September 23, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros

Milwaukee Stainless Steel Fish Tapes

Milwaukee Steel Fishtape FEature

Milwaukee Delivers Rust Resistance with Stainless Steel

Milwaukee stainless steel fish tapes expand their line of steel and polyester options. Stainless steel tapes extend tool life, particularly in high-humidity working conditions. Its anti-rust and anti-corrosion properties give it an edge—if you want to pay for it.

What’s the Big Deal?

Material selection looks like the biggest deal surrounding the Stainless Steel Fish Tapes. However, to call it quits there would sell short this addition to Milwaukee’s expanding line of electrician’s tools.

Milwaukee Tool also designed these fish tapes with a low friction case. It lets you extend the tape easily without having to fight the reel as you extend the wire. The design also lets it rewind just as easily. Additionally, Milwaukee added high-visibility laser-etched markings on the stainless steel itself to help you accurately gauge your depth and position.

A square inner grip gives you nice grips when winding and unwinding the tape. The multi-position handle looks familiar and shouldn’t give any surprises to those familiar with these tools.

Finally, the Milwaukee Stainless Steel Fish Tapes feature a reinforced, welded Anti-Catch Tip. It looks practical, however, we’ll have to see if it has any added durability over a traditional steel tip. Our guess is you’ll be creating your own loop regardless in short order.

Other Features

  • 1/8″ Tape Width


Milwaukee tells us that the Stainless Steel Fish Tapes should hit shelves October 2021. For now, you can get them in either 120-foot or 240-foot tape lengths. The shorter size retails for $89.99, while the longer version costs $119.99. That makes them a bit pricier than standard Milwaukee steel tapes but less than their polyester models. Both come with Milwaukee’s limited lifetime warranty.

Milwaukee Stainless Steel Fish Tape Specs

  • Model: Milwaukee 48-22-4186 (120′); 48-22-4188 (240′)
  • Fish Tape Material: Stainless Steel
  • Handle Type: Straight
  • Weight: 5.1 lbs.
  • Warranty: Limited Lifetime
  • Available: October
  • Price: $89.99 (120′); $119.99 (240′)

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