A tape measure is one of the basic tools that anyone in the trades needs. Let's just say it's a staple to the professional as well as the homeowner. While LDM's have come a long way, a tape measure is simple, easy to use and a must-have. Which brings me to the Crescent Lufkin Tape Measure.
Anyone in the trades has seen a huge price increase in tape measures over the years. Some for good reason and some for marketing purposes. A tape measure takes a beating over its lifetime. They are dropped, scratched, used as hammers and more. So it's extremely important that a tape measure can take the daily beating of the tradesman. While I have seen a lot of fails over the years, I have found a couple that really stand out and are high quality and worth the money, such as these Crescent Lufkin Tape Measure.
Crescent Lufkin Tape Measure – Information
- Name – Crescent Lufkin SHOCKFORCE 25-ft Tape Measure
- Model – L1125
- Price – $27.98
- Where to Buy – Lowes
Nite Eye Tape
- Name – Crescent Lufkin SHOCKFORCE NITE EYE 25-ft Tape Measure
- Model – L1125B
- Price – $29.98
- Where to Buy – Lowes
Crescent Lufkin Tape Measure – Features
Crescent Lufkin has two tapes in this size and style, your traditional tape and the Nite Eye. Both feature the same size, style, and features except the Nite Eye has a darker contrast made for darker areas.
The tapes are extremely easy to read and both have a great contrast from the numbers and lines to the background color. Both tapes offer a 14′ stand out. Crescent Lukin also prints the numbers on both sides which is a handy feature.
The blade is matte nylon which provides durability and less glare.
The locking mechanism is large, smooth, easy to work with and adjust.
When tapes are dropped, most of the time they are dropped on their locking mechanism causing damage. Crescent Lufkin designed these with two bars that protect this locking mechanism and offers drop protection of up to 100′.
Crescent Lufkin features a diamond coated end hook to help prevent slippage.
The belt clip is large. While I would like to see a simple bar outline with no center as I feel that those are easier to clip and unclip, I do like how large this clip is on the side of the tape.
The tape features a center point to allow you to have a nail and draw circles, half circles and more.
One of the best features is the tape measures 3″. I am not sure why no one has done this in the past. Why not make it a whole number so it's easier to add and subtract on the job site. One of the tapes I use is 3-3/8″. It's always time-consuming when I had to add that to another measurement that isn't a whole number. Thank you, Crescent Lufkin.
Crescent Lufkin Tape Measure – Impressions
The first thing I noticed was the quality of this tape. Have you ever picked up a tape and right away, you know the build quality isn't there. With the Crescent Lufkin, it's solid, smooth operating and just feels very nice.
Another thing I noticed, the 25′ tape doesn't seem to be as big as other 25′ tape measures which is awesome. I love the smaller footprint.
I know a tape measure isn't sexy, but since it's a staple in our lives, you want something that is tough, easy to read and makes your life easier, all of which I feel the Crescent Lufkin accomplishes.
Crescent Lufkin Tape Measure – Wrap Up
The Crescent Lufkin is my new favorite tape. I love the quality, the size, and the easy read. I was always a fan of the Milwaukee 16′ tape but there were times I needed a larger measurement. I just never wanted the 25′ tape as it was larger in my tool belt. The Crescent Lufkin now gives me everything I need. I get the 25′ tape with a footprint of a 16′ tape.