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Forum topic by SMP posted 03-04-2019 04:28 PM 347 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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SMP

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03-04-2019 04:28 PM

I have 4 combo squares, but only 1 of them is actually square(old Stanley cast iron). My 6” empire was square but no longer square, and using for marking the blade was so soft its now gouged up from my marking knife. My old Stanley contractor I can make square by filing, but then gets out of square again. I am looking at the PEC combo squares, and can order either 2, 3, or 4 piece. Since I’ve only ever had a 2 piece, I am curious if the other pieces are even worth it? Or is it more a machinist type of tool? Thanks.


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jmartel

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#1 posted 03-04-2019 05:00 PM

Depends on if you frequently are doing things that aren’t 90 deg or not. If it’s only occasional, then you probably don’t need the protractor style one and can just use a gauge. But if you are doing a lot, it’s nice to have. The 45 deg is nice to have.

If buying from Epstein, buy a couple extra retaining pins for them. If you drop the square, they break. Then you have to pay expensive shipping for a little tiny part. I know that from experience. I keep like 2-3 extra for each size square I have.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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SMP

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#2 posted 03-04-2019 05:39 PM

I mainly do 90 degrees. For non 90 I usually use a bevel gauge. Just wasn’t sure if I am missing out by not having the other things. Thanks for the tip on the pins. I actually have an old Union combo square that needs a retainer, wonder if this one would work on that as well. Maybe I’ll get 3 and if it works, it works, if not, I have years of spares.

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LittleShaver

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#3 posted 03-04-2019 06:36 PM

If you do any turning, the center finder comes in handy. I’ve given up on measured angles and use a bevel gauge.

-- Sawdust Maker

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Woodknack

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#4 posted 03-04-2019 11:29 PM

Splurge and buy a quality US made square and you will enjoy using it. I don’t own any PEC but I’ve read good things about them. I do own Starrett, Lufkin (vintage), and Brown & Sharpe; of those three the Starrett is the best.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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therealSteveN

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#5 posted 03-05-2019 12:25 AM

I’ve got a pricey Starrett for checking other tools, but it hasn’t seen much use since I bought my first PEC.

Not sure where you are looking, but sellers below are way below listed retail, and miles below Starrett.

Harry J Epstein

MCS has deals off and on, gotta shop them

Also look at iGaging for accurate user quality tools. Not too tough on the wallet.

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BlueRidgeDog

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#6 posted 03-05-2019 01:45 AM



I ve got a pricey Starrett for checking other tools, but it hasn t seen much use since I bought my first PEC.

Not sure where you are looking, but sellers below are way below listed retail, and miles below Starrett.

Harry J Epstein

MCS has deals off and on, gotta shop them

Also look at iGaging for accurate user quality tools. Not too tough on the wallet.

- therealSteveN

Thanks for those links…bought two PEC units.

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