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Measuring Wheels are great tools for the Appraiser,
Estimator, Engineer, Architect,
Contractor, Surveyor, Banker, Realtor, and anyone
that is interested in measuring large distances in a
short period of time.
There are basically two types of Measuring Wheels to
choose from. There's the
Mechanical type, and then the Electronic type. Here
are some pros and cons of each;
Pros: Does not rely on batteries and is usually very
simple to operate.
Cons: One Measuring Wheel typically offers a single
unit of measure.
Pros: Can handle multiple units of measure all in a
Cons: Have to have batteries. What if your batteries
die when in the field?
Other things to consider when shopping for a
Measuring Wheel are;
INSIDE OR OUTSIDE
Will you be wanting to use your measuring wheel
indoors or outdoors? Or possibly both
places? If only inside use is planned, we would
recommend a smaller wheel, possible
dual-wheel model. If outdoors, you may consider a 10
inch or 12 inch model. If you're
going to use for both indoors and outdoors, then
maybe consider a 6 inch model. We are
referring to the diameter, which is the distance
from one side of the wheel to the other
and traveling through the center of the wheel.
SIZE OF WHEEL
The size of the wheel can make the measuring task at
hand easier if the size of the
wheel matches what you plan to do with your wheel.
Read our section of "Inside or
Outside" and see how we recommend the various sizes
of measuring wheels. Please note
that the overall size of the unit is something to
consider, as some measuring wheels
handles even collapse to save space.
UNITS OF MEASURE
The units of measure that you will want is up to you
to decide. Will you want to measure
in feet and inches, meters and decimeters, or tenths
and feet? These are examples of
units of measure. Please consider that a mechanical
wheel you will need to decide and
purchase the product that meets the units of measure
that you desire. If you're buying
an electronic wheel, most of the electronic
measuring wheels offer multiple units of
measure you and can typically push a button to
select which unit of measure you want to
measure in. This setting can be switched to your
liking depending on the measuring units
you want to perform. This is a benefit of an
electronic measuring wheel, however please remember the disadvantage of having batteries to
Most are one year, but you can find some with
lifetime warranties. Something to possibly
consider but most wheels last a very long time if
properly cared for and used.
You may want to consider buying a measuring wheel
that comes with a carrying case, or
possibly buying an optional case. Using a case will
help keep dust and water off of your
measuring wheel and allow it to last longer. More
importantly, it keeps dust and sunlight off of your
measuring wheels counter when not in use.
We recommend taking the time to think about what you
want to accomplish with a measuring
wheel. Then, putting your criteria in ranking
order before you make the purchase.
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The EngineerSupply Product Team