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Thread: What's your favorite tape measure?

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    What's your favorite tape measure?

    So what do you like for use in the shop, cabinet making and other smaller projects.
    Built guitars in my basement for 10 years, mistakes went in the wood stove, was rarely cold.

    Best funny woodworker line: "My worst fear is when I die my wife will sell all my tools for what I told her I paid for them"

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    Either a fat max 16' or the fast cap tape that lays flat. I go back and forth.

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    10 foot Lee Valley in right and left hand. Light, compact, long enough for furniture.

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    Tajima gplus-16
    Andrew J. Coholic

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    I like the feel of the Stanley Fax Max 25'. I also have a DeWalt 16" of a similar design that I am trying out.

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    Tigerstop

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    A small ("ADD 2" FOR CASE") Lufkin Chrome Clad Mezurall --- originally a 12ft. C9212, it now has a new 10' tape in it which I picked up N.O.S. on eBay (got tired of waiting for a 12' to show up --- I suppose now I'll go back to looking, either for a 12' tape, or a 10' tape)

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    Original Stanley metal case 12' w/schoolbus yellow tape rule.
    Last edited by Lee Schierer; 12-29-2017 at 9:18 PM.

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    I prefer the self-locking tape measures, where you pull the tape out, it stays put on its own, and then you press a button to retract it, and you can release the button to brake the return. I HATE slide locks that you have to slide to lock in place. They always seem awkward to lock.

    I very much prefer the yellow bodied Komelon Self Lock 16 ft. x 1 in. with the 1/8 inch fraction reminders printed on the tape (helps my old brain).

    https://www.komelonusa.com/products/.../self-lock/116

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    Milwaukee. Picked up two from a sale at True Value.

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    Lufkin if I need to use a tape - otherwise a 6ft Lufkin hook end folding rule

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    Fast Cap 16 ft and a Fast Cap flat back - great for layout on sheet goods and even on regular stock. Just have to realize it limitation.
    George

    Making sawdust regularly, occasionally a project is completed.

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    25’ Fat Max for most things. FastCap Flatback for layout.

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    In the shop it's Stanley 16's in the chrome plastic case. It's perfect size for cabinet making, don't like bulky tapes in the shop. For on site measurements I use a 25' Fat Max as it has the best standout.

    good luck,
    JeffD

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