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Old 03-21-2017, 11:04 AM   #1
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So I'm getting ready to run a video series on some wood working tools and while testing my lighting and what not, I did a quick review on a couple of tape measures I recently acquired. They are cheaply made, but really damned handy. The video above g...


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Old 03-21-2017, 11:36 AM   #2
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The righty lefty is genius. Why didn't I think of that.... Such a simple improvement that really does make things easier. Why didn't they carry that over to the flat one I wonder?
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Old 03-21-2017, 11:36 AM   #3
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I didn't realize the tapes themselves were writable. There is a pencil/dry-erase circle on the body I knew about, but the whole tape being writable is a pretty nifty idea.

Just looking now, I see they offer a "story pole" tape measure that's blank on the bottom half for just this purpose.

My impression has been that FastCap has looked for the niche market in tape measures by making a wide range of unique tapes, but none of their offerings has tempted me enough to purchase one yet. When I'm marking something off a curved back tape, I'll just rotate the tape so one side sits flat so there's no parallax error. No need to struggle with a floppy tape. And if I need more precision (which I often do), I have steel rulers I can reach for in the shop.

On that note, not all tape measures have the same curvature. The curvature is there to help "stickout", and carpenters care more about this than other trades, so larger tape measures will have more curvature to match, and some tapes (the Stanley FatMax comes to mind) have extra curvature to give extra stickout. My 16' tapes require almost no effort to get the edge to sit flat. My 25' tapes take a little more twisting.
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Old 03-21-2017, 12:03 PM   #4
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I get them from Hafele and I love them. Their True 32 metric tape is the bomb and their flat tape is the most accurate tape measure that I've ever used and I've used Fisco which are damn good. The ability to write on them with a pencil is a super win as well. Great stuff and if you're careful you can buy them cheap.
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Old 03-21-2017, 12:56 PM   #5
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Fastcap has many great tools. Love their glue bottles. And their scribe is very handy. They also have a lot of videos on YouTube about "lean" manufacturing and they try to build that into their tools.
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Old 03-21-2017, 01:06 PM   #6
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When I'm marking something off a curved back tape, I'll just rotate the tape so one side sits flat so there's no parallax error. No need to struggle with a floppy tape. And if I need more precision (which I often do), I have steel rulers I can reach for in the shop.
I'm no carpenter, but I have been breaking down a lot of plywood sheets lately... and I can tell you this - The flat tape is SOOOOOO much better than a concave tape for this purpose. It's just easier to use and, as a result, more accurate when making thinks like 4' measurements, etc... for me anyway...

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Old 03-21-2017, 01:12 PM   #7
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I'm sold on the flat tape.
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Old 03-21-2017, 01:15 PM   #8
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I'm on my second one of those, the first I either dropped or the lock slide just disintegrated. The selling point for me was the writable area for the first purchase then the lefty righty was just a positive for another purchase.
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The righty lefty is genius. Why didn't I think of that.... Such a simple improvement that really does make things easier. Why didn't they carry that over to the flat one I wonder?
Similar to the lefty/righty, I have a few of these- they're discontinued, but Lufkin makes newer versions.

https://www.grainger.com/product/LUF...-Measure-4WM81

The big, sideways numbers are great for us lefty folks, but I agree with your question about not carrying the lefty/righty markings to the flat tape- it would be a great function.
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Old 03-21-2017, 01:47 PM   #10
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I looked up the FastCap Youtube account and found this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYby_HczyDA

Not to be critical or to make fun, but man... I feel like this dude has read A LOT of corporate leadership books.

In any case, I like the tape measures.
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Wow, some company video there, part of the morning meeting must include a cup of grape kool-aid so everyone is "properly "orientated.
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Damn, I've got to stop looking at these. I noticed in the side bar a section that showed how to prepare and cut the foam for tool trays. I may have to try this in a couple of drawers.
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I looked up the FastCap Youtube account and found this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYby_HczyDA

Not to be critical or to make fun, but man... I feel like this dude has read A LOT of corporate leadership books.

In any case, I like the tape measures.
LOL. If you thought that was "inspirational", you should see the 2.0 version of that video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqtKKkastWk

and the "beta" version:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=su9CulCZTBg
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LOL. If you thought that was "inspirational", you should see the 2.0 version of that video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqtKKkastWk

and the "beta" version:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=su9CulCZTBg
Holy shit. I love this guy... but I could never ever... never... ever, ever, ever, ever... work for or with him.
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If you haven't tried the Glubot and you are doing woodworking, you are missing out.

Great product. I have a bunch of them. I also use them for heavy oil. I've threatened to use them in the kitchen for ketchup and pancake syrup.
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I looked up the FastCap Youtube account and found this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYby_HczyDA

Not to be critical or to make fun, but man... I feel like this dude has read A LOT of corporate leadership books.

In any case, I like the tape measures.
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Holy shit. I love this guy... but I could never ever... never... ever, ever, ever, ever... work for or with him.
LMAO. Took the words right out of my mouth.
I'm up to the popsicle sticks on the cone. Too funny.

To me, he comes off as much a cult leader as a manager. Still, it isn't a negative cult, and it clearly works for him and his employees.
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LMAO. Took the words right out of my mouth.
I'm up to the popsicle sticks on the cone. Too funny.

To me, he comes off as much a cult leader as a manager. Still, it isn't a negative cult, and it clearly works for him and his employees.
I. Can't. Stop. Watching.

Go to the 2:00 mark:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9eKyKMr7W8

"Noooo... I don't like pencil jars. They are messy."

The look on her face says it all. So rad.
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I. Can't. Stop. Watching.



Go to the 2:00 mark:



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9eKyKMr7W8



"Noooo... I don't like pencil jars. They are messy."



The look on her face says it all. So rad.


It's like a train wreck. You don't want to see it, but you can't look away. Did you see the secret candy stash?

But in all seriousness, even though I'm not in the manufacturing sector, there is still a lot to be learned from the core lessons of all this, even if seeing my desk would probably make his head explode.
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It's like a train wreck. You don't want to see it, but you can't look away. Did you see the secret candy stash?

But in all seriousness, even though I'm not in the manufacturing sector, there is still a lot to be learned from the core lessons of all this, even if seeing my desk would probably make his head explode.
Absolutely. I love this guy. He's like an informercial for organization - not just tools and what not, but life. He is bat shit crazy though. No doubt about that.

My excuse? I'm too creative to be "lean."
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