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Forum topic by CharlieM1958 posted 05-17-2012 02:47 AM 2934 views 0 times favorited 46 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-17-2012 02:47 AM

I got an email from Woodcraft tonight. I’m sure it’s a great square, but $169 on sale? I’m sure someone is going to tell me it’s worth it, so let’s hear it. Convince me. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#1 posted 05-17-2012 02:51 AM

Where’s your patriotic billfold Charlie?

Like all Woodpeckers tools, the new Precision Squares are machined in their shop just outside Cleveland, Ohio. Made in U.S.A.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#2 posted 05-17-2012 02:51 AM

that is a lot for a square, more than most of my tools. Hmm that was kinda depressing.

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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#3 posted 05-17-2012 03:01 AM

I think I can get along without a NASA quality square, My (gasp!) plastic speed square get’s the job done just fine.

-- "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." - Mark Twain

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#4 posted 05-17-2012 03:02 AM

16” X 24” Steel Square
- Item#9541 $9.99

Made in China by the Wan Hung Lo Machinery Cooperative #4728, located rear of Won-ton Factory #98223, shipped to HF, USA on Chinese loan …....payee later cookeee.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#5 posted 05-17-2012 03:21 AM

Oh, I’d love to have one. But, like Katdaddy said, I might go $69.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 05-17-2012 03:21 AM

Check those $9.99 squares sometime to see if they are really square. I bet they are not even close. I have several squares and not one of them is square so getting one that is guaranteed square is worth a lot to me. Same thing with combination squares. I have three of them at the moment and only one of them is square and it is a Stanley yellow one that I just bought because my others I found were not square after many mistakes due to lack of accuracy. $169 is a lot of money but you can be sure that anything from Woodpeckers is top notch. I just got my 50” straight edge rule and Paolini Pocket rule today after waiting several months to get it. It is a beautiful piece of anodized aluminum and is straight to .005”. The pocket rule is really nice as well and will come in handy. I will probably get the square at some point but you have to decide soon as it is a one time tool run that may not come around again for a while and if you do decide to preorder make sure you have a lot of patience because these one time tools don’t show up for quite a while.

-- "I work so I can fish"!

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#7 posted 05-17-2012 03:25 AM

@Kickback -
I have two Stanley 24” framing squares that are dead-on. One of them was slightly off when I bought it, but a few whacks with a center punch brought it in just fine.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#8 posted 05-17-2012 04:28 AM

The only thing I’d try to convince you of Charlie is that yours nuts if you spend that kind of dough on a square.
Even at $69.00 that sucker better whistle Dixie.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#9 posted 05-17-2012 04:50 AM

Some brass, some rose wood and some patient, no where near $169 and prettier..Barring that, one made from a hard wood… probably $15 to $20.

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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#10 posted 05-17-2012 07:05 AM

”By buying a One-Time Tool, you will own a limited run precisely machined tool that will make you the envy of all your woodworking friends and you have a tool that will be used for generations.”

I believe it will last generations….

I also believe that rather than being the “envy”, you’ll be “that guy” instead.

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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#11 posted 05-17-2012 09:47 AM

It is pricey….... but so is a nice Lie Nielson bench plane. I love Woodpeckers products, but cringe at what they cost.

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#12 posted 05-17-2012 10:31 AM

I can’t see how they justify that price Charlie. It annoys me that just because many cheap squares are not square, manufacturers think they can charge a premium price for setting up their machines properly and cutting something at 90 degrees. I also doubt that it would be a lifetime tool if it is made of aluminium (UK spelling). I’ve had squares made of aluminium before and they dent easily and get scored if you use a knife with them.

I spent my money on a large Starret combination square. Now there is accuracy and longevity.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#13 posted 05-17-2012 10:43 AM

They do make good looking tools. And I’m sure they are as acurate as they claim, but…. for $169.00, I just cant justify spending that much on a square.

-- Pete B.

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#14 posted 05-17-2012 10:49 AM

It may come square but drop it once and it’s a $169 89° measure.

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#15 posted 05-17-2012 10:54 AM

Hey, the 18” is only $139.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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