Inventions and other News by Dane Scarborough

Inventing the QuickDraw Marking Tape Measure

Inventing the QuickDraw Marking Tape Measure

I was in second grade when a kid challenged me to roll a quarter down the center of my face. He said, “You can’t do it, it’s impossible!” I took the quarter and proved him wrong, to which he replied, “Oh, I guess I was wrong.” He then walked away laughing. Unbeknownst to me, he had rubbed pencil graphite on the edge of the quarter, so I was walking around with a black line right down the center of my face.
Flash forward: I’m a grown man, with a family, building my house in Sun Valley, Idaho. It’s snowing, my ears are cold, my skin is dry, and countless pencils have already fallen from the perch on my ear into snowdrifts, lost until spring for sure. I’m using a Stanley Power-lock tape measure to frame the second floor and I’ve just lost my last pencil. SOB#%^@#! So, I start using the edge of the tape case to indent the wood. This was the beginning of the idea that would eventually become the QuickDraw Pro marking tape measure.
Already having had success as an inventor (The Levelution System Level was performing increasingly well), I knew I was onto something. I did patent searches, and discovered there were over sixty patents on the idea of a marking tape measure, yet nothing was on the market? This was strange, because I knew firsthand that it was a great idea. I analyzed all the existing patents and discovered that they all had the same flaws. Simply put, if you have to engage a marking mechanism (that would be a pencil), then lock the blade, then make your mark, then dis-engage the marker, then dis-engage the lock, well, forget it, it’s going to be easier to use a pencil.

Bob the One-Armed Carpenter...

Bob the One-Armed Carpenter...

Once upon a time...

There was a one-handed carpenter named Bob... Bob used a regular tape measure and held a pencil in his mouth, to make a mark... Life was hard for Bob... no matter how great a carpenter Bob was, he was paid very little. Then one fateful day, a new guy showed up, using some kind of magical self-marking tape measure...

Bob blinked to be sure his eyes weren’t playing tricks on him... Bob asked the new guy, “can I try it?” Sure Bob, you’ll love it, cuz it’s like having an extra hand... indeed it was... But how does it work? Well Bob, there’s a small steel wheel, that rolls out graphite, so there’s nothing to sharpen... nothing to break... and Bob, it’ll make 2000 marks per load... Bob went right out and bought a QuickDraw Pro Tape, and lived happily ever after...

The QuickDraw tape measure gave Bob the ability to make a good living... For the two-handed carpenter, the QuickDraw just makes everything that much easier...

https://youtu.be/XFyTweYfYtk

Pencils are Evil...

Pencils are Evil...

What do you want to build today...? Starting a new project, a building project to be precise, is exciting!

What do you want to build today...? Starting a new project, a building project to be precise, is exciting!

Starting a new project, a building project to be precise, is exciting! Figuring out your materials list, and using 10% of your budget for new toys (tools) is one of my favorite parts. Another is the smell of fresh cut lumber, and you know why, because there's something primal about building. Working with your hands to manifest  something in the real world, from something you've only imagined in your mind. It's a guys way of giving birth, in a way.

WHEEL vs Pencil Look closely… it's the re-invention of the wheel –

WHEEL vs Pencil Look closely… it's the re-invention of the wheel –

"Our patented graphite marking technology draws a perpendicular graphite line, faster, and with greater accuracy than a pencil, never needs sharpening, marks on rough materials, and can be easily operated with one hand"  Dane Scarborough
  

WHEEL vs Pencil

Look closely… it's the re-invention of the wheel –

Never breaks, never needs sharpening - Marks the roughest lumber - Marks wet lumber - Use it with one hand (and stabilize the blade with the other) - One stick of graphite makes 2000+ 1/4" marks - Reload in 6 seconds.

 HOW IT WORKS: 1. The patented graphite fed hardened steel wheel auto feeds the graphite line, perpendicular to the tape blade. 2. The patents pending TRU-View WEDGE indicator eliminates the parallax effect, to ensure extreme accuracy. 3. 2000+ 1/4" marks per load with a 6 second reload design. 4. Can be dropped directly on the marking wheel from 15' onto concrete and still work perfectly. 5. Works amazing on wet lumber, rough lumber, treated lumber, etc...   

The story behind the QuickDraw marking tape

The story behind the QuickDraw marking tape

The story behind the QuickDraw marking tape  -  I was in second grade when a kid challenged me to roll a quarter down the center of my face. He said “You can’t do it, it’s impossible!”. I took the quarter and proved him wrong, to which he replied “oh, I guess I was wrong”, and he walked away laughing. Unknown to me, he had rubbed pencil graphite on the edge of the quarter, so I was walking around with a black line down the center of my face. Flash forward to me building my house in the Sun Valley Idaho. It’s snowing, my ears are cold, my skin is dry, and countless pencils have already fallen from the perch on my ear, into snowdrifts, lost until spring for sure. I’m using a Stanley Power-lock tape measure to frame the second floor and I’ve just lost my last pencil. SOB#%^@#! So, I start using the edge of the tape case to indent the wood. This was the beginning of the idea that would eventually become the QUICKDRAW Pro marking tape measure.

Imagine your tape measure making 2000 marks per load...

Imagine reloading in 10 seconds...

Imagine it working with one hand...

Imagine it making a radius or circles...

How to Save $3000 a year, upgrading to the QuickDraw Marking Tape Measure

How to Save $3000 a year, upgrading to the QuickDraw Marking Tape Measure

The average carpenter wastes 15+ minutes every day, looking for a pencil, sharpening a pencil, looking for something to sharpen a pencil with, etc.. That's a lot of wasted time, and it adds up to approximately $3000 per year (based on $30 per hour). And that is just the beginning...

Does your tape measure make 2000 marks per load?
Does it reload in 10 seconds?
Does it work with one hand?
Does it make a radius or circle? 

These are a few of other factors that make the QuickDraw Pro tape, the new   standard on the job site:

1.  A new break lock that captures the blade (top and bottom) with rubber grips, and the break button is co-molded with soft rubber, guaranteed to lock the blade solid. 

2. A new patented spool system for the smoothest blade action of any tape on the market.

3. A new (patent pending) Tru-View™ WEDGE™ indicator that insures greater accuracy than our original (patent pending Tru-View™ indicator).      

4.  An improved marking system for easer reloads and more consistent marking. 5. A new extra heavy-duty spring steel belt clip with an industrial chrome finish.

6. Upgraded star-drive fasteners that secure the tape housing.

7. An injection molded screen printed logo on the front (no stick-on labels for the QUICKDRAW® PRO. 

8. The New QUICKDRAW® key chain for holding extra graphite, includes the QUICKDRAW® marker technology built-in.

9. A nylon safety strap (optional, for working in high places).

10. New blade layouts (optional: Imperial 25’ &16”, Metric 8M &5M, EZ-READ™ 25’ &16’, Imperial/Metric 26’/8M, 16’/5M.

11.  New .9mm white ceramic refills for dark materials and metal work.

QD25-PROEZ

  

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Marking Dark materials with the NEW QUICKDRAW

Marking Dark materials with the NEW QUICKDRAW

Black graphite comes standard in all QuickDraw marking tape measures, but now WHITE GRAPHITE refills (technically white ceramic) is available, and these refills work in all QuickDraw Pro models. 

For everyone that works with metal, or any dark, hard to mark, materials that black graphite doesn't mark, you will love this option. The bright white mark is easy to see, and you'll get approximately 1000+ 1/4" marks. Reloads are fast and easy. No tools required, just follow the simple video on our website, and it will take less than 10 seconds. Oh, and the white graphite works in all QUICKDRAW models including the 16' and 25' QUICKDRAW Pro

QuickDraw: Marking Tape Measure Review

QuickDraw: Marking Tape Measure Review

The new QuickDraw Pro (Red), is the ultimate tape measure.  It has the following improvements and features over the QuickDraw (Black) DIY model: 

1.  A new break lock that captures the blade (top and bottom) with rubber grips, and the break button is co-molded with soft rubber, guaranteed to lock the blade solid. 

2. A new patented spool system for the smoothest blade action of any tape on the market.

3. A new (patent pending) wedge Tru-View indicator that insures even greater accuracy then our original (patent pending Tru-View indicator).      

4.  An improved marking system for easer reloads and more consistent marking. 5. A new extra heavy-duty chrome belt clip.

6. Upgraded star-drive fasteners that secure the tape housing.

7. An injection molded screen printed logo on the front (no cheap stick on labels for the QuickDraw Pro. 

8. A QuickDraw Pro key chain for holding extra graphite, and it also has the QuickDraw marker built-in (optional).

9. A nylon safety strap (optional, for working in high places).

10. New blade layouts (optional: Imperial 25’ &16”, Metric 8M &5M, EZ-READ 25’ &16’, Imperial/Metric 26’/8M, 16’/5M.

11.  New .9mm white ceramic refills for dark materials and metal work.