This is the new Dewalt Pocket Tape Measure, a cute little 9-foot tape measure that manages to be small, handy, and inexpensive.
The new mini Dewalt tape measure, DWHT33028, has a metal pocket clip and magnetic back.
It’s small. The Pocket Tape is larger than the Milwaukee and Stanley keychain tape measures we reviewed, but also seemingly more durable, longer, and more capable.
The magnet on the back is small, but strong enough to keep it from sliding down a steel surface.
The tape is easily readable. The blade is 1/2″ wide and coated with Tylon for durability.
(A Google search turns up that Tylon is a brand name for a variety of nylon and nylon-based materials.)
The hook is small, but proportionally so. It could be larger, but I don’t think that would accomplish anything but to make the tape clumsier to use.
The Dewalt Pocket Tape Measure clips inside my pocket, outside to my belt, and also has a lanyard slot for added carrying options and versatility.
I like it, and will probably buy a couple the first time I see them in stores. They should be available now at stores that carry Dewalt tools. Maybe I’ll stick one to the side of every tool box.
I wish there was more to say, but this is one of the simplest products and tape measures I’ve tested in some time.
It simply works. Dewalt sought out to create a quick-access and easy to carry tape measure, and they succeeded.
No, it doesn’t have record-breaking standout, no it probably won’t survive a drop from 50 feet up, no it doesn’t have a super strong double-action spring return.
It’s a compact tape that’s easy to carry.
I’ll be comparing it to my keychain tape measures, and maybe my <16 foot tape measures, if I can find any of them. I’m sure I have a 10 foot tape measure or two, and maybe a few 12 foot tape measures around here somewhere.
Than you to Dewalt for providing the test sample unconditionally.