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post #61 of 76 Old 01-13-2008, 02:32 AM
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I have used the silver stanley, and a few orange lufkins. It just kills me to drop one and brake it. So I buy el-cheep-o tapes from the discount stores like Fred's, and Dollor General. Dont laugh, I get 2 to 3 years out of a $3.00 25ft tape. Now it doesn't hurt so bad to loose one or drop it off a roof onto the driveway. Thats my 2 cents
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tape measures are the only thing I buy that are Craftsman, as they replace them, I haven't bought a new one in years. Even when I accidentally took a radial arm saw across the tape, they replaced it no questions asked.
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Slightly off-point from the reliability question, but I love my Center-Point tape measure. It has two scales. The second scale instantly tells you the center of the main scale - just by looking at the corresponding number. Can't say how many times I've used that feature.

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I've looked at those, and the feature would be pretty handy for me- I do a lot of picture hanging- like collages of frames- for customers. However, the one i actually looked at- at Woodcraft- didn't seem very nice- it was real rough when retracting- nothing smooth about it- and at almost $16 for a 16' tape i was less than impressed.
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I've got a Craftsman 25 foot tape measure that I bought in 1990 that still works like new.
I've got a Chrome Stanley clone el cheapo that I bought at a Dollar General for, well, a dollar. 25 footer. It is in the toolbox of my truck. I expect it to be broken in less than a month.
I've got an Orange Lufkin 25 footer that I bought when I worked at Ace Hardware back in the 90s. I guess it was 96 or so... So it is 12 years old I guess...
I have a yellow, "Ruggedized" I think "Workforce" is the name on the label. It is a yellow plastic case with rubber all the way around the outside, it is a 16 footer. I have thrown it at concrete when I was mad, and it still works fine. I have no clue where it came from. It was in the garage when I bought my house.

Over the years I have had a bevy of Chrome Stanley tapes. I find the Stanley is the least reliable of the major brands. At least under my use / abuse / misuse.

Overall, I don't see a whole lot of difference between the $5.00 25 footer at Lowes or Home Depot, and the $16.00 Lufkin. Having said that, I like Lufkin. The town at least. And if the Lufkin tape measure company supports the jobs that those people have, I am going to buy a tape measure from them when it suits my needs...

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Lufkin, which in recent years became part of the Cooper Group (Plumb, Crescent, etc.) is now pretty much made, or at least assembled, in Mexico and China. At least for the retail tape measures I've looked at in the stores. Starrett is also doing likewise in Asia, I believe in either Singapore or Malaysia. Harder and harder to find Made in USA nowadays. We are now strictly marketers for Asia and Mexico.
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I have a yellow, "Ruggedized" I think "Workforce" is the name on the label. It is a yellow plastic case with rubber all the way around the outside, it is a 16 footer. I have thrown it at concrete when I was mad, and it still works fine. I have no clue where it came from. It was in the garage when I bought my house.

This just like the ones they sell at the discount stores for $3.00. I have 3 or 4 and used them daily.

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Is it possible to find a tape with metric and inches in the states? I live in Brazil, and metric is important, but the tapes I am finding here are el-cheapo plastic knock-offs. They work well till you drop them the first time. Every time I am in the States I look for a quality tape that also has metric, and have yet to find one.
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Is it possible to find a tape with metric and inches in the states? I live in Brazil, and metric is important, but the tapes I am finding here are el-cheapo plastic knock-offs. They work well till you drop them the first time. Every time I am in the States I look for a quality tape that also has metric, and have yet to find one.
Starrett makes one in 12' (4m) and it's their Tru-Lok model CH12-4ME12 which is available from Rockler Woodworking. I have two of them.
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I have a yellow, "Ruggedized" I think "Workforce" is the name on the label. It is a yellow plastic case with rubber all the way around the outside, it is a 16 footer. I have thrown it at concrete when I was mad, and it still works fine. I have no clue where it came from. It was in the garage when I bought my house.

This just like the ones they sell at the discount stores for $3.00. I have 3 or 4 and used them daily.
I am going to have to look for a few of them. I like these tapes. They have the high vis yellow that is a LOT harder for me to misplace...

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Tapes..

Oh boy the big question.. To tell you the truth in all the years, I have been using the fat max since they have come out and they have been good.. The other day I finally had to break down and buy a new one and I am impressed... The newest is the silver one with the Greenish tape and let me tell you, It is much easier to read than the standard yellow and dang it man I pulled it out and it made it to 15' without crinkling over... They are expensive compared to the yellow fat max, but so far they are worth it... The tape is wider and much easier to read... Damn do I need glasses... Nah.. I am dreaming... LOL
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25' Fastcap (with the built in pencil sharpener(how cool is that?)), 24" cabinet rule, and Starrett rulers all the way down to the 6" pocket ruler.
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Although I have a 30' and several 25' tape measures, I prefer to carry a small, compact 12' or 16' tape measure on my belt throughout the day. I find that most of what I measure is less than 8'.

Just the other day, I added two more 12' tapes to my collection courtesy of Wal-Mart. A really nifty, small Bulldog (China) for $2.74 and a Stanley Leverlock (Thailand) for $2.64. The 12' Bulldog is so good and so inexpensive and so small that I'm going to buy three or four more and stockpile them.
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At work I use a 25' craftsman, ( I'm a construction electrician) but when I'm woodworking a little $3, 12' is good enough. There's no reason to carry around a big bulky tape measure. I also use a steel 36" yard stick, and 6" metal ruler and of course a 6"+ 12" combination square. and a big framing square and 12" calipers.
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I do carry a fatmax for rough framing. It's kind of funny to watch someone with a flimsy little 16 footer trying to hook the top plate. after the third try they're all frustrated.
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Here's some pix of the 16' Big Johnson Tape Measure I just got.





I caved and got 2 of those at amazon bout a month ago.
These johnson 16' are spot on.

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I use a Craftsman. When it gets screwed up, I figure I'll trade it in on a new one under the Craftsman guarantee.
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