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#1 posted 02-08-2018 07:47 PM

I have one from the first time they were released a couple of years ago.

Would I buy it again? I would have to really think about it…. but probably not

First problem and I hate to say it, it cost too much to use on a daily basis, and it’s heavy. At this point, mine is kept with my other ‘precision’ type tools that I use to tune up my equipment – like my Lee Valley precision aluminum straight edges, dial indicators, etc. It get’s used and then immediately put back on the wall so nothing will happen to it. Other than being accurate, the only other real feature it has which is a plus – is it has a lip so you can set it on a piece of plywood for example, and the short edge will stay level with the surface of the long edge (does that make sense)

What I do use most of the time is a simple aluminum Irwin framing square which cost me $30 and is just as accurate for the most part.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005XUHH5S/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

If you really want to spend more money than that – take a look at the Chappal Master Framer.
It’s made from stainless steel and the ‘Graduations and angular accuracy are to within ±0.003” over the length of both tongue and blade’ . At $119, it’s half the cost and would certainly take more abuse

Lee Valley sells them, they have free shipping right now and you can have it in your hands in less than a week instead of waiting who knows how long for the WoodPecker… http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?cat=1,42936&p=69569

If you want a WoodPecker square – I also have the 1281 (12”) which does get a lot of use and does come in handy – but then again, it is about the same price as the Chappal

I know sometimes it is hard to resist some of those WoodPecker tools (at least for me) but when you really think about it…


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