Know Your Tools 101: How to Use a Measuring Wheel Properly

How to Use a Measuring Wheel

Dating back even further than the 18th century, measuring wheels are being used to measure larger distances with reasonable accuracy. And today’s not so different. These versatile tools are being used by experts across the entire globe. If you are keen to know more about these nifty devices, you are in the right place. Today’s we’ll talk about everything you need to know about measuring wheels, including how to use a measuring wheel, what other types are there, and how to take good care of them.

By the time you finish reading this article, you’ll have a clear concept about what you want in a measuring wheel and how to properly use one. So without any further ado, let’s get started.


What Is A Measuring Wheel

The tool has many names. Some call it the surveyor’s wheel, clicking wheel, while others may know it as footage wheel or distance calculation wheel. But whatever you call it, a measuring wheel is such a tool that allows you to take accurate measurements using rotational kinematics. The signature part of the tool is a wheel, which helps you measure large distances with greater accuracy.

Modern measuring wheels are primarily used in construction sites to get accurate measurements. The tool helps workers to figure out the exact distance between two points on the same surface.


Types of Measuring Wheels

Humans started using measuring wheel a long time ago, in the 17th century. They used this tool to measure the distance between cities. Today you can have your preferred wheel size depending on the type of your work.

Depending on the wheel size, there are three types of measuring wheels available in the market. And they are:


Smaller Wheels (4-6 inches in diameter)

These are used by many carpet layers, interior designers, realtors, claims assessors, architects, and accident investigators to measure things up to a kilometer.


Medium Wheels (6-12 inches in diameter)

They are primarily used by landscapers, greenkeepers, developers, paving contractors, plumbers, factory fitters, and irrigation workers. Most of the previous models use a 5-digit ratchet counter to showcase the distance you’ve covered.


Large Wheels (15 inches or more in diameter)

These handy tools can measure up to 10 km and are widely used by farmers, teachers, sports center coordinators, land management workers, insurance assessors, and road markers.

Here are some other commonly used types of measuring wheels.


Electronic Wheels

These tools come with a digital screen and a microprocessor. It is useful to measure sports grounds, park areas, sidewalks, and roads. This is a great measurement wheel for those that want convenience above all else.


Paint Marking Wheels

It’s fairly easy to mess up the reading while you are rolling the wheel. That is why these devices have the option to mark the ground with paint. If you need to start over, just start from your previously marked position.  


Twin-wheel Models

These dual wheel models primarily use one additional wheel to introduce additional balance to your measurement process. Many people feel a bit uncomfortable keeping the balance of the measuring wheel. Especially the one with larger wheels. Now you can get an accurate reading without worrying too much over it.


Metric Wheels

This is pretty self-explanatory. If you are used to following metric units of measurement only, this tool will come in handy. But many modern/digital measuring wheels have multiple unit modes. You can change the display settings on your device with just a few clicks.


How to Read a Measuring Wheel

Now let’s break down the entire process of measuring distance using a measuring wheel. Though some industries developed their own version of measuring wheels, the reading process is the same.

One thing is very crucial here. And that is to have a straight and clear path to measure the distance. If you stumble upon a tree or an animal, that can affect your reading. Once you are comfortable with what you are working with, all you have to do is cover the distance with the measuring wheel rolling on the ground and in a straight line. Once you reach the finish line, check the display to get the accurate reading of the distance you just crossed.

That’s pretty much it. The ease of use and convenience has made this tool essential in many industries. Though you need to be a little careful, it’s nothing you can’t handle.


Best Uses of Measuring Wheels

Now let’s look at the best practices that you can follow to take care of your amazing measure wheel. Shall we?

As we’ve already known, reading a measuring wheel is almost effortless. But taking good care of one is a different story. Especially if it’s your first time working with these types of tools. You need to be a little bit careful. Read the user manual carefully, as all the instructions will be there. Some models require certain steps to clear the old reading. Though on modern devices, you can do that with just a click.

Don’t forget to check the maximum distance your device can cover. And the last pro tip: Don’t rush to reach your destination once you start measuring. So keep a low profile and walk at a steady pace. Once you reach the final point, avoid further movement so that it doesn’t affect the reading. Regularly clean the wheel for superior accuracy level.

And one other thing. Try to keep starting, and ending points precise as the rotation is proportional to the length, meaning the reading will go up with even slight increments of revolution on the wheel. We suggest detaching the wheel from the ground as soon as you reach the final destination. (Not the movie, duh!!)


How to Choose

As there are a number of tools available in the market, you are free to choose any provider. But we’ll suggest prioritizing your comfort over anything else. As you’ll be the one working with the tool, it’s important to make sure the tool doesn’t wear you out. So look for a durable design, dual material pistol grip/ergonomic grip, high-traction tire, and aluminum frames to make sure the device will last long. Or, you can go for a foldable measuring wheel if you feel like it. It all depends on what you want to do with your device and for how long.

And the price is another great factor while choosing the best tool. The price of a decent measuring wheel fluctuates from $30 to $150. So it can be quite cheap or fancy depending on how much you are willing to pay. If you want to buy them in bulk, we suggest looking for “Business-only” prices.


Over to You

Though there are many fancier alternatives to measuring wheels, these amazing devices still provide comfort, convenience, and accuracy in many industries. This is the main reason they are still being used by a large number of workers every single day. All we tried to do is make you more familiar with the tools you’ll be working with. That’s all.

No more today. I hope this article proves to be helpful to those in need. Please do share your thoughts and opinions with us in the comment section below. I wish you all a very productive week ahead. Thanks for reading this far. Happy measuring to you.

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