|Item Weight||1 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||2.4 x 4.8 x 6.8 inches|
|Item model number||SL2825|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||1 year warranty against manufacturer's defects|
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Komelon SL2825 Self Lock 25-Foot Power Tape
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Here's how I formed my opinion:
I like any tape measure that locks automatically, like these do - as opposed to the powerlock's etc where you have to manually lock them to hold them open. 99% of the time if I'm pulling the tape out, I want it to stay out until I'm done with it. In fact, I can't really even think of any application where this would be a disadvantage.
The rubber coating on the body, combined with curves in right places give you a very confident grip, even when it's wet. It fits very comfortably in your hand.
I like the bright green color so the tape isn't camouflaged when I put it down somewhere. They manage to do the obnoxious color in a good way without trying to make it look like some kind of space aged sneaker. A trend I just never understood.
I hate a tape with too powerful a return spring. This one isn't bad, I don't get the same "man, I'm glad my fingers were clear of that!" feeling that I get with some others. Yet it's strong enough to know for sure that it's coming all the way back.
The weight of the whole thing is just about right. This of course may be because I got the 16 foot version - so I should explain why I like 16 feet better than 20 or 25. I do mostly remodeling/finish carpentry work, and 90% of my measuring is done under 10 feet. 9.9% is done under 20 feet, and that final .1% is over 20 feet where I can just grab a larger tape.
One advantage to a smaller tape measure is that you don't have to wrestle with them too much when when you have to put it down on an even surface while you mark something.Read more ›
The "Self Lock" feature prevents the tape from retracting without manual intervention, but there is no lock feature that keeps the tape from extending further, e.g. under the weight of the unit itself. So, let's say you're measuring vertical distances on a wall. The tape will drop to the floor and continue extending if you try to yank the unit up so that the tape is vertical. There's no "full lock" feature that can prevent this, making the unit almost unusable to measure vertical distances.
Another minor but still very frustrating problem: the mark indicating the length of the unit itself is embossed in small, green-on-green text. It's almost impossible to read. Like most units of this type, it's a bizarre length, but it's a real struggle to figure out what that length is.
The only cons I've found are the return spring's power. It is way too powerful, and retracts way too fast. If you're not careful when releasing the tape it's very easy to have the hook smack the housing at full speed. If you retract from over 6', the tape will whip around a lot, so you must be very careful to leg go of the button before the tape gets near you, lest you get whiplashed. Even though I'm aware of this tape's power, I've had a few face-neck impacts from the tape. It doesn't feel good. Thank God for shop glasses, or I'd be typing this review in Braille.
I expected metal fatigue to lessen the spring's power eventually, but this is a very resilient spring, so that hasn't happened. After 7+ years, the spring is as powerful as ever.
This leads to my only con: The return is so strong, over time, the rubber clutch that locks the tape open has worn down. Combine that with the powerful spring, and it slips when locked, especially when used vertically, where the weight of the taps makes it worse. This may be fixable by taking it apart and replacing the rubber pad, but I haven't tried it yet.
Overall, this tape rules, and will last many years. Even without the auto-lock feature, this is a nice tape, but that feature and the low cost makes it a must for any toolbox.
pros: Tough..I'm all ways dropping it or something.
Cheap.. for a good tape measure price is right
Large numbers on it....i work in dimly lit areas so this is great
Self lock is the best feature i couldn't do with out it
cons: The rewind can be too fast at times (cut my fingers a few times)
The end can get twisted to one side (but like i said rough with it and i use it a lot)
All in all this is the best tape measure I've found and I've tried a lot of them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Like the 16' I bought at the same time. It doesn't work after 2 weeks. slips. Bad design i presume.Published 1 month ago by Wes
I'm a custom metal fabricator and a tape measure is never far from reach. I bought this peticullar brand of tape about 3 years ago and haven't bought any other brand since. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mark Duvall
I bought this tape as an exact replacement for one that I owned for many years and used daily. When it was fully extended an employee retracted it with such force that the tab... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Steve528
This is the best tape I've ever used! Automatically locking on the way out is SOOO much better than having to lock it manually, and the push button retract is very convenient. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Timothy B.