Thursday, 20 December 2012
Best Tape Measure?
An order arrived from Dictum Tools in Germany today (their catalogue is well worth getting hold of) and included this little tape measure. It wasn't cheap but sounded well made with some neat ideas. The first thing I like is the locking mechanism which locks when you release the thumb press and is more accurate. I also prefer routers with this feature although I don't own one!
Another nice touch is the protruding hook under the head which allows a board to be accurately measured and then locked off for the reading to be taken at your leisure. It helps that there is no play whatsoever in the main hook on the front of the tape.
For taking inside measurements the back tape can be rolled down which adds exactly 10 cm to the scale and to assist you the inside scale had figures in red, see below.
This will be my tape of choice in the workshop from now on, made by Hultafors in Sweden, although I did notice the scale was made by Fisco in the UK.