Rated 1 out of 5Â by Testmeter Stanley extending rule
I have no concerns about the accuracy of the scales. However for internal measurements the device is completely useless. The reason is the âbackâ edge of the ruler housing which is placed against the internal surface for one end of the measurement is so rounded that exact placement is impossible. For an internal measurement to be reasonably accurate, the ruler needs a flat back to put against a surface. Furthermore, as usual the case of the ruler housing is marked â+ 3 inâ for internal measurement. One would think that the other side is marked in centimetres for a metric internal measurement but it is not. If it were, it would need to be marked not 7.5 but 7.6cm as 1 inch = 25.2mm and 7.6cm would be closer to the exact figure. All this comes to nothing because the shape of the ruler housing prevents the instrument from being used for internal measurements anyway.
The prominence of the markings of whole numbers of feet is low, being in very small print. There are no markings at all for whole numbers of metres. The markings for 100, 200 etc cm are the same as for 10s of cm. All this makes for an increased likelihood of mistakes in reading in low light levels or awkward locations.
The major problem with usability is that when making measurements on a flat horizontal surface (for example table, bench or window cill) the housing of the ruler is so rounded that the ruler will not sit on the surface but just rolls over so the ruler will not stay where it is put. It is an elementary design error which would be so easy to correct but which is very annoying in use.
Yes the ruler does have the claimed 2.4 metre stand out â if you can prevent the extended part of the ruler from simply folding over and flopping down. Also after so many years of making extending rulers one would think there would be some soft return mechanism to prevent the ruler slamming back into the housing at high speed (if you are not paying full attention) either damaging the end or hitting your finger very hard. However the belt clip is satisfactory.
The rigid plastic packaging is inconvenient and unnecessary and prevents a potential buyer from trying out the device and looking at the markings.
Stanley used to provide replacement tapes for rulers when they become worn out or damaged. There is no mention of this for this device.
A very primitive and disappointing device having elementary design flaws which a manufacturer with the history and experience of Stanley should have ironed out decades ago. The ruler gets one star because the lock and the stand out do appear to work (so far).
20 Jun 2016
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Matty88 Would buy again
Good quality, heavy duty and not as expensive as others. Would buy this again
19 Nov 2015
Rated 5 out of 5Â by ChrisFLH Stanley 8m Powerlock Tape Meas
I have been using cheaper versions that have not had consistent performance.
Also I have cut myself using them. In view of this I have chosen a good brand well known for quality products and I am really pleased with it!
22 Jun 2015
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Puskas Great
Great tape, extremely tough and good for outdoor use!!
30 May 2015