Husky Tough Tape - Review
Impressing us with a tape measure is a tall order. We're all but legally married to the Stanley Fat Max 25 footer. To us, it's the pinnacle of tape measures. All other tapes bow before it like serfs before King Conan. But every once in a while one of those serfs gets uppity and decides to challenge the king in hand to hand combat, and that's just what Husky has done with their new Tough Tape. So we grudgingly set down the Fax Max and picked up the Tough Tape for a few weeks and here's what we found.
First, about the tape. It's got a ton of features, more than you would think could be crammed into the nine square inches that make up the thing. It has an extra wide blade (like the Fax Max) that allows it to make about a 9' standout. This is a bit shorter than the Fat Max, which can almost make it to eleven (Point: Fax Max). The Tough Tape also has a massive double-sided hook that is so large it's reminiscent of something a mountain climber would use. The double hook facilitates the use of the next feature which is the addition of measurement markings on the back of the tape. This is an interesting feature and we ended up utilizing it a fair amount, more than we thought we would (Point: Tough Tape). The Tough Tape hook also has two magnets on it, making it ideal for working with metal. Sort of. We found that when we stood the tape out and tried to hook a piece of metal, the magnets kept attaching to the face of the metal and actually made things more difficult. Under some circumstances, though, we found this feature to be very handy as it prohibited the tape from slipping when we shifted the tape around to take the measurement (Point: draw).
The exterior of the Tough Tape is padded with a rubberized case, which is also found on the Fat Max, but not to the extent that it is on the Husky. The rubber case also has a few nice flat spots where forgetful people like us can scribble a measurement or two while up on the ladder, the Fat Max can also be written on (slight advantage: Tough Tape).
The only thing that worried us about the Tough Tape was the coating on the blade. According to Husky, "the Super-Coat Technology lasts ten times longer than the coating on standard tape measures." We noticed that, after only a few days, the coating on the edges of the blade began to come off, giving the edge a roughness to it. The coating didn't (and hasn't) come off the face of the tape, which leads us to the possibility that what came off may have just been excess anyway, left over from the application of the coating and will have no effect on the longevity of the tape. We hope this is the case, but only time will tell (advantage: Fat Max).
All in all, we were very impressed with the Husky Tough Tape. It held up admirably to the brutal life that we subject our tapes to and we would definitely consider it as an alternative to the Fat Max. It is available at Home Depot and comes in 16' ($13), 25' ($16), and 40' ($25), which make it more inexpensive than the Fat Max (Point: Tough Tape).
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at October 3, 2008 5:35 AM