The FastCap Babe-Bot is a smaller 4-ounce version of their popular Glu-Bot glue bottle.
It’s a refillable squeezable glue bottle with replaceable tips and wide screw-top cap. After squeezing some glue out, there’s no spillage when the bottle is returned to an upright position. (At least not in my experience.)
I chose the Babe-Bot because I work on smaller projects at a time. If you need it to hold more glue, the Glu-Bot can hold 16 ounces.
I bought mine about a month ago, from Amazon. Thus far, I’ve got no regrets. Squeezing the bottle takes a little more effort than I anticipated, but I believe it’s because I cut very little off the tip. I might widen the tip opening a little bit, as the greater flow should make it easier to squeeze out glue.
Replacement tips are readily available, as are caps. I can see myself buying a Glu-Bot in the future, and a replacement parts and tip kit ($10 via Amazon). That way I can swap out different tips. While you can swap out different tips without buying another retainer – included in that tip kit – it’s a slower process than simply swapping retainer and tip assemblies.
The cap has been doing a good job at keeping the glue from drying out, but I don’t think the seal is as good as with off-the-shelf glue bottles. Time will tell.
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There’s not a lot more to say about the Babe-Bot glue bottle, other than to encourage you to look at some of the user reviews. It’s a nice accessory that offers more flow control than the bottle that comes with your glue.
I have the regular glue bot. Good item, especially if you buy Gallons of Glue. When I am doing more precise glue applications I put the glue into a small silicone container and use a silicone brush to carefully apply it, wouldn’t risk luring straight onto a small area. I use the glue bot primarily larger glue ups like laminating panels.
Gary M. Crompton
Great bottle. I have a few of these and they last a long time. Whilebi have not been impressed with some this one had managed to last over a year and is still going strong.
Koko the Talking Ape
Dumb question: how does it offer more flow control than the bottle the glue comes in? Thanks!
Glue bottle: giant nozzle that gushes out globs of glue. Glue is released by gravity plus squeeze-action.
Babe-Bot: smaller nozzle with user-controlled squeezing action. If you want more flow, use a different tip or cut the tip a little higher for a larger nozzle.
If I need globs of glue I remove the lid from my bottle of tight bond II and pour/squeeze at the same time. Works pretty darn well
Well its TITE bind not tight.
That was easy
I have a couple of these and love them. (Both the big and little ones)
I find them to be great from a control standpoint. The shape of the bottle lends intself to easy control of your glue application.
Just used this yesterday. Got a gallon jug and filled it up easy then put the cap on i wanted. Cut the tip big on mine because I was gluing 8/4 together and then used the silicon glue brush from bench dog or rockler to spread it. Very happy with it. No harder squeezing than with the little bottles imo especially when they reach the end, but you can always keep topping this one off each project to make it easier.
I hated mine. The glue dries inside the bottle easily.. Other reviewers report the same problem. A $1 plastic squeeze bottle works just as well for me and doesn’t dry inside some overly complicated dual chamber reservoir system.
I’ve used o email of the small ones for several years (great for gluing small trim miters), and got a large one recently. The design is great for applying glue in directions other than straight down (like writing on a paper on the wall with a pressurized Space Pen vs. a disposable ball-point). Never had problems with glue drying in the chambers ( regular Titebond), and I kept the same glue in there for over a year.
I had one for a day and just couldn’t get along with it.
I much prefer Ketchup and Mustard squeeze bottles from the dollar store, and empty large dish soap bottles when you need high capacity.
I totally agree. I work at a furniture manufacturer and go through gallons of glue a week. The glue bot is just less user friendly to operate. The plastic is too thin and flimsy and the rubber cap is a pain due to it always hanging in the way of where your trying to apply glue. And changing/cleaning the different applicator tips is no Joy either. I just use some commercial restraunt style “mustard” bottles for bigger jobs, and smaller plactic bottles that are sold for storing and dispensing small amounts of acetone and the like for small percise glue up jobs. Look the glue bot is not a bad glue bottle, I just think it could be easily improved imho.
I have both and didn’t like them. I mostly used the large one for larger projects. In gluing large projects, you need to go pretty fast, though I use titebond III. I had the gallon and thought these would be perfect. They seemed to slow down my work. I ended up taking off the large cap and just squeezing it out from there. I also found the glue dried in the bottle, or at least thickened. Plus the tiny red cap on the small one is very easy to lose, though you can buy replacements.
I instead got the rockler bottle/kit with the many tips https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EA1KL0O/. I like the basic bottle which I use most of the time. This bottle seems much easier to control, since you don’t have to squeeze so hard. You can get the amount of glue you want. This is more flexible, with many tips for various situations.
The Rockler bottle system is on my list to try next. I don’t remember seeing all of those different head attachments the last time I looked at it. Thanks!!
I got the kit on sale for less than $20, perhaps $10, don’t remember. The tips also fit some titebond bottles (16 oz, perhaps 32 oz). I also plan to get a few extra tips ($1 ea) and cut them for different amounts of flow. My least favorite tip is the silicone brush, I use the regular silicone brush (not part of this kit) and find it easier to manage for smaller surfaces.
It’s the replacement tips that makes this so useful.
Just ordered a couple more of these, had mine for a couple of years, good product , glue does tend to harden up if left in for extended time but that happens no matter what you keep glue in
Most wood glues have a stated shelf life of 2 years – but I have used much older glue with good results. If you keep it in the garage – subject to freeze thaw cycles that may shorten its life. But I’ve found that cool basement storage is fine – and for small bottles squeezing the air out of them before tightly capping (I also sometimes tape the cap in place) helps prevent a “skin” from forming. I buy in bulk (gallon jugs) only if I have a big project underway.
I’ve always wondered if wood glue past 2 yrs has the same strength. This is assuming it isn’t obviously spoiled.
Worst piece of junk I ever bought. The cap leaked all the time. To fastcap’s credit when I complined they sent a new cap. But it didn’t help. I like and use many of their products this one was awful.