|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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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.
(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.
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.
This Brand and model provides reliable accuracy for general carpentry. At this price, it's a solid value.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This combination square is very well constructed and should last a lifetime. It is also very accurate and the measurements are easy to read.Published 2 months ago by Coffee Lover
Straight ruler, with a perfect 90 degree angle. Construction is solid and the square slides nicely along ruler.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Well built. Need to get used to using this. It is heavy for a square and level, but very sturdy.Published 2 months ago by Dz1979