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Lufkin is a well-known manufacturer of measuring tapes, measuring wheels and other measuring tools that are built for the working professional. And at Engineer Supply, we’re proud to carry the Lufkin Tape Measure and many other measuring tools from this brand. Feel free to look through the variety of Lufkin tools we have in our store, so you can find a product that will meet your specific needs.

Lufkin Tools manufactures quality measuring devices that are built for the working professional. And at Engineer Supply, we’re proud to carry this brand in our store. Whether you’re looking for a Lufkin tape measure or some other tool from this company, be sure to look at what we have in stock. We’re sure you’ll be able to find a product that will meet your specific needs.

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FIBERGLASS VS. STEEL MEASURING TAPES


Measuring tapes are used in almost every phase of the construction process, so the question is whether you should use fiberglass or steel. Both of them have their advantages, as well as their disadvantages. Almost all pocket measuring tapes have metal blades, which have a handy spring return. Long tapes can be made of steel or fiberglass, which have hand cranks that control the deployment and return of the measuring tape. Steel is more durable, and they don’t stretch in length. However, its accuracy can be affected by extreme heat. Working with steel measuring tapes can also lead to corrosion, but most professional tapes will be coated with nylon or lacquer. Fiberglass won’t corrode and is usually more economical, but it will suffer more wear and tear than steel.


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Surveyors need to take precise measurements with special equipment to determine the exact location of property line boundaries. In fact, every property development project starts with a survey. Surveyors will have different processes, depending on what they do. Construction or engineering surveyors study changes in property lines. They will also identify the location of buildings and roads. Geodetic surveyors use satellite and aerial imaging to measure long portions of the Earth, while boundary or land surveyors determine the exact location of property lines. Surveyors need access to the right equipment, which will typically include a theodolite and a level. This will ensure accurate results on the job site.


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TOP-RATED MEASURING WHEELS FOR ACCURATE DISTANCE MEASUREMENT

Lufkin is one of the most recognized brands on the market, because they offer some of the best measuring tools on the market. You can use a Lufkin Measuring Wheel to get accurate distance measurements, which is a necessity for any surveyor or construction professional. A Lufkin Tape Measure might not be long enough to measure the distance you want. But with this tool, you can measure long distances with a great deal of accuracy. Feel free to look at the broad selection of Lufkin tools we have at Engineer Supply. We’re sure you’ll be able to find a tool that will meet your specific needs.


THE PERFECT CHOICE FOR QUALITY TAPE MEASURES

The tape measure is a standard tool that’s used in almost every part of the construction process, and Lufkin is one of the most well-known brands for these types of tools. With a Lufkin tape measure, you will have a tool that can endure the toughest job conditions — all while giving you the results you need. Engineer Supply is proud to carry a variety of Lufkin tools. So if you want a place where you can buy quality measuring tools online, be sure to look at what we have in our store.


Frequently Asked Questions

How can I accurately read a Lufkin tape measure?

The biggest markings on a Lufkin tape measure are the inch marks, which will typically have the largest numbers. As the increments decrease, so does the length of the mark. A 1/2-inch mark will be bigger than a 1/4-inch mark, which will be bigger than a 1/8-inch mark. So, a tape measure reads the same way as a standard ruler.

How can I keep my Lufkin tools in good condition?

Make sure you clean your Lufkin tools after every project, because it will improve their performance and their lifespan. If you want a more professional clean, buy a gun cleaning kit. But you should be able to find what you need to clean any type of hand tool you have.

Why is there play at the end of a Lufkin tape measure?

There’s a reason why the hook at the end of a Lufkin tape measure isn’t in a fixed position. It wiggles on its rivets so it can make up for the hook’s thickness. When you push the tip against something for an inside measurement, the hook will be included in the reading. And when you hook it onto the end of a piece for an outside measurement, the gap will be equivalent to the amount of space the hook would take up. If the hook leaves you guessing when you’re measuring shorter distances, line up the 1-inch mark at the start and subtract that extra inch from the final measurement.

How does a Lufkin measuring wheel work?

The measuring wheel has been used for centuries. In fact, early reports suggest that it dates back to the 1600’s. And with the exception of comfort and accuracy, it hasn’t changed much since then. It original purpose was to estimate long distances, specifically between cities and towns. The Lufkin Measuring Wheel is used today in a similar manner, but it can be used for other purposes as well. Some of them can include but may not be limited to:
  • Marking the boundaries of a property.
  • Measuring the foundation of a house.
  • Measuring the distance between buildings on a property.
  • Marking off the edges of areas used for landscaping.
  • Determining the size of a garden.
  • Measuring the size of a long, flat area.
If you’re looking for a Lufkin measuring wheel that you can use on your next project, be sure to look at what we have at Engineer Supply.

How accurate is a Lufkin measuring wheel?

The rougher the surface, the larger the measuring wheel should be. This will make sure you get the most accurate estimate, but the key word is “estimate” because that’s what it has been designed to do. A Lufkin measuring wheel isn’t considered a precision measuring tool. But if it’s used in ideal conditions, it can be accurate to within three inches for every 100 feet.

If you’re looking for a measuring wheel or any of the Lufkin tools we offer in our store, be sure to browse through our inventory.

Where are Lufkin tools made?

Lufkin started making tape measures in 1887 and was based in Cleveland, Ohio. But in 1892, the company moved to Saginaw, Michigan. Now, it’s part of Apex Tool Group, which is one of the largest manufacturers of hand tools in the world.

Who owns Lufkin Tools?

Lufkin is a brand whose primary focus is on the manufacture of measuring tools (such as calipers, gauges, micrometers, and measuring tapes) and is part of the Apex Tool Group. The company was founded by Edward Taylor Lufkin, who was a veteran of the Civil War and started the company in Cleveland, Ohio for the purpose of serving the logging industry. Now, it’s run by one of the largest manufacturers of hand tools in the world.

What are the characteristics of a Lufkin tape measure?

Lufkin tape measures are made up of many different parts, which can include:
  • Case — Serves as the housing for the measuring tape and is where it is kept secure. The most durable models have metal cases, but plastic can be more affordable.
  • Thumb Lock — You can stop the tape measure from automatically retracting by pressing down the thumb lock, and you can push it back up once you’re finished.
  • Blade/Tape — This is what you use to make your measurements and will either have imperial or metric units (or both).
  • Hook — This loose metal piece is located at the end of the tape, which you have probably used if you have ever measured a table or some other hard surface.
  • Hook Slot — This feature allows you to attach one end of the measuring tape to a nail or screw, which can be an advantage in some applications.
  • Belt Clip — This will allow you to attach it to your pants or tool belt. It will also make you look more stylish and professional while you’re at the job site.
If you want to find some of the best Lufkin tape measures on the market, be sure to look at what we have at Engineer Supply.

Why does the end of a Lufkin tape measure move?

The wiggle at the end of a Lufkin tape measure is there to make up for the hook’s thickness. You push the tip against something for an inside measurement, and the hook is included in the reading. If you hook on the end of a piece for an outside measurement, the gap will equal the amount of space that the hook would take up.

Why are Lufkin tape measures yellow?

Lufkin tape measures will often have black and red measurements on a yellow background, because it’s the best color combination for readability. If you want to find the best Lufkin tape measure for your specific needs, be sure to look at what we have in stock.







HOW TO USE A MEASURING WHEEL

If you’re looking for a measuring wheel that you can use to measure outdoor distances, the Keson MP 401 is a great choice. The wheel has a four-foot circumference and is suitable for outdoor use. It also has an incremental clicker-counter with large numbers that measure up to 99,999 feet. It has a metal frame and wheel that folds down to half its size, which makes it more portable and easier to store. Feel free to pick yours up at Engineer Supply.


FIBERGLASS VS. STEEL MEASURING TAPES

Measuring tape is used in almost every phase of a project, but the one question that’s asked most frequently is whether to use fiberglass or steel. And like most questions, the answer is “it depends.” Both of them have their pros and cons, depending on how you use them. Steel measuring tapes have been around for almost 200 years. And now, they're the most common type. Long tapes can be made of fiberglass or steel and has a hand crank. Steel is more durable than fiberglass, and they don’t stretch in length. However, its accuracy can be affected by extreme heat. Water exposure can lead to corrosion, but most professional tapes are coated with nylon or lacquer. Fiberglass isn’t as durable and is more economical, but it won’t corrode. Fiberglass is much lighter than steel, but it will experience faster wear and tear.






HOW TO USE A MEASURING WHEEL


If you’re looking for a measuring wheel that you can use to measure outdoor distances, the Keson MP 401 is a great choice. The wheel has a four-foot circumference and is suitable for outdoor use. It also has an incremental clicker-counter with large numbers that measure up to 99,999 feet. It has a metal frame and wheel that folds down to half its size, which makes it more portable and easier to store. Feel free to pick yours up at Engineer Supply.


FIBERGLASS VS. STEEL MEASURING TAPES


Measuring tape is used in almost every phase of a project, but the one question that’s asked most frequently is whether to use fiberglass or steel. And like most questions, the answer is “it depends.” Both of them have their pros and cons, depending on how you use them. Steel measuring tapes have been around for almost 200 years. And now, they're the most common type. Long tapes can be made of fiberglass or steel and has a hand crank. Steel is more durable than fiberglass, and they don’t stretch in length. However, its accuracy can be affected by extreme heat. Water exposure can lead to corrosion, but most professional tapes are coated with nylon or lacquer. Fiberglass isn’t as durable and is more economical, but it won’t corrode. Fiberglass is much lighter than steel, but it will experience faster wear and tear.


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