Have you read our advice on building out a design student toolbox starter pack yet? The tape measure is of course an essential item on that list, and now you can buy a high-quality one at a crazy cheap price.
Starrett is a measurement tools company known for their precision. So is Starrett retailer Woodpeckers. Both companies are also known for their high prices, so we were very surprised to see that Woodpeckers is currently having a sale on Starrett's Exact 1" x 25' tape measure, which normally goes for $15 to $20 online, for a piddling $6.99!
I could go on and on about tape measures, and in an upcoming post I will; but for now, if you're an ID student tired of borrowing the school shop's beat-up tape measure and you want your own, this one here is a pretty darned good deal.
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It's a nice tape measure for general measurements and really for a great price but problems I encountered follows. Firstly the whole body is designed with a nice curved ergonomic shape but that creates an irritating issue when working alone due to the bottom that is curved the tape keeps falling over if placed down. Although it fits the hand very nicely especially when trying to lock the tape a magnet or two on the locking lip would come in handy. Another problem is when its pulled to the maximum it lowered the tension in the spring creating a less tension-ed tape when fully rolled up and finally over time movement on the locking lip gets worn out and breaks off when tension pulls the tape into the body but still it's a brilliant needed tool for a great price and it definitely fulfill its purpose most tape measures have the same flaws
My clients are mostly industrial-oriented businesses. My drawings are dimensioned in decimal fractions. Dose Starrett make an accurate tape measure calibrated in inch decimal increments?
I have that tape measure, and while it measures fine, it has a big flaw. The back of it has a nice "ergonomic" curved surface in a place where the tape is never held. The unfortunate result is that the tape won't sit on its back with any stability. So if you want to lock the tape at a certain height, it just falls over.