Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 225
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by AngryDrumGuy Waste of money, for so many reasons...
Milwaukee's magnetic tapes are over-engineered garbage. The small magnet in the tip is centered, limiting contact points. There's a second magnet on the blade for pipe measuring, but it's useless on non-ferrous metals. The tape lock isn't firm, allowing the slightest back pressure to move it. All of the ones I've tried in stores have the same tape lock problems as well. The 16's are the worst.
Also, the first inch of the Milwaukee tape is almost unreadable, as it's covered by a massive plastic tab and the base is so thin, the tape tends to fall over when measuring things like lumber and pipe where you need the tape to stand alone so you can mark the material because the bottom profile is too thin.
There's an annoying plastic whistle produced by the Milwaukee tape moving through the casing and the uncentered blade top hooks toward the side won't catch anything less than 1" and again, the second magnet is useless for pvc, aluminum, copper, etc.
If I hadn't received the Milwaukee tape as a free gift with an M12 purchase, I would have returned it.
July 15, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Builder It was ok until...
I bought this tape less then 3 months ago for measuring lumber at my work I haven't used it excessively. First thing I noticed that the metal end is to big and the metal not strong enough so it's bending and throws off measurements constantly second the bottom isn't really all that flat so it likes to tumble over when ur trying to use it. And then today it just ripped in half it got a small tear not even sure how and then it didn't even last the rest of the day just done . And speaking to others I work with the same thing has happened to them to with the Milwaukee. I wouldn't recommend
April 20, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by EVILSTANK Terrible design
I only buy Milwaukee tools, I've just found them to be the best out of everything I've tried in the last 15 years, but this tape sucks. In my opinion, it has a huge design flaw which is the bottom is not flat enough for it to stay standing up. For example if you pull the tape out to measure something it will keep falling over while you try to mark your line. Very annoying especially when your work involves lots of measuring and cutting. The hook is also way too big. Some people like that, personally I don't because it makes the tape measure sit at a slight incline which further adds to its inability to stay standing up since it's not very flat to begin with. Again I love Milwaukee so I'm not hating on the name, but for someone like me who uses a tape measure everyday all day for work, it just does not cut it.
April 11, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Hurwizzle Best tape measure I've ever owned!
From the first time I held the measure, I could tell it was great. The body of this tape measure feels extremely sturdy, which is great because I tend to drop it pretty often, and the tape feels incredibly durable, too. Seriously, the thing just feels like it was born ready to work.
Cool features include dual magnets on the tab for a stronger, more secure hold, a brilliant finger protector (shown in one of the pictures) to keep your hand from feeling the pain of the retracting tape/tab, and numbering on both the front AND the back of the tape measure!
September 5, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Josh Definitely has its pros and cons
I gave this tape 3 stars because it is well made, durable and has good smooth mechanics. That being said, anyone thinking of owning one should be aware of some its drawbacks.
I am a carpenter and have used a ton of different tape measures of all different brands and have yet to find the perfect tape measure. This one has the potential to be about the closest thing out there if Milwaukee were to improve on a number of different annoying and poorly designed features.
For instance, It has a "pocket saver" belt clip which is made of a rounded tube-shaped metal instead of a flat metal clip. I guess this feature is good for saving pockets, but I personally have my tape measure hooked on my tool belt much more often than I do on my pocket and the tube shaped clip is extremely difficult and annoying to get on and off of a standard tape measure clip.
Also, the actual tape itself does not have great rigidity or standout compared to other pro-grade tapes I've used. It only stands out to about 8' and is constantly collapsing when trying to measure overhead. I guess they tried to compensate by putting numbers on the backside of the tape, but I find few applications where its practical to use that feature. I would personally prefer to just have a stiffer tape. A good pro-grade tape should do about 10-12' standout. I had a heavy duty bosch that would stand out to close to 15', which was the best I've seen. (what's even more annoying is that Milwaukee also makes a 35' model which uses the same limp tape).
The bottom of the tape, for some reason, is sort of rounded, which is an extremely poor design feature. The resulting annoyance is that when you pull the tape out then try to leave it sit on a board to mark measurements, it constantly wants to fall over or roll off of the board.
Another bad feature of this tape is that the rivet plate that holds the hook to the end of the tape is too big and covers most of the first inch of the tape. So in circumstances where you don't have room to extend the tape any further, taking measurements of less than 1" is nearly impossible.
On the bright side. Milwaukee did put some time and effort into developing some cool features you might use like twice like having numbers on the backside of the tape and a built-in arc scale ruler....so, there's that.
I personally will probably not buy another one of these. I would recommend a heavy duty bosch, DeWalt, or even Masterforce tape measure over this one...that is unless you think you'll always have a free hand to mark your measurements, don't plan on measuring any spans over 8', and really hate the tops of your pockets being frayed.
January 31, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Charlie The BEST MAGNETIC tape out there!!!!
I work at Electric Boat and I cut all kinds of metal sizes and shapes all night long.
This means that I am constantly measuring all night long. I really like the EASY TO READ NUMBERS,
as well as foot and the stud center marks. The belt hook works the best of ALL of the tape measures THAT I HAVE EVER OWNED. It hooks to your back pocket FIRST time and EVERY time.
So do what I did and go to the tool department of the Home Depot and compare this tape measure for yourself and it will win ITSELF over to you.
October 11, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Russomstudio A good start
I purchased this as a combo at Christmas. It included a 16' tape. The 16' tape broke the first time I used it. the tape would not retract. The 25' tape has performed as expected so far. I have used it on a few jobsites and regularly at home. The reach is about 11'-12' before collapsing. The tape texture is unique and the measurements printed on both sides are a nice feature. I also has an Architectural scale rule on the backside of the first 12" of tape. The magnetic end is useful for me working in the HVAC industry, allowing me to take dimensions without help. There are other brands with similar characteristics that I would recommend over this product.
February 4, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jombie77 Great tape, own three
Super heavey duty. Smooth sliding tape in and out. Belt loop is big and stays tight on your pocket
September 8, 2015