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Forum topic by Carloz posted 01-08-2017 10:59 PM 540 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Carloz

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01-08-2017 10:59 PM

I have some combination square from Home Depot. It is neither square nor straight. It deviates about 1/16” over 16” and has a visible curve to the edge. I returned it to the store and got another one which was exactly as inaccurate as the previous one. I gave up and kept it for rough work. Today I stopped at sears and checked out Craftsman’s combination square without intent of buying it. It just blew me off. It was as perfect as I could measure.
Needless to say I bought it and the Home Depo’s one goes to trash. Or maybe I can make a scraper from it?


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GlenintheNorth

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#1 posted 01-09-2017 12:40 AM

You could paint it to look like a ray gun and point it around the shop yelling, “pew! pew!”

I’ve got no other ideas. Even my bad combo square is close enough for govt work.

Perhaps just take it back and exchange it for some construction lumber. I for one use it for all kinds of stuff.

-- MFia-made man. But that doesn't mean I don't dig my 45. Minneapolis/St. Paul, burbs.

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diverlloyd

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#2 posted 01-09-2017 12:49 AM

I haven’t had any luck with the craftsman 16” squares they don’t seem to hold square for me. Here is a video on how to fix them though. http://www.popularwoodworking.com/article/squaring-a-combination-square
I don’t use a file since those are aluminum I just use the blade to scrape off the lands.

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Jeff2016

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#3 posted 01-09-2017 01:06 AM

PEC blemished combo squares from Harry Epstien are the best deal around. I bought one after another LJ recommended them and have a very reliable square. Planning on buying a double square soon.

As for what to do with junk one, I turned mine into a slide rule to set the fence on my jobsite TS. I also find it handy to have a metal ruler/ small straight edge laying around from time to time.

-- Proud owner of an electronics free workshop. Please check your cell phone at the door!

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Rayne

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#4 posted 01-09-2017 01:19 AM



PEC blemished combo squares from Harry Epstien are the best deal around. I bought one after another LJ recommended them and have a very reliable square. Planning on buying a double square soon.

As for what to do with junk one, I turned mine into a slide rule to set the fence on my jobsite TS. I also find it handy to have a metal ruler/ small straight edge laying around from time to time.

- Jeff2016

I love all of my Craftsman tools, but I second the PEC’s from Harry Epstein. Great deals on some great products and clearly tells you the country of origin. I think most, if not all, of the PEC’s are made in the USA.

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WillliamMSP

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#5 posted 01-09-2017 01:33 AM

I’ll third the PEC seconds. I’ve got a 12” and 6” combos and a 4” double – all awesome.

-- Practice makes less sucky. (Bill, Minneapolis, MN)

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ArtMann

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#6 posted 01-09-2017 02:15 AM

From my experience, the Craftsman name hasn’t necessarily implied a quality tool in many years. I expect it will be even less so now that Black and Decker has bought the trade name.

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Rayne

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#7 posted 01-09-2017 04:51 AM



From my experience, the Craftsman name hasn t necessarily implied a quality tool in many years. I expect it will be even less so now that Black and Decker has bought the trade name.

- ArtMann

I definitely missed that news. It sounded like a bad idea at first, but since Sears has been going downhill with no interest in investing back, Stanley should do a much better job on getting the Craftsman name back into decent quality territory.

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Fred Hargis

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#8 posted 01-09-2017 12:20 PM

I’ve also bought some “seconds” from Harry Epstein, and found them not only quite good, but at an attractive price. Highly recommended.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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rwe2156

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#9 posted 01-09-2017 03:14 PM

You got lucky.

I don’t miss Craftsman a bit. :-D

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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