6" and 12" Combination Squares

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Review by DylanC posted 10-14-2011 03:56 AM 4270 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
6" and 12" Combination Squares No-picture-s No-picture-s Click the pictures to enlarge them

Bought both for less than $20 at a local big-box store. Both checked out as square at full extension when I “showed the line to the square”. Also, both have cast steel heads and stainless rulers. The 12” has deep engravings and the 6” is etched. Both have scratch awls stored in the heads, also.

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#1 posted 10-14-2011 03:45 PM

I’ve had the same squares. and yes they ARE square according to their spec.

What I found though was that the 6” square rule never moved smoothly in the head – and I went to 3 different HD stores and tried out all the 6” models until I found the one that was the ‘best’ and still it wasn’t as smooth as I would like – but it sure was square. the 12” for some reason is smoother. I guess the machining process for the 12” is better.

frustrating at times to set them to exact lengths because of the smoothness issue, but they are a great value squares.

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#2 posted 10-15-2011 02:23 AM

I also have the same 6” square and use it all the time and my friend has the 12”. Though like PurpLev I have the same problem with the arm not running smoothly, it can be a little annoying, but still a good square. I believe those squares come in two different editions, the standard quality and Pro, the latter is what I have. I can not remember what the difference is besides price. I would give it a 4 out of 5.

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#3 posted 10-16-2011 07:50 PM

Agreed with Carters. I have the six inch for several years now. It is my apron square. Works very well, stays square and is smooth to boot. I keep thinking I should get something better, but this is find for now. There are better things to spend money on I guess…

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#4 posted 10-17-2011 03:58 AM

I have the same two combination squares and they work very well. I also had a problem with smoothness of the 6” square. I sent an email to Empire and they sent me a replacement part (for the life of me, I can’t remember what it was) and it fixed the problem. So you might want to drop an email to Empire explaining that it is not smooth and I suspect they will send you the part to fix it as they did with me.

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