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Posted on Reliable, accurate squares needed

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#1 posted 05-07-2017 06:13 AM

I limped along with cheap Sears/Stanley squares for too many years and thought anything better was unnecessary. Then I got an old Lufkin combo square and it ruined me. Since then it’s been a steady decline into Blue Point, Brown & Sharpe, and Starrett. The Blue Point (Snap-On) is made in Taiwan and is a high quality tool but unfortunately something has gone wrong and it went out of square. I’ll have to look into fixing it or maybe just sell it. Recently got my first Starrett squares and they really are the very best, oozing quality, especially the forged heads. But the Brown and Sharpe are a close second, their only detriment is the edges are left a bit sharp making it less comfortable to hold. Not a deal breaker, 60 seconds with a file and all is well. What you get for your money: a square that is square, that has outstanding fit and finish. A rule made of hardened tool steel with photo etched numbers and lines that are inked and easy to read.

-- Rick M,

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