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  • Item Category: Tools
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Dec 05, 2006
  • Channel: Auction House

Chicago Steel Tape - 100 Foot Babbitt Chain


Manufacturers of the

Original Babbitt Marked Tape


Common Sense Things for Field Use

Standard Babbitt foot tapes are marked every foot with the first and last foot marked in tenths. They also made a very rare 1/2 Railroad Gauge Tapes with 1/2 Railroad Gauge markings on them, one of which was offered on another auction on eBay. The box, tape, rule and leather straps are all in mint, like new, unused, new-old stock condition with the Chicago Steel Tape Co. box taping seal in place, but see the other prior auction pictures to see the typical contents. NOTE: The last two pictures in this auction are from the other box previously auctioned on eBay.

This steel tape or Babbitt Chain is brand new and unused, still in its original sealed box, wrapped with wax paper and wired in four places to keep it together. This original packaging contains 100' tape, wax paper, six-inch rule with "Chainman's Conversion Rule" marked in tenths and sixteenths on one side and in hundredths on the other, as well as two heavy leather straps for tying on each end of the tape for carrying or dragging purposes and tying it all up at the end of the day when rolled up and thrown for storage. Or it can be placed on a reel and rolled up that way if one prefers.

This item is new, old stock and was never opened. Box is marked as follows: " CHICAGO " STEEL TAPE - 100 FEET No. 201 and has a sticker marked EX. FT. ZERO END . The box has never been opened and the tape has never been unrolled, but the 99 feet to 100 feet end is on the outside in the other box and is marked in tenths so this one should be the same, except for the railroad gauge markings. NOTE: The last two pictures in this auction are from the other box which was sold in another acution.

Dragging through water, sand, gravel, or exposure to salt water and chemicals will not remove the coating or markings on a babbitt tape like it would on an etched or printed tape. The " Chicago " babbitt tape is the most durable chain tape you can obtain for field use. Their automatic method of manufacturing tapes enables us to furnish tapes with the highest degree of accuracy in lengths to 3,000 ft.

The basic line is 1/64" thick by 5/16" wide, made from high carbon spring steel, brightly tin coated to resist rust. The raised babbitts are fused permanently to the surface of the spring steel line. Foot marks and numbers are then deeply embossed into each babbitt. You can be sure when you use a " Chicago " steel tape, you are using a tape that has withstood the test of time and is still the best tape of its type on the market today.

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