It's handy to have it lock automatically when you are doing layout or rough-ins, for framing it's just a pain.The way I look at it, 99.9% of the time, I don't want the tape to lock. The few times I do, I'll just slide the lock.
With a lever lock, I'd have to bypass the lock for the 99.9% of the time to be convienient the .1% of the time.
I can see where some trades might need it to be locked more often, but not me.
Give a stanley a week and it's the same.What I don't like about mine is that it doesn't lock tight enough. In some situations I want to hang it from the hook and the tape will go all the way to the ground. Mine's a cheap Komelon from Lowes, that might be the problem.
I have one...That catch is overkill . Wasted money for me.Stanley just released a new fat max/leverlock combo that's not really a lever lock. It's kind of cool. I bought one because I'm a sucker like that. It's floating around in a truck or trailer somewhere.
There is one laying around, probably an accidental theft from a HO.
Goes into the "penalty tape" bin. You don't have one, or forgot yours...you carry that POS for the day. You'll remember next time.
We used to have a better penalty tape. Someone got me a tape with a voice recorder in it from Brookstone's (12lbs+). Everyone recorded a special "message" on it.