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Forum topic by Neodogg posted 09-23-2009 05:40 AM 1098 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-23-2009 05:40 AM

Well I working on my list for Santa, and I’m leaning towards the 6” Starrett combo square over the 12”. My reasoning is, I can use the 6 more easily for machine set up? Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 09-23-2009 09:16 AM

6” is awful short for a lot of layouts. Sometimes I wish my 12 was longer.

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#2 posted 09-23-2009 11:46 AM

got any more pictures of your dog?? haha sorry, but every time i see your avatar it reminds me of my lil guy, and how precious they are…lol

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#3 posted 09-23-2009 12:34 PM

I’ve got a 4”, 6”, and 12”. I use the 6” and 4” most of all. The 4” is a double square and I find it really handy.

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#4 posted 09-23-2009 01:35 PM

I have a 6” double square and an 18” combo they cover most of my set-up and lay-out needs.

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#5 posted 09-23-2009 01:46 PM

You can get solid or precision squares in 4”to 6” and then get 12” combo.

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#6 posted 09-23-2009 02:05 PM

If you are going to spend the money, get the 12”. You can set it at 6” if you want, but you can’t set it for 7” if you only have 6”.

A lot harder to misplace also.

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#7 posted 09-23-2009 04:04 PM

I have a 6, 12 & 18” blade they each have their own uses. The one I use most is the 12”

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#8 posted 09-23-2009 04:30 PM

I have a 4” double square which is the most handy as it’s the lightest of them all. I also have a 6” starrett combo which is 2nd in comfort for checking machinery settings and endgrain measurements. I also have a 12” starrett which I use for layouts since the 6” is mostly too short for that.

bottom line – it depends on what your prioritized needs are – is it more for machinery/parts squareness measurements – than the 6” would be more useful, but if it’s for layouts – than the 12” would be a better choice.

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#9 posted 09-23-2009 05:01 PM

I use multiple squares all the time. I would hate to make that choice, but if I had to I would pick the 12”


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