|Review by NetPro||posted 03-16-2009 03:11 PM||2697 views||1 time favorited||12 comments|
Given that when available I like USA or German made tools, I researched this tool on the Web and found nothing available. The LION Pootatuck has been dicontinued and it appears all stock depleted. Not even a used one on e-bay.
Went ahead and order one from Grizzly and was plesantly surprised by the quality of this tool.
It was right on the money for both the 45 and 90 degrees preset on the right and left sides.
Not that is hard to calibrate it if you need to, but I have several highly accurate squares (guaranteed to be within 0.001) and digital verniers and they show this tool calibrated properly at the factory.
It is made in Taiwan, which might explain the higher quality; they started building tools and manufacturing equipment long before mainland China did, therefore, they have had more time to fine-tune their processes and techniques.
Anyway, it works great and is accurate, easy to calibarate when required and cheap. The only thing I would complain a bit is how dirty the grease they cover it is; it looks as if it is a black grease or something but it works great protecting the surface as mine was spotless (from rust) after taking the time to clean that stuff.
Now. I can trim those 45 degrees cuts (and 90 too or anything in between) to perfection. Not sure how hardened the blades are and how long they are going to stay sharp, so, we’ll see on that.