to sell his old blinds, I asked if he had any damaged ones, which he gave me for free.


Tue Mar 13, 2012 3:57 pm
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Post Re: Looking for good/inexpensive source for Aluminum Tree Ta
I am new to the forum --today.
I was a printer for 20+ years and we had printers alum. plates. You might find some at a print shop.

Not sure about proper etiquette on this list, but some friends of mine are Gardenware, in Seaside, OR. They sell not only software, but laser imprintable tyvek and other durable weather proof tags. Laser print holds up well. If you print data from Word on a laser printer it will hold up well, if the sheet holds up like tyvek.

philphoto


Tue Mar 13, 2012 9:05 pm
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Post Re: Looking for good/inexpensive source for Aluminum Tree Ta
jbclem wrote:
These are easy to write on with a nail

I bet you'd like using an old ball point pen better! Just dedicate one that is out of ink. I use a softwood block to write against, sometimes the soft portion of a telephone book. Anything softish really.

I have soda-can tags in good condition that have been in the weather since '93. Almost 20 years. They still look like they would go a hundred more years!


Thu Mar 15, 2012 4:06 pm
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