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What color is your tape measure
« on: August 01, 2018, 02:41:39 PM »
I bought a couple of arange lufkin 25ft tape measures the other day on sale for 6 bucks. Thought these would not becoome part of the woodwork. i was wrong they just happen to be the same color as my tractor,saw,safety helmet etc etc. Everytime I set one down the tape measure gremlin hides it. Think I need a beeper on it.
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Re: What color is your tape measure
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2018, 03:50:22 PM »
At the mill I use a silver Stanley 25' tape.  I prefer the metal case on a tape measure.  My sawmill tape stays in a magnetic mechanic's tray on the box that has the up-down assembly.

When I'm measuring and marking/cutting logs, I have a 50' logger's tape on my belt.

I'm a retired industrial arts teacher.  For me, tools need a place and they need to be put back every time.  If I used orange tape measures, they would blend in too! 

Maybe neon green would be better.
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Re: What color is your tape measure
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2018, 04:09:54 PM »
Black and orange are no better, we have a neon orange no good, i like the beeper idea. :DI can use set it down, turn my back and it will be come invisable. Spend more time looking than using some days, smiley_huh unless I have the carpentor apron on and stick it in the pocket, The trouble with that is the aparon keeps dropping lower and lower and soon I feel like those kids with their pants below their buts  :embarassed:
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Re: What color is your tape measure
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2018, 04:19:03 PM »
At the mill I use a silver Stanley 25' tape.  I prefer the metal case on a tape measure.  My sawmill tape stays in a magnetic mechanic's tray on the box that has the up-down assembly.

When I'm measuring and marking/cutting logs, I have a 50' logger's tape on my belt.

I'm a retired industrial arts teacher.  For me, tools need a place and they need to be put back every time.  If I used orange tape measures, they would blend in too!

Maybe neon green would be better.
Well, two reasons for me, to put things back into their place. I was a pot smoker, looonnnngggg time ago, and ended up more than once, starknaked, going through my pockets for the third, or may be fifth time. To find my flat's keys. I tell you, it gets old fast! 
And, when i started roofing, well, you know, you get on the roof with no hammer, or no tape measure. There won't be any of your mates passing what you forgot back to you! They would rather hide it to make you go nuts!  ;D So, metal cased stanley, in my left leg pocket. And why metal (plastic) cased? Because it slides in the pocket and out of the pocket easily. Give me one of those rubberized thingies, and i go mad! 
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Re: What color is your tape measure
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2018, 07:01:50 PM »
You wouldn't think so but florescent green shows up best...even against grass and leaves.  When I did survey work we had a green prism target....it was the easiest one to find looking through the instrument when in trees and brush.

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Re: What color is your tape measure
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2018, 07:18:58 PM »
Satamax, thut must've been some crazy stuff if you got naked from it!😂😂😂
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Re: What color is your tape measure
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2018, 07:38:07 PM »
 :D I have a silver metal tape measure as well as a bright orange one. Guess which one goes missing on the bench first!
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Re: What color is your tape measure
« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2018, 07:44:06 PM »

I keep about 9 of the Stanley Silver 25' tape measures around the yard, in the truck, in my personal vehicle, in the bushes, and two in my sock drawer. When I'm sawing, I will have one sitting between the hydraulic control sticks on my saw station. 

The cheap tape measures are cheap for a reason. Plastic housing will bust, or break eventually when dropped, even with the rubber. The rubber edges come loose and sometimes that comes off anyway. And the metal tape wears down the slot when the tape is retracted and pretty soon it jams up. Waste of money. Stanley's are 9 bucks and sometimes 2 for 15 on Amazon. 

Embarrassing story: I was about to enter a cut on a very long log, and was uncertain about the mill's dial gauge reading (standing so close to it). I didn't want to mis-cut because I was trying to match another piece I had just cut. So I "bumped" the cant with the blade, and backed it up, and took my nice new Stanley and put it up underneath to check the cut was where I wanted it. When I brought the tape back down, it bent ever so slightly, and touched the spinning blade and ripped it right apart at 3.5" (nice sharp blade too -- took it right off, in the blink of an eye). DANG. My nice new tape, useless. I let it spin itself around the inside of the housing... no way to fix a tape measure. 

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Re: What color is your tape measure
« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2018, 08:31:53 PM »
The Swedes paint their small tools kind of Log-Rite blue,shows up good in all ground conditions.
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Re: What color is your tape measure
« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2018, 09:29:05 PM »
I favor the Stanley 25'X1¼" tape, but I hate to be the one to tell you guys that that (Tom) shiny is plated plastic...not metal.
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Re: What color is your tape measure
« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2018, 09:42:33 PM »
Whenever a tape of mine breaks (mostly Stanley 25's) I chop off the tape at 25" to 30" and slide it under the bungie cord holding my Woodmizer water tank.  That's plenty long to measure log butts, cutting height, cants, etc. Works for me.  And for some reason and most importantly, rarely gets lost or broken.  8) 8)All the best, Rob.
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Re: What color is your tape measure
« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2018, 09:47:34 PM »
I have all the colors, When I come across a deal on them I get all they have. ;D
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Re: What color is your tape measure
« Reply #12 on: August 01, 2018, 10:32:55 PM »
Working for a commercial general contractor I have so many measurements that are over 25’ so I use the standard Stanley 30’ or 35’ depending on what the jobsite is best suited for. I like the Stanley’s because they seem to be well built and consistent. But I simply won’t heft around the additional weight of their Fat Max tapes.
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Re: What color is your tape measure
« Reply #13 on: August 01, 2018, 11:53:32 PM »
I use the Stanley 25'. I think they call them Powerlock II or something. I do have a 35' for longer timbers. I will not tolerate any of the Fatmax or other bulky mis-shapen junk. The Powerlocks are square backed, +3" for the 25', and they fit in a joist hanger. I used a cheap tape once that was +2 4/9". :o :D
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Re: What color is your tape measure
« Reply #14 on: August 02, 2018, 03:36:37 AM »
Satamax, thut must've been some crazy stuff if you got naked from it!😂😂😂
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Re: What color is your tape measure
« Reply #15 on: August 02, 2018, 08:55:34 AM »
One thing I hate about buying tape measure in canada is finding ones with no metric scale markings on them,they split the tape with metric on the top and standard english on the bottom. No one ive ever known has said ‘oh great its metric !”  I would like to see the scale on one of the 50ft purpose biilt measures for logging and see if there easy to read.
Also wonder what the stanley tapes made for the US market look,like ,are the scales easy to read ,I dont ever see me needing anything more accurate than eighth of an inch.
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Re: What color is your tape measure
« Reply #16 on: August 02, 2018, 12:52:57 PM »
Here's a photo of the Stanley Powerlock on top and a logger's tape below (Protape I think is the brand).

Yes MagicMan is 100% correct. After looking I've realized the shiny "metal" case on the Stanley is plastic.  I still prefer the silver.



 
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Re: What color is your tape measure
« Reply #17 on: August 02, 2018, 02:10:56 PM »
I have a (not big enough) stash of new "old style" plastic 12'x1/2" Stanley Leverlock tape measures.  I carry it every except to bed. 

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Re: What color is your tape measure
« Reply #18 on: August 02, 2018, 02:19:31 PM »
   I now have the Stanley 35' tape for most of my use with a cheap plastic 25' one in my truck box in case I forget one. I had a Kobalt from Lowes and every time I'd break it they'd swap with no questions asked but now they don't make them any more so they gave me the Stanley last time. Supposedly they offer the same warranty of the Stanley. We will see the next time I break it.
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Re: What color is your tape measure
« Reply #19 on: August 02, 2018, 04:33:10 PM »
I have a (not big enough) stash of new "old style" plastic 12'x1/2" Stanley Leverlock tape measures.  I carry it every except to bed.
I have a couple of the original 25 ' Leverlocks. One is mia, the other needs a new tape. They are absolutely my favorite. Don't like the new Fatmax style, for above mentioned reasons. 
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