|Review by funchuck||posted 01-20-2010 04:07 AM||4031 views||0 times favorited||14 comments|
I have mostly seen high praise of Lee Valley, but I bought these 2 items and felt that their website was misleading. The 2 pictures above are from their website. They are:
1. Pocket Folding Squares – they have a 45 deg, 90 deg and 135 deg setting. They are supposed to be accurate to within 0.06 deg. I bought the 6” version.
2. Engineer’s Squares – they are machined to 0.001” deviation per inch. I bought the 2” and 4” versions.
If you look at the website for these items, nowhere does it mention what brand it is. I thought that they would be Veritas, or Lee Valley, or at least made in Canada/USA.
When I received them, I found out the Pocket Folding Square is made in Sweden by Nobex. It is called the Quattro 200. In the picture on the Lee Valley website, the folding square is turned around so that the label is not showing. If they took a picture of the front of the square, it would show the brand name and model number.
The Engineer’s Square is made in India. It is made by a company called “SOBA”.
I really wish Lee Valley would show us the name of their products. This would make it easier to comparison shop… but I guess that would mean they may lose some business… For example, when I looked up Nobex square on Rocker, I found that they were 19.99 there. Lee Valley’s price was 24.50.
When I compared the engineer’s square to each other, they both matched the angle, but when i compared the folding square to the engineer’s square, it was off from each other. I am not sure which is correct.
The folding square is pretty nifty. It locks into each of the positions very firmly with no play. It is easy to carry around and I don’t have to worry much about getting it bent out of shape. I find I trust the engineer’s square more though. The folding square’s base seems a little flimsy. It is made of aluminum and not solid, unlike the engineer’s square.
I like Lee Valley’s Veritas line of tools, so I think I will stick to those and assume the other things they have are not worth buying.
-- Charles from California