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Garrett Wade Aluminum Straight Edge 38 inch

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Review by barryvabeach posted 11-04-2010 03:08 AM 3398 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I just received a Garrett Wade aluminum straight edge 38 inch and wanted to post a review. First, years ago Garrett Wade had lots of woodworking tools, but seem to have cut way back lately. I looked at their steel straightedges last year, but the quoted tolerances were awlful ( IIRC .0005 per inch ) The aluminum straight edge is quoted at .002 over the whole length, which is pretty good. I have a granite surface plate that allowed be to check up to about 20 inches at a time, and could not insert a .001 feeler gauge anywhere – I thought that was pretty good. The website has a good picture of the item, solid black, except the milled bottom. It stands on its edges, though I haven’t messed with it much. The box says made in Taiwan, but I did not see a manufacturers name.




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#1 posted 11-04-2010 04:48 PM

Thank you for the helpful review!

Chad

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#2 posted 11-04-2010 04:51 PM

Invaluable.

Seems like one of those things that you … never know how you lived without it, after you get one.

-- -- Neil

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#3 posted 11-04-2010 06:00 PM

And the price was ? with or without shipping / handling ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#4 posted 11-04-2010 06:03 PM

$30, or … the pair—24” and 38” are on sale….

http://www.garrettwade.com/lightweight-aluminum-straightedges/p/36A01.04/

-- -- Neil

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#5 posted 11-04-2010 06:09 PM

Thanks a lot , Neil …the pair seems like quite a bargain for $40 : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 11-04-2010 06:12 PM

Hard to argue that.

I always use my 4’ Stabila level, but … I haven’t found anything flat enough to check ITS accuracy.

Does anybody know whether the granite slabs, used in homes, are dead flat ? Our builder screwed ours up, in shape, and left us the “bad” one, when he re-did it.

If I could be sure IT was dead flat, it’d be very handy….

-- -- Neil

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#7 posted 11-04-2010 06:23 PM

I’ve also used my 4’ level , but sometimes it’s just too long for the area I’m working in and God only knows how accurate it is over its length.
I can’t answer your Granite question , but I would check it out with your Stabila as best as you can and go from there.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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