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04-23-2017 02:47 AM

Does anybody on this site know of a good 25’ tape measure?

I have:
1 Lufkin 25. Blade kinks and does not role in and out properly.
2 No name. Better but still works.
3 Stanley Tylon. Junk. Blade is kinked all over the place.
4 Stanley leverlock. Total junk. I pull it out and the measure does a complete 360 along the length of the blade.
5 Stanley Fatmax. The best imperial measure I have but heavy as hell.
6 Hultafors 8 m. bought in Denmark. The best measure I have ever owned.

All my smaller ones get lost so I really have no good comparison but one shines, and that one is a Pro carpenter. True 32. Se Mine is a 5m metric, and they also make imperial. The builtin pencil sharpener is crap. I prefer to sharpen my pencils with my knife anyway so no big deal.


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#1 posted 04-23-2017 02:55 AM

Love my Komelon. It’s the smallest, most compact 25’ tape I have seen.
I’ve been using them for over 10 years.
I bought 3 of them after my first one, and still have 2 new ones that I haven’t opened.
I like everything about them.
I still have the first one I bought and although beaten and battered, the tip still moves back and forth and it still retracts completely even when you pull it out all the way.

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#2 posted 04-23-2017 03:17 AM

I have a Lufkin 25 that is decades old, it’s okay, heavy, doesn’t get used much.

Have a Stanley Max 25 that is much better but is bulky. You can extend the blade 10’ horizontal which is super handy. The numbers are big and easy to read at a distance, even with 40+ eyes.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 04-23-2017 03:34 AM

I use a Fatmax, but I generally don’t need the 25” so I use a 16”, always on the lookout for something better.

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#4 posted 04-23-2017 03:39 AM

Usual suspect in my shop is a KOMELON Self-lock evolution 16’ tape. Have two older powerlock 25’ers….meh, first 3” are always a mess.

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#5 posted 04-23-2017 04:10 AM

What ever happened to the inside measure adjustments that were even inches? Why does my measure say to add 2-15/16” to compensate? Why not 3”?

I have an old White Chief from the ‘40s that I use exclusively to measure inside spaces.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#6 posted 04-23-2017 04:14 AM

I don’t like using tapes, but when I do, it’s the free ones from HF. Just as good as any.

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#7 posted 04-23-2017 04:16 AM

What ever happened to the inside measure adjustments that were even inches?
- RichTaylor

Mine are all 1 inch + a fraction.

-- Rick M,

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#8 posted 04-23-2017 11:10 AM

Fast-cap, 16’ in the shop, 25’ in the truck for job site measuring.

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#9 posted 04-23-2017 11:27 AM

I try to not use tapes. There’s better ways for the smaller things I do.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#10 posted 04-23-2017 11:36 AM

I’ve had this Kobalt one from Lowes for a couple years. It’s worked great for me. I hav a handful of others but this one is my go to tape….. provided I can find it.
I ask for a table measure ever year for Christmas cause I’m always misplacing them around my building

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#11 posted 04-23-2017 11:38 AM

I don t like using tapes, but when I do, it s the free ones from HF. Just as good as any.

- papadan

Last free HF tape measure I got was off by an 1/8” of an inch in the first 12 inches, put it right in the trash.

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#12 posted 04-23-2017 12:28 PM

I have a couple of 25s but I never use them I prefer the size and weight of the Stanley 16, ( It is long enough for most everything I do and cheap enough that I can through it away when it gets damaged. I generally wear out 2 per year.

-- nice recovery, They should pay extra for that mistake, Eric E.

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#13 posted 04-23-2017 12:50 PM

I have gone though a number of Stanley (Big Box Store) 12ft and 25ft tapes, ...HOWEVER my best and favorite is my 50ft Lufkin, that was passed down to me back in the 60-70s:

I do admit that I only tend to use this on larger projects that usually are not WW-ing. More often than not, I use my aluminum and steel rulers (6in, 12in, 18in, 3ft, 4ft, 5ft) when WW-ing.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#14 posted 04-23-2017 01:06 PM

I have a older red craftsman 20’ tape that I like a lot and a couple lufkins also a no name that’s was a raffle prize at a ethanol plant shut down its nice and imperial and metric. I have a 50’ and 100’ old lufkin like mike posted for doing circumference measurements and layouts. Also my old job had a 100’ no name one the we passed around to screw with people around 18’ it skipped three inches in the print always fun to screw with a co worker or the quality guy with it.
Has anyone used the new style Milwaukee ones they seemed well made and felt good in the hand but I haven’t purchased one yet.

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#15 posted 04-23-2017 04:16 PM

A suggestion for losing tapes. Make a small tape rack. Use it, put it back. If one is missing and you are in a hurry you still should have 3-4 more to use. I know this is organization and that is a curse word for some, but I have one that is 6” x 12” holds 8-10 tapes. Since I put this up I never seem to have an issue finding a tape measure. For those with king sized shops maybe 2?

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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