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Old 03-08-2013, 03:05 PM   #16
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While I wouldn't use it for framing, I love my 16' FASTCAP "old standby" flat-back tape measure for laying out cuts on plywood or other woodworking projects. It has zero standout, but lays flat on a project piece.


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Like everyone else, Stanley gets the preferential treatment for those things that require standard style tape measures. I prefer the ones in a metal case.

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Old 03-08-2013, 05:07 PM   #17
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i find the 25' stanely fat max sping are to strong and snaps the tape back to quick and the end gets ripped off. the 30' goes slower and i've had the same tape for a few years now and i use it daily.
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the only problem with the fatmax tapes is that hte quality has gone way down on them since they were introduced like 10 years ago.. the springs and blades dont hold up as well
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i find the 25' stanely fat max sping are to strong and snaps the tape back to quick and the end gets ripped off. the 30' goes slower and i've had the same tape for a few years now and i use it daily.
only when new, it starts to slow down quickly with use. the way I see it, the more spring it has the longer it will work (retract).
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I like these
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Old 03-08-2013, 10:46 PM   #21
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I have what the other guy has so I can cut for him. I like the fat max as well.
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Old 03-09-2013, 05:34 AM   #22
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Everything is cheaper made these days. Its so the company can sell more items. Ive used stanely's before and they are good. At home though I have a Craftsman yellow case one and some free harbor freight ones. I know laugh at me.
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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....
ha ha ha, I have box of those myself. all stanley!!!
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Old 03-09-2013, 09:37 AM   #24
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After many many years, Stanley 30' Like the other guy said, anything else feels like a foreign object.
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most of my tapes get used til the point that the spring or the blade breaks.. when that happens they go in the jobsite dumpster
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i go through about 3 to 4 a year, between nicking them with my knife while measuring drywall, and general use. i always use stanley silver 25'
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Free one from Harbor Freight
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Absolutely.......I have about 6 of them.
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Ok this is getting kinda personal. Let me get this straight. You are asking me what I like to put in my hand that actually will measure up. Be looked at quite closely and with constant repetition. Will hold up well when pushed to its limits. Will last for a reasonably long time. One that is worth looking for when needed. One that feels the best. Hmmm, these are so very personal. But upon giving this the utmost consideration. I would suggest the brand of .......grandchild. They come in both metric and imperial as well as a variety of colours to choose from. Most do not have size options but you will most certainly find they are a wonderful fit in ones hand.

Anyways hope you don't mind I took the liberty of having a lighter side to your tape measure choices. I have a number of different tapes for different reasons, that is the best answer I can give. It is like a different knife for different purposes.

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Fixrite, Great answer. Nothing has the warmth and affection of a Grandchild, and they always measure up.

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