John Rabone 4151 Review By: I.Ball
Category: Old Tape Measures
Manufacturer: John Rabone And Sons
Tool Type: Tape Measure
Model No: 4151
The John Rabone And Sons tape measure number 4151 has a steel tape, a
brass winder and a solid leather, hand-stitched case.
The tape typically measured with the measurement commencing from the outside of the ring at the end of the tape, i.e. ring is included in the measurement.
The most common measurements on these tape measures were feet and inches.
The tapes measures which surface most regularly today are 33ft, 66ft, and 100ft.
'John Rabone & Sons, Birmingham, England'.
[the size] on the brass winder (usually 33ft, 66ft or 100ft).
Sometimes there are additional marks such as a company name, goverment department or an owners name/mark.
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It is quite common to find the first 6-10 inches of the tape heavily worn.
The steel tapes are susceptible to rust spots and heavy corrosion especially if water has found its way inside the case.
Another less desirable fault which can occur is the winder handle no longer holds shut; it flaps about when held upside down.
The case stitching can sometimes be coming apart at the seams.
The steel tape is prone to kinks if the tape has been misused.
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