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Stanley Tape Rule Tape Measure 3/4 x 16 ft Leverlock
Sep 15, 2010 (Updated Sep 15, 2010)
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by the Epinions community
Pros:Retractable, non slip, sturdy.
The Bottom Line: Retractable, non slip, sturdy.
Hubby is heavy into tools and I like certain tools myself. We have several versions in our home, garage and cars. I'm always happy to get a good tool as a present. Then again I like to get mulch and rocks as well. I craft, use large tools to make things out of wood and I also love to garden.
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The case is a large and solid feeling 3 inches by 3 inches with a width of two inches. The surfaces where your hand will rest, either the left or the right, are covered with soft touch material. The recoil is fast so watch your fingers. The toggle at the end holds well. If you do fine woodworking you might need a tape with finer measurements.
There is a red button near the back of the case. This button can be pushed to the other side and the tape becomes a free wheeling tape. This is a good weight and a good hand size. I have small hands, hubby has large hands and it is comfortable for both of us. It's a bright, easy to spot mostly yellow color. This makes it easy to find in a work room or garage.
This makes a great stocking stuffer for the handy person in your home. Put one in a tool box with other necessities for kids going off to college or anyone starting out in a new home.
This is a mylar coated tape, stainless. It's in a non slip, impact resistant case with a heat treated spring. Some of the tape cases are neon green.
This version has a lever lock system. The leverlock system refers to the lever on the bottom of the tape body. This locks the tape in place when you want to keep your measurement handy, squeeze this again and the tape will retract.
The measurements are clearly marked in inches with the interpretation on the side ( i.e. 3' 3") if you want the measurement in that form. It is 3/4" in width. I like to keep one tape rule in the car so that when I go to garage sales I can measure items I'm interested in.
This company was started in the US -19th century and has been made themselves a well known name in tools. The Stanley name is usually associated with good quality mid-priced hand tools and is quite well known.
PS: The picture on the epinions page shows the Stanley Leverlock 25" but the title indicates the 16" that I am reviewing. They look exactly the same.
Other versions: Fat Max version in 100' ($19.98) and 35' ($29.99), a Fat Max Extreme ($19.99), a steel PowerLock in 25' ($9.99) and 30' x 1" ($12.99).
The LeverLock comes in 1 1/4" x 25' and 1" x 25'.The LeverLock runs around $7.99 for the 25'. You can also find Stanley tape in metric and decimal scale and a version in a closed case. There are more versions if you are interested just check the site or your local hardware store.
Do not let kids play with this unsupervised, the possibility that it will snap back and cause injury is too great.
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