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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.
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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.
Joe
It's handy to have it lock automatically when you are doing layout or rough-ins, for framing it's just a pain.
 

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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.
Give a stanley a week and it's the same.
 

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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:censored:" on it.
 

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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:censored:" on it.

I got the Black&Decker AutoTape as a gag gift a few years back... I'm going to dig it out of the shop and use it as a "Penalty Tape".. Thing weighs 10 lbs and is the size of a small dog.

 
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