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Our measuring tools come in a variety of models that can be useful in a number of applications, and they’re easy to use. We have tools that can measure both horizontal and vertical distances (even diameters).

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Area Measuring Tools

You can use a planimeter to measure the distance of two points on a plan or blueprint. It can calculate the area of any shape that has a closed loop on which to travel, and it’s easy to use. It calculates distance based on the movement of a wheel or arm attached to the device. Just set the scale and trace the perimeter of the object you want to measure. Digital planimeters have no length limits, and they can be used to calculate averages as well as for adding and subtracting. You can even adjust the scale according to your specific needs.

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While measuring rod rulers, grade rods, and level rods look similar, they all have their own specific functions. The difference in how they measure. While level rods are great for taking “cut and fill” measurements, the Crain One Shot can complement these measuring tools by calculating changes in elevation that are greater than four feet. With the Crain One Shot, there’s no need for math so you can get accurate results quickly. No math means no mistakes, which is why the Crain One Shot is a great tool for making these types of calculations. You can even attach a laser guide to the device by using a simple clamping tool, which can help you while you’re surveying a job site.

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With Laser Distance Measuring Tools, one can achieve more accurate measurement readings especially at extended lengths and in a shorter period of time. The longer that a measuring tape measure is extended, the harder it is to get an accurate measurement. You have to worry about slack in the line or applying too much tension on the tape and stretching or possibly even breaking it. You have to line up the marks directly with the starting point. Even temperature can affect your measurement when using traditional measuring tapes. Laser distance measuring tapes are one of the fastest and most accurate ways to collect measurements, especially if you have multiple measurements to take during the same job or day.


Every tool in your arsenal is meant for a specific function, which is why we have a broad range of measuring devices. Whether you need to measure a tight space or a very large area, we can find something that will get the job done. We even have tools that can measure the diameter of pipes and any other cylindrical object or space. But regardless of the type of tool that your job requires, we guarantee that it will save you time.

If you want to get ahead of the competition, every inch counts. You have to make accurate measurements quickly, because you could lose potential business. You need more specialized measuring tools that can give you the right information without spending hours on the job site, and there are many available measuring instruments that are better suited for certain situations. If you’re in the market for more specialized measuring devices, Engineering supply has you covered. Whether it’s a Keson measuring wheel or a Leica laser distance measuring tool, we have what you need. All of the professional-grade measuring instruments that we offer will not only save you time but will also improve your accuracy while you’re measuring or estimating for a job. We have an extensive product line, which includes:

  • Calipers
  • Measuring wheels
  • Inclinometers
  • Professional measuring tapes
  • Micrometers
  • Laser distance measuring tools
  • Rolling plan measures
  • Builder’s levels
  • Planimeters
  • Slope measuring tools
  • Blueprint measuring rollers
  • Sonic measuring tools

Engineering Supply is an authorized dealer of quality measuring instruments by many top-rated manufactures, so we’re confident that you’ll be happy with what we have to offer.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of tools are used for making measurements?

Measuring tools are vital to any project, because even the smallest error can cause serious problems. That’s why you want to invest in quality measuring tools that will give you accurate results for many years. Some of the tools that you should consider adding to your toolbox include:
  • Tape Measure — A good model should have a sturdy hook that will move back and forth. It should also extend and retract easily. A 25-foot tape measure is the proverbial sweet spot for most projects, because it will be long enough to measure extended spaces without being too heavy.
  • Speed Square — This measuring tool can be found on the hips of many carpenters and DIY enthusiasts. It’s at least five tools in one, but it’s great for measuring the correct angles on wood cuts.
  • Protractor — This angle measuring tool will tell you how to set your miter saw. You press the legs against two surfaces, so can read the angle they make.
  • Laser Measure — This digital measuring tool has become a go-to for designers, architects, and contractors. But it’s also great for homeowners to have around, because it can measure any distance for up to 50 feet.
If you want to find some of the best measuring tools on the market, be sure to look at what we have at Engineer Supply.

What kind of tools are used to measure angles?

Some the tools that can be used to measure angles include but may not be limited to:
  • Protractor — This angle measuring tool will allow you to measure an angle being generated by two sides of an object. And as long as you’re able to read the angle, you can measure at any position.
  • Angle Gauge — This tool will let you measure the surface angle against the horizontal axis in a situation where using a protractor isn’t possible. Just put the tool on the surface angle you want to measure, and it will display the reading.
  • Multiple-Angle Measuring Ruler — While this tool won’t give you an exact reading, it can make your job simpler with regard to angle measurement. Instead of measuring an angle by determining the length of each side, it will duplicate the dimensions of one side so you don’t need to measure the side length again.
  • Try Square — While this measuring tool is similar to a multiple-angle measuring ruler, it won’t show the degree reading of an angle. It is, however, meant to be a go/no-go gauge because it can determine if an angle isn’t square.
  • Sine Bar — This triangular-shaped tool won’t directly show the angle reading, so you’ll have to do some trigonometry to get the results you need.
You want to use the right tool to measure the angle. If you need an accurate measurement, an angle gauge will be a good choice. But you may want to use a try square to make sure that an angle is 90 degrees before moving on.

What are the three ways to measure angles?

There are three units of measure for angles, which include the following:
  • Revolutions — This refers to an angle measurement that’s formed when the initial side rotates all the way around its vertex until it goes back to its original position, and there’s no limit to the magnitude of any given angle.
  • Degrees — This is a common way to measure angles. There are 360 degrees in a single revolution, and they can be subdivided as well. One degree is equal to 60 minutes, and one minute is equal to 60 seconds.
  • Radians — This unit of measure isn’t arbitrarily defined but is actually geometrical. One radian is equal to the measure of the central angle (which is an angle whose vertex is at the center of a circle) that intercepts an arc with a length that’s equal to the radius of the circle.
Any angle can be converted from one unit of measure to another if you understand the definition of each one.

What are digital measuring tools?

A digital measuring tool can be used to measure long distance at a higher degree of accuracy, which is why they’re a must-have for any toolbox. They can include anything from a laser tape measure that can be used for construction projects to a digital theodolite that can be used in surveying.

Where can I find quality measuring tools?

If you want to find some of the best measuring tools on the market, Engineer Supply has a variety of products from some of the most recognized brands in the industry. Feel free to look at what we have in stock, so you can find a product that’s right for you!
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