|Item Weight||8 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||5.2 x 12 x 0.8 inches|
|Item model number||E250|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
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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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About Empire Level
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
Top customer reviews
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.
The head was square to the blade as verified by a Starrett square that I own, and treat with kid gloves. In fact, because I am very careful with my Starrett square I purchased this inexpensive square to carry in a tool bag and not worry about damage to a precision instrument. I was able to square-up the end of the blade with a bench grinder but this made the blade about 1/32 of an inch shorter. I just need to remember not to make marks based on the end of the blade. Besides, it's good practice to never use the end of any blade or ruler because it may wear down with prolonged use. It's always best to measure from the 1-inch mark, and add an inch to your desired dimension. But they still should have paid better attention when manufacturing 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.
Most recent customer reviews
The quality is consistent with more costly combination squares.Read more