I am always selling things on ebay so do a lot of measuring as I like to make my adverts as detailed as possible to save the frequent 'silly question emails' from buyers. The only one I had was an old sewing measuring tape which I think my mom gave me years ago which was only 5 foot long and often wasn't big enough and was also quite flimsy to use.
I had actually bought this one for my husband a few years ago when he was fixing the fence in our back garden as he was building the frame himself and needed the measurements to be exact. I bought it from Homebase and think I paid around £2.00 for it which was an average price for this type of measure. I commandeered this measuring tape about 12 months ago and it has been in my dresser drawer since where I keep my scissors and ebay packaging.
The good thing about this is that it is 5 metres long (or 16 foot if you are still in old money like me!) The measurements are clearly marked on the tape in centimetres, metres, feet and inches so is suitable for everyone's choice of whatever they find the easiest to work with. The tape itself is a yellow metal and is 19mm thick so feels quite substantial to handle and I have had no problems with it bending or twisting.
It is in a black rubber case with a yellow button which you press to rewind the tape back into the casing. This can happen very quickly so you need to be careful if you are still holding the tape as it can whip through your hands quickly and could cause a minor injury if you're not careful.
When the tape is pulled out to the required length it locks in place so it is easy to measure something when you are on your own. I find this particularly useful when I am measuring items of furniture as I can leave the measure in place while I write down or type the measurements before going onto the next measurements. There is also a small steel lip at the end which is easily hooked over the end of the item you are measuring so again this makes it easy to use it on your own as you don't have to have someone holding the end as I used to with my other tape.
There is a clip at the back which you can use to attach to your belt but I have never used this as I have never needed to but it is handy to have. I can't think of anything else that anyone would possible need in a measuring tape as this one is strong and is easy to use and also the measurements are bold and are easy to read.
I have looked on line to see how much this is now selling for and it is currently £1.49 at Halfords but only £1 at Maplin which is fabulous value. I would recommend this measuring tape as it is a good all rounder which has a wide variety of uses which in our house ranges from building fences to measuring ladies underwear!
I have recently landscaped my backgarden and needed a new tape measure as my other one was missing in action. I was removing a retaining wall and replacing it with railway sleepers and needed to measure the distance from one side of the garden to the other so I could dig a hole for the posts and know how many sleepers I needed.
The tape measure is 5 metres long and the gap from the fence to my garage was 4.5 metres so this wasn't an issue. Looking back I wish I would have brought a 10 metre tape measure but this one did its job.
The measurements are clear and stand out so you can quickly glance at a measurement and you know instantly what size something is. The tape has feet, inches, metres and centimetres so you shouldn't have any problem finding the size of anything.
I picked it up for around £2.50. Not a bad price really. I could have gone for a cheaper tape measure but I find they feel cheap and feel like they are about to break.
+++Feel of the tape measure+++
The reason I chose this tape measure was because of how it felt. It didn't feel like it was about to break, it felt quite solid and well built.
For £2.50 I can't complain, it would have been nice if it was longer but it does what it says on the tin.
I'm reviewing my Rolson Tape Measure.
It measures lengths up to 5m/16ft and costs around £3-£4.
***WHY I BOUGHT IT***
I didn't . It was among my Christmas gifts from my husband a few Christmases ago.
First let me make it clear....I'm female through and through, but I have a deep attraction to DIY and tools and all things that smell of wood or need fixing.
Anything needing doing round my house I will tackle. OK, I let hubby do a tiny bit so he can say "WE did that" ,but in general he just lets me get on with it.
I always got by fine with my old basic 3m tape measures and it never occurred to me to go bigger.But when I got this I was delighted and realised what I'd missed.
It is a sturdy length (16ft/5m to be precise) of firm tape housed in a rubberised plastic casing.
There is a small steel 'lip' at the start of it that you can hook over the edge of the piece of wood (or whatever) that you need to measure .
It has a lock system whereby once the tape is pulled out it remains out of it's casing, unless you utilise the yellow 'thumb' button on the top of it, which causes the tape to retract back into the casing ....very VERY rapidly,so be careful with that, because the steel tape with sharp edges whipping back in can be dangerous .
There is also a metal belt clip on the back of it should you need to use that to keep your hands free at any point or to save using pockets.
The actual tape is a nice 19mm wide ,while my old ones are just 15mm wide. Which makes the tape nice and firm and less inclined to buckle and fold over when pulled out. The surface of the tape being slightly curved helps with this as well.
The measurements are in metric along one edge of the tape and inches and feet along the other.
Self explanatory really. You can use this for any measuring jobs, other than dressmaking where a soft fabric tape measure needs to be used for obvious reasons. But again, I make all my own curtains and I occasionally make children's patchwork quilts and this has been a godsend for big straight edged items like that, and for measuring out large pieces of fabric for cutting into patches. Measuring for curtains is a doddle, because once extended ceiling-ward this tape stays rigid for quite a distance, while my old narrower ones frustratingly flopped and flobbled (that's a technical term) all over the place.
We had an extension put on our home 3 years ago and, as with these things, there were a lot of things needed sorted/adjusted/added once the builders had done the basics and had left (and when we could afford to do them), and this tape measure came into it's own over the ensuing months/year measuring for flooring/tiles/shelving/new furniture etc.
Would I recommend ? Yes. Without a doubt ,and I might pick up another spare one (if it is just £3) next time I'm in B&Q because if this one gets lost I couldn't go back to my shorter flopsy tape measures again.
Thank you for reading and I hope this was helpful~~~myloh
I enjoy doing DIY as I find it quite therapeutic in a way, especially when it comes to the more 'complicated' jobs that take a little bit of thinking rather than a lump hammer and a good swing. And when it comes to those 'complicated' jobs then having the right tools to do the job will mean a lot less hassles, which means less 'potty mouth' and more smiles.
One particular tool that comes in handy, saving a lot of hassles and frustration, is a tape measure. Although, to be honest, getting the right tape measure for the job you are doing can be a bit frustrating in itself.
I say that as there are a lot of tape measures on sale these days, coming in an array of colours, from yellow to orange, and maybe a boring black and grey too.
There are also a lot of different shapes to choose from too, such as your standard, rectangle, sort of, together with some strange shapes that would not look out of place in a sci-fi movie.
Then there's the choice that is, without a doubt, the most important feature of any tape measure and that is the size of the measure itself. By that I don't mean the size of the casing so you can see if it fits into your pocket or not, I mean the size of the measuring length that the measure offers. You know what I mean? the metal section that roles out of the casing and has the actual sizes marked on them. These sizes range from a metre or so to a massive 50 metres or more, although the larger the 'metre-age' the bigger the casing so that there's no way it can slot into a pocket at all.
In fact, to be honest, picking a tape measure is not really as easy as you'd first think it would be, maybe it's actually easier to use the thing once you finally bought one.
I remember a while back when I decided that I could no longer read the lines and numbers on the tape measure that I had used for years, which forced me to go out and buy a new one.
So, there I was, stood in the DIY shop staring at a shelf with so many tape measure on it I was amazed that the brackets hadn't ripped out off the wall, trying to figure out which tape measure to buy. And it was the lovely colour, shape and look of one certain measure that caught my eye, plus the fact that it was one of the lower prices on the shelf.
The tape measure that I had spotted was from a company called Rolson, with the tape measure itself being a 5 metre length version, (although there are other lengths of this measure, both longer and shorter).
Let me give you a bit of an idea about this tape measure...
The tape measures casing is mainly black with a few dashes of yellow. The casing itself is actually made of 2 moulded plastic/rubberised section that are stuck together and house the metal measuring tape inside. You can actually see the seem going through it which shows where the two halves are stuck together.
On the top, near the front, where you thumb can easily reach, there is a good sized yellow button that is for unlocking the measuring tape when you've finished measuring.
On the bottom of the casing there is a little wedged section on the rear end that is for standing the tape measure on so that it doesn't fall over. This little wedge makes the bottom of the measure look remarkably like the sole of a tiny little shoe.
On the rear, opposite the side where the rolson name sticker lies, there is a little metal clip that is designed to attach this tape measure to something like a belt. this clip is screwed onto the case and allows a little bit of flexibility in order to pull the clip away from the case so that you can clip it onto a belt. once on a belt it is design to be able to slide off the belt with just a simple pull, and it does.
So that's the casing, now for the measuring tape, or 'blade' as the technical term goes, that is rolled away inside. This is a lovely bright(ish) yellow colour and is made of a thin, flexible, yet remarkably strong metal. It is designed to allow the user, (us), to get a good length whilst still giving enough 'bending' to get around any corners. The metal 'blade' is actually slightly 'concaved', in a way, which helps stop it bending about too much, especially when you've got a good length out, (tee hee).
As for the measuring itself, this has measuring guides on either side of the 'blade', one edge having 'millimetres(mm)/centimetres(cm)/metres(m) on it whilst the other edge has inches/feet.
* What do the measuring marks mean..? (this is a bit boring so I won't be offended if you skip passed it).
The millimetre side goes up in mm black lines, reaching the 10mm mark, or technically known as the 'cm' mark, which is a marked by a red number... such as 10, 20, 30 etc, etc... this is reading in cm, so to get the size in mm you simply times it by ten, therefore 20cm = 200mm, 45cm= 450mm... get it?.
The other edge, the one with the inches and feet have mainly all black marks on them with the numbers going up in single digits, with each section between the numbers begin split into 4 larger segments, with each of these segments then split into 16, this is how things are measured in inches. For example, 1/16 of an inch would leave a mark on the first line after the whole number as there are 16 lines in between the numbers. 1/12 of an inch would leave a mark at the 12 line, or the third larger line... it sounds complicated but it all makes sense once you see the lines.
You will notice that the first 6 inches are crammed more with lots of lines, splitting the inches into even smaller segments. This is for small, tiny measuring if you need to go small in inches department, (which may not be to the wife's liking me thinks).
I said that the inch edge are mainly all black numbers and lines, this is because you will see that on the 16inch mark, and every 16inches there after, (16-32-48-64 etc), these numbers are actually red instead of black. This is used mainly for when you are fitting such things as joists, maybe for decking or loft flooring. it is designed to be easier to see the distance between the joist instead of constantly reading up in 16 inches.
Clever or what.
Also, there are other red markings along the inch side. These start after the first foot mark, or 12 inch. There red marks start at 1-1, then 1-2, 1-3 and so on, until it gets to 1-11. Then you come upon the 2foot mark. After that the number start again, only it's 2-1, 2-2, 2-3 and so on. These marks are again for easy reading so you know at a glance the measurement you are getting. The 1-1 means 1 foot 1 inch, then it's the 1-2, which means 1 foot 2 inch and so on. So therefore the 2-1 would mean...? answers on an e-mail please to 'Iknowhowtomeasurealinewithatapemeasure.com' no later than next Thursday. ( answers arriving after that date will not be counted but may still be charged...).
And that's the tape measure and what all the lines mean...
* And using it..??
This is straight forwards really, with the end of the tape having a silver angles piece of metal that is designed to help grip onto one end of what ever you're measuring so that you don't have to try and stretch you arms from one end to the other. So all you have to do is put this metal grip section onto the piece that you're measuring and then drag the casing along, unravelling the tape inside, measuring as you go.
Then, when you've finished, you simply press the unlock button and the tape rolls back home...
* Is this tape measure any good..?
Yes, it is a cracking little thing that measures up to the more expensive ones, (get the pun there..?).
The casing feels nice in the hand, being slightly rubbery so that it offers a nice grip. In fact, to be honest, it looks a lot more expensive than it actually is, and it acts more so too.
It's more or less the same as any other measures of its type, basically a long strip of thin metal that has lines strategically placed all along the edges that can be pulled out of a casing in order to measure long things, (yes, I know??!), and can then slot back into the same case so that it can be carried around. But this one has something that not all others have. This one has what is called 'auto-locking', which means that when you pull out the tape itself it doesn't try and retreat back into the casing, like other measures, and automatically locks as you pull it out.
To get the tape to go back into the case all you have to do is press the yellow button on top of the casing and the metal strip will 'fly' back into the case, and I mean 'fly', so do watch your finger as the metal edge is thin enough to cut skin if it catches your finger in the right position.
The 'blade' itself is nice and strong, for a tape measure that is, so it doesn't bend at the most important times, usually when you're just about the check the length as you're stood on the other end of the room.
Don't get me wrong, the tape does bend a lot, but due to the way that it curves slightly, it's not as floppy as something this thin should be.
As for the actual size, the measuring tape size, not the casing size, although that is only about 80mm long by 70mm high and no more than 30mm thick, the tape inside stretches out to a good 5 metre measure, (or 16 foot, if you will), but there are an array of different sizes to choose from depending on what job you want the measure for.
But if you're like me and don't really have the need to measure more than a few metres then this 5 metre measure is ideal.
* So what about the price of this measuring device...?
This is what made me smile when I picked this one off the shelf. This tape measure, with a 'Auto-lock' and a fine strong metal tape, sells for a mere £3.00. Yes, £3.00, or there abouts.
So, even the most 'Scottish' of people surely can't complain about the price of this measuring device that has all the marks on it that a person needs to get the job sized up.
* Would I recommend this one..?
I would have to say yes as it is without doubt a good all rounder that is at the prefect low price.
There are many more tape measures out there, some being ten times the price, but if you don't need a measure on a daily basis to earn a living then what is the point of spending a fortune on something that can be achieved at a lower price, much lower price indeed.
© Blissman70 2013
I bought this to check the dimensions of my room for a piece of furniture a was going to buy and for further use of course.
The tape measure is 5 metres long so I found it more than enough for my needs but some buyers may require a longer tape measure. I suggest asking to see the full length at the store before buying.
The width of the metal tape is around 20mm so it offers a good amount of resistance from bending halfway through making a measurement so no worries with that as I have not found a problem with the tape itself as it is definitely made of a good quality metal.
The feel of the tape measure is very sturdy as it has a great grip in the hand and a strong plastic shell so this tape can last a very long time without any problems. I have used it for a year and a half without having any trouble with the build quality except from the very minor scratches.
The tape has all the measurement from metric (metres and centimetres) to imperial (feet and inches) that are easy to read as they are clear and bold.
Im not the biggest fan of the button retraction but it is simple, easy to use and safe so it does the job nicely.
Overall this is a great little tape measure that would definitely be useful for most jobs as I have found it long lasting, light weight and easy to use.
We recently moved into a new home and along with that came several little irritating DIY jobs which needed doing. At the point of moving in we were both starting from scratch so we had no tools or anything to help us out. A good friend decided to buy us or a tool box complete with tools. Most of them were fairly cheap ones and pretty bog standard. The tape measure though was a little bit more impressive.
Growing up I always used to love a good tape measure. Whenever my dad was building anything or doing and decorating, it was always my job to help him measure. Then of course the exciting moment would come when you could press the button and see the tape measure whip back towards you. Over the years I broke a good few of my dad's tape measures, in the end he bought me a cheap 99p one and said that would be my own and I had to take care of it. After a while the whip back button stop working properly and is so often the case and the only way to get the tape measure back into it's little home was to push it back in. So I assumed that pretty much all tape measures soon lost their whip back.
So what about this one, the Rolson 5m tape measure? Well first of all the look of it. It's bigger than the tape measures I am used to and it is quite bulky. My dad always had slimmer ones which I imagine were not as long as this one. The shape is quite handy actually as it fits into the hand very well and is easy to operate as a result. It's black with a yellow section on either side. The whip back button as I like to call it is also yellow and easy to spot.
As this one is a 5m tape measure it is obviously quite long. I have never actually needed to measure out a full 5m length although for experimental purposes I have stretched it out as far as it will go. As you would expect the measure has both inches and cm on it and both of these are very easy to recognise and the marks are simple to understand. The little lip on the end of the measure is very good at sticking to surfaces and corners and can quite easily be wrapped around a distant corner when you are measuring something.
AS for the all important whip back button, this is excellent. The measure comes back at a good speed but not so fast it feels like it's going to take your fingers off. We have been using this for a while now and the button shows no signs of breaking and the measure still comes back up very well with out any problems. This is for me the most important aspect of any tape measure. As long as this button works it keeps me happy.
Although this was bought for us I did have a look online at the price. You can pick up a Rolson tape measure for around £3 which seems like very good value indeed. This is a hard wearing good quality tape measure and one that I would highly recommend. There are probably better heavy duty ones out there that you can buy but for all round value I would say it would be pretty hard to beat this one.
In recent reviews I have made it known that I work in a carpet warehouse. In such a job, a good tape is essential. I perform several measuring tasks in my work, and one of these is to go to potential customers houses to measure up for new carpet. This task often means measuring on your own, and for that reason a strong tape is essential.
The Rolson 5m tape is a great one to use on your own. At 19mm width, it means you can extend the tape out a fair way before it bends, making an accurate measure impossible without moving. At risk of sounding lazy, when you are taking several measurements on your knees, you can do without having to get up and down all the time. This is where I found the Rolson was great.
The tape is quite robust, and feels nice in the hand. The grip is a nice feature, as it makes the tape feel more solid in the hand. The tape itself is easy to read, having the full range of imperial and metric markings. It seems to be virtually rust proof, due to the blade being covered in PVC. This also means its slightly harder to cut yourself on the side of the tape.
Then only downside is the anti retract feature. It will not go back in until you push a button. Most are the other way round, and they go in unless you push the button. Call me old fashioned, but I just find this operation awkward. That said, the Rolson has been a good servant, and I would happily suggest its use to anyone.
As I may have mentioned in several of my recent reviews I moved into a new house last year. Around the time of the move it became clear that I needed to purchase a tape measure to assist me with the numerous jobs that crop up when attempting to move house.
I ended up purchasing a Rolson 5 meter tape measure from my local B&Q store and it cost me around £4 from what I can remember. Since the day of purchase it has been quite heavily used, and has come in extremely handy for a whole host of jobs.
~~ Appearance ~~
The Rolson Tape measure is housed in an 'impact resistant' plastic material, which is then protected with a black rubber cover. At the top of the housing there is a bright yellow lock and release button, which is designed to be thumb operated, and used to lock the tape measure into a certain position, and then pressed again to retract the tape measure back into it's housing. On the front face of the housing there is a bright yellow circular sticker with the brand name 'Rolson' displayed, along with the length of the tape measure.
When extended out the tape measure is also a bright yellow colour, and has bold black length markings on it. It gives the measurement figures in both centimeters and millimeters, or in feet and inches.
The Rolson tape measure has a total length of 5m or 16ftr when fully extended, giving it plenty of length for all the basic things that I needed to measure during my house moving period. Rolson do also sell a 10m / 33ft tape measure which is obviously preferred if measuring larger objects.
~~ Usage ~~
At the rear of the tape measure there is a handy belt clip which is useful for transporting the tape measure around, or if preferred there is also a plastic carry strap. Either of these two options make it easy to carry, and remove the need to try and cram it into your pocket, making retrieval of it easy during a job.
Over the last 10 months or so I have used this tape measure dozens of times, for measuring wardrobes, curtains, carpets, door frames, sofas, fridge freezers etc. etc. It has consistently provided me with accurate measurements, resulting in me purchasing or ordering correctly sized objects.
~~ Conclusion ~~
Overall I would highly recommend this tape measure from Rolson based on my experience using it. It has a sturdy feel to it, and it operates smoothly when the tape measure is both extended and retracted from its housing. It is very simple to operate, and fairly light in weight, whilst the colouring on its exterior is pleasant, and helps it to stand out in a tool box, making it easy to find amongst other tools.
Mine still looks in very good condition both in terms of the housing and the internal tape measure itself, with no evidence of rusting. It may cost a pound or so more than other cheaper tape measures, but I feel it has a better quality to it, and so I expect to get many years of use out of it.
Thanks for reading
© L500589 2013
We moved in to our own home together a couple of years ago and recently we have been spending our money on some new pieces of furniture to improve our homes and hopefully last for a number of years too. For some of these pieces of furniture we've needed to measure where they will go (such us our sofas and chest freezer) and therefore we've needed to use a tape measure to ensure that we get accurate measurements and don't order a non-returnable item that is too big or small for the space we want it for.
This Rolson tape measure is one that my Mum passed on to me when she was moving house a year ago and was trimming down her toolbox of non-essential items. She already had a couple of tape measures and this was a spare as she had a 5 metre one already with a better handle on it and so she passed this on to us. If you're looking for this tape measure, perhaps after reading my review, you can pick one up on eBay for just £2.49 including postage and packaging.
A 5 metre tape measure is the ideal size for the two of us as we are never needing to measure full walls or anything like that as our home is a new build and we have all the dimensions available to us should we need them. The longest space we have used this for at present is 1.7 metres but we DO have a larger 10 metre tape measure from another company available should we need that.
This tape measure is quite standard in design, it is a plastic tape measure case with rubber on the outside and the tape measure is metal that can bend slightly in places once you've extended it very long. There are centimetres, metres, feet and inches on this tape measure and the markings are very simple to see and read. This tape measure can be clipped on to your belt but this is not something I've ever felt the need to do, I guess this would more be for workmen or people doing a very large amount of measuring in one day. There is a strap that makes this easy to carry and the strap is thick and sturdy. I've had no worries about the strap breaking off, even if I am silly and swinging this tape measure around like an idiot. There is a lock on this tape measure and all you need to do is pull and push the tape measure out to its required length and then press the lock in to place and it will keep the tape measure extended so that you can record down your measurements or even just set the tape measure to a particular length and then measure numerous spaces if you're looking to fit a piece of furniture somewhere.
As with all tape measures I will say to be very careful when you take the lock back off as the tape measure can reel back in at quite a speed and if your fingers are in the way you could really hurt yourself, I've done it just once and it was very painful and resulted in quite a deep cut on my finger that I had to have glued, although that wasn't with this particular tape measure.
This tape measure is quite heavy and is a reasonable size. I feel confident using this that the measurements are accurate and that the lock will always work very well for me and it has never malfunctioned on me yet and I don't worry that it will. I like knowing that I can measure spaces and order items myself without having to wait for my husband to give up 2 minutes of his valuable time off work to do it himself and then I can feel confident about ordering an electrical item or a piece of furniture and know exactly where I am going to put it in my home. I've knocked this around a few times and it's received no damage at all yet apart from a few scratches and marks on the plastic.
Overall I will give this tape measure 5 out of 5 stars. It has never let me down, it is simple to use, easy to work and easy to put away after, as long as I'm careful while using it. I have never had a problem with misreading this and the furniture that I recently ordered has been fantastic and fit in the space where I wanted it to go perfectly. I didn't have to worry about getting my radiators moved either and I saved myself money by getting it right first time! This tape measure is comfortable to use and the added features of a lock, carry strap and belt clip are very handy.
As some of you who read my reviews may know, I can be an ickle bit clumsy. So when I recently descended my ladder and put my heavy-duty steel toe-capped boots down on my tape measure, no-one, least of all me, was paticulary surprised when it broke...
Looking around for an adequate replacement, this little beauty caught my eye; not least because it has a tough re-inforced rubber casing that makes it hardier and more durable than most of the other competition available on the marketplace!
This measure reaches a length of 5M, or 16 Ft in old money so to speak. It also comes with a locking mechanism so that whilst you are using it, the tape cannot retract back into the casing. But best of all, it comes with a handy wrist strap that means you can fix it to your belt or have it hanging off your wrist, thus eliminating the possibility of you losing it whenever you put it down somewhere....namely because you no longer need to put it down!
The measurements are displayed in large print making them easy to read but other than that there is very little else I can say about this handy tool. Retailing at somewhere around the £3 mark from most stockists (I paid about £2.50 for it on Amazon!), the only thing yopu have to watch is that this can retract at some speed! Hence, it is probably best kept away from children ~ this IS NOT a toy folks! Since I bought it, I have almost caught my fingers a couple of times.
What can I say? I told you I was clumsy!
Obviously a tape measure is something that all houses need to have - but somehow we have a drawer with about five in......I'm not quite sure why and where they came from because I can't ever remember buying them! However, the tape measure I usually opt for when I do need to do some measuring is the Rolson 5m/16ft Tape Measure. As I said, I can't remember how much I paid for this (because I don't remember buying it!!), but I do know that it is currently on Amazon (www.amaxon.co.uk) for just £2.99 - which I think is a pretty great price and one which I would be very willing to pay.
The Rolson 5m/16ft Tape Measure is the type of tape measure which is retractable and so it is kept within the casing until it is pulled out - and then afterwards it can be retracted back. The tape measure comes in housing which is black and bright yellow and so it is easy to see in low light. The casing is made of thick plastic and rubber and so not only is it robust, it also can deal with being dropped (a common mishap of mine) because the rubbery material takes up most of the impact. Attached to the housing there is a wrist strap and so this makes carrying it when climbing up ladders etc. convenient.
The tape measure itself is released by pressing the little yellow nozzle on the housing - and then it's just a matter of pulling the tape measure out as much as you want it pulled out while still pressing the nozzle. The tape measure has a little metal clip on the end which makes pulling out the measure easy, and also allows for this to be hooked over the end of a surface to aid measuring. The tape measure itself is made of a flexible metal, which is also yellow, and is also really robust but also lightweight and malleable. The width of the measure is 1.9cm and, as the name of the tape measure would tell you, the length that it will extend to is 5 metres (or 16 feet). On the measure, the increments are easy to see and are marked out in black and red - which makes it easy to see against the contrast background of the yellow. The increments on one edge of the measure are marked out in centimetres (and metres) on one edge and inches (and feet) on the other side.
Overall, I think this is a really good tape measure and I would recommend it.
Finding myself on the move again for the second time in under a year has seen me having to dig out my DIY tools once again. I wouldn't say I particularly 'handy' at all and my meagre tool collection comprises a few of the essentials any household would need, my trusty Rolson tape measure in particular has had plenty of use over the last couple of weeks and has proven itself to be a reliable item and for just a few quid I've found it to be an invaluable buy.
Rolson are a well known industry name and their branding appears on a lot of DIY products, I bought my tape measure in store at B&Q last year and paid just a few quid for the 5m length one although a larger 10m tape is available for a few pounds more. It's a metal tape measure housed in a rubber and plastic outer cover and has bright yellow detailing presumably to make it eye-catching if you're using it around the home and happen to lose sight of it if you put it down somewhere. It's a retractable tape measure with a lock which slips firmly in place when needed and has a handy belt clip if you're so inclined to want to carry it around with you. It feels well made and sturdy, not particularly heavy but still with a decent weight that makes you think that it has been made from good quality materials and the tape measure itself has a smooth operation when it is extended and retracted although do be careful that the retraction can be quite quick so watch your eyes or fingers!. The measurements are clearly marked on the tape itself in both inches/feet and centimetres/millimetres and is 'bendy' enough to let you get to awkwardly shaped places. I've been using mine primarily for measuring my new windows so I can work out what size curtains and blinds I'm going to need in my new home and have found the tape measure to be easy to use and completely reliable.
It's one of those items that every home should have and comes in useful when it's needed. It doesn't take up much space when stored away in a drawer and the yellow detailing makes it somewhat easy to find amongst clutter. It's certainly well made and durable, I've dropped mine on the floor on numerous occasions without damaging the casing or the tape mechanism and have no complaints with how it works or feels when held. It's not terribly comfortable to hold admittedly but it's not as if it's used constantly throughout the day and mine only ever makes an appearance when there's something to measure so I can't be too critical about it's construction or feel and unless it broke for whatever reason I'd have no need or desire to want to replace mine with something else as it does the job it was designed to do.
For £2.50 as it currently retails for in B&Q I don't think there's anything to complain about with the Rolson 5m tape measure and from me it gets 5 stars as a rating, the times I've used mine I've found it to be accurate, reliable and definitely well worth the money I paid for it.
Recommended. Thanks for reading my review.
~A Rolson product that's made to measure~
I have used a number of these useful retractable style tape measures over the years including one of the Rolson 5m tape measures, which I have found mostly easy to use and take measurements with over shorter distances. I have found this tape measure to be a useful thing for smaller DIY jobs around the home which required me to measure various items prior to cutting, such as laminate flooring, shorter lengths of skirting boards, plastic and upvc trims, etc. Without a reliable tape measure such as this one to use with those simple DIY jobs that spring up around the home from time to time, it would be a whole lot harder to provide quick and accurate measurements that could be worked with in my opinion.
I have also used this Rolson branded tape measure when making curtains and cutting/ preparing lengths of material for use and found it came in very handy indeed. I find that the tape measure doesn't leave marks on lighter coloured materials and fabrics as long as it is kept clean and rust free. I do have a longer retractable tape measure that can measure up to 7.5ms, yet I prefer the smaller Rolson one for some jobs, as the other measure is really quite weighty and bulky to use in situations such as curtain making or sewing. The Rolson tape measure is no where near as weighty as the longer 7.5m tape measure I have, which I feel makes it easier to work with when measuring lighter materials or shorter distances inside the home.
In use I have found the width and strength of the measuring blade to be adequate and up to most jobs that don't require the tape measure to be fully extended. The measuring blade is not as strong and steady in use as the one on the larger tape measure I have, as this Rolson one can tend to bend out of shape more often when over extended to measure longer distances. If I wanted to use a tape measure to mark out a longer distance I would the alternative tape measure I have to hand, as it has a slightly stronger and more durable measuring blade fitted to it that makes it more suited to distance measuring.
The markings on the Rolson tape measure are printed on in strong bold colours (mostly black, with some red) that stand out against the bright yellow toned main colour used to make up the measuring blade. I feel that this makes reading and taking measurements easy to do. I am able to read figures straight off, as I find the markings and numbers on the tape measure stand out nice and clearly. The retractable nature of this product makes it easy to work with as it slides in and out of the tape measure body without getting snagged or caught. The push button retrieval and auto lock function have worked well enough when I have used the tape measure.
~Price and product rating~
I feel that the Rolson 5m tape measure is made to a serviceable quality, which works well enough when used to measure shorter distance with. The tape measure doesn't really have a true heavy duty feel to it in my opinion but it functions well enough if used with a degree of care. The cost of these tape measures can be as low as £2 to £3 which I feel is fair value for a product like this one. My rating based on functionality, ease of use and price is 4 stars, as I feel this tape measure is rather useful.
About six months ago when we bought our house, I went out and I bought loads of DIY things that I thought we'd need for the refurb. I bought a tape measure from the pound shop..
And my husband, not knowing I'd done this, bought the Rolson 5m/16ft Tape Measure from B&Q for £3.99. At first I thought 'what a waste of money' but what we've done is keep the Rolson at home and keep the pound shop one in the car to use when we go to DIY shops and so on.
But when you can buy a tape measure for a quid, why would you spend four?
This review therefore is a bit of a comparison between a cheap tape measure and a pricier one because to me there is a marked difference and it's really up to the buyer to decide what they want and whether it is worth it?
**Price and Availability**
The Rolson 5m/16ft Tape Measure is available online at Amazon for £3.50 delivered and in high street DIY stores such as B&W and Wickes for £3.99.
**Looks & Build**
There's no contest between the Rolson Tape Measure and the pound shop one. The Rolson feels sturdy, well made and with a bit of weight behind it. It's styled in black (the cheap one only came in neon green or neon orange, I went for the green!) with a yellow button / lock and yellow tape. It looks like a proper workman's tape measure.
The Rolson 5m/16ft Tape Measure functions well, the tape is smooth both extending and winding back, which it does with a snap, the button is easy to press and feels well made and the lock is chunky and easy to use.
The Rolson is so well built that we've dropped it from a fair height onto concrete a few times and it's been good as new with hardly any scuffs. The cheaper tape measure has a worrying crack in the plastic casing from a similar drop and I don't expect it to last much longer really.
It's extremely accurate, as you'd expect - maybe a half mil more so than the pound shop version but if you need accuracy then it's no contest, you need the relaibility of a brand name and Rolson delivers here.
If you need a tape measure to use once or to check some sizings, then you're probably OK saving the cash and just getting a cheap tape measure. But if you're a serious DIYer, you're doing a lot of decorating, or you're in the trade, then the Rolson 5m/16ft Tape Measure is for you - it's strong, it measures accurately and over 5m which is excellent, it's easy to use and most importantly it will last you. I'm glad that my husband bought one, otherwise we'd probably have gone through at least two if not three of the cheap ones, so it would have been a false economy for us.
Overall I recommend the Rolson 5m/16ft Tape Measure because even though you can get tape measures cheaper, I don't think £3.50 / £3.99 is a ridiculous price and you can clearly feel that the Rolson is high quality and will last you a long time. I think the adage buy cheap buy twice more than applies here.
Weigh it up, but as a stand alone product the Rolson is excellent.
We've a fairly wide variety of tools in this house from the basic tape measure, screwdriver and hammer to some much fancier power tools such as circular saw, router etc. In fact when it comes to tape measures we've got a few - most of which I can never get my hands on when I need to measure something. This Rolson Tape Measure however is the one which I can normally find when I need it as it's officially MINE. There's a bit of a story behind it being mine which I'm sure you don't really care about, but it ended with me demanding my own tape measure, being laughed at by my husband and then finding one packaged up for me for Christmas a couple of years ago.
So... my tape measure - well, being made by Rolson means it's a pretty sturdy brand in the world of tools, and I can safely say that this tape measure is pretty sturdy too.
It's a 5 metre long steel tape wound inside a spring loaded black plastic case designed so that when you pull the tape measure out you can either hold it in place and then let it spring back inside it's casing, or you can push down the latching button on the side and the tape will stay locked out at whatever position you had it in when you pushed down the button.
Having been given this I don't know what exactly was paid for it, but I've seen these around for well under a fiver on the high street and on the internet the best price I can currently see it for is £1.49 in Halfords.
This isn't the sort of measure you'll want if you're making clothing or measuring body parts because being metal, it's only designed for straight use. This does however make it much more suited to measuring spaces around the house or lengths of pieces of furniture etc.
This has a belt clip on the back so you could clip it on a belt or pocket, however I have to admit I normally just pop this in my pocket as it's small enough to fit easily and I find it more comfortable to carry around this way. Having said that, when I'm actually in the middle of measuring things and writing the measurements down the wrist strap that is attached to one corner of the case is much easier to use.
I have to say I like the fact that this is my own tape measure and therefore hubby dearest doesn't stick it back in the shed or his tool box where I can't find it. I'm sure if you were carrying it around in a toolbox on the job then it would be really useful that the case of this is impact resistant rubber, but for me it's not really a factor as my little tool collection lives in a corner of a drawer in the dining room and doesn't often leave the house.
So far I've had this for about 18mths now and it looks the same as when it was given to me. I'd recommend if you want a sturdy tape measure at a good low price this is a worthwhile one to pick up.