Swanson 12" Combination Square

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
1.3
out of 5
Brand:
Swanson
Model:
TC132
Price:
$12

Description

Featuring an impact-resistant acrylic level vial that takes work site abuse better than other vials. A mainstay in Swanson's tool lineup, this 12" workhorse also acts as a depth gauge, and has 45° and 90° working surfaces.

* Precision machined die-cast zinc body
* Brass bolt, spring-loaded blade assures firm, accurate settings
* Brass scriber and level (impact-resistant acrylic vial)
* Stainless steel blades with black etchings, includes brass hardware

WOOD magazine review

A great value-priced combo square

Review Summary

A great bargain, this model’s rule features 1⁄8" and 1⁄16" scales on one side and 1⁄32" and metric scales on the other. (We’d rather have a metric scale than the almost-impossible-to-read 1⁄64" scale found on most.) Although a little more glossy than Starrett's iconic combo square, this rule’s black markings still read pretty easily. The lightweight zinc head locks solidly, although it does have a slight amount of play side-to-side.
It proved accurate at 90° and 45°, but over time that wiggle could affect this. We found it easy to grip the knurled brass nut on the locking bolt, but had to remove it to rotate the bolt to the other side of the rule, a nuisance when you want to rotate the rule end for end or side for side. The level is easy to read, and the brass scriber threads into the head, recessed nicely so it doesn’t stick out to be a nuisance. The head did not rust when exposed to moisture. Take some of the money you save on this 12" combination square and spend it on a 6" version (#TC130, $7) that performed equally well. It’s handy for working on smaller projects and for setting heights for router bits and saw blades.

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Reader Reviews

Not worth the money

Review Summary

This square wasn't square. I was not impressed with the quality or craftsmanship. I returned it only to find the remaining stock in poor shape. The blade is very flexible. This was probably the most disappointing swanson tool I have ever purchased.

Detailed Ratings

1.3
out of 5

Performance

1

Features

2

Ease of Use

1

Value

1

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