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Posted on Do I really need to spend $50 to get a square square????

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#1 posted 10-05-2012 11:55 PM

Square, no… Most all combination squares are adjustable by filing tabs that support the sliding blade. You simply take a stroke or two of a file to the tab on the obtuse side of the square, test, repeat as necessary.

There are plenty of cheap engineer’s squares that are square. Be aware that they may be square to spec on one side of the blade ONLY.

Absolute joy to use and useful for other operations? Yes, if you want more than a one trick pony, you’ll need to spend more.

What I find makes a Starrett square worth the money is the easy on the eyes satin chrome blade, the super smooth blade action and locking mechanism, and comfortable to hold edges. Also worthy of note are interchangeable 6, 12, 18, and 24” blades. I can even buy old blades and slide them into my newer square head.

My 6” and 12” combo squares are my most touched tools in the shop… I don’t see the value of scrimping on them.

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