Launch Slideshow

Milwaukee Tape vs. Sand Blaster

Milwaukee Tape vs. Sand Blaster

  • This group shot includes 9 new models.

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  • Here’s the 25’ model from the front.

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  • The belt hook is a wire bale instead of the usual piece of spring-like metal. It’s supposed to make it easier to get the tape on and off.

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    The blade of the 25’ model is printed both sides with a section of 1/4- and 1/8-inch scale rule on the back for measuring plans.

  • The blades of these tapes extend into the interior of the sand blasting cabinet to the left. One of the new Milwaukee tapes is on top; “Brand X” and “Brand Y” are below – painted gray to make it harder to figure out what they. They’re major brands so I bet you can guess.

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  • Here are the blades after sandblasting. The Milwaukee’s is barely damaged. The blades of Brand X and Brand Y are more or less destroyed.

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At a recent media event I saw a presentation on a new line of Milwaukee tapes that ended with one being sand blasted to show how durable the blade will be when subject to the kind of grit it might encounter on the jobsite.

The company will introduce 11 different tapes between now and early 2014. They will range in length from 16 to 35 feet. Some will be metric; all will be magnetic. You can find photos I shot of the tapes on the left side of this page and a video of the presentation below. The photos show various models and close ups of some of the details. The video contains a detailed description of course – the sand blasting test.

These are the imperial (non-metric) models with their release dates.
16' (July 2013)
25' (July 2013)
30' (January 2014)
33' (January 2014)
35' (January 2014)