Top Rated in Measuring & Layout

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Top rated products in Measuring & Layout

4.8 | 11,348 customer ratings
96% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
2 Pack measuring tapes. When you can get 2 for the price of one, why not? One is retractable and one is cloth. Each have their own applications. Cloth works well for measuring body and retractable easy to use for flat surfaces. Both are marked in inches on one side and in centimeters on the other
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I just wanted an inexpensive measuring tape for light sewing. I saw this offer for two kinds at a single price and grabbed it. One of them is on a plastic spool with an auto-retract button, and the other is a conventional measuring tape that is a cheerful pink. These are not high quality last-a-lifetime kind of items, but serve my purpose
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By Robin F.
The retractable tape measure is super handy, but the other one... Well, it's a bit inacurrate. It starts at 2½
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By serendipity127
4.8 | 4,995 customer ratings
97% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
I buy my husband an expensive set of tools or organize his car, and he barely notices. I buy him a $9 speed square, and he can barely contain his happiness as he flips through the blue book.

I don't know. I just don't know. But he loves it. Says it feels so sturdy and that blue book alone would have been worth
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By Sam
Wow, this is a nice tool. It replaced a plastic Speed Square. No matter how careful you are, those will eventually break (see photo). That's just a waste of resources.

This is 3/16 aluminum, with a rare feel of quality - an outlier that somehow remained untouched by the corporate bean-counters.

As for squareness, it
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By East of Sun/West of Moon
Everything you could want in a speed square. I’m not giving it a 5/5 only because the measurement ticket are large. This works great for scribing a line on the inside of the tool, I’m not sure why they are made so large/ aggressive on the outside. A must for any tool belt
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By Christopher
4.8 | 3,037 customer ratings
95% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
The item is still in the original pack, more than three years after purchase. In deciding to write this review, I became determined to withhold ever removing the tool from the original pack and finally take it to my grave with me. Well, not exactly, I in intend to revise my will and ask my lawyer to open this tape following my death and
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By Oktagenarian
This is a great tape measure in general, sturdy easy to read and compact.

But its best feature is that it is marked in both Inches (1/16" resolution) and Metric. So I'm finding it's the best way to start becoming more conversant in metric equivalents of the more familiar inch measurements.

I was trying to find a
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By CA Guy
I keep like five of these lying around so I won't have to look much when I need it. It is accurate and durable, the lock works, and the spring has never failed.

One of its best traits is no sharp corners. It sits lightly in your pocket and does not wear out the fabric of your trousers. Pocket another brand tape measure around a
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By PT in TX
4.8 | 2,388 customer ratings
96% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
Only used it for a few days but so far so good. I'll edit later if I need to add anything.
This tape is black and has a thick rubber cover outside of it so when I drop it off a roof or whatever it probably won't mess it up much...😲 The case is a little bulky but not a big deal. About 1 3/4" wide 3" tall.
The case is 3"
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By Jim and Yen
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Needed a tape that I could read better as my eye sight is worsening. I do visual for a big retail dept. store and needed a new one and a bigger one that 12 feet.
Pros it's real real nice....very good quality......smooth retractor goes back inside smooth and easy to read.'s
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By SportyTracy
The only thing I don’t like about this tape measure is the hook. It doesn’t extend below the bottom surface of the case, so when you want to use it you have to pull it out with your fingers. I prefer the type where the hook extends below the case, so when you rub the case along the edge of a board the hook catches on the board and
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By G. Laurence
4.8 | 1,977 customer ratings
96% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
I decided to build me a wooden work bench, something that was new to me. I'm not a carpenter just a normal person that likes to dabble in home projects and this was going to be probably the biggest one for me so far. I saw many videos showing the use of a speed square and how it was used to keep your work nice and square so I decided to
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By Art Harrington
Really ! Both BENT !
The 12" is bent over the long and short sides, over 1/16" deviation each side
The 7" is bent over the long and short side.. nearly 1/16" deviation on each side in places NOT related to the 12"

Nothing I cant fix, but really .. an hugely sturdy tool such as these should not arrive bent and at
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By Steven Hartney
I've had these squares for about 2 years. I'm not a contractor and I take good care of my tools. I've used the 6-inch square more often than the 12-inch. I've never noticed any issues with this square until recently when I was using it to verify alignment of a cabinet hardware jig. The wide bottom plate of the square is not flat. It is
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By Kimtastic
4.8 | 1,639 customer ratings
96% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
I do data collection for residential property appraisals. This tape measure isn't perfect, but it works (mostly) well for what I need.

The end of the tape could use a better "claw" but for the most part it works extremely well.

The tape itself often gets bent sideways when retracting despite the roller guide in
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By T-Bone
Just got the product. Please see the pictures. Smallest measurements are 1/8 inch and 2 mm. I wish it is calibrated to measure 1
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By East
Good tape, I should know, we go through on average about 1 every 5 weeks. We don't typically use them as designed. We use them around sharp edges of steel pipe and it only takes a short time for the fiberglass tape to become worn to the point its not usable. So rather than always running to the hardware store. I started purchasing our
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By Tom Hightower
4.8 | 1,484 customer ratings
95% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
My husband and I are big DIY folks, always under some sort of renovation. The kitchen is our latest Reno, and accuracy counts. Just a couple of months into the renovation and trying to use my husband’s cumbersome 25 foot Stanley tape measure became a rapid pain in the butt. Not only was it heavy to hold you could no longer lock the tab
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By 7KKids&ME
My Zabiki 25 ft/7.5 m Measuring Tape is a delight. I also liked my previous tape measure, which was a different brand. I like it that is, until the locking mechanism failed after perhaps 20 or 30 uses, though they were spread over four years. I used it as much in four years as a carpenter would use it in two days. I don't measure things
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By Eben Visher
I have used this tape measure quite a bit since I got it, so by now I have a pretty good idea of how I feel about it. The verdict is: I like it! It's not the most heavy duty tape measure I own, which means it's a little lighter as well. I have dropped it on hard surfaces a few times and other than some minor scratches, no harm done. It's
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By Steve W.
4.8 | 1,380 customer ratings
96% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
If you're looking for a square, you're in the wrong place. This is, in fact, a triangle, but I'm no quitter. So, I went back, bought another triangle, and put them together. Clearly this was how the product was meant to be
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By Erin
I am just a simple DIYer with a skill saw as my only power tool for cutting lumber and doing projects. With the speed square I can now confidently and easily mark distances and straight lines (including angled lines), and I can now also easily cut in a straight line using the speed square as a guide (see YouTube videos on speed squares).
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By Miss River Rolling
Perfect square for most any carpentry/craft projects. Tough plastic is lightweight and marks are easy to read.
Hi-Viz orange makes it harder to lose. I am a contractor and for general crew usage it is ideal.
Even the most inept junior assistant carpenters helper on my crew loves it. And I love it with
great price
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By Maine Sky King
4.8 | 1,217 customer ratings
95% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
This tape has quickly became my shop favorite, and I’ve got a lot of tapes. As a lefty it’s great to finally be able to read a tape right-side-up for the first time in my life. I also like that the measurements are clearly numbered down to a 1/16th of an inch (see photo). The recoil spring is very strong and the tape is stiff when
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By Marty
I ended up purchasing two new tapes to compliment my 10+ yr. Old Craftsman 20' tape measure for use in the shop. The FastCap Lefty Righty and Tajima 16ft models. Both have a 7/8” thick blade (which is wider than the Craftsman) that can stand out 8'. Both models are white with black lines (except the 1/16 marks on the FastCap are red.
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By Sean F.
I want to love these tapes, but the quality of the tape does not seem to hold up. This is the second of this exact same tape I've owned - the first just completely quit working. This is my go to tape in my garage wood shop. I absolutely LOVE the readout on the tape. I go for precision, so when I read a tape, I want to know what side
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By JoeyTX
4.8 | 1,082 customer ratings
96% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
This angle gauge works well.
Works well to set up the blade angle on your table saw and table angle on drill presses, band saws, scroll saws, etc.
I also do a lot of steel plate welding at compound angles.
I also use it to determine the angle of my rifle barrel when shooting uphill or downhill.
Range finders do not
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By Jim Masolotte
It feels very sturdy and accurate. Magnet is very strong. Easy to use and read. My only complaint is the divot in the center of each face. This makes it hard to measure thin objects. The magnet side should have been designed to be flat or the divot not as pronounced. Its a solid unit otherwise and I recommend it over other cheaper
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By Cashsky
I purchased this digital angle finder for use as a level or angle finder. I am visually impaired so and easy to read display was important to me. I was not disappointed by the display. This angle finder is very easy to use and seems to be accurate. My only suggestion would be to add some sort of a audio indicator when you were at
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By Tom & Emily
4.7 | 3,283 customer ratings
95% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
Nice tool.
It is as clear as a tape can be. The flat white is easy on the eyes. I don't need millimeters for most of the chore work I do.
I read a complaint about the size of the case not being standard. It is exactly the same as my 30 year old Stanley 20 ft Powerlock, which it will replace.
It stands on its own to about 90
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By John Oswald
Big fan of the additional measurement markings as well as the white color and satin-feel to the tape.

I deduct two stars because the retraction function leaves a bit to be desired. It's difficult to trigger the retraction with one hand; I find myself holding the measure in one hand and using the other to apply enough leverage
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I purchased this tape measure earlier this year before I started a few home improvement projects. Recently I was on my step ladder in the garage, hanging up a pegboard backer for my garden tools, when the tape slipped off my pocket clip & fell to the ground from about 3-4 ft. When I went to use it again the end hook was bent backwards.
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By John G.
4.7 | 3,162 customer ratings
94% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
I bought this tape mainly because it's an autolocking tape to use on small jobs and because of its size and weight. I'm very happy with that. It feels good in the hand, is very light.

The main numbers are relatively large and easy to read. Part of having a small, light tape is having a small tape blade, so the numbers and other
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By Loyal Prime Customer
This tap measure is just what I wanted. My last one, different brand , just snapped, so I thought I'd have to shell out another 25 bucks for a new one. Came across this Komelon ,and it not only has the self stop feature, but also the retract button that won't smack you in the face. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5, for one reason. The hard
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By Wolf Shadow
I had one for a while and liked it. I purchased 3 more and none of them lock very well as the tape often very slowly slides back in it. Also just threw one in the trash. Once it got to a bit over 23' it was very hard to pull out. When I got to just over 24.5' the rest of the tape yanked completely out of it.
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By Andrew G. Roehl
4.7 | 2,784 customer ratings
94% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
I'm writing this purely on the speed square, as the combination square worked perfectly as designed. This speed square is perfect and true... as long as you're only using it on radius edge lumber. In my furniture shop it's fairly worthless as where the lip meets the plate there's a slight radius which will not allow it to seat square on
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By Greg
With over 1000 reviews and 4.5 star rating I expected much better quality.
The few 2/3 star reviews are much more accurate than the overwhelming raving 5 star entries.
I gave it a very generous 3 stars because it's not very expensive.
The speed square casting is really not very good.
It's square enough for framing
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By C. Hinton
The speed square has a flaw in the casting, likely from a worn out mold. There is a bump approximately 3/4" long along the straight edge which makes the square rock slightly from side to side throwing you off as you press it against the work piece. I didn't expect much at this price point, but the speed square I received is useless
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By JeffATL
4.7 | 1,883 customer ratings
92% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
These arrived the day after ordering and they are in great shape. Mine are not broken like some reviewers were. They are flexible and easy to see through which is a useful feature to me. Since they are so inexpensive I ordered two sets - so now I have two 12 inch rulers and two 6 inch rulers. And I got all four of them.
When I
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By senior citizen
easy to
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By Merle Degler
4.7 | 1,388 customer ratings
93% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
I installed 1000sf of wide plank porcelain tile in our home and you can see from the picture the types and numbers of angles that had to be marked and cut due to the architectural features of the home. The tile is not cheap so getting the cuts right the first time is critical. The Ankace multi-angleizer was the just the ticket for
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By Blueflowman
As a woodworker, one of the more difficult tasks is the precise measuring of multiple angles to make a piece fit into a given area. This makes the task much easier. I have something similar made of plastic, but it wasn't very precise. This tool is made of Aluminum and is well constructed. I expect to get years of use out of it. I'm
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By CJP Tech
I use this product primarily as a woodworking tool as opposed to general carpentry. It's one of those odd tools that seems like it would be more useful that it really is. That being said, I have two versions of this tool from two different vendors and I have to base the bulk of my review score on a comparison between the
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By D. Vaughan
4.7 | 1,250 customer ratings
92% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
I bought three different left handed tape measures off Amaon to try with my crew... we pull from right to left on our table saw and want to mark with the pencil in our right hands at the bottom edge of the tape.

I had high hopes for this green one from FastCap, which has really SMALL print... I am using this one personally, but
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By In Search of Adventure
Great tape. Easy to read from either side, never "upside down". Love the easy to reach and use rubber clip. Nice precise measure. Love love LOVED the erasable white face for notes.


Numbers and coating started wearing off the first 6 inches, right down to the grey steel, then rust, within 2 months or so of
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By Amazon Customer
I like blade design very much. Blade has very convenient orientation of scale markings for any direction you measure. I ordered this product in August 2017 and had tape sitting in garage since then. I used it ones on the day when tape arrived and a week ago. After my second use the tape does not retract blade anymore, I have to force it
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By Nick D. Russ
product price
4.8 | 444 customer ratings
95% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
I purchased the adhesive backed measure tape to use on a cutting table in my sewing room. It was very easy to apply and the adhesive is very good. I applied it to the long end of my 4 foot by 8 foot table. I needed an 8 foot measuring tape, but had to buy the 12 foot because 8 foot was not available. That was the only downside to my
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By blm
This is a really nice tape, good adhesive, seems durable and very nicely marked. However, when installing you need to keep it back off the very edge of your bench. This thing is RAZOR sharp. The way I had it installed if you run your hand down the front edge of the bench or make hard contact with it in the course of working you will
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By Mark M.
I usually trust this brand for accurate measuring devices. But this time, I was disappointed. I used a right-to-left, and bought another left-to-right to use on my table saw fence slide.
The GOOD: Easy to read, sticks VERY well, durable (both the tape itself as well as the ink), and easy to apply.
The BAD: The WORST thing
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By Craigenstein
4.7 | 917 customer ratings
92% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars sure can save a lot of time. I've had the 6-inch version for years and recently purchased the 12-inch model. There have been some slight changes in the manufacturing process. The bottom one in the picture, which is the old six-inch version, has all the markings sharply engraved. The 12-inch one looks embossed or stamped, which
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By WB Halper
I make trim rings and face plates and adaptor plates for Marine Electronics everything is made for show , Material is expensive and measurement mistakes are not tolerated by the customer on expensive boats. This tool has eliminated minor parallax errors in measuring with rules and saved me time and money. I find the fact that it is
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By Roha Waha
This thing is the bee's knees folks! When your project calls for the utmost in accuracy, this will work great for you, and it's very easy to use. simply set on assn edge, put your mechanical pencil in the desired hole, slide, and mark away. This can also be used to set your but heights on your router table or other things, as it has
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By The Woodworker
4.7 | 700 customer ratings
91% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
I bought this to replace the factory rail gauge on my new table saw rip fence. The measurement gauge that came with the table saw was not accurate... it was off at least 1/16 in places. I carefully scrapped off the factory gauge, cleaned the surface to remove the old adhesive residue, cut this to length, aligned the left edge
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By TimInChicago
This fit perfectly along this side of my kayak. I cut it down to 30" due to space limitations on the yak. I added silicon sealant every 6 inches or so to assist in affixing it but the adhesive backing is pretty
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By Chris C
Bought several of these for my workshop. The first is for my table saw. While it has a ruler for the fence, it is only on the front of the fence and it can be difficult to ensure the fence is straight without pulling out the 1,2,3 blocks or a level. But using the blocks I was able to get the fence lined up straight and put one of the
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By Opforsoldier
4.6 | 2,203 customer ratings
90% of the ratings are 4-stars or 5-stars
This has been a handy tool across many trades while I've been building a large addition my house. It has mainly served as a depth gauge and quick level. As far as being a square? Use a square if you need a square, and after I read the reviews complaining about this tool not being square, I chalked that up to inexperience on the part of
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By Morania
Not too impressed with this Kreg tool. I'm kinda surprised since I have other Kreg products and I love them. I'm sure you know it doesn't come with 3 rules. Only one rule you can use any of the 3 ways in the picture. Buy it for the 45 deg and depth rule, not for the square. You need to have a real SQUARE square anyway.

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By Hutchy
Whoever thought this was a good idea was wrong - including myself. It’s virtually useless as anything but a 45 and a level. In every other configuration the knob is in the way or the way it’s made doesn’t allow it to lie flat. Constantly having to unscrew the knob all the way in order to change configurations is a pain in the
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By Jim Lanphear