The QuickDraw is a 25′ tape measure with self-marking feature for quick and easy layout work. It uses a steel roller wheel to transfer graphite pencil marks to your workpiece.
Each graphite cartridge can be used to make up to 1000 pencil marks, and refills are available. The cartridges look to be 0.9mm pencil lead refills, and so you might be able to buy them separately. The company says they’re “4D” graphite refills, but you can probably get away with HB refills or whatever you can find for cheap.
Additional features include 9-foot standout, 3-rivet “contractor-grade” hook, “Tru-View” indicator, and nylon blade coating for greater durability.
Here’s a faux magazine cover promo with a couple of marketing claims the company makes about their tapes:
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And here’s a video that shows you how it works:
The QuickDraw tape looks to have an interesting design, and I cannot help but appreciate that it works with what looks to be standard 0.9mm graphite pencil lead refills. The 9-foot standout is a little short compared to premium 25′ tapes, but isn’t at all bad.
This is definitely a “try before I buy” type of tool, but it doesn’t seem to be sold at any local home improvement stores.
What do you think – gimmick or useful innovation? I’m leaning more towards useful, but I’m also not a carpenter or contractor that uses a tape measure and pencil all day to lay down measurements.