Milwaukee Stud Tape Measure: New Tool Tip-Off! News & Opinion

Milwaukee Stud Tape Measure Review


At NPS 2018 earlier this year, we got to put our hands on the new Milwaukee Stud Tape Measure for the first time. What’s Milwaukee doing differently this time around to warrant a new name for their tape measures?

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Pros

  • Excellent housing durability
  • Outstanding blade durability
  • High contrast whole inch markings
  • Perfect accuracy

Cons

  • No double-sided printing
  • Minimal hook design

Recommendations

This is the tape for Pros that are looking for the best top to bottom durability in a tape measure. The only thing lacking is double-sided printing, so take that into consideration if you read the reverse side of the blade frequently.

Milwaukee Stud Tape Measure: New Tool Tip-Off!The big deal surrounding the Stud is all about the blade. According to Brandon Miller, Director of Product Marketing for Milwaukee, their team identified tape tear as a common failure point. Using the name EXO360 for the upgraded blade, Milwaukee Stud tape measures wrap their nylon coating 360° around the blade.

The result is a blade that Milwaukee claims is rip and tear resistant with 10 times the abrasion resistance of their current tape measures.

Some of the other features we’ve seen before from Milwaukee include their 5-point reinforced frame, impact resistant overmold, and 10′ standout. Milwaukee tells us that this tape can survive an 80′ drop onto packed soil.

Expect the new tapes to run $19.99 for a 16′ and $24.99 for a 25′ – pricing that’s in line with their typical premium tape launches.

What Milwaukee Says

“Milwaukee tape measures set the standard beginning in 2013 by delivering extraordinary durability and longest life to the industry. This year we are taking durability to the next level and addressing the most common and unsolved user issue: tape tear. Tape measure blades tear on the job site for various reasons including fast retraction, whipping, job site contaminants, and more. STUD was designed from the ground up to solve the issue of tape tear through the first ever technology that protects the blade from ripping and wearing. With this new technology, we have also increased the abrasion resistance by 10X of what we offer today so the numbers won’t wear out.”

– Brandon Miller, Director of Product Marketing for Milwaukee Tool

Field Testing

Standout and Throw

I ran through our standard throw and standout tests. The best throw I sent out was right at 123 inches. That actually matches Milwaukee’s mark in our shootout using the 48-22-7125 that was beaten only by Klein.

For standout, I came short of the 10 feet Milwaukee claims by just 5 inches. Both exceed our 8-foot baseline expectations easily. 115 inches tops the 7125 by an extra 10 inches and is perfectly acceptable at the Pro level, though it is middle of the pack.

Blade Markings and Accuracy

The Milwaukee Stud uses nice bold number markings along with fairly standard increment marks between whole inches. It’s just single-side printing and there aren’t any bonuses like blueprint scales, though you get your stud and truss indicators.

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The accuracy measures perfectly at the 6-inch mark on our Lixer Master tape measure calibration tool.

Get Hooked

The hook is fairly minimal, even for Milwaukee. The meat of it is on the bottom, so you’ll get excellent hooking from the bottom and both of its corners. Hooking from the top and top corners is pretty much non-existent. That’s not a huge detraction since there are no reverse side markings to read if you do.

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Clip Design

Milwaukee sticks with their standard wire clip. That can be a hit or miss move, but it’s stronger than it looks. It secures with just a single screw that holds with surprising strength.

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Ergonomics

I have medium size hands and the Stub is a little larger than I prefer. However, the overall footprint forms into your hand well and the Finger Stop and lock are both easy to operate with one hand.

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Let’s Break it Already!

The test Milwaukee showed us at NPS 2018 involves folding over the tape and stepping on it, so I repeated it and took things a little deeper. Bending and stepping on even a premium blade like what Milwaukee puts on the 7125 is pretty much a death sentence. Even though it doesn’t fully separate, these blades crack and you can finish them off with just a quick bend or two.

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When I tried the same thing with the Milwaukee Stud, it bent but didn’t crack. I was able to bend it back into a useable form and continue making measurements without an issue.

But a bend in the blade is still damage and I set to work out if I could break it from there. I take some back and forth bending work, but the blade will eventually crack and break. Still, the claim that it’s 10 times tougher seems pretty accurate with this level of abuse.

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The Bottom Line

There’s little doubt that the Milwaukee Stud has the toughest blade out there right now. The rest of the design is in line with the durability of their other tapes, so I don’t have any concerns about its ability to stand up. At $25, it’s in the premium tape measure class, and I’d like to have a more substantial hook and reverse side markings to make this a go-to tape measure for every situation. As it stands, it’s a great tape and an easy choice for any Pro who doesn’t rely on double-side printing frequently.

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Milwaukee Stud Tape Measure Feature Set

  • Milwaukee Stud Tape Measure: New Tool Tip-Off!EXO360 Blade Technology
  • Fully Reinforced Body
  • Impact Resistant Frame
  • Survives up to 80′ Drop onto Packed Soil
  • Up to 10′ Standout
  • Wire Form Belt Clip
  • Zero Tolerance Hook
  • Lanyard Ready
  • Finger Stop Brake

Milwaukee Stud Tape Measure Specifications

  • Models: Milwaukee 48-22-9916 (16′), 48-22-9925 (25′)
  • Available Lengths: 16′ or 25′
  • Blade Width: 27 mm (1.06″)
  • Price: $19.99 (16′), $24.99 (25′)

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Final Thoughts

This is the tape for Pros that are looking for the best top to bottom durability in a tape measure. The only thing lacking is double-sided printing, so take that into consideration if you read the reverse side of the blade frequently.

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Since I’m not a professional carpenter I probably don’t need this level of durability but it’s nice to see Milwaukee continuing to improve their products, I own the 7125 (2 of them) and love it, as a DIYer I appreciate the double sided printing and large hook. As a less frequent and probably less abusive user than probably most pro’s, I find the 7125 to exceed my expectations. I also own the Lufkin black widow (all 3 in 25′ lengths) and have found that tape to be excellent as well. The issue for me as a DIYer has been the… Read more »

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I hope it’s better than their other tapes.