Tape Measure: Tajima GS-Lock 16ft
Finding a good tape measure is really challenging. After years of searching, I finally found Tajima tape measures. Tajimia is a high quality Japanese construction tool maker and their tape measures are awesome.
The biggest issue with most tape measures is that little hook on the end. That hook is suppose to move the exact thickness of the metal it is made out of so it measures the same if you are hooking it on something or butting it up against a something. Closing the tape measure rapidly bangs the end hook against the body of the tape measure eventually causing the movement to be greater than its suppose to be and creating error in your measurements. Tajima tape measures are specially designed to prevent this and remain accurate for a lifetime of use.
ABS body with a shock resistant rubber coating.
16 foot long by 1 inch wide tape.
Extra thick steel tape (.006") is stiffer than standard tapes.
Tape coated with advanced Hyper-Acry-Coat.
Quadruple riveted end hook.
Cushioned end hook return.
I bought this right after dropped a Stanley tape, and as was so predictable, it landed on the hook ruining the tape’s calibration. Having seen Rob introduce this Tajima I went for it. It’s a well armored tape with a shock absorber for the hook. Hopefully it’ll save those hook for when (not if) I drop it. I am Also experimenting with removing the rubber encasement and using this tape in an apron pocket. Doing this really leaves the long hook sticking out so I think it will actually be more prone to impact, but(!) the hook on the Tajima is thicker. It also retains the shock absorber for the hook despite removal of the case armor. Additionally, it allows easier hooking of the measured material with one hand. It’s also nice to have markings on the back side of the tape. I’ll update the review when I get some time with it, but I recommend it.
Accurate, easy to read and easy to handle.
This product is a great measuring aid and a joy to use. It works great and fits in your hand perfectly. The tape is very easy to read and built to last a long time.