Tools – #001 – Tape Measures & Folding Rules

Tools – #001 – Tape Measures & Folding Rules

The measuring tool is number one tool used in any workshop.
I always used cheap tapes and folding rules, which bent and braked often and had a low accuracy.

After I broke the last one, it was time to new ones. This time I decided to use more money and buy more accurate, with a longer lifetime and with more features.

You think, a tape measure is a tape measure. A folding rule is a folding rule. As long it works, I am fine.
No, you are actually wrong! There is a huge difference between tape measures and folding rules.

First, there is build quality and lifetime. Second, there is accuracy. Third, there are features.

Accuracy.

There are three accuracy classes. Class I, Class II and Class III, where Class I is most accurate and Class III is least accurate. All classes are defined by “EC Class of measuring accuracy”.
What does it mean? It means how much deviation measuring tools are allowed to have per measured distance of for example 1m, 2m etc…

Tape measures I bought.

I am using three different tape measures:

I bought Stanley Tylon to have light and accurate tape measure. It has small, 13mm wide steel tape. It is light and has very good price/quality ratio. If you lose it or bend it your wallet will not scream.

A friend of mine has recommended me tape measures from Hultafors. Whan can I say? Well, it is expensive, has Class I or Class II accuracy, it is light, has many great features and very good build quality, which gives you a good lifetime. You think I don’t need expensive, fancy looking tape measure. Well, you are actually wrong. One of many features Hultafors has is being able to measure inside. And this feature is one of many reasons why you should buy Hultafors tape measures.

You think I don’t need expensive, fancy looking tape measure. Well, you are actually wrong. One of many features Hultafors has is being able to measure inside. And this feature is one of many reasons why you should buy Hultafors tape measures. So, run and buy!?

Folding Rules I bought.

I am using Wiha 2m Long Life Plus Composite Folding Rules. – 

Why Whia and why composite? Well, to be honest, it is the only folding rules that I found with Class II accuracy, without spending hours of searing.

I actually love it. It looks cool, is accurate, it locks perfectly and tight at 90* and 180*, and it has very good build quality.

Final thought.

Right now, I have too little experience with any of newly bought measuring tools. I will post an update when I get to use them more.

Remember. It doesn’t matter what measuring tool you are using, as long you are using the same tool for all your of measurements, or at least the tool with same accuracy class.

Which measuring tool are you using? Please comment below.

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