Irwin Strait Line Chalk Reels
We love Irwin tools and their Vise-Grip cutting pliers remain one of our favorite go-to tools. Of course their Marples bevel edge woodworking chisels are a force to be reckoned with. Recently, however, Irwin updated their chalk reels, and all of the new Irwin Strait Line Chalk Reels feature redesigned bodies, steel handles and larger center clutches to give better performance. The Mach6″, Speed-Line Pro”, Speed-Line” and the Aluminum chalk reels were all specifically engineering to make them more innovative, faster and tougher.
The Mach6 Chalk Reel is the quickest one of the bunch with a 6:1 gear system, metal body and 100 feet of high performance polyester/nylon line that will deliver up to 6 strikes per pull. The Mach6 also includes added features like an EZ access door on the back which allows you to more easily unclog blockages or swap out the line. A twist off cap for refilling chalk and wide-prong hook make this a compelling new product.
The Speed-Line PRO Chalk Reel comes with a 3.5:1 gear system, lightweight plastic body, and the 100 feet of high performance polyester/nylon line. The Speed-Line PRO also includes the easy fill twist off cap and wide-prong hook that will hold on to the edge of the work piece even when the chalk line is held at an angle away from the work piece.
The Speed-Line Chalk Reel has a 3.5:1 gear ratio and a traditional style light weight plastic body. Inside the case is 100′ polyester line that Irwin claims will deliver up to 5 strikes per pull.
The more basic Aluminum Chalk Reel features a redesigned solid aluminum body and steel handle. It has a traditional 1:1 gear ratio and 100′ of polyester line.
The Irwin Strait-line series of chalk reels are available at most home center and retail tool stores. The suggested retail price for the Mach6 reel is $12.99, for the Speed-Line PRO reel is $9.99, for the Speed-Line reel is $6.99 and for the Aluminum reel is $4.99.