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While 40′ probably doesn’t sound “short” to you (or me!), most framers call any self-wind tape like this one a “short tape” — distinguishing it from the soft, hand-cranked types that extend 100′ or more. In the past, short tapes have been 25′ long, or maybe 30′ for some of the newer ones. But with taller-peaked roofs becoming ever more popular in today’s McMansions, some runs now exceed 30′. That’s why Stanley’s now offering a whopping 40-footer.

Besides it’s length, it offers a number of features included on most newer Stanley tapes, such as an 11’+ standout, a Mylar-polyester film coating the entire blade and increasing durability, a top-forward blade lock, and a thermo-plastic rubber soft grip.

We’ve had one of these in the TM shop ever since they entered testing, and we can attest to its durability. (We’ve dropped it many, many times and it still looks pretty new.) The only drawback is weight: this is one heavy-ass tape. If you’re not going to regularly measure distances longer than 25′ or 30′, we’d totally recommend going with a shorter tape. But if you are working with longer distances, this is much easier to use than a two-person-minimum crank type.

The 40′ tapes are on their way to big-box shelves now and should appear soon. If you need one more quickly, check out the links on the Stanley site for mail-order options.

40′ Self-Retracting Tape [Stanley Tools]


2 Responses to Preview: Stanley’s New 40′ “Short” Tape

  1. Keith Wright says:

    The long stand-out is a definitely a useful feature, especially when working alone, but Stanley does make shorter tape measures under the Fat Max name with the same feature.

  2. Andy says:

    Is there a requirement that the word “Ass” be used x number of times in Toolmonger? Seem unnecessarily crude to me, maybe we could all be just a tad more civil.

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