Review

Lee Valley’s rule provides the essentials for a bench rule at an attractive price.
Its matte finish on hardened stainless steel proved the best at resisting glare of the four standard bench rules we tested. It has easy-to-read 1⁄8" and 1⁄16" scales along one side and 1⁄32" and 1⁄64" scales on the other. Another nice feature: The etched fraction lines are proportional for quick reference, with 1⁄2" marks longest, 1⁄4" and 3⁄4" next longest, and so on. We also preferred the beefier thickness of Lee Valley’s rule (.040") to that of Starrett's standard rule (.025"). The only shortcoming we could find with this rule is the absence of end scales: perpendicular markings at one or both ends of the rule. These prove helpful for setting router bit and saw blade heights. Starrett’s rule has these markings, but its price tag triples that of this one.

Product

Performance

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Features

4
Average: 4 (1 vote)

Ease of Use

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Value

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
4.8
out of 5