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I don't know why I've got a Draper tape measure but that's what's in the toolbox. It's a 5m metal tape with the usual casing and push button to lock the tape measure and roll it back into itself. It's a nice blue and yellow design that looks basic but does the job and has done for at least two years that I can remember having it for.
The measurements are in centimetres and inches with all the smaller increments in between whole numbers, it's a traditional yellow tape with a bold black print and silvered metal hook end so you can measure most flat surfaces by yourself in theory.
The flaw with this tape measure is the hook end isn't deep enough so it pulls off far too easily, it's rare I can accomplish a long measurement by myself as I can with the far costlier tape measure I use at work. This slips off as soon as I move the tape measure even slightly and that's frustrating as I don't always have someone around to help, one person operation is definitely lacking with this tape.
The measurements are accurate and lines marked on the tape come right to the edge so I can mark them on the wall or surface I'm measuring with ease.
The tape retracts smoothly into the casing but without the nasty snap some cheaper tape measures have, this isn't finger pinchingly fast but isn't sluggish or sticky either. The tape doesn't bend often and when it does it's easily flicked straight again without disturbing the whole length of the lay of the tape.
£2 is the price being thrown at me online and that's what I'd expect it to cost based on the quality of the tape measure overall.
When it comes to tape measures you'd probably think that they are all basically the same. A long thin piece to metal that stretches out of a small box type device in order for you to measure the distance between A and B. the only difference being that some are longer than others. From a few metres to a length that would run longer than an Olympic size swimming pool
This one is a 8 metres version, which means that the metal strip comes out just over 8 metres, with the last remaining ½ metre having no marks on it.
The measuring marks are on one side of the strip, which is why the small piece of metal that is used to hold the measure in place, has only one gripping side.
The measurement marks come in mm, cm and inches, with there being a small mark every 16 inches, with that mark being used to get the right distance between such things as joists or decking supports. The mm/cm run along one side, with the inches opposite. Both marks being easy to see and as they go right to the edge of the strip you get a perfect mark on the wood each time.
The metal measuring strip is quite flexible and will bend when it it pulled out a bit of a distance, usually around the metre and a half region, then the end drops to the ground as it is unable to stay aloft on its own.
It has a locking button which is designed to trap the strip in place when you want to measure a few things at a time. You simply place the metal end on the work, then pull the casing along the work, releasing the tape from inside. When you get to the length you need you slide the button downwards, which traps the tape in place. This makes it easier to mark the work without fear of the tape flashing back and stripping your skin off your finger, which it will do if you're not too careful.
This simple to use tape measure, with a branded name on it, sell for about £8 which is not bad really for this quality of measure.
My partner and I have had an offer accepted on a house and all seems to be going well. Although I've been told to remain calm and not to buy any furniture yet just in case, I am still very excited and want to get the ball rolling. For this reason, I bought the 5m long Draper Tape Measure.
About the product
The product promises to allow you to make quick, easy and most importantly, accurate measurements reading around your home. It allows you to measure in metres, centimetres and milimetres as well as in both inches and feet. The tape measure has a locking device on it so that you can hold the tape in place making it easier for you read the measurement without having to hold it in place. A button is also included to help you to control the speed of which the tape is returned into the product so that you don't get hurt. It also has a belt clip so that you can carry it around with you easily.
The product is a lovely royal blue colour and the front panel is a light blue colour. It has a black belt click and a sticker on the side with the brand logo. The lock button is gray and you push it downwards to lock the tape in place. The red button allows you to control the speed at which the tape is retracted.
The tape itself is a bright yellow colour and the measurements are printed in solid black print which is easy to read. The tape measure is a good side and it is easy to hold in your hand while you are using it. It isn't too heavy, weighting 210 grams and it has a height of 12 cm, a width of 7.4 cm and a depth of 3.6 cm.
The tape measure will cost you around £5 and it can be bought from a range of online websites. I got mine from Amazon.
I have turned into a bit of a big kid with this product and have started measuring everything around my house just for the sake of it. The bright colour of the product means that I can easily find it when I have put it down somewhere and the weight and shape of the product makes it easy to hold. The tape itself is both thick and sturdy so it doesn't bend and lose its tension in the middle as you use it.
The end hook is helpful and it allows you to hold the end of the tape in the place. The lock mechanism is easy to push down and it is one of my favourite things about this product. It means that you don't have to try and hold both ends and it allows you to get a more accurate measurement. The numbers are bold and easy to read even without my glasses on.
The retraction on the product is also good because I have a tape measure in the past which would whip in quickly and hurt everyone in its path. This one can be controlled and has caused no such injuries. It is easy to pull the tape out of the product and to put it back in without any jamming. This is a sturdy tape measure which should be long lasting if I look after it.
All in all, this is a sturdy and robust tape measurement which is easy to hold and use, and it gives accurate measurements. The numbers are easy to read and you can lock the tape in place to make this easier. The tape retraction speed can be controlled so that it doesn't whip in too quickly and it doesn't jam or get stuck. This is a good product and I am very happy with it. Now I'm off to measure something else...
I own several tape measures, and this Draper tape measure I'd class as medium-duty. The casing is almost completely covered in a rubber material, yet overall it's still relatively slimline. This rubber material has two great functions - firstly makes gripping the tape measure firmly easy, and secondly, whilst it doesn't exactly bounce when dropped, it certainly offers great protection.
The tape has a standard set up with a plastic locking button which requires a reassuring push to click into place and gives a reliable lock when engaged, always holding the tape firm for me. The tape itself is metal and it has a fairly strong and fast spring action in coiling back up, its essential to have fingers well clear of the tape when the lock button is released. I've had several painful occasions to remind me of that.
The tape is yellow in colour with black and red marks to denote graduations, metres/cm/mm on one edge and feet, inches, 1/8", 1/16" and 1/32" on the other. The markings and all the numbers are beautifully bold and clear and the tape itself shows no sign of wear and tear whatsoever. It is around 1.5cm wide, and is sturdy when extended, it will extend well over a metre with care without buckling. There is a silver end-hook which is well designed and gives a decent grip on corners when called into use. The length of the tape is 5 metre, and I have extended it fully on numerous occasions and it has never had problems in terms of threatening to become detached from the core or being particularly stiff to extend towards the end.
The casing on the other hand looks worthy of the use this tape measure has had over the past 5 or so years. The rubber areas are a fairly light blue colour, and these have become very grubby. There was a plastic wrist strap attached to the casing, and this has snapped off at some point, and is actually something that I do miss, so it's a pity this isn't fabric which would be more robust. There is a metal silver belt clip on the back of the tape measure but I never find these too practical and don't use it.
The tape measure is currently online priced at £2.95 and for that price, it represents good value.