Ryobi has come out with a new compact cordless tape measure, featuring 25′ max range and extremely long runtime.
Sorry for teasing, but yes – Ryobi is coming out with a 25′ traditionally designed tape measure. There’s no battery, no laser, no Bluetooth connectivity, it’s just a new tape measure by a brand that typically focused in electric and cordless power tools.
It’s unexpected, but… okay.
Maybe it’s like their LED flashlight that was released during the last winter holiday season, which I spotted in large floor displays. I haven’t seen Ryobi flashlights at any of the Home Depot stores I’ve been to lately. The single flashlight isn’t listed on Home Depot’s website, and the 2-pack is listed as discontinued.
It features 7ft max standout, fractional markings, a nylon-coated blade, reinforced rubber overmolding, and a wireform belt clip.
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I don’t know, the blade markings look a little cluttered to me. The redundant-seeming “XFY” do denote x-feet and y-inches markings are larger than on Empire Level’s new budget tape measures. Although, it doesn’t look as cluttered as Craftsman’s Sidewinder tape measure.
Why is Ryobi coming out with tape measures all of a sudden? My guess is that TTI expanded operations of the factory they bought, and there’s now enough capacity to support Milwaukee, Empire, and Ryobi tape measures.
Oh, and this new Ryobi tape features a “blade lock [that] holds [the] blade in place.” That’s in the actual description.
The markings and description suggest that Ryobi is going after beginners.
What I’m wondering is whether the Ryobi tape measure offers anything over competing models. This 25′ tape is priced at $9. You can currently order a Stanley PowerLock 25′ tape measure for just $10 on Amazon, and it’s around the same at retail stores.
For $1 less, does this Ryobi tape offer comparable performance? Or perhaps it offers something better, such as greater durability or a better lock?
I’ll likely stick with Stanley PowerLock as my typical 25′ budget tape. From what I can see in the Ryobi product images, I like the PowerLock’s markings a LOT better.
When I need to take x-foot and y-inches measurement, I take the foot measurement from before or after the measurement – which requires a glance of no more than 6 inches away – and then I read off the inch marking.
But, I’ll give the Ryobi the benefit of the doubt. Its geometry could make it more comfortable in-hand. Its lock button rides higher and also looks to have an easier finger-registration.
Okay, despite my hesitations, I’m feeling more open-minded.
Is this a one-time launch, or is Ryobi really looking to get into the hand tool business?