Product Type: Rolson Hand Tool
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Rolson 5m/16ft Tape Measure
Member Name: l500589
Rolson 5m/16ft Tape Measure
Date: 23/01/13, updated on 25/07/13 (140 review reads)
Advantages: Quality Tape Measure
Disadvantages: Price perhaps
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
Summary: A good quality tape measure from Rolson
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