|Review by Prplhrtjarhead||posted 08-22-2012 01:26 AM||1812 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
First, truth in advertising. I work for a large trailer manufacturing company and pull my tape on average, 30+ times during a shift. When I purchased this, I was looking for something a little more commercial quality/heavy duty than the average shop tape that may get used 20 times a month.
The heft and rubberized grip of this tape are a definite plus as I have fairly large hands and work outdoors in all weather conditions. The large tape affords very visible readings which is also a plus. Also, the approximate standout (around 13 feet) is outstanding. I had the tape calibrated at my job, as accuracy is pretty big there and found it to be accurate to +/- 1/64th of an inch, which for this tape was 2x better than industry standard (1/32). But, really, this kind of accuracy, while very good, is easily erased by many factors, starting with the device used in marking one’s lines.
This is where it all comes crashing down for the Stanley tape.
I have had this tape for just under a month of daily use. It is now barely retracting. It is a self retracting type, not like the newer and more my preference, the auto lock out type. In any case, we have had great weather over the last few weeks and the tape has hardly gotten more than a light dew on it. I have wiped the tape down and used compressed air to blow any dust out. Still, the last 10 feet of tape has to be either held so gravity will pull it in or manually pushed in by hand. Annoying for sure when you have to do it as often as I do.
The likely culprit though, I believe, is the minor kinks it gets far to easily in the tape’s edges. I fear it will not last through September. So I will have an opportunity to test Stanley’s warranty and customer service. I’ll keep you posted.
In all, it is barely a serviceable tape for heavy duty applications, the purpose for which it was purchased, and the impetus for the review. It has great potential for light to medium duty applictions however, and it is those considerations as to why I gave it the two stars.
If you need a good, larger styled tape for the woodshop, for light to moderate use, this is your tape. If you are looking for a good heavy duty tape, keep looking.
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