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Sawmill Tape Measure
« on: March 14, 2019, 03:24:31 PM »
I am sorta ripped because both companies that made tape measures that I regularly use have "discontinued and improved" them out of existence.  I like a 1" X 25' tape with the extra large hook for catching the end of logs/lumber.


 
Neither of these are now available.  The Dewalt has now become their "Premium" tape measure but the new and improved belt clip will not clip onto a belt.


 
The Stanley Bostitch 33-001 has become a Stanley 33-725 which does not have the extra large hook.  I found this out when my new Stanley tape arrived in the mail.  :-\  Stanley now makes a tape with a detachable large hook, but detachable to me means loose-able.


 
So my solution was to remove the hook from my broken Bostitch and fix the new Stanley.  A screw and some JB Weld fixed it up quite nicely.


 
The Dewalt on the left compared with the modified Stanley on the right.  I'll just have to remember not to discard a broken tape without first removing the hook.  The tip no longer moves for inside/outside measurements but that is a feature that I do not use on the sawmill.

Thankfully I still have two new Dewalts so I am not down for the count yet.  ;D



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Re: Sawmill Tape Measure
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2019, 03:50:02 PM »
I hate it when they fix things that werent broken.  My favorite pants to wear were some Dungarees.  They changed the name and said that otherwise they are exactly the same.  Not even close.
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Re: Sawmill Tape Measure
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2019, 03:56:36 PM »
I use stanley 25 or 35 foot tapes in the shop.  do not need that length, but makes for rigidity so I can extend them out.  i have a couple logging tapes, but they are flexible and so you have to do a lot of walking.
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« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2019, 04:34:50 PM »
my favorite tapes.




 
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Re: Sawmill Tape Measure
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2019, 07:14:42 PM »
I don't have a favorite or carry one. I just like one  to be available where  I go:  the mill, on the tractor,  the shop, the truck.  However, my wife carries one in her purse.  Not a cute, dainty 3 footer, but a wide 25 ft Stanley.  

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Re: Sawmill Tape Measure
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2019, 07:25:36 PM »
Not sure if this is a Watcha Measuring thread or MOD to include in existing thread.

As I ponder I am waking to the garage to check my tape ends :)
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Re: Sawmill Tape Measure
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2019, 07:37:04 PM »
i like any tape measure i can find!!!  dont care about brand,  i usually buy used tapes at auctions , i have probably  have  25 tapes around somewhere ,  they always get lost or broke , so buying good tape s are expensive,,  i keep one good tape in my truck and thats where it stays and gets put back everytime,  


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Re: Sawmill Tape Measure
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2019, 07:43:41 PM »
This is the only tape that I trust for measuring short stuff.


 
One foot.  ;D


 
Two feet.  :)


 
Three feet.   :D
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« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2019, 08:02:47 PM »
No more pictures of  F E E T. !
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Re: Sawmill Tape Measure
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2019, 08:13:00 PM »
Here is a tape measure review! Link Its older though!
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« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2019, 08:22:45 PM »
Magicman, certainly you could rig up a Spencer nail to the end of one of those tapes and have a custom made, high speed, low drag, log measuring tape. Think of it as a "Mini Magic Hook".  :D
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« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2019, 08:37:28 PM »
i think now we should refer to you as, ;D "Magic Maninski". :D   polish tape!!
what is in the back ground?  is that granite, or grits ?????????   :D
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Re: Sawmill Tape Measure
« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2019, 08:50:35 PM »
Good job on the fix, I bet I have 10 or more out at the mill, and sometimes I can't find one. ::) 
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Re: Sawmill Tape Measure
« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2019, 08:56:59 PM »
Tape measures have to be seeded into all rooms and every piece of equipment. 
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« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2019, 09:08:24 PM »
I hate tape measures! My 100 Stanley is tombed in my house foundation Im sure! I lose them as often as I lose carpenter pencils. Ive also been blamed for losing dad and grandpas tapes since before I even knew what a tape measure was. As of tonight..... I have one working tape that was a freebie from work. Funny this thread comes up when Im planning on restocking tapes like toilet paper.

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« Reply #15 on: March 14, 2019, 09:10:01 PM »
I do have a calibrated eyeball for measurement and a torque wrench in my elbow but I like to double check.

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« Reply #16 on: March 14, 2019, 09:11:41 PM »
I actually did install a hook on the junker tape that I was using on that long road trip.  I see that it still has sand on it.  :-X


 
Ugly but I could hook the end of a log or even catch the bark midway and it would hold.


 
All of the logs were bucked to 11' so I painted a swath of red paint at 11',


 
and another at 22' which speeded everything up because I only looked for the red and not at any numbers.

doc:  Dats da granite da holds da plate dat holds da Grits dat I just ate.  ;D

Peter, my sawmill tape clips to the sawmill seat and is always handy for my right hand to grab.



I wondered if it would show up in a picture and there it is.  I never remove it and have only had one stolen in over 16 years of leaving it at customer's locations. 
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« Reply #17 on: March 14, 2019, 09:21:44 PM »
I like these. Usually less than $10.  

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« Reply #18 on: March 14, 2019, 10:19:39 PM »
I am partial to the 1" tape with the 13' standout length and the extra large end hook.  ;D 

Lufkin makes an "Xtra-Wide" 1 3/16", 800 Series tape that does mighty well that sells for ~$15.
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« Reply #19 on: March 14, 2019, 10:39:32 PM »
Quite the hook.  I have an old box of shoeing nails, you bring the tapes, I will bring the nails to Jakes and we can have a party!!  
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