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TRACER ProScribe Tool

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Overall rating 4.5

Build Quality is rated at a 4/5 for TRACER ProScribe Tool :

Ease of Use is rated at a 5/5 for TRACER ProScribe Tool :

Features is rated at a 5/5 for TRACER ProScribe Tool :

Value For Money is rated at a 4/5 for TRACER ProScribe Tool :

Overall is rated at a 5/5 for TRACER ProScribe Tool :

Number reviews: 2
Overal rating: 5
Review for TRACER ProScribe Tool by John Carne
30th May 2022

Let me start by saying I love the idea of the Tracer.

The tracer scribing tools is a brilliant idea but it’s just not been executed that well unfortunately.
The tool should be made from aluminium or steel especially the bright green bit and the black arm attached to it that hold the pencil. After using it just once I can already see cracks forming in the green plastic.

This tool is great if you need to scribe flooring or some other profile were your making at 90 degrees but if your marking parallel for instance scribing a panel to a wonky wall but the gap is 5mm this tool is bad it will move from the angle you need to set it at to get a 5mm scribe and so is no good for what I would mostly use it for.

The pencil it’s self is fantastic I really like it I’ve had several of this type and this I’m my favourite so far because you don’t have to remove the case from your pocket/pouch/belt to sharpen it as the sharpener is on top instead of the bottom or the side some way down.

It comes in a very nice case that is will protect your tool your pencil and the spare leads that it comes with which is handy because mine always end up lost in my tool bag.
So overall I would give this product 6/10 for me personally but if your a flooring guy you’ll love it.

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Review for TRACER ProScribe Tool by Lee Key Plumbers
4th May 2022

The Proscribe comes with an handy carrying case, that holds the Proscribe long pencil with holster. The pencil holster has a built in pencil sharpener built in to the belt clip. It comes with a supply of replacement leads and yellow markers, all stored in a strong holder. There is also in the kit the Tracer Pro scribe tool. This is a multi use tool / marking tool, that allows you to use the proscribe as a compass, or to use in contour mode to scribe profiles, or parallel scribing. All adjustments are made by adjusting the nurled nuts at the front and rear of the proscribe. There is a set of instructions that can be kept inside the case.
Very impressive and looks professional, when using it. The carry case gives further protection to the pencil, scribe and replacement leads. Although the holder for the replacement leads is robust and great to protect the replacement lead the carry case keeps the whole set together in one easy to access case. A great addition to any toolbox.

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23rd May 2022

Hi, this is Andy from Bennett's Safe Gas. Thank you Tool Talk and Expert Trades for sending me out this Tracer ProScribe. It is the ProScribe Deep Hole Construction Pencil with replacement leads, and it is all in one kit. You can see on the back, just some of the things. Take that out, you've got this nice strong case, there is a handle. Open it up, what's inside? You've got a few instructions, how to set up, QR code. If you go to that QR code, it does show you a short video of how to use it. And this is what's inside. You have the pencil, replacement leads, there's four of those, and two yellow, they help to write on dark surfaces, and then you have the scriber itself.

So you take this out, loosen the two ends. It does adjust up and down and then slides up. It's not the deepest. I could probably use one that's slightly longer, and one that maybe extends more and more, but that's not available. It does have a nice smooth rail at the bottom. This does help and it just flies across the surfaces. That's quite nice.

The pencil that comes with it, the Tracer Deep Hole Marking Pencil, you just take it out of the sleeve. This is what you keep in your pocket, clips on the side. You push that, lead comes out, and the sharpener's just there, so that's nice if you leave this in your pocket. Then it just drops in and pushes in, and that's it, locked in.

Then the other thing in the case is the replacement leads. You just swivel that and just take your replacements out. That's the yellow, so that's what writes on dark surfaces. It all sits in this case. It is a nice case, sturdy, strong. Zipped up, you can give it a bash, give it a twist. It is strong, it is going to hold and keep them safe. Yeah, that is a nice little tool. Thank you.

23rd May 2022

It's Gareth from Udell Electrical Services. ToolTalk Expert Trades have sent me the TRACER ProScribe Kit just to try out and see what I think of it. So I'm going to get the kit out, use it on a job, and then review it and see what I think.
So I've got this door frame to scribe into the wall. The wall's not perfectly straight, and there's quite a bit of a gap there. So I'm going to use the TRACER ProScribe to scribe it in. I've already set the tool up.
Just looking at the tool briefly, it's basically like a compass. So you have to set the actual thing up. And that's the gap that I want to be measured. There's a couple of different screws. So you can angle this differently, depending on which angle, if you've got a bigger sort of scribe to do, or if you're sort of doing a profile bit. All the instructions comes in the kit like I showed earlier, but I've already set that up. So I'm going to give it a go.
So I'm just going to hold my piece of timber where I need it, and then gently hold the ProScribe TRACER against the wall and send the line.
So that's it. It's traced the outline of the wall. I'm not sure if you can just about see that on the camera. There is this bit here, which is where the light switch is. So I wasn't able to hold the TRACER flat to the wall, but I'll just marry those two lines up and then use that to cut.
So as you see that I've, I've used the ProScribe to scribe a piece of architrave into the wall. I have to say, I found it quite fiddly to get set up. These grub screws, you have to really, really tighten down because I found that I tightened it to the thing and I went down the wall and started scribing. And then found that the pencil sort of moved like that, which then moved the angle. So I then had to reset it all and found it quite sort of fiddly and time consuming. And really, even if you really tighten these up quite tight, there's still the click and the movement there, which is not what you really want if you're scribing.
I did find that it's quite a bulky thing. I was literally scribing about five mil off of the actual architrave. And to actually set up the point, you're talking a minute sort of distance. Which as you can see, the pencil moves quite a bit. I don't know if you're as scribing a bigger area, if you were wanting to describe that sort of thing in, whether it would be accurate enough. I don't know.
The other issue that I did find with it is that because it's... So this is obviously where I was wanting it to scribe. That sort of space in between the pencil and that mark. Because it's a long flat surface along the plaster wall, because I kept it on the plaster wall, there was slight notches in the plaster, just where little bits of plaster had been left. So it kind of flicked the thing out rather than keeping it flat. But that could have just been down to user error
I don't know how well it will last just with it being plastic. Obviously, if you're using it day in, day out on site, although this part is the metal and is reinforced, you've got a lot of plastic parts. So I suppose only time would tell using it on site. The pencil part itself is a great bit of kit and I've got two or three of them that I do use regularly. But in terms of the actual scribing part, this part, I don't know how much use it would actually be to an everyday tradesman.
But that's just my review. It's well designed. They've obviously put a lot of money into it to design it. And I do like the fact that it comes with the cool kit. That's all I can say, really. Give it a go.

23rd May 2022

Hi, I'm Steve from HPE Services, and I've been sent this TRACER ProScribe by Tool Talk for the review, which I'm very grateful for.

So as you can see, comes in a nice box. Take the wrapping off, which has a nice set of instructions on the back. And comes in a nice, sturdy case, so it's not going to get smashed about in the back of the van.

Going to open this. I see another set of instructions. Tells you how to set the ProScribe up. Inside the bag, there's a container with 20 leads, which are different colours, so that will be handy for marking on different materials.

The Deep Hole Pencil. I've already got one of these which I've been using awhile. Very, very handy for marking out in bathrooms, for positioning of sinks, basins, marking into deep holes say for putting boilers up. Absolutely handy piece of kit.

Then this is the new bit, the ProScribe. I've never come across this one before. But apparently, according to the instructions, it's capable of making parallel lines, use as a compass, use it for parallel marking, contour modes.

So quite easy to use, actually. The pencil slots into there. Nice little grip. Tighten up, using these to position it. Nip it on, and you use it as a compass as such. Handy for marking the positioning of pipes through kitchen units. Very handy there. You can also adjust that as a parallel marker. On a bit of wood like that, and move a little bit farther forward like that. And as you can see, marks a parallel line on there. So a quite handy bit of kit, I would imagine.

If you drop that back, it also drops through onto there. And you can use it for marking the contours, which is quite handy. So that there, straightforward piece of kit. It takes a little bit of getting used to, you know, but once you get the hang of using it, makes for quite a useful bit of tool. Quite handy. Highly recommend it, I think, right

Thanks very much for watching. And I hope you enjoy buying one. Bye-bye.

12th May 2022

Hi, guys. In Black Country Al, Fitzgerald Electrical & Plumbing Solutions. And I'm just doing a quick review for Tool Talk on the Tracer ProScribe. Basically, you've heard of Tracer. You've got the pencils, the pens. I've been using these now for a while. Pretty good. Tool Talk have sent me a kit, the ProScribe kit. It comes in a hard-ish case, a protective case, so it will protect your bits in there. You've got your pencil, your pens, and a scriber.

Basically, what it does, in a nutshell, is it marks out the contour or the shape of something that you want to cut. So if you're doing it against a wall, plasterboard, or boards, you can use it in parallel mode so it just marks the point you set it so the pencil is the same as the point and you mark along it, and it gives you the exact profile so you can saw and cut to the exact shape.

You can use a compass mode if you need to do a circle. And then the one I use, and the one I'm going to use it for the most is to scribe to do the contour. So basically, I'm going to show you on this tile. I've got it upturned, upside-down so it shows a bit more. You set your tile to the back. Measure that back from the wall, your profile, and then set the pencil just below the base there.

And from that point where you want your pencil, you can adjust that with these guys at the back here. We'll set ours just there at the front because that's the distance from that wall to the front of this architrave.

So I'm just going to run the pencil, I'll scroll it along and follow it along this tip of the architrave. And there you go. It's marked that out perfectly. You can chop that out with an angle grinder or a tile saw and that will fit in there nicely, right back against it. Tried it earlier with some pipe, so the exact same thing. Only other thing is you've got to mark out where your pipe starts and stops and then you can follow it around with this to get the contour of it.

Works perfectly and I will be using it quite often, I think. Especially for cutting around pipes and things like that and plasterboard. You know, plasterboard patches and it's got to be up to a frame or something like that again, around pipes. And perfect for marking out. Actually, it's quite well made and sturdy. And their pencils, like I said, are good. They're made to last. I've been using them for quite a while now. No complaints there.

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