Dewalt XP Tape Measure

Dewalt XP Tape Measure DWHT36225 Review

A tape measure, also called measuring tape, are among the most common measuring tools used today. We took a look at the Dewalt XP tape measure – the XP stands for Extra Performance

History of the Tape Measure

The first record of a people using a measuring device was by the Romans using marked strips of leather. In 1868, a patent was filed by one Alvin Fellows of New Haven, Connecticut. Fellows’ ruler, was crude and flimsy, but was the first US attempt to make a spring tape measure. In 1922, Hiram Farrand with the help of The Brown Company in Berlin, New Hampshire improved on this design and began mass-producing the Ferrand Rapid Rule tape measure. Later they sold this design to Stanley Works.

Generally speaking, the term “tape measure” refers to a roll-up, self-retracting tape measure designed for carpentry and construction. The actual tape potion of the measure, called the ‘ribbon,’ is usually constructed from a stiff metallic material that can stiffen when needed but can also roll up for simple use and storage.

After Drop Testing

Tougher Case

The DEWALT XP Tape Measure utilizes two retracting springs protected by an impact-resistant, in an impact-resistant ABS case and Dewalt says it will survive a 60’ drop. You can actually feel the tension on these springs as the tape is extended and the retraction is fast and smooth. The spring on this tape is STRONG.

The built-in lanyard slot allows tethering and a redesigned screw-less belt clip holds tight and is easy to use.  his belt clip seems to be pressed in place with tension clips – I’ve dropped the tape several times and have not been able to dislodge it.

30-Foot Drop Testing of the Dewalt XP

We dropped the tape several times from a 30-foot drop. As a result of these numerous drops the only damage was to the label and the belt clip. The belt clip was not usable afterward, du to the top bend being crushed inward. We tested the tape for accuracy before and after the drop set – there was no change.

Dewalt XP Blade Coating

XP Tape Measure features 9″ of heavy-duty thermoplastic coating at the end of the blade to provide 3X more blade protection and reduce blade breakage near the hook. This coating protects the first 9” of measurements – which are often the first to fade and wear out on tape measures.

Dewalt XP Blade Standout

Dewalt says that the high-carbon steel blade provides 13′ of standout. We tested this numerous times and got just over 11’ of standout. We achieve 13-feet only when we used our support hand to extend and hold the tape at the 1-foot mark.

Dewalt XP Tape Hook

Hook breakage is among the leading causes of tape measure failure. The DEWALT XP Tape Measure features a 3-rivet connection that extends 1-1/4” back into the blade. The hook moves slightly left/right/up/down in the case which will allow the case to take impacts from falls and not impact the hook.

We found that the extra-large end hook the perfect size, not too big, for grabbing construction material from all four sides making grabbing objects while taking solo measurements easy.

Dewalt XP Tape Measure Dimensions

The Dewalt XP tape measure shows inches, feet and 16-inch on centers in red. I like the rubber over mold but the tape is a little thick in my hands – this will differ from user to user.

  • 3-1/8″ tall
  • 3-3/8″ wide
  • 2-9/32″ deep
  • Weighs 1.25 pounds

The tape’s end hook is fastened by 3 rivets and extend 1-1/4″ back onto the blade. The blade is 1-1/4″ wide and very visible.

Cost

The Dewalt XP tape Measure is reasonably priced at $29.99. A 35-foot tape, and a 26-foot/8-meter tape will also be available.

Overall Impression

This tape is well-designed and durable. The belt hook is a major improvement and the extension and retraction mechanism and action is awesome. I like using this tape, its smooth and fast.

Dewalt XP Tape Measure Video Review

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Rob Robillard

Robert Robillard is also the Editor of Tool Box Buzz and the editor of the blog, A Concord Carpenter and principal of a carpentry and renovation business located in Concord, Massachusetts. As a carpenter and web editor, Rob is a recognized leader in tool and how-to information for building professionals. He is the carpenter correspondence for and writes a Q&A column, in the Sunday Boston Globe, called "Ask the Carpenter."He hosts the Concord Carpenter Cable TV Show,, offering the do-it-yourself audience in Boston’s Metro West region expert advice on home repairs and maintenance. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review - Video Channel, where we post all of our tool reviews and video editorials. Rob enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate on best practices in the remodeling industry. The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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