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Vintage vs. Modern Tools

See how tool materials and designs have changed over the years as experts compare tape measures, squares, bevels and more.

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today tape measures are made of steel not cloth
Photo 1 of 6They used to be made of cloth, but now tape measures are made of steel.

Tape Measures(1 of 6)

Fifty years ago, a tape measure was made of cloth and had to be hand-wound. Now tape measures are made of steel and some even have a digital readout for the most accurate reading.

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