|Review by StumpyNubs||posted 03-19-2011 01:14 AM||4548 views||0 times favorited||31 comments|
What’s the best combination square around? While some will give their high priced favorites, most will say Starrett. And why not? It’s a proven tool. A new one will set you back about a hundred bucks, but fifty years from now it will still be straight, accurate and easy to read and use.
You’re never going to hear me say a Starrett isn’t top of the line. But for those of us who want save our hundred dollar bills for more important things, there are other options that I argue are just as good. Take the Millers Falls #1200 I just picked up. This square IS ALREADY 50 years old (or more) and it is still perfectly square. The ruler markings are clear and bold and the bubble level is accurate. And I paid fifteen bucks (plus shipping) for it.
So I say, why spend a pile of cash on a new Starrett or other premium combination square when you can get a vintage, American made, premium combination square for the price of a cheapie? It only took me ten minutes to find this one on ebay, and there are lots of other quality vintage squares of various brands on there every day. What did we ever do before ebay?
By the way- I gave it four stars instead of five because it is only available as a used tool which often shows some wear and soil. If a new one were available, it’d be five stars for sure!
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