Product Type: Rolson Hand Tool
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A Rolson product that's made to measure
Rolson 5m/16ft Tape Measure
Member Name: SoadFan
Rolson 5m/16ft Tape Measure
Advantages: A useful tape measure at a fair price
Disadvantages: Can bend when used to measure longer distances
~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.
Summary: A reasonable product
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