|Item Weight||1.1 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||12 x 6.1 x 1 inches|
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|Item model number||C33H-12-4R|
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Starrett C33H-12-4R 12-Inch Combination Square with Square Head Only
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- With reversible lock bolt, scriber, spirit level
- Graduation: No. 4R - 1/8", 1/16", quick reading 1/32", 1/64"
- The square head are forged hardened steel with smooth black enamel finish
- Square blade easy-to-read, sharp graduation
- Bearing surface is accurately ground
- A multi-purpose tool that can be used for applications that require a 45-degree miter, a depth gage, a level, a plumb, and a precision rule
- Square blades are machine divided, hardened and tempered for long life
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Starrett combination square consist of a machine-divided, hardened and tempered steel rule (or blade) on which is mounted an adjustable square head. A reversible lock bolt allows the blade to be turned over or end-for-end without removing the lock bolt or nut. This ensures true alignment of the blade and heads. Square head are made of cast iron and are not to be confused with the cheap imitation plastic or die cast heads on the market. The value of Starrett tools is that they are accurate and will last. As the name indicates, this tool can be used for many different purposes - a complete substitute for a whole set of common solid try squares, a 45 degree miter, a depth gauge, a height gauge, a marking or scribing gauge, a level, a plumb and, by withdrawing the blade, it can also be used as a precision rule. This saves littering the workbench with too many tools, each being necessary but may be used less. This results in the goal of all good craftsmen - better accuracy and greater efficiency.
From the Manufacturer
They are also often used as try squares, center gauges, bevel protractors and rules. 12-Inches in size, regular satin chrome blade and protractor head, 8ths, 16ths, quick-reading 32nds, 64ths graduations. With reversible lock bolts, spirit level in both square head and protractor head, direct-reading double 1800 protractor scale. Square heads are forged hardened steel with smooth, black enamel finish.
Top Customer Reviews
Updated: I sent this back to Amazon for return. I'm not sure if this is still made in the US or not? Notice that the one I received wasn't labeled "THE LS STARRETT CO. ATHOL MASS USA" as in the Amazon product picture. If it was made int the USA wouldn't they proudly print it on the rule as they have in the past?
As far as I can tell, both are perfectly square. Both are made in the USA, but the Starrett does have a heftier, sturdier feel and appearance. (It weighs a bit more: 13.875 oz. vs 11.5oz)
The Starrett’s bubble vial only has a tiny little window, which makes it rather difficult to “read”. In contrast, the Empire E250’s bubble vial is fully exposed and viewable from any angle, although this does makes it more vulnerable to potential damage.
The Starrett’s ruler is significantly easier to read than the Empire. Both rulers have etched markings, but the Starrett’s are much deeper and darker. The matte finish of the Starrett ruler also serves to improve readability. I wouldn’t say the E250’s ruler has a glossy finish, but it is noticeably shinier and can cast a glare from reflected light in the shop. Both models have a spring-loaded thumbscrew which makes reversing the rulers a breeze. Both rulers are the same length and width, but the Starrett’s is slightly thicker.
When it comes to measurements, the Starrett wins hands down. The 1/8”, 1/6”, 1/32”, 1/64” increments, with “quick read” markings for the 32nds and 64ths (i.e., every 4th increment is marked with a number) make it almost too easy to read. In contrast, the Empire E250 has 1/8” and 1/16” on one side and 1/16” and 1/32” on the other side, and has no numerical markings on either side for anything smaller than an inch. When lined up side by side, the markings for both rulers matched perfectly, but my E250’s 8 1/8” marking is partially missing, and unfortunately it’s the part at the ruler’s edge. Starrett definitely wins the quality control battle.
All in all, I am very satisfied with both products, and I can see both lasting several lifetimes, but I find it very difficult to justify the extreme price difference of the Starrett. Sure, it is better quality and has better markings, but in my opinion, that does not justify the nearly $100 price increase over the Empire square.
Starret IS precision. Everything about it is finely finished, perfectly engineered, and beautiful. It feels heavy and as solid as a block of granite in the hands. There is no slip, no jiggle. The grade marks are impressed and deeply embossed, easy to read, fine and accurate. The forged body and rule came polished and satin, respectively, and no touch of rust, pitting, or scratching has showed up after weeks of daily use, and a few hard falls onto an oak deck that had my heart pounding- until I realized just how bullet-proof an all-forged Starret really is.
For the beginner woodworker, spending 100+ on a ruler seems.. prohibitive. Foolish. Surely a 25 dollar Stanley can do the job? Well, I don't think it can. You can make a straight cut with a 20 dollar saw, and plane smooth with a 15 dollar yard-sale Stanley 4- but not if your measures are off. A good Starret is the foundation for all clean, accurate work, the only way to confirm your planes are flat, your chisels are square, and your stock is jointed proper. Save money any way you
can- but not on the one tool that everything else in your shop is measured against.