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brucem609 03-07-2013 08:08 PM

Best tape measure?
 
So I go to my local Sears to buy yet another tape measure(I leave them everywhere) and I find out that sears does not make the craftsman tape measures any longer. I think. Have been using them for 25+ years! Now what?
What do you guys use? Which one is the best? Any ideas?

Not really sure where this should have gone, but I figured everybody in this forum surely measures everything at least twice before they cut so I thought I would start here!
Thanks

ocd carpenter 03-07-2013 08:35 PM

I use Stanley Fat Max tapes. They're one of the best. The 11' standout is really handy.

kwikfishron 03-07-2013 08:49 PM

Just a basic 25' Stanley for me.

I've had those tapes in my hands for so long that anything else feels like a foreign object.

Every once and a while they come on sale for under ten bucks...I buy a few.

GBrackins 03-07-2013 09:14 PM

another Fat Max here, 35-footer

woodworkbykirk 03-07-2013 09:33 PM

fatmax 25 footer for framing and deck building. fatmax 16' for trim and siding.
ive heard very good things about the tajima tape measures but havent seen them.. if its anything like the chalk line it beats the fatmax

princelake 03-07-2013 09:36 PM

http://www.homedepot.com/p/t/1000571...1v&R=100057197

i only use the stanley fat max 30ft tape. it has the same case and spring as the 25' so its no bigger and it doesn't snap back as hard and its a true 25' tape because on the original 25' you get to like 22-23' and thats it.

Millertyme 03-07-2013 09:37 PM

Fatmax 16'

tcleve4911 03-07-2013 09:37 PM

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Stanley 25' & 30
Not the silver ones like I used to use.
I found these awhile ago at Lowes.
They're smaller in my hand but have a full size width and the three rivets on the hook for strength.

Attachment 66921

hand drive 03-07-2013 10:17 PM

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Originally Posted by princelake (Post 1132117)
http://www.homedepot.com/p/t/1000571...1v&R=100057197

i only use the stanley fat max 30ft tape. it has the same case and spring as the 25' so its no bigger and it doesn't snap back as hard and its a true 25' tape because on the original 25' you get to like 22-23' and thats it.


Ive always found that the tapes with more tape in them wear down faster than ones with less tape in it?? if and when the tape needs to be shoved back in manually the last few feet it goes in the crap tape bin for underhouse work and muddy/wet layout days.

I always use the fat max 25' and recently tried the dewalt tape, it was a good tape for a while and retracted well up to the point that it broke at the 3" mark

BigJim 03-07-2013 10:22 PM

Most times I used Stanley tapes, before that I used Lufkins but they got sloppy and wouldn't hold up well. The last tape I bought, they didn't have a Stanley like I liked so I bought an off brand that has a magnet in the end to pick things up off the floor. It is actually built as good if not better than the Stanley and if you drop it, it can't bend the tab on the end. If I could find another one I would buy it but I can't find them any more.

hand drive 03-07-2013 10:34 PM

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Originally Posted by BigJim (Post 1132160)
Most times I used Stanley tapes, before that I used Lufkins but they got sloppy and wouldn't hold up well. The last tape I bought, they didn't have a Stanley like I liked so I bought an off brand that has a magnet in the end to pick things up off the floor. It is actually built as good if not better than the Stanley and if you drop it, it can't bend the tab on the end. If I could find another one I would buy it but I can't find them any more.


that type of tape would work great for metal framing :yes:
anytime I find a tool I really like I buy a couple at least because by the time it wears out and needs to be replaced chances are likely that the tool is not made anymore and nowhere to be found.

Dave88LX 03-07-2013 11:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tcleve4911 (Post 1132119)
Stanley 25' & 30
Not the silver ones like I used to use.
I found these awhile ago at Lowes.
They're smaller in my hand but have a full size width and the three rivets on the hook for strength.

Attachment 66921

I have the 12' version of that. 3 feet of standout and it breaks over. I have the 12' regular silver Stanley and get 4.5'. I was hoping I'd like that green one, but just too flimsy. :(

TheEplumber 03-08-2013 12:09 AM

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Tied & true-- complete with duct tape and ABS glue.
I just can't throw them away- but I do retire them....

kaschmid3 03-08-2013 06:05 AM

Definitely Stanley fat max here the length is up to you I have the 25 for daily use and 35 for when needed wouldn't use any other

woodworkbykirk 03-08-2013 03:05 PM

i have several of the 30 ft fatmax tapes , however i dont like them.. reason being the spring breaks much quicker than the smaller tapes.. and the extra size of the.. i only carry them for foundation work


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