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Steve Peterson

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#1 posted 08-31-2010 01:06 AM

I am impressed with the quality of the “Pro” version of the Empire square. The local Orchard Supply Hardware has 3 versions with prices ranging from around $7 to $11. The cheap one is made overseas. The $11 is made in the USA with obviously better quality standards.

The slot is milled using a straight cut. There are no nibs to file off to make it square. I haven’t checked mine for 100% square yet, but I would guess that it would be easiest to grind a few thousands off the handle portion than the inside of the slot. If it is too far off to make it square that way, then it is probably not worth saving.

I am sure that a Starrett is another step up in quality. However, is it 6X better quality?

-- Steve

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