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Forum topic by trevor7428 posted 08-29-2016 03:10 PM 480 views 1 time favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-29-2016 03:10 PM

I once say an eBay link as a comment to a tread a can’t seem to find. It was a link to an eBay seller who had a variety of precision squares that are normally top dollar, but are way down prices because of miner defects/ scratches in them. If anyone knows what I’m referring too. A link would be appreciated

I’ve already searched Google, lumberjocks and eBay, but can’t find this exact seller

-- Thank You Trevor OBrion

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#1 posted 08-29-2016 03:13 PM

Not the ebay link, but here’s a seller of the same squares you were talking about. Cosmetic blemishes so they are cheap. Shipping is a bit much though, so it’s best to buy a few at a time.

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#2 posted 08-29-2016 03:25 PM

I think this is what you were looking for. This is link to a specific item but there are all sorts of other blemished items. I haven’t bought anything from here but would be interested in what you think if you do.

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#3 posted 08-29-2016 04:31 PM

Here is the link to the sellers section of PEC seconds that ScottM pointed to. I have bought a few things from Taylor Toolworks via Ebay and Amazon and they are a top notch seller with great customer service.

I just recently purchased a PEC “second” 6” double square from them not long ago that I am highly impressed with. Here is what I posted on another forum thread as a kind of “mini review” of it:

Okay, I’m gonna revive this one :-/

This thread got me curious about the PEC cosmetic seconds. I’d been thinking that I’d like to have a good 6” double square but have been watching eBay CL and antique stores for a while for a used Starrett at a good price with no luck. So after Rick raised the question of why there are so many PEC seconds, I decided to try one out and see. $20 with free shipping from Taylor Tool Works on eBay and I got it in the mail today.

This has to be the best value out there for squares. The reason mine was a “second” was because it had a tiny chip out of the powder coating on one edge. I had to look to find it. The blade is glare free and is nicely engraved. Not as nice as Starrett IMHO but that’s just personal taste and it’s perfectly ledgible. It’s hard and stiff. Feels as good as my Starretts and Brown and Sharpe. The graduations check right with my caliper.

The square has good balance but I’d like it to be a little heavier on the end opposite the blade. Again, just personal taste. The eBay listing said it may be blue or black. I was really hoping for black ‘cause all my other squares are black. Of course it’s blue. While I don’t like the color, it is a quality finish and should hold up well. The reference edges are flawless. No tool marks, smooth, hard and dead flat. Cant get a .0004” feeler under it on my granite surface plate and couldn’t see any light. Checks dead nuts with my try square. Functionally, I can’t find a flaw. Blade slides smoothly and locks down solid. The thumb nut is nice and feels good. Light torque is all that’s required.

I’m very impressed. Dollar-for-dollar, you simply can’t beat it. PEC already has an established reputation and with the “second” that I got, you get all the good at a fraction of the cost. Of course I only bought one so can’t speak to others but I’ve read many others who are happy with theirs. I’ll never give up my Starretts but, any squares I need in the future may just be PEC seconds if this one holds up to use over time. These blems make high-quality squares available to those who don’t want to lay out $100+ for a unblemished PEC or a Starrett.

—Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#4 posted 09-01-2016 02:59 PM

Thank you HokieKen. That was the link I was referring too!

-- Thank You Trevor OBrion

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#5 posted 09-04-2016 11:34 PM

Good to know HokieKen. Makes me feel better as I ordered a PEC cosmetic second 18” combo square a couple days ago and wasn’t sure what I’ll be getting. I read some good reviews so I figured what the heck.

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#6 posted 09-05-2016 02:00 AM

I think you’ll be pleased. I’ve been using my double square for about a month now and have grown quite fond of it.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#7 posted 09-05-2016 02:38 PM

I went ahead and bought a 6” off of fleebay.

It looks exactly like the cheap set I bought years ago (made in India), but the overall fit and finish is wayyy better.

It is not marked with the manufacturer any where and aside from some fingerprint marks I can find no ‘defects’

Overall a great bargain for a tool I use with almost every project.

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#8 posted 09-08-2016 11:27 PM

I got my cosmetic second 18” combination square earlier this week. It’s definitely got some marring on it, mostly unobtrusive, but there is one area where there’s a smudge across an inch or so of the 1/64th marks making it a bit harder to read than I’d like.

Aside from that I really like it, very solid and slides easily. Vastly superior to the cheapo Harbor Freight 16” combo square I had been using, which no longer slides without using brute force. I really like that it’s all inches, no metric side like the HF square.

I checked it against a machinist square and could see some light, got me worried until I realized there was a bit of goop on my machinist square. Once I scraped that off they lined up perfectly. I would definitely buy another one of these cosmetic seconds.

Mine is blue, by the way, which is fine with me.

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