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David Kirtley

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#1 posted 04-05-2011 11:48 PM

Starrets are wonderful tools. I would never steer anyone away from them if they are ready to pony up that much. I have the big 24” contractor’s square and it is a joy to use.

Of course there is no way on earth I would buy one at the retail price. I picked mine up at the flea market for $30-$40 if I remember correctly.

I have few others ranging from 4 inch to 12 inch along with protractor heads and stuff that I have picked up here and there used and paid little for but I can’t say I would personally go buy a new one for the price.

On the other side, I have some cheap harbor freight squares that I reach for just as often as the Starrets. I don’t get upset if I splotch them up with glue or otherwise worry about. If I am measuring something accurately, I grab the calipers first anyway.

Usually though, it doesn’t make any difference to me. If I am making a table, I don’t care if the legs are 28 in long or 27-3/4. As long as they are all the same it is fine with me.

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