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Empire Level E250 12-Inch Heavy Duty Professional Combination Square w/Etched Stainless Steel Blade and True BlueR Vial

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  • 12-inch heavy-duty professional combination square with an etched stainless steel blade and True Blue vial
  • True Blue vial is guaranteed accurate to within .00050 inch for maximum accuracy, extreme durability, and enhanced readability
  • Stainless steel blade has a matte finish that will never rust or corrode
  • Self-aligning draw bolt; hardened scriber; heavy-duty machined square head
  • Made in USA
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Product Description

e250 Professional Combination Square
12-inch Heavy Duty Professional Combination Square with Etched Stainless Steel Blade and True Blue® Vial. The e250 Combination Square features a stainless steel blade and matte finish that will never rust or corrode. The True Blue® vial is guaranteed accurate to within .00050 inch and It carries a lifetime guarantee.
e250 Combination Square


True Blue®

Empire Level is the home of True Blue® – the most accurate vials in the world. The newly designed True Blue® series of levels and squares are engineered to provide maximum accuracy, extreme durability, and enhanced readability with the strongest warranty in the industry. Empire Level is the leading designer and innovator of accurate levels and measuring tools. The blue fluid in our level vials is Empire’s unique symbol of superior accuracy and a trademark of Empire Level Mfg. Corp.

  True Blue Vial

About Empire Level
The history of Empire is synonomous with the modern level itself. Henry Ziemann, a master carpenter, founded the Empire Level Manufacturing Corporation in 1919 by inventing the first level with replaceable bubble vials. Ziemann's son Harry was responsible for developing the torpedo level. When pharmacist Donald Wright married into the business in 1953, even he probably could not have foreseen that he would continue this tradition of innovation, patenting the first permanently embedded single-bubble vial, an innovation that would forever change the way levels were built, and later introducing the magnetic level, the top-reading level, the first all-plastic level, and the grade lines on bubble levels for reading pitch angles.

Empire now holds 30 patents and claims more improvements to this simple yet essential tool than any other manufacturer.

Today Empire Level is the leading designer and producer of levels, squares, layout tools and caution tape in the United States with dominant market share in the retail, contractor supply, and "Do-It-Yourself" mar

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12" Heavy Duty Professional Combination Square w/Etched Stainless Steel Blade and True BlueR Vial

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Technical Details

Part Number E250
Item Weight 8 ounces
Product Dimensions 5.2 x 12 x 0.8 inches
Item model number E250
Color Silver
Material Aluminum
Item Package Quantity 1
Measurement System Inch

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ASIN B000ETUNEU
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4.5 out of 5 stars 212 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #7,920 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#14 in Industrial & Scientific > Test, Measure & Inspect > Dimensional Measurement > Layout Tools > Squares
#671 in Home Improvement > Contractor Supply
Shipping Weight 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More
Date First Available November 9, 2004

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By P. Dean on April 22, 2013
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I almost left a very lengthy review about why I gave this combination square 2 stars when so many other people gave it 5 stars. There are people that leave very lengthy reviews that are actually EXTREMELY helpful to me when I am making a purchase. I opted to not go into all that detail for this.

I would have given this square 1 star but the rule was actually very square to the head. The issue was with the rule itself. The top of the rule was 12 inches in length as it was supposed to be. The bottom of the rule was 11 and 15/16" in length as it was NOT supposed to be. Each end of the bottom of the rule was 1/32" shorter than it should be, making it not square at each end. This difference in length creates all sorts of issues as anyone that knows anything about combination squares would know. This should have been the simple thing to get right in the manufacturing process. I really wanted this square to be worthy of 5 stars because it was made in the USA and because it was reasonably priced.

If you are looking for a reasonably priced square that is very close to being square, this is it. If you are looking for a reasonably priced square that you can use to make measurement marks at the end of the rule, this is NOT it. I purchased the E255 6" rule, had the same problem, and left the same review for it.

I have contacted Empire by email telling them about this issue and am currently awaiting their response.
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Great value for the price and dead accurate. Ideal for construction pros, carpenters and wood workers. If you are a tool and die maker journeyman, you already have Starret or other brand unique to your trade. Some may quibble over the 1/8" markings, but come on now, who can't guestimate to a sixteenth between two well etched marks? What tips the scale is the stainless steel blade. We've all had that "Oh #@&%**!" moment realizing that an ordinary steel square got left outside in the damp on a construction site.
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For the cost of this item, it is hard to beat. Functionally, it will get the job done perfectly, but I have some convenience/quality complaints.

(1) There is a rotational wiggle room between the head and the blade. Holding the head firmly while the set screw is loosened, you can move the blade up and down so that it goes into and out of perfect 90 degrees. This means that you have to make the conscious effort to tighten the set screw only after pushing the blade into the head so that it makes 90 degrees. Irritating, but for me, not worth the extra ninety bucks for one that doesn't do this.

(2) There is plenty of friction when sliding the head back and forth along the blade. The motion makes the tool feel a bit more like its price tag. The surfaces show machining lines.. I suspect that the head is made of zinc, but that is a guess (could be aluminum, definitely not stainless steel, steel, or iron).

I recommend this tool.
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Accurate, square and true right out of the package... nice quality for the very reasonable price paid. You can buy a much "fancier" unit, but unless you're made of money and just "have" to have the $70 you-know-who model, save your cash and buy other shop essentials with the money saved! I'd like to highlight another feature... the 'True Blue' level vial is VERY easy to read and is a nice feature. The blade's square-channel groove is a sign of a high-quality tool; it keeps the blade true to the stock. P.S.-- a drop or three of light machine oil on the blade will smooth the action, and help prevent rusting. Got this tool fast via Amazon, got the best price, and I'm very happy!
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I bought one of these to help set up my miter and tablesaws, but quickly found out that that the angle wasn't accurate.

The square part seems to be fairly true, but the 45 degree is definitely not. I checked it against two speed squares and a protractor, and it's about 3 degrees off 45.

Aside from not being accurate, it seems like a nice tool. Well built and the rule slides and releases easily. I didn't check the level or investigate the squareness too carefully once I found out the angle was off, but a quick parallel line test showed that it was at least pretty close to square.

Interestingly, I went to my local big box store and checked out four Swanson squares which appeared nearly identical to this, down to the blue bubble level and die-cast zinc base. They all shared the issue with the 45 degree leg being out of true, but looked accurate on the square 90 degree parts. Maybe shrinkage in the die cavity after die-casting the zinc? not sure, but it could easily be machined out if you have a mill and some time. But who wants to do that?

In my quest for a replacement, I found the Johnson brand squares to be closer than this one in my non-scientific sampling, and in fact the Swanson plastic base squares were almost all dead nuts accurate. I wound up with a plastic base square and it's been working fine for my set-up needs. It's not a starett, but at least it's accurate.

I don't recommend this product based on the one square I received.
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Got it as a present. My Empire square is very true; within .002" over the twelve inch length. That makes it good enough for most carpentry jobs. No, it isn't a Starrett, but I don't want to take my dad's fine old Starrett out of the drawer except for critical set-ups and super precise (fine) joinery INSIDE the shop. Everyone needs a Starrett for the super-accurate fine work in your shop. But everyone needs at least one decent square they don't have to "baby."

This Brand and model provides reliable accuracy for general carpentry. At this price, it's a solid value.
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