Probably nothing. How does your combination square compare in price?
Is you square all satin chrome steel?
These stop rules operate very smoothly and have a good feel. I find my
combination squares a bit cumbersome.
OK. No big differences, then. I've several squares, Starretts and a
Mitutoyo, and one Empire, in 4", 6", 12" (3), and 24" sizes, all but
two have satin chrome rules. Prices at a local antiques consignment
shop ranged from $15 (6" Mitutoyo) to $60 for the 12" Starrett with
protractor and center heads. The 30 year old 12" Empire ($9?) gets the
most use for general construction and household purposes since it is
accurate and I do not worry about dropping it. The better squares are
used for layout and machine setups.
I got mine from LV when they had an 'introductory' offer a number of
years past. One end has a slightly funky grind that isn't exactly square
so I have to be careful.
I agree with the comment that whatever gets used, it needs to fit in a
pocket. Anything bigger usually gets set down on the table saw and
eventually hits the concrete when I move the fence to 'clear the work
Measuring/marking equipment rarely survives a trip to the concrete floor...
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