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Folding rulers are by no means a new thing, but that’s no excuse for not having one.  The traditional wooden folding ruler your Dad had is probably sitting in the toolbox out in the shop right now.  The trouble with them has always been that you have to be careful to avoid snapping them like a twig when they’re over extended.  In this way, the MaxiFlex really stands out from your Dad’s ruler. 

The Maxi-Flex line by Wiha is made from fiberglass reinforced polyamide; This allows the rulers to give and flex into a full loop if you feel like bending it that much.  So worrying about hearing that familiar snapping sound when extended out six feet is less of a concern than it used to be.  Another added bonus feature: chemical, water, and scratch resistance.

The Maxi-flex is a newer twist on an old technology.  Though most DIYs and pros seemed to have moved on to a retractable tape the folding ruler is still out there evolving. So for all the old timers or tool elite who feel the need to unfold their measuring sticks, you can be at ease.

Sreet Pricing starts at around $8.

MaxiFlex – Folding Rulers [Wiha Tools]
Street Pricing [Froogle]

 

3 Responses to Finds: MaxiFlex – Folding Rulers

  1. Rick says:

    Despite the prevalence of retractable tape measures – this type of folding ruler still very much as a place in your tool box. Particularly if you do lots of woodworking, cabinet work, or even millwork. The fact that many of these style folding rules have the little extendablebar at the beginning means that you can just open it to a bit less than what you’re measuring, extend the little bar out to the end of what you’re measuring and easily and repeatably transfer measurements to chair rails, moldings, shelves, doors, etc. etc. etc.

    With a retractable tape, you always have to check the numbers, remember them or write them down. and there’s always some inaccuracies in that. But with something like this, you can compare lengths, not so much measurements, and it’s easily repeated, and easily compared to make sure you still have the right length. (BTW.. just ’cause you’re not always “measuring” doesn’t mean you’re excused from the measure twice cut once edict.)

  2. Myself says:

    Seconded. The stiffer nature of a folding ruler is really better suited for a lot of things: It won’t flop over on itself if you stick it up against the ceiling. In my first month in the field, I broke a coworker’s folding ruler while trying to extend it the wrong way. That lunch hour, I went to the hardware store and bought two. That was ten years ago now, and I’ve grown quite fond of the tool. I carry a tape too, of course, but I think they’re more complimentary than competitive.

  3. James B says:

    Ok, yawl convinced me to dig out the metric folding rule my folks brought me back from a trip to Europe. Since I moved the fence rails on my tablesaw all the way to the right, the scale is largely useless. I find myself using a metal yard stick for squaring and setting the fence and measuring furniture projects, and lamenting when it is too short. I’m gonna bust out the folding rule.

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