|Review by davidroberts||posted 10-13-2009 07:05 AM||5058 views||0 times favorited||18 comments|
While walking around the local Woodcraft store, I saw a display of Fastcap brand measuring tapes. One really caught my eye. It’s a “flatback” tape, as you cannot see on edge in the middle picture. It measures 16’ long. I have a lot of longer boards and sheet good to measure and I though what a great idea. Later I ordered a few things from Woodcraft and to make the $50 free shipping, I included the tape. It sells for $8 and is very well made. The thumb lock allows you to lock the tape in the reel so you won’t snag the end and jerk it out. It also locks in place for hands free measurement, and has a convenient “brake” button on the bottom. It is scaled to 1/16th and is o’ so easy to read. Probably the easiest tape I own to read. The tape also has an 1/8” wide clear opposing edge to markup as a story stick. The end is very sturdy and is secured with three rivits. The end doesn’t move. I though about this, and the reason is, the tape is truely a limp biscuit. It has no rigidity. It’s like pushing a string. You only measure with slight tension on the tape. So there is no need for the end to move. I’m all about the measurement, and this tape has become my new best tool. You can also measure a circumference. BTW, Fastcap is a unique company. They use other peoples ideas, pay them a royality, and produce and sell the products. I didn’t know anything about them until I ran across this tape. Check them out at www.fastcap.com
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