I got the chance to check out Milwaukee’s new (as of March 2017) wide blade tapes and I thought you might like to see what I discovered.
These 16′ and 25′ tapes are the most recent example of evolutionary improvement in a tool that handy people use all the time. Blades on these tapes are wide, strong and abrasion resistant, like any pro-grade tape needs to be. The locking button is the easiest to activate of any tape I’ve used over the years, and the blades easily stood out more than 11 feet without buckling during my tests. The tape cases have a high-friction overwrap covering making them easy to grab comfortably. Evolutionary improvements include a wire-style belt hook that won’t cut fabric, and a lanyard lug on the backside for tethering the tape when working at heights. The case is also thicker than on other tapes I’ve pulled apart, with internal bracing for extra strength. How strong is this tape? Watch the tool demo above to see what happens when I drive over this tape with my pickup truck.