When the longest one they made was 16' and it was still good economics
to replace the tape blades. Once they went plastic, it was easier to
buy the whole guts (spring and tape in a cartridge), now I just toss
them. I do keep the tape if it is pristine to replace one that somebody
steps on or nicks with a blade or snips.
Yes, that is what I want in a tape. My favorite is a Stanley 33-312, a
12 footer. Before that I had a 10 footer that I lost or broke. My only
complaint about the Stanley is it has 1/32 marks on the first 12 inches
on one side. I don't need no stinking 1/32 markings on either side.
> Now if only it comes in a 12' version.
> FastCap makes what you would want too.
Recently, I bought a FastCap ProCarpenter 16' Old Standby on a
recommendation from some on this rec. Nope, don't like it. First, it
is 16', the smallest they had, and it's a bit too big for my cabinet
work, I like 12' or less. The return spring is a bit too powerful for
my tastes, the Stanley's have better feel, imo. I have cheap tapes from
the $1 barrel bin that have better feeling spring than the Fastcap.
The main issue though is the markings. The damned thing has 1/32
markings on BOTH sides of the tape for the first 12". I HATE 1/32"
markings, don't use them, don't need them, don't want them. At least my
Stanely has those only on *one* side of the first 12". If the Fastcap
had *only* 1/16" markings, and a slightly weaker spring, and was 12',
I'd say it was good tape for my shop.
I guess I should say what I like about the Fastcap, I like the rubber
shell. The pencil sharpener would be good out of my shop, the duel locks
is nice, the robust, 4 rivet front tab is excellent, and over all, it
feels durable. I would like it for carpentry work outside. In my
cabinet shop, where I don't need 16", nor 1/32" markings, not so much.
Add Life to your Days not Days to your Life.
After working with non retractable measures for the past 6 weeks, almost
exclusively except for when I needed to measure more than 48" I have
almost given up on tape measures. Too inconsistent and finicky.
I probably have 5 FastCap measures. IMHO they are as good asthe next
measure. I too would like to see a smaller tape measure, 12' would be
nice. I tried a
but it failed the accuracy measure test before I used it. It was out
1/32" within 37" I still need to exchange or return it to Rockler.
I Fast Cap I prefer the green lefty/righty / measure in imperial.
Nothing like being tied up in a knot with a tape measure, balancing off
the side of a ladder, and only one hand to operate the tape measure
extended past it's normal holding strength only to find the metric on
the side you need to get that 1/32" accuracy for that crown moulding
Double measurement tapes should be banned as they are so hard too hide
in the garbage can after the wrapping paper is ripped off the gift from
a well meaning friend. You keep it around and sooner or later you will
pick it up with many regrets.
"Mike Marlow" wrote in message
I don't know how many of you are like me, but I hate all of the tape
measures on the market today. I don't want metric on one edge with SAE
the other. I want SAE on both edges of the tape. I don't think or
in metric increments, so I don't want that taking up valuable space on
tape. I hate it if I have to move my tape to mark a measurement, just
because there is some irrelevant markings along the edge I happened to
Likewise - i can read a tape measure. I don't want and I don't like
clutter of the new generation of idiot proof tapes that actually label
1/4, 1/2, etc. for those that don't know how to read the simple marks
So... having stopped by the local Ace Hardware to pick up a tape for a
friend, wasn't I surprised to find a basic tape (25' Ace brand) - just
ticks on both edges of the tape. No idiot stuff, no metric stuff.
your hand nice, has a really nice positive lock that locks and unlocks
easily holds the tape firmly. The best part - only 7 bucks and change!
Hell - I wasn't going to spend a lot of money on a give away tape...
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