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02-06-2011 04:12 AM

Topic tags/keywords: straight edge

http://www.eagleamerica.com/product/v424-2012/rules_rulers_and_tape_measures
Hello ,
I am wondering if anyone is familiar with this product as I am in need of a good S.E. , and these seem to be the most reasonably priced at this time. There are no customer reviews showing on the site , so I am looking to others for any pros or cons with this brand.
Thank you
Len

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#1 posted 02-06-2011 04:42 AM

I don’t know anything about them, but the specs aren’t very good for machine setup work. They say .0005 per inch, which means it can be out .012 on a 24 inch straight edge. I bought the aluminum one from Garrett Wade
http://www.garrettwade.com/lightweight-aluminum-straightedges/p/36A01.04/

and it was only $30 for a 36 inch length, and while the spec said .002, it seemed better than that on my granite surface plate. Garrett Wade also carries steel ones that are not very good in their tolerance – as they point out the 36 inch one can be off 1/64 . While some will say that woodworkers don’t need such precision, in machine setup, it can be handy.

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#2 posted 02-06-2011 04:59 AM

Well they are precision ground to a 0.0005” per inch tolerance. Give ‘em a try Dusty, and let us know!! I’d like the 36”!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#3 posted 02-06-2011 05:00 AM

” and unless extreme accuracy is necessary, an aluminum straightedge can be a welcome, lightweight alternative. ”
Barry , All of the reviews at your link were good , but the phrase above comes from the supplier !! WTH ?
A machinist friend also told me that Aluminum varies a lot with temperature, but I don’t think I have those extremes in my shop…I hope ! Thanks for your response : )

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#4 posted 02-06-2011 05:05 AM

Hi Matt , for the price , I just might have to buy the set and see if I can live with the 0.0005” tolerances.
.018” over the 36” length ? Hmmmm : (

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#5 posted 02-06-2011 05:12 AM

Hey Len,
Check out Staples. They have drafting rulers. Not sure of the price.

-- Bruce from Central New York...now, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#6 posted 02-06-2011 05:18 AM

Thanks Bruce …do you think the rulers would be good for setting up machinery and do they come in 36” lengths ? Ya got any snow out there in your neck of the woods ?

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#7 posted 02-06-2011 09:09 AM

Looks like teh same thing here: http://www.garrettwade.com/steel-straight-edge-12-in/p/05S11.01/ from Garrett Wade. They say the straight edges are from China and if you need Starret precision, you’ll hve to spend the money to get it.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 02-06-2011 04:45 PM

IMHO, The longer the se is the more out of tolerance it can run. For a more accurate se try a larger precision machinist square made of steel.

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#9 posted 02-06-2011 08:07 PM

Thanks Topa…now you’ve given me a link to virtually the same SE’s but for $20 less….at least yours have been reviewed : )

gary351 ..do they make those squares 36” long ? I saw a few different sizes on ebay , but nothing that big.

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#10 posted 02-06-2011 09:08 PM

Gary, check out McMaster Carr’s straight edges – the semi flexible stainless steel 36” straight edge is accurate to .003 – .0055” over its entire length (not per inch). for $39.93. Here is the link: http://www.mcmaster.com/#cutting-guides/=ax24n

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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#11 posted 02-06-2011 09:10 PM

Dusty, that is what the company trying to sell them said :-)) No windfall profit motive at Garrett Wade!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 02-06-2011 09:14 PM

Not wanting to start a big hubub about accuracy, just curious. Why do you wnat a precision straightedge for WW?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 02-07-2011 02:31 AM

I’d stick with a steel straight edge for the best accuracy. US and German brands are a little pricey but if it’s accuracy you need… Starrett is good as are others. There are some good ones that come from India too.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#14 posted 02-09-2011 08:18 PM

Check Gladstone tools out too.

http://www.gladstonetools.com/straightedges.html

-- Andy -- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (Michelangelo)

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#15 posted 02-09-2011 11:23 PM

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