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Being in the sign business I am in constant need of tape measures. I put them down and seem to leave them at job sites, etc. I usually go through half a dozen or so a year.

Just bought a new Lufkin 25ft. $25. Damn this thing is flimsy! It was the best one they had at the local Lowes.

Any suggestions? I miss the old, clunky, steel ones made by Stanley!
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Stanley Fat Max has been my go-to for a while.

Side note, I used to work off of Lufkin Rd. in Apex, NC...yep, that Lufkin (Cooper Hand Tools).
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I'll probably jinx myself saying this, but I haven't bought a tape in decades. Still have one I bought in college in 1973. And yes, I use them semi-regularly. Not daily, but regularly.
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(Stanley Fat Max has been my go-to for a while.) ya that
I had one break last month they sent me a new one from one phone call to customer service.
These are the best out there right now-went thru a zillion
Lufkin's -sears etc
fat max in whatever lengths you use the most. I really like the 16 footer and the 25s
2 pack on Amazon or at our local lumberyard (no big boxes around here.
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TAAJIMA G-lock. Best damn tape measure I’ve ever owned!
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Milwaukee 25 end f story
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35 years of field engineering and I have never loss a tape. The first thing I did was bought a leather holder for it then I take the belt clip off. I have loaned my tape to guys and watched them try to clip my tape on to their pocket, only to return it to me with a puzzled look like 'what's with your tape'. I would tell the guys that wanted to use mine "if you're going to stay in the business buy your own". I have wore out a lot of tapes and leather holders but never loss one.

If I had to buy one today, I don't know......
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I keep mine in a drawer with my 10mm sockets. I haven’t lost it, I just can’t remember where the drawer is.
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I have about a dozen of the free harbor freight tape measures floating around
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Used to use the Stanley Fat Max until I would damage the blade somehow, would go through 2-3 per year. Latest one is a Craftsman from Lowes. Looks like it might be made by Stanley in a red case, but has very large numbers and hash marks. Helps a lot when trying to measure for finish trim in a poorly lit corner or a closet. It has held up pretty well in the 3 months I have owned it. If I have one complaint, it is that the rewind will snap and catch a finger if you are not paying attention. I did it several times the first day or two, and now I am very careful to retract it at a measured rate so my fingers don’t get snapped.
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What are these tape measure things you guys are talking about, anyone got any pictures?



















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Originally Posted by bills106 View Post
What are these tape measure things you guys are talking about, anyone got any pictures?



















We are wood butchers no micrometer users allowed.
Lufkin was the best in it's day, but that day was long ago.
Stanley is my choice but the fat max is too stiff when used in any tight spot for me. 25' or 30', and yes I still use one almost every day.
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Originally Posted by signmansez View Post
Being in the sign business I am in constant need of tape measures. I put them down and seem to leave them at job sites, etc. I usually go through half a dozen or so a year.

Just bought a new Lufkin 25ft. $25. Damn this thing is flimsy! It was the best one they had at the local Lowes.

Any suggestions? I miss the old, clunky, steel ones made by Stanley!
Good ole Stanley 25' still the best and most used on the market. They still make em.
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Komelon

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We have a bunch around the shop, probably the best I have ever used
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I've been a Stanley Powerlock guy for most of my life. Over 40 years in the cabinet business, and I never found one I liked better!
There are some Powerlocks out there that don't have the American flag....They aren't made in the USA and they cost less.

I do have a 300' DeWalt tape that's been good for the past 2 years too.
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I know what you mean about not having one when you need it. I probably have 6 or more laying around but when I ever need one I can't find any one of them! I normally go and steal my fiances from a kitchen drawer and I hear about it when its not returned.

They're all an assortment of Stanley's

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Originally Posted by NCSUboater View Post
Stanley Fat Max has been my go-to for a while.

Side note, I used to work off of Lufkin Rd. in Apex, NC...yep, that Lufkin (Cooper Hand Tools).
Stanley fat max. Got 4 of 'em in different locations. Seems like they've gotta 8' standout or so.

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Originally Posted by Jferg65 View Post
TAAJIMA G-lock. Best damn tape measure I’ve ever owned!
metric??
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Another vote for Fat Max. Around Christmas Lowe's or HD has two packs for $19 and I stock up just to have one everywhere.
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Originally Posted by Jus Teasin View Post

I've been a Stanley Powerlock guy for most of my life. Over 40 years in the cabinet business, and I never found one I liked better!
There are some Powerlocks out there that don't have the American flag....They aren't made in the USA and they cost less.

I do have a 300' DeWalt tape that's been good for the past 2 years too.
dam man..you sold cabinets in 100' increments? You go girl!

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