Which Tape Measure is Best?

I’ve been waiting for this Project Farm video for a while. In it, Todd tests Milwaukee, DeWalt, Stanley, Craftsman, Klein, Kobalt, Lufkin, Bauer, Komelon, Kutir, and Ming Hao 25′ tape measures. The tapes were tested for standout (reach), abrasion resistance, impact, retraction speed after exposure to saw dust and sand, magnet strength, and blade lock strength.

So, which brands performed best? The $30 DeWalt DWHT36225S followed by the $20 Craftsman CMHT37625. Given the results, and for $20, the Craftsman will be the next tape I buy. I do have a 25′ Craftsman tape measure already, but it is probably 25 years old and doesn’t have the more modern features of tape coating, extra standout, and a magnetic hook.


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