The Measuring Wheel:

The perfect measuring tool for quick measurment of short and long distances

The measuring wheel – also known as a surveyor’s wheel, clickwheel, perambulator, hodometer, waywiser or trundle wheel – is a tool used to measure distances. Measuring wheels have a counting mechanism that counts the number of rotations and uses the circumference of the wheel to calculate the distance covered. 

QUICK AND SIMPLE MEASUREMENT OF SHORT AND LONG DISTANCES

The measuring wheel – also known as a surveyor’s wheel, clickwheel, perambulator, hodometer, waywiser or trundle wheel – is a tool used to measure distances. Measuring wheels have a counting mechanism that counts the number of rotations and uses the circumference of the wheel to calculate the distance covered.

Why use a measuring wheel?

There are numerous tools that can be used to measure distances. These include several tools that are able to produce significantly more precise results. And yet there are many reasons why measuring wheels are still a useful tool.

  • Measuring wheels can be used alone and without assistance from another person – to hold the tape, for example.
  • It is much simpler and quicker to measure greater distances using a measuring wheel than with other measuring tools.    
  • When using a measuring wheel, measurements can be taken in one go. No separate measurements are required.
  • There is no limit to the distances that can be measured using a measuring wheel, because the tape cannot run out. 
  • They are extremely easy to use! Measurements can be paused at any time, in order to make notes, for example. 
  • Some measuring wheel models allow the user to measure and mark up at the same time. 

What are measuring wheels used for?

Measuring wheels are used in road construction, horticulture and landscaping to measure plots, sports grounds and fields. They are also used by the police or other specialists to take official measurements, such as in the event of an accident.

The possible uses of measuring wheels are very diverse, as is the range of different models and versions.

How do measuring wheels differ from one another?

There are different models of measuring wheel for different applications, with a wide variety of versions and sizes. There are measuring wheels with a heavy steel disc wheel specifically for measuring tracks in railway construction, or there are large land measuring wheels with a circumference of up to 2 m for measuring fields.

For precise distance measurements in road construction and landscaping, robust spoked wheels with a circumference of 1 m are most commonly used. These are easy to use and transport. Mini measuring wheels with a circumference of 0.5 m are particularly suitable for taking rough measurements or interior measurements.

How do measuring wheels work?

A measuring wheel is a very simple, user-friendly tool. It comprises at least one wheel, a counting mechanism and a guide rod with a handle. The measurement is taken by pushing or turning the wheel across the ground using the guide rod.

As the wheel moves, the mechanical counting mechanism calculates the number of rotations and calculates the distance covered using the wheel circumference. For example, a single rotation of a measuring wheel with a diameter of 318.5 mm equates to a distance of exactly 1 m. The counting mechanism is attached above the measuring wheel and has either an analogue or digital display, which can be zeroed by pressing the reset button.

What sets SOLA measuring wheels apart?

SOLA offers two measuring wheel models with an analogue counting mechanism in two different sizes for different applications.

The models have a variety of outstanding features, including an extremely robust counting mechanism with a reset button for zeroing the counter, a height-adjustable telescopic guide rod for easy handling, and an abrasion-resistant precision measuring wheel made from high-quality plastic.

SOLA measuring wheels are the ideal measuring tool for quick, easy and precise measuring of short and long distances.