Good squares for cheap

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  • #310461
    rodrat
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    This isn’t my store so I’m not trying to promote my own business or anything but I found this on ebay.
    http://www.ebay.com/usr/taylortoolworksllc?_trksid=p2047675.l2559

    This guy sells name brand squares that are blemished for a real good price (about $20) with free shipping. Cant really beat it and I figured maybe you guys would like to know. He also sells a lot of other tools.

    I bought a 12 inch square with attachments that is perfectly square and looks great. I cant even find what is wrong with it.

    #310470
    Hugo Notti
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    For the same price, I found an old Rabone combination square, similar to the one that Paul Sellers is using, except that it hasn’t got the bevel pipe (or whatever that thingy is called). It took a while to find it, but I would wait again… it is perfectly square, robust, and I like the weight of the thick steel ruler.

    However, I agree, it is good to know, where to find a good square. For example: DIY markets in Germany offer combination squares for 20 Euro, that are completely useless, a foldable yard stick does a better job. I had one of those cheap squares and it drove me mad until I checked it for squareness. It is way out of square, and I found, that even the ruler edges aren’t straight.

    Dieter

    #310471
    jcat
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    I second rodrats recommendation, I’m in OZ and I bought my double square from Taylortool in the USA, I’m one happy cat
    Cheers

    #310970
    sanford
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    Folk over at Woodcentral.com talk about PEC squares and say they are very good and are a decent inexpensive alternative to Starrett.

    http://www.woodcentral.com/woodworking/forum/archives_handtools.pl/bid/3001/md/read/id/472224

    Blemished ones are sold at a good price at Harry Epstein. They are sold without brand name, but supposedly they are PEC. I assume that the ones at Taylor, which are labeled PEC. are the same.

    Sanford

    #310996
    rodrat
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    I believe so. The one I own has the maker taken off but certainly looks just like a PEC. Thanks for the link.

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