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SCUMM

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892 days ago

First time post so it will be hard to “measure” the success of this question. There seems to have been a dizzying array of Stanley folding rulers made and I would imagine certain types would be more desirable than others (brass-bound vs. unbound). Just how much more is my question. For example, what would be the difference between a No. 60 and No. 76? It doesn’t have to get this specific but what would make one type more suitable than another? (Any type studies out there?) Thanks and glad to officially join the forums.


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#1 posted 892 days ago

Welcome to the forum Scumm. I think one’s for masons and another one’s for carpenters, but I forget where I read that.
I like the one that has the sliding brass for inside measurements, Lufkin #46 red end extension rule.

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#2 posted 892 days ago

Lufkin X 46 Red End. Sweet. Love the brass slider feature. Keep it waxed.
Bill

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#3 posted 892 days ago

here are a bunch of them
half way down the page

i don’t know too much about the different ones
but remember them from my youth
the ones with a little slider on one end
are good for inside measurements

http://www.buycheapr.com/us/result.jsp?ga=us21&q=stanley+folding+rule

have a ball looking

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#4 posted 892 days ago

The Lufkin folding rule was the only thing my dad ever used in all his years as a carpenter. He didn’t trust a tape measure. Seemed like a lot more trouble to keep advancing that six foot rule to measure a 25’ wall than using a tape but it worked for him. He’s gone now but I still have several of his old rules that remind me of him whenever I use one.

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#5 posted 892 days ago

I have a folding and a zig zag. The zig zag I use has a brass insert that slides out for accurate measurement.
On the lighter side” the difference between #60 & #76 is 16 !

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SCUMM

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#6 posted 889 days ago

Thanks guys. The Lufkin definitely seems like a good choice (coincidentally, my recent birthday present was an old box of rusty tools and I think a Lufkin was in there). Still, anyone out there have any specific details on the old stanley folding ruler types.

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#7 posted 889 days ago

I like the Lufkin HX46 with the fold out hook. Makes it easier to “acquire” the end of what you’re trying to measure. The other end has the slide out. BTW, that’s where you write your name on it.

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#8 posted 889 days ago

The stanley types can be found in older tool catalogs. I have the No. 34 catalog from the SW era, and yes there are tons of rulers in there. If yours is anything more than a casual interest, be on the lookout for a tool catalog.

re: the 76 – Boxwood 2 foot, four fold, 1 3/8” wide. Arch joint, full bound, drafting scales, 8ths, 10ths, 16ths

re: the 60 – my catalog doesn’t show a 60, sorry.

EDIT: Meant to include pics, see below.

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#9 posted 557 days ago

Smitty… I found this after I posted a question about these folding rules. Does this book show manufacturing dates? Or a way to TELL the age of these? The page copy you put above doesnt show dates or ages.

Mine’s here, it’s a #32-1/2 and I’m trying to figure out how old it might be.
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/45290

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#10 posted 557 days ago

Joe, it’s a great question, but there’s no way to tell that I’m aware. But that ain’t sayin’ much, because I’m not an expert. The page and catalogue is from the late 20s / early 30s, and rules from that date range are easier because there’s the SW mark. Like you said, these were made in many cases for decades, and narrowing that down is pretty much limited to the Stanley label. The pic on your entry doesn’t show that Stanley mark – if you can get a pic of that side, someone may indeed chime in that’s more knowledgeable than I…

Good luck!

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#11 posted 557 days ago

the stanley #62 is the one I have. it is brass bound and I got for like 9 bucks on ebay. It even still had the little pins that hold it together. I use it all the time.

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#12 posted 556 days ago

Thanks Smitty. I found a link to a guy that has a bunch of info on old Stanley planes. On a chance I emailed him and he asked me to take a good clear pic of the logo on the rule. He sent back that mine was made in the 1930s.

( I realized after I posted this that there’s 2 threads on this same think. OOPS!

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