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Fastcap PMS-12 12-foot Metric/Standard Measuring Tape

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  • Small 12' tape is great for the woodworker
  • Has a built-in pencil sharpener and dual locking system
  • Easy-to-read blade features both metric and standard graduations
  • Compact case that fits well in your hand, includes Fastpad writing surface for jotting down measurements
  • Lever action belt clip saves wear and tear on pockets and belts
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Product Description

Metric/Standard Tape. Metric measurements are to the mm; standard measurements are to the 1/16". Innovative tape with features not found anywhere else have made these easy-to-read tape measures the favorite of cabinetmakers and carpenters alike. Features: Erasable note pad, Compact shock-resistant rubber casing, Dual thumb and finger lock, Easy belt clip, Built-in stainless steel pencil sharpener, and high-contrast black on white scale.

From the Manufacturer

Fastcap's ProCarpenter family of tapes are manufactured with several innovative features that were developed from in-the-field use by professional woodworkers and cabinet builders. The PMS-12 is a great example. Taking our popular Pad, Metric, Standard tape and packaging it in a smaller 12 foot version makes it a very compact tool. How many times do you measure anything longer than 12 feet?

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Technical Details
Part Number PMS-12
Item Weight5.4 ounces
Product Dimensions2.8 x 2.8 x 2 inches
Item model numberPMS-12
Item Package Quantity1
Warranty DescriptionAny FastCap product found to be defective under normal use will be replaced at no cost.
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Best Sellers Rank #30,742 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First AvailableMay 24, 2006

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There's 1 Stanley 12' both-ways tape, to compete with this,
and I'll have to get that to compare,
but I can add a couple of points to the other reviewer's info:

this thing is quite light, but way bulkier than it seems it should be
( much thicker, even-without the spring-clip stuck on the side ).

The underside tape-stop/friction thingy's nice, when one is letting the tape come back,
as one can just let it come in at-speed, then use the underside friction thingy as a brake,
without risking either the tape-end OR one's fingers...

Quite nice, that.

The pencil-sharpener...
uh, I use a refillable construction-pencil, with rectangular leads, so it's wasteful clutter, to me
( and the reason I use the red plastic refillable construction-pencil, with 3 spare leads in its tail,
is because grinding up trees for throwaway pencils is obscene! )

The engineering of the thing seems a bit sloppy/untested, as
a) it really seems it could be thinner
( and the clip on its side, with the press-the-top-to-open-the-bottom DOESN'T help that )
b) it stops about 1/2" before full return, as one of the tip-rivets catches on the opening, OR
the tip itself catches on the opening ( or both? it seems it might be both, actually ), and
the brake marks ( puts a dark gloss on ) the writing-white paint/background, at-least at first,
so maybe they used the wrong plastic for the brakes?

I find the style of 1/8ths 1/16ths to be much clearer than most tapes,

I find the white background much easier to read-from than most tapes,

I find it quite light, though bulky,

and having a 12' tape in BOTH system's required, for me.

When I get the Stanley equiv, I'll update this.

If one wants both-systems, pocketable, and quite usable, nab it.

If svelte matters, though, try the Stanley both-systems tape.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Bruha on February 26, 2015
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Quality is good, about what I'd expect for the price paid. There are better built tape measures out there, if you are willing to pay a little more, or watch for sales/discounts.
However, the reason I bought this one was more for the features than anything else. How many times have you been working somewhere, measured an opening, only to get to the saw and try to remember if you needed to cut that board 17 5/8", or 15 7/8"? If you have that problem, this may be the tape for you. The little writing area on the side works well for jotting little notes on with a pencil, and it erases pretty cleanly. Also, it has a functional (decent, but not spectacular) pencil sharpener built into the bottom rear corner of the tape. It works all right if you are careful, but at least on my tape, you have to watch what you are doing carefully, or it can snap off the lead, leaving you with a duller pencil than you started with.
I made the mistake of ordering one with standard/metric markings, which is not Fastcap's fault. I thought that it would be a nice feature to be able to grab one tape, and measure both feet and meters. In use, however, having two sets of numbers on the tape at the same time requires the numbers to be smaller and harder to read, and the dual sets of lines that don't line up make it all the more confusing. Where is DOES work good for, is to give the kids, or anyone unfamiliar with metrics, a way of getting an idea of how long so many centimeters are, compared to a scale they are already familiar with, or as a quick conversion chart from In to CM.. For daily use as a tape measure, I think you'd be better off getting one in standard, and another in metric, unless you regularly need to convert one length to another.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Moore on November 5, 2013
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Awesome!! After 6 months of use.

Pros: 1) White circle to write measurements on. Erases easily with an eraser or with spit and your finger. I like that it is somewhat difficult to erase so you don't accidently erase something. 2) I LOVE the "16ths" of each inch are labled 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15 on the tape. No longer do I have to stare at the tape to ensure I know exactly which 16th I'm on. My eyes seem to play tricks on my mind with all of those tick marks .... Its like trying to read a UPC code. This tape solves all of that. 3) I love the finger brake to slow the retracting tape. 4) the built-in pencil sharpener is a fantastic idea. 5) The belt clip is firm and snug. Has never fallen off. 6) I love the small compact size. Almost half of the size of a typical 25 ft tape.

Cons: 1) because its the 12ft tape and smaller size the tape is narrower and less firm. Seems to buckle on gaps > 6ft. Won't stay stiff and straight. But thats expected with the smaller size. To avoid this .... get the bigger FASTCAP and have all the same great features. Even with this con, this is still my favorite tape. 2) Improvement suggestion for FASTCAP: pencil sharpener shape makes the pencil tip very long, pointy and sharp. My pencil lead tends to break because so much of the lead is exposed. Perhaps install a sharper that would sharpen to the shape of a golf scorecard pencil.
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By warrentims on March 26, 2011
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If you want a tape that measures in millimeters and not centimetres (and understand the difference!) this is just about the only make that is made that does this. It avoids confusion when verbally telling other the size you need, instantly use the preffered standard measurement units and works well. Also available in metric only, with numbers up both ways, to make it easier to read from left or right. Shame that there are no English stockists, so I have bought a few of each type to last me many years. Rabone used to make a similar tape about 10 years ago, but now discontinued.
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