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5 June 2016
There are several brands of measuring tapes available in the market but only a few are up to the mark for professional usage. Stanley is a brand that holds an international standard reputation and for the right reasons.
1) APPEARANCE / DESIGN:
It comes in the standard "Stanley yellow" color, and although it looks a little bulky, it looks elegant and professional.
It is curvy on two edges and the other two sides have edges that are filleted to avoid sharpness. Apart from that, it has zig-zag grips on the top and on the bottom sides for better hand grip so as to not slip from your hands easily.
Like any similar measuring tapes, this one comes with a clip using which you can fix it on your belt, or any other such spots to carry it around. However, unlike some brands that provide plastic clip, this one comes with a clip made of a Stainless Steel alloy. No fear of breaking the clip accidentally!
2) BUILD QUALITY:
The all plastic body is very robust and it does not feel like it would break on small impacts like falling on a hard floor from table, etc. Having said that, I rather be careful than regret breaking it by being careless.
The tape itself is made of a Tin like metal which is curved upwards on either sides, sturdy, and can be extended up to a length of almost 160 cm before it loses its stability and folds / bends on its own weight.
Pulling the tape out is like pulling out hair from Butter; very smooth! Retracting it is fast and I advice all of you who buy it, to hold down the tape to not allow it to retract with full speed, or it will eventually damage the stopper at the end and render the unit useless.
It weights exactly 200 g and you will feel its presence when you are carrying it in your hands / pants. There's hardly any chance for the "I'm missing something" feeling this way.
The body measures almost 7 x 7 (cm) if it were a perfect square and the retractable tape measures exactly 19 mm in width.
5) MEASURING UNITS AVAILABLE:
The tape offers the measuring units in Millimetres (not in the form of readings), Centimetres, Metres, Inches, and Feet.
The tape is colored Yellow, the measuring lines and the numbers in Black, and the standard measurements such as 10 cm, 12 in, 1 m, etc., in Red.
However, if you are specifically looking for Feet, you are in for a surprise - instead of mentioning the correct value of Feet, every 12" (inches) is highlighted in Red color. This could be an inconvenience for some people.
The total length of the tape is 500 cm / 5 m and the piece I received allowed me to completely pull out the tape until it reached almost 494 cm, after which I used more force to pull it to the end - 500 cm. Once done, I allowed it to slowly retract completely. No issues in this department!
(Make sure to check the images I've shared with this review to see the measuring units on the tape)
6) TAPE LOCK / HOLD:
Yes, it comes with a Black colored slider that holds down the tape from retracting at whichever point you wish to lock it. It works great and make sure you push it all the way through to lock the tape securely.
It is priced a bit on the higher side and I paid Rs. 340/- for the same but I'm sure some of you got it for a great deal on Amazon. Kudos on buying a quality product!
If your decision is to go with Stanley for your standard measuring requirements, you have made a good one. In short, I would suggest this product to whoever's looking for a retractable measuring tape and is okay with the above mentioned exception in the "measuring units" department.