Tape measures.

Forum: Woodworking

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 www.fastcap.com Mine is a 5m metric, and they also make imperial. The buildt-in pencil sharpener is crap. I prefer to sharpen my pencils with my knife anyway so no big deal.

—Madts.

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Manitario ...

Lee Valley makes fairly good quality tape measures. I have several of them and haven’t had any issues.

Brian ...

The newer Milwaukee ones are great but I don’t like the end for woodworking so much. A little too big. Plus the tape is a little more curled than others. Otherwise it’s a great tape with some nice innovations. Those things might not bother you. I use my fat max in the shop. Get a 16 footer to cut down on the weight.