Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


tape measure

Review9.0(out of 10)
Milwaukee Stud tape measure Gen 2

Milwaukee Stud Tape Measure Review

We first got to put our hands on the Milwaukee Stud Tape Measure at their NPS 2018 media event. Now, the company updates the line with a Gen 2 model. It features a wider tape, more options, and improved features like an Architects scale and double-sided printing. Pros Excellent housing durability Outstanding blade durability High […]

Review8.4(out of 10)
Klein Tools 25-Foot Double Hook Magnetic Tape Measure

Klein Magnetic Tape Measure Review with Double Hook

When a company has been around as long as Klein Tools, you have to figure it has a finger on the customer’s pulse. Klein’s 160 years of tool making experience conveys a certain expectation of form and function. The same goes for the Klein Tools 25-Foot Double Hook Magnetic Tape Measure. Journeymen electricians like me—and […]

Tape Measure Markings

Tape Measure Markings: What Are They For?

Our minds have a remarkable ability to gather the information we seek and disregard surrounding information we don’t deem necessary. We’re not just talking about the cognitive blind spots of the folks you’d just as soon ignore on Facebook! There are little, everyday things that become effectively invisible to many of us. For instance, consider […]

Review9.1(out of 10)
Lufkin Black Widow

Lufkin Black Widow Tape Measure

It’s been tape measure madness over here at the PTR offices recently! We’ve had the chance to look over a bunch of different Pro models from a variety of manufacturers, and because of our recent Best Tape Measure Shootout, you’ll get to reap the benefits of all of our research! This week, we’re looking at a […]

Review8.4(out of 10)
Stanley FatMax Tape Measure Review

Stanley FatMax 25-ft Auto-Lock Tape Measure Review

We all love a good tape measure, and Stanley Fatmax has been cranking out great ones for a while now. Specifically, I’m talking about the Stanley FatMax 25-ft Auto-Lock tape measure (FMHT33338). It’s a popular choice amongst tradesmen, and for more than a few good reasons. Its price point isn’t unreasonable, it has a solid […]

Review8.4(out of 10)
Ridgid Tape Measure

Ridgid Tape Measure Review: 25′ Model 625

You’ve probably noticed an uptick in tape measure coverage from us recently, and the reason for that is simple: we love a good tape measure. We love them so much that we grabbed nine 25′ tape measures from various manufacturers, and we pit them against each other in our recent shootout.  We tested each tape […]

Review8.5(out of 10)
Empire Level Tape Measure

Empire Level Tape Measure Review

We know that all tools are not created equal. Build quality, power, performance, feel, functionality and cost all factor into a decision at the hardware store. But, sometimes, you come across a tool where you wonder why there could possibly be such a wild swing in pricing between models. Take tape measures, for instance. How […]

Review8.2(out of 10)
OX Tools 25-Ft Pro SS Tape Measure

OX Tools 25-Ft Pro SS Tape Measure Review

Ox Tools has been a perennial winner in the annual Pro Tool Innovation Awards and have added to their collection of accolades again this year. The Australian based company is starting to gain some traction in the American market thanks to that innovative mindset. While they’re on the cutting edge with some designs, we have […]

Review8.5(out of 10)

Ryobi Tape Measure Review RTM25

Many of you know about Ryobi’s corner of the cordless power tool market. If you drew a Venn diagram where one circle represents “professional market,” and another circle represented “DIY market,” Ryobi would exist in that area where the two circles overlap. They make really affordable cordless tools and they have a really deep stable […]

Review9.0(out of 10)
DeWalt XP Tape Measure

DeWalt XP Tape Measure Review

DeWalt recently introduced the new DeWalt XP Tape Measure built around its patented Dual-Core spring retraction technology. With dozens of tape measures to choose from across a variety of price points, finding one that you like can take a little trial and error. But when you find “the one”, you better buy several since you know […]