I’m often guilty of ranting on about the boneheaded policies companies enact, the products manufacturers get wrong, and the way things ought to be — I’m not really shy about it either — however I’m not enough of a snob that I won’t admit when things are right. This is my favorite tape, the rather low-rent Stanley 30-485 twelve-foot tape, and I love it.
I’ve had it for close to five years now and it’s seen better days. There are other tapes in the shop but honestly I just keep coming back to this little guy. Its feel and its light weight lure me away from better, more expensive units within arms reach. It doesn’t sport super-cool coatings or a big-ass spring in it, and I dig that.
Stanley threw it in as a freebie with a 10-piece screwdriver set, and after using it a while I just didn’t like anything else — which was a problem, since Stanley didn’t sell it by itself at the time. Recently they’ve fixed that. The model 30-485 goes for around $5, available online almost anywhere.
It’s not an uber marketing push, and most likely no one else will care about a cheapo tape — but I noticed. Though it’s a small thing that’ll earn Stanley snorts and scorn among the high-end-tape crowd, some of us out here like the cheap stuff and appreciate the opportunity to have what we want.
I ordered two of them this morning.