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Thoughtful Design, But...
on May 25, 2010
Pros: With the Komelon MK6012 Meter-Man 19-Inch Measuring Wheel, Komelon has answered most of the deficiencies of previous measuring wheels we have used.
* The 19" diameter wheel gives the ability to traverse rougher terrain more comfortably and accurately than smaller wheels, yet it is not so big as to be unwieldy in its size.
* It is made of durable, light-weight material.
* The color is both attractive and provides extra visibility.
* The counter is gear driven from the axle providing several advantages over the clicker type:
--> It provides more accuracy measuring in feet and inches.
--> It has an easy one push reset to zeros (no winding).
--> There are no "clicker" pins sticking out of the wheel itself to fall out and be lost or damage nearby items.
--> Because the counter is not near the wheel surface - the wheel doesn't jam up when a small pebble is picked up by adhering to wetter soils.
--> It counts to 10,000 feet instead of just 1,000.
--> The counter works in reverse if you need to go back to a point that was passed.
--> The counter is silent.
* The wheel turns very easily.
* The handle shaft telescopes for storage - instead of folding, making for a stronger connection - as folding handles are problematic being a weak point at best, and prone to complete failure because of breakage or lost parts.
* The handle grip is comfortable.
* It even has a hinged kickstand to minimize damage to the device while making it easier to use.
* Measures in smaller units (inches) than the clicker style measuring wheels. Metric version available as well.
Cons - After a few years of use on the three units purchased:
* Smaller units are inches - need tenths of a foot for Civil work.
* Kickstand easily breaks apart and becomes useless.
* Does not work at all in certain temperatures below freezing - even pulling from warm dry vehicle at -40F it stopped working almost immediately.
* The counter unit made of mostly plastic inside and out are not durable... One units counter enclosure separated at the seam and all the parts fell out.
* Counter is not sealed... over time it skips or mis-counts and makes noise. Spraying some lube on moving parts and inside counter unit seems to fix it for a time.