Public Service Announcement on the Stanley Tape Measures


The cute-as-a-bird-butt 10’ tape measures for Stanley’s 175th anniversary can be difficult to find. They get snatched up by collectors as soon as they hit the shelves.

But now Highland Woodworking has them in stock for $8.99. Grab them while you can. They are compact, well-made and designed for woodworkers.

— Christopher Schwarz

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19 Responses to Public Service Announcement on the Stanley Tape Measures

  1. @TheRainford says:

    I’ve been lazily looking for them. Thanks for the tip, just ordered mine.

  2. Rachael Boyd says:

    Thanks I got mine on the way

  3. Tal Deus says:

    You are Awesome!

  4. I’d happily buy it at twice the price if it was Made in USA. Too bad.

  5. Jonny B. says:

    There have been stacks of them at a few of the Menards stores I stopped in at lately. Just another option if you live in the Midwest (mostly).

    • tsstahl says:

      My experience as well. I did pick one up for my apron pocket. The plastic starrett I had lost it’s last battle with gravity. I loved that little guy. *sniff*. BTW, also available at Highland.

  6. Tore G says:

    Metric version anywhere?

    • Frank E says:

      Unfortunately they only seem to make ones with big centimeters. One with big & small centimeters would be most welcome.

  7. KEVIN HEDIN says:

    I’m going to have to take the curmudgeon route on this one and stand my ground: After getting completely burned on a new stanley jack plane, they are going to have to do better than this to see a cent from me.

    I suspect I’m not the only one with this opinion of new stanley woodworking tools.

  8. rons54 says:

    Gave one to each daughter and kept one for myself. More useful than the little 3 foot pocket tapes and more convenient than the breadbox size belt clip models.

  9. Paul Fowler says:

    ls it plastic, made in china?

  10. Yet Another Dave says:

    tape envy. I’ve contacted Stanley Canada twice; no response from them. The cheapest shipping cost from Highland is more than the tape. No one in Canada seems to be selling them. So close, but yet so far away. Maybe Ill breakdown and pay the shipping…argh!

  11. Joe says:

    Thanks bought two for me (home workbench & my traveling tool chest) and one for my dad. My dad and grandfather have collected hand tools since the 1930s. He will get a kick out of this though he likely has an original somewhere.

  12. Bill Harris says:

    Thank you. I really love this tool. Small enough for a pocket. Feels premium. Has no lock to slip or break. Quick and simple to use. And very easy to read. Thank you

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