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Offline DeformedTree

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Re: Metric tape measure
« Reply #30 on: October 28, 2020, 01:39 PM »
Something that gets missed in the support for the Talmeter tape is the pain/injury factor.   It's built in scribes mean it has sharp points that dig into you.  It's also a bit tricky to pull the tape out without getting stabbed.  It could be an ok tape, but these issues cause it to be only used when I don't have others handy.

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Offline cfcsdavid

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Re: Metric tape measure
« Reply #31 on: October 28, 2020, 03:08 PM »
Stabila makes metric tapes that are very nice

Offline Coen

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Re: Metric tape measure
« Reply #32 on: November 01, 2020, 09:06 AM »
I ended up ordering Stanley Fat Max tapes from the UK.  I got both an 8M and a 5M.  I also use the Fastcap True 32 a lot. It has marks on the tape at each increment of 32mm, which can be convenient.

And then they still manage to have the length of the housing only in imperial  ::)

Offline FestitaMakool

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Re: Metric tape measure
« Reply #33 on: November 01, 2020, 10:37 AM »
I ended up ordering Stanley Fat Max tapes from the UK.  I got both an 8M and a 5M.  I also use the Fastcap True 32 a lot. It has marks on the tape at each increment of 32mm, which can be convenient.

And then they still manage to have the length of the housing only in imperial  ::)

So are the Milwaukee 5M as well:
Casing is 8,3cm, that’s not even quite 3 1/4 inch - nice round up🙄
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Offline jobsworth

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Re: Metric tape measure
« Reply #34 on: November 01, 2020, 10:43 AM »
I like the fast cap tapes. The flat tape makes it very easy to measure flat surfaces especially cabinet widths and lengths. Plus it has marks for 32mm. So cutting sides for the 32mm system is a breeze. Their regular tapes are good to. The ones I get are both metric and imperial

As a bonus they have a pencil sharpener built into the tapes body which we all know no matter what when its time to measure and put yer cut marks on your work piece yer pencil always needs sharpening [big grin] [dead horse] [thumbs up]

Offline mkasdin

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Re: Metric tape measure
« Reply #35 on: November 01, 2020, 11:44 AM »
Which fastcap tape do you use, they have about a dozen different tag names ?

Offline Coen

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Re: Metric tape measure
« Reply #36 on: November 04, 2020, 03:17 AM »
I ended up ordering Stanley Fat Max tapes from the UK.  I got both an 8M and a 5M.  I also use the Fastcap True 32 a lot. It has marks on the tape at each increment of 32mm, which can be convenient.

And then they still manage to have the length of the housing only in imperial  ::)

So are the Milwaukee 5M as well:
Casing is 8,3cm, that’s not even quite 3 1/4 inch - nice round up🙄

3 17/64 inch  [unsure]?

Offline Roachmill

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Re: Metric tape measure
« Reply #37 on: November 04, 2020, 05:08 AM »
I just took delivery of a Hultafors / Fiscars "BT5M" metric tape and I think this may be The Tape for me. At least for trim type work:

  • Class 1 accuracy
  • Quick and easy detachable belt clip
  • Curser for reading measurement from
  • 100mm from the back of the tape to the curser
  • Easy to read all metric markings
  • Good positive lock and release via a big-ole-button up top

They do imperial and mixed variants too as well as an 8m version.


More pics here

Only 2 niggles for me are:
  • the tape is 19mm wide (wider would be nicer)
  • the 100m back to curser measurement utilises a flip down bit at the back (only on the smaller 5m tape)... and I know I'll forget to flip it down at some point [big grin]



Offline Jim_in_PA

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Re: Metric tape measure
« Reply #38 on: November 04, 2020, 09:27 AM »
I just took delivery of a Hultafors / Fiscars "BT5M" metric tape and I think this may be The Tape for me. At least for trim type work:


Looks like a nice product. Unfortunately, there's not much action on that brand here in North America based on a quick peek via Google.
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Offline Cheese

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Re: Metric tape measure
« Reply #39 on: November 04, 2020, 11:31 AM »
My favorite metric tape is an older Starrett electronic tape measure that you can switch between metric & imperial. At the push of a mode button you can continually scroll between measurement methods.




Front measuring inch mode in fractions




Front measuring tenths of an inch mode




Front measuring hundredths of a foot mode




Front measuring centimeters  mode




Here in the rear measuring mode it's already added in the 3 1/2" width/depth of the tape measure case.




And if there is any time where you are not physically able to read the display you push the red button and it locks in the measurement you just made.

Offline rst

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Re: Metric tape measure
« Reply #40 on: November 04, 2020, 04:50 PM »
I have that same Hultafors / Fiscars "BT5M" Roachmill, been using it for some years, great tape for metric work.

Offline wpz

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Re: Metric tape measure
« Reply #41 on: November 04, 2020, 07:14 PM »
I just took delivery of a Hultafors / Fiscars "BT5M" metric tape and I think this may be The Tape for me. At least for trim type work:


Looks like a nice product. Unfortunately, there's not much action on that brand here in North America based on a quick peek via Google.

SOLA also sells them: https://www.sola.at/en/products/big-t-me-p202245

so does FISCO: http://www.fisco.co.uk/bigt.html
or https://www.needthattool.com/bigtmeasuringtapes.aspx
or https://www.onepointsurvey.com/products/fisco-big-t-tape-measure

and at some point in the past JOHNSON LEVEL sold them as well: https://toolguyd.com/big-johnson-power-tape-measure/


just google big T tape measure.

I have the 5m SOLA version.
wpz
« Last Edit: November 04, 2020, 07:16 PM by wpz »

Offline Jim_in_PA

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Re: Metric tape measure
« Reply #42 on: November 05, 2020, 09:58 AM »
Thanks. The "big T tape measure" does bring up results, but they tend to have $24 for the tool and $24 for shipping offers. :) I'll stick with my Veritas for now. LOL I don't use the tape much in the shop other than for things longer than about 1000mm. I have steel rules for that and shorter.
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Offline derekcohen

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Re: Metric tape measure
« Reply #43 on: November 06, 2020, 09:21 AM »
Festool/BMI make a small tape measure which is very nice for furniture makers.



My other go-to tape measure is this Starrett ...



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Offline jobsworth

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Re: Metric tape measure
« Reply #44 on: November 06, 2020, 09:28 AM »
@mkasdin

Which fastcap tape do you use, they have about a dozen different tag names ?

Sorry just saw this
 I use a couple of them,
First what do I like about them is they accurate have tic marks at 32mm which helps me use the LR32 system. Plus the built in pencil sharpener comes in very handy, more than you think it will.

True 32 is one of them
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Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Metric tape measure
« Reply #45 on: November 06, 2020, 12:46 PM »


I’d like to find one of those flat stiff rules in the top of the pic. What does BMI call it?

Offline pixelated

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Re: Metric tape measure
« Reply #46 on: November 06, 2020, 08:20 PM »
I’d like to find one of those flat stiff rules in the top of the pic. What does BMI call it?
They call it a “BMImeter” https://www.thetapestore.co.uk/tapes-rules/tape-measures/tape-measure-brand/bmi-tape-measures/bmi-bmimeter-2-in-1-tape-measure-ruler-2m-6ft

thetapestore has a few variations of it, if you browse by brand. It looks like it would be very handy.

FWIW, I have one of those Starett electronic tapes, the electronics died years ago on mine, but it was great while it worked.
It’s now one of my semi-retired backups.
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