Tauten Line Welder Review [Strength Test Against Knots]
By: Luke Simonds on February 16, 2017
When I heard about Tauten’s Line Welder device, I was very interested to see how it worked.
Although I feel comfortable tying a variety of different fishing knots, I’m always eager to find a stronger option because the strength of our knots is an important factor, and it’s one of just a few that we as anglers have 100% control over.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any independent reviews of this new product, so we decided to go ahead and buy one to see how it worked ourselves.
For you see how it works, we went ahead and recorded the testing so that you can decide if it’s something that you’d like to have or not bother buying one.
Here’s what this Tauten line welder review covers:
- How it works
- How long it takes to weld a knot
- How strong the welded line is
- How much does it cost (up-front & cost per weld)
Since the claim on their website specifies that this line welding tool can be used on various types of line, we used a variety of different lines for this testing:
- 30 lb traditional mono
- 20 lb fluorocarbon
- 10 lb traditional mono
- 15 lb braid
So let’s get started…
How The Line Welder Works
Tauten’s line welder works by heating up a proprietary material that comes in a cartridge which then locks the line into place after solidifying.
The process is very simple for the user… just a some basic steps:
- Place line in built-in slots at the top of the welder (pic above)
- Lock top lid in place so that the welding material correctly forms around the lines
- Wait for the weld to take place (green light is the signal)
- Open the lid and it’s complete
Tauten specifies terminal connections in its ads and on its website, so the testing you’ll see in the video below is focused on line-to-hook analysis.
However, I did an experimental test with welding a line-to-line connection as well to see if the line welder can be successfully used to connect a braided line to a leader.
Many requests for this came in after we posted the planned review in the Fishing Tribe facebook group, so I tested a braid-to-leader weld and tested it against my favorite braid to leader knot.
How Long Does The Weld Take?
An important aspect of knots is the time it takes to make them… especially when being performed out on the water where every second is incredibly valuable.
So we of course had to test out the time it took for the weld to be completed and compare that to how low it takes a hand-tied knot.
Tauten’s website claimed that their line welding tool can complete the job in 40 to 50 seconds, and we found that to be accurate in our tests (pic above shows it completed at the 49 second mark).
But for those of us who tie knots frequently, 49 seconds is a long time.
For example, I used the Orvis knot as the main one in this testing since it’s very easy to tie while also having a great holding strength, and it clocked in at just 9 seconds which is significantly faster than the line weld.
Although the line weld tool takes longer than most knots (5x longer than many), the strength of a knot is more important than time so this 50 seconds can be a non-issue if the strength of the weld turns out to be a clear winner…
How Strong Is Tauten’s Line Weld System?
The strength of our fishing knots is incredibly important, so the time spent in learning the top knots and looking for others that may be better is a worthwhile investment in time.
So the core value of this line welding system is primarily focused on the strength of it’s connections.
As for the premise, it seems sound which is surely what prompted this company to invest time and money into developing this tool.
To evaluate the strength performance of this line welding tool, please watch the following video so that you can see how the analysis was done.
Note: Feel free to fast-forward to the 11:07 mark to go straight to the strength tests.
As you saw in the video, this line welding tool seems to be best for lighter lines.
Here’s a quick snapshot of what happened in our test:
- 30 lb traditional mono test: Orvis knot won
- 20 lb fluorocarbon line test: Orvis knot won
- 10 lb traditional mono test: Line weld won
- 15 lb braded line test: Uni knot won
- 15 lb braid to 30 lb leader test: FG knot won
Disclaimer: Most of these tests were done without spending time cleaning off the welded line with the cleaning cloths that were provided given that most anglers would never bother spending time wiping off line to tie a knot.
How Much Does The Tauten Line Welder Cost?
As with any product, price certainly needs to be considered before purchase. And it’s extremely important to factor in the long-term usage costs along with the up-front lump sum for purchasing the product.
So here’s the costs you should expect if you decide to get one of these line welder systems:
It seems as if the price of this tool has been fluctuating, but that’s fairly common with any new product.
Currently, the cost of the Tauten line welder system is $199.95 per their website.
And this includes the full set of items that are shown in the video above.
What surprised me most was the cost of replacement cartridges that are necessary to create the welds.
Because a pack of 3 is listed at $11.99 and a pack of 12 is listed at $35.97 (direct from their site).
And it lists each cartridge as good for creating 12 welds each.
So the cost per weld is:
- 3 Pack: $0.33 per weld (11.99/3/12)
- 12 Pack: $0.25 per weld (35.97/12/12)
The premise of the Tauten line welding tool made me very interested in trying it out.
Because who doesn’t want to get stronger connections to our hooks/lures with less effort and higher consistency?
But after testing out the strength, speed, and costs of using this line welding tool, I’m personally going to pass in using it out on the water.
That being said, I did find that the connections for light mono were very impressive so that product itself is not bad.
It’s just that such a large up-front cost along with a continual usage costs of buying new welding cartridges makes putting some time in to learn how to tie knots much more appealing.
Also, the size of the weld is very large (MUCH larger than a standard knot size… especially on light line).
But for those who are unable to tie knots (or uninterested in learning), this product would be a powerful solution given how easy it is to use.
For any questions, please leave a comment below. Tight Lines!
Note: Here are links to the two knots used in this video:
- Orvis Knot (great for terminal connections with mono/fluoro lines)
- FG Knot (great for braid to leader connections)
P.S. – If you’re interested in finding the strongest knots for each type of line connection need, then be sure to check out the following page because it shows a rankings of the best knots.