DeWalt recently entered the hand-tool arena and now offers a 25-foot measuring tape – possibly the single most used item on any job site. Capable of a 13-foot blade standout, the DeWalt tape (DWHT33385) features an oversized hook that comes in handy when you're on a ladder and need to reach out and catch a distant stud or piece of trim. The first 6 inches of the tool's 1-1/4-inch blade has a protective coating that increases durability in the area that sees the hardest wear. This model is similar to the Stanley Fat Max tape, which isn't surprising, given that the two companies merged last year.
Price: $25. 800-433-9258. www.dewalt.com.