|Review by lumberjoe||posted 01-29-2013 06:38 PM||6432 views||7 times favorited||37 comments|
I saw this at a booth at the New England Woodworking show a few weekends ago. At first it seemed like just another gimmick, but I noticed the company is local to me. I am always one to give local businesses a shot, so I asked for some more information. What I found out was this is not a gimmick. I would go as far to say this is a must have.
You are probably thinking ”A tape measure is a tape measure, what makes this one $40?”. Well, let me answer that for you. Before I get into the details, I’d like to outline my thought process a little bit. Yes, I have what I would consider good tape measures (Stanley 30’ powerlocks, I have about 10 of them but can only find 2 at any given time). They are about 15$. Why on earth would I want to spend more than double that for one tape measure? I guess for the same reason I have a $75.00 tiny 4” double square. Precision matters.
This tape has a lot going for it. It’s pretty heavy, has a really nice rubberized grip all around, and fits in the hand nice. The action is smooth and the lock is great. It’s advertised that you can extend it 8’ without support, I can consistently get about 12’ out of it before it bends.
Clearly Marked Double sided rule
On the top of the tape, the graduations are written out in their respective fractions. No more counting ticks. Graduations are marked on both the front and the back of the tape. That can come in really handy. In addition to a double sided rule, it has double sided hooks. No more bending the tape over to make that pencil line. Just flip it upside down.
This is what sold me. If you are measuring cut lines, you can skip the pencil all together. There are a few separate components that make this system work, and they are very well thought out. The first of which is the strong, positive lock. This tape isn’t going anywhere when you lock it. The lever at the top is easy to lock with one hand.
The other is the scribe system itself, shown here:
It is positioned right at the end of the the body. For marking cut lines, just set your measurement, hook the end of the board, and drop the tape down. That is more accurate than you can ever get with a traditional tape and pencil. If you are doing general layout and don’t want a scribe, use it like a regular tape measure.
Another awesome feature that makes this work so well is the sight:
You have black guides on both sides of the tape that are very easy to read and super simple to lock in the proper measurement.
It’s guaranteed for life
Both the scribe and the tape are guaranteed for life. You pay about 7$ for shipping. The packaging has instructions on replacing the parts.
Speaking of packaging – it’s pretty cool. It comes in a metal box. It also comes with a really nice metal mechanical pencil, replacement leads, and replacement erasers.
I have no affiliation with this company at all. I do give this 5 stars, and I rarely give anything 5 stars. A tape measure is a mundane thing which no one gets excited about, but I love using this. It really has changed the way I work, and for the better. Once you use it, you will have one of those “holy crap, why the heck didn’t I think of that” moments.
I highly recommend getting one. You will not be disappointed. My local Woodcraft stocks them, but I don’t think Woodcraft carries them everywhere. You can order one on the website:
-- Unplugged Woodworkers - https://www.facebook.com/groups/213418935481974/