Stanley Powerlock Tape Measure 5m/16ft x 19mm
Feels high quality
Bought after becoming frustrated with a cheaper product and this one feels much better made. The tape recoil is damped so doesn't snap onto your hand. The only problem is that the hook at the end has come loose after 6 months DIY use, so it could be about 1mm out, hence performance & reliability marked down.
1 Oct 2013
easy to read, smooth operation, feels quality in the hand. Being stanley you know its accurate.
doesnt have the best standout in the world but then thats what my fatmax tape is for.
28 Aug 2013
Does what it's meant to and really durable. Great replacement for longstanding, trusted tape
5 Jun 2011
Cheap silver plastic body
The catalogue says "highly durable tape measure in chrome plated case". It is in fact a cheap plastic case with a silver/chrome effect. The case looks like it will fracture on the first drop as it has no rubber bumpers. Also, the tape lock is not as easy to operate one-handed as other cheaper tapes I've had. It might be a good size for ladies or guys with smaller hands.
I had one of these delivered yesterday, and I'll be taking it back tomorrow. It's the first and last time I'll buy any Stanley tools.
27 Oct 2010