|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.
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.
The visibility on the numbers is big and bold making them easy to see. It only measures in inches and goes all the way up to sixteenths of an inch. It does not measure in metric (centimeters, millimeters). After 1 foot (12 inches) it shows two separate measurements from there on. One in total inches and the other in complete feet and remaining inches.
The case is made up of plastic encased in rubber where you grip it for added grip. The button to release the tape is made of plastic. The tape seems to made of some sort of metal with a plasticy type of coating. The tape is just as flexible as other tape measures so no worries there.
When the tape is extended and the release button is pressed it winds itself back up. It winds itself up pretty quickly especially towards the end when it is almost complete. I'm not sure this is a good thing because at a high speed the end of the tape slaps the casing pretty hard. The case is only made up of plastic so I tend to be carefully and stop the winding process right before it is completed as to not break the case. I have seen more expensive Stanley brand tape measures with the self lock feature and the winding speed is reduced on those models to minimize damage.
Self locking feature when extended
Nylon coated blade
Rubber grip coating
No metric measurement
Tape winding too fast and might lead to breaking case or internal parts
Bottom Line: This is a good tape measure for light duty work for those that don't need metric measurements. I wouldn't recommend for heavy duty use since the case is made up of plastic, even though the rubber might absorb shock from impact, the plastic sides are exposed. Nylon coating of the tape might extend the life of the blade.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great for minor measurements... Not a professional tape measure at all - has maybe a 4' spread then collapses.Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
Why did I never know about this type of tape measure before? Whoever came up with the locking style with a button to retract is a genius.Published 20 days ago by Wyatt G
Out of the 4 different tapes I've bought recently, plus several I already owned, this is my favorite. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Corey
Awesome tape measure.... especially for the affordable price! The self locking feature is such a joy and new, must have feature for tape measures! Read morePublished 5 months ago by kevin ho