Milwaukee Tape Measures

The first tapes to be offered will be 16- and 25-foot magnetic models. At some point in the future Milwaukee will offer non-magnetic tapes and plus tapes in 30- and 35-foot lengths.

The belt clip is a wire bale – which is said to cause less wear to the pockets it’s clipped onto. Note the open area at the bottom and the wire loop where the hook butts up to the case. The cutout allows you to slow the retraction of the tape or hold it out without using the lock. The loop keeps your finger from being pinched when the hook slams into the case.

To demonstrate the tool’s resistance to dirt and grit Milwaukee attaches the tape to the side of a sandblasting case with the blades passing through the side of the enclosure. The Milwaukee is on top; the tapes below are competing models that have been painted gray to make them hard to identify.

Here’s what the tapes look after sandblasting. It took less than 5 seconds to blast the numbers off the lower two tapes. The tape at the top is Milwaukee’s. It has been sandblasted for about 30 seconds and yet it’s still in good shape.

Here’s what the tapes look after sandblasting. It took less than 5 seconds to blast the numbers off the lower two tapes. The tape at the top is Milwaukee’s. It has been sandblasted for about 30 seconds and yet it’s still in good shape.

The end of the tape has two magnets; one faces out and the other faces down.

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