|Item Weight||5.4 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||2.8 x 2.8 x 2 inches|
|Item model number||PMS-12|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||Any FastCap product found to be defective under normal use will be replaced at no cost.|
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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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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a hobbyist woodworker and have used this tape maybe 15-20 times in the 2yrs I have owned it. The face is starting to rust along the edges and it will no longer retract the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tom
Just the right size for 99% of the measurements I need. I do general woodworking and restoration.I always have it hanging on me, so I appreciate it's light weight. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
So glad I ordered this little gem. I find the size to be just right around the garage. I love the markings along the tape and the area on the side for writing measurements. Read morePublished 3 months ago by AKF
Easy to read. Retraction is easy to control. I personally like have both metric and "inch/foot" on the same tape. And the write on surface comes in handy. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tom
It looks cheap and chintzy, but seems to work OK. I have an intuition that it's not going to be long-lasting, however. Read morePublished 6 months ago by LittleTank
very well made. has an integrated pencil sharpener. clear markings. 2 ways to impede tape recoil.Published 9 months ago by greggys