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#1 posted 12-18-2011 05:22 AM
if you are considering buying this tool from starrett think again, i paid 400 bucks for this square and after a few months i sold it for 300 and was lucky to get that. no1 its not the starrett quality that you would expect , it started rusting very quickly because they dont offer it in satin chrome, it had to be adj constantly for square and the machining was poor. i also bought a ip 67 digital calipers at the same time that were starrett as well and they were junk to say the least and not the quality that you would expect from ls starrett. so i called starrett and asked them where these tool were made because on the back of the calipers it said assembled in usa not made in usa and i was told by starrett that alot of their tools components are made in china and taiwan now and then assembled here. well if you look at your new starrett rule it just says starrett and grad no. in the end i sent back the caipers to msc direct and got the mitutoyo absolute digimatic and the fit and finish is incredible compared to the starrett. i have thusands of bucks worth of starrett that is older and the quality is exceptional. any future measuring tools i buy will be mitutoyo and their prices are cheaper than starrett. any comments are welcome
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#2 posted 12-18-2011 08:30 AM
Another formally good US company importing junk form China. ;-((
-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence
#3 posted 12-18-2011 08:10 PM
its sad isnt it, now the only company that i can think off that still makes woodworking machines here is northfield foundry and machine. my heart sank when i found out about starrett , they made the best precision tools in the world and thats why i bought them because i could trust their accuracy. but no more
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