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steel rule

First, make sure you have the basics: 6" and 12" steel rules

Look for a matte or satin finish with etched markings (rather than stamped) for accuracy and readability. Increments should go down to at least 1/32". Buy one with a combination-square head and you'll multiply its value at least threefold by adding the ability to check and mark perfect 90° and 45° angles.

Shop for steel rules at Amazon.com.

Shop for combination squares at Amazon.com.

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ps41b wrote:

Buying good tools is a lot like buying oats. Nice fresh clean oats are always more expensive if you buy them before they go through the horse.

7/22/2010 01:27:44 PM Report Abuse
newfiewoodchuck wrote:

Blue Empire are top quality as well and leaves a bit of money in your wallet. I checked both and several of ecah for squareness and both were dead on.

2/20/2010 10:04:38 PM Report Abuse
Greg Little wrote:

I checked the squareness of a cabinet with my cheapo combination square from Lowes. Kept showing cabinet as a bit off. I did a squareness check of both with the old method of drawing a line, reversing the suare and drawing another. The Lowes combination square was not square. I said @#%& this and ordered a Starrett combination square online. It should be sitting on my carport when I get home today. No more tools for me that are not top quality.

12/31/2009 12:23:03 PM Report Abuse

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