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    Swanson Tool S0101CB Speed Square Layout Tool with Blue Book and Combination Square Value Pack

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    A lot of reviews: Even recent ones, say the speed square isn't actually square.

    The deal is good, but I feel like having inaccurate measures is more trouble than it is worth in the medium to long term. It doesn't need to be machinists grade to own, but some pictures make it look like the tolerances aren't even close enough for woodworking. So save $10 here, then waste $10 on wood later because your measure sucks? Meh.
    After getting frustrated with a lot of gaps in joints, I wound up investing in a Starrett Combo Square. You can buy a new one or a used/antique one, they're all made in the USA and accurate to .015 inches. You need one solid tool as a calibration reference, and you can use that to test the cheap Chinese stuff to see if they're accurate enough for use.

    I did this with some knock off aluminum positioning squares recently. The reviews were similarly mixed on whether they were actually accurate, but was pleasantly surprised they were perfectly square to the Starrett.

    I'm shocked in this day and age with all the computer aided manufacturing, why the tolerances are so poor with the metal measuring tools, even those coming out of Asia. Maybe it's more complicated than I imagine, I'm just an amateur working in my garage.
    It is easy to recommend one that is accurate (e.g. Mitutoyo, Starrett, Woodpecker), what is hard is recommending an affordable one that is accurate. Nobody reading this thread is looking for a $90 recommendation to a $10 tool.

    I'd go grab an Empire from your local DIY retailer, but still check it for square by flipping it along an edge you know to be true. They also make "Polycast" (plastic) ones that some claim to be more accurate, because of how plastic Vs. metal are forged (burr removal/cleanup can throw off a square).

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    Good deal, swanson is the king of the speed square
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    I've been doing a lot of woodwork here lately. It's nice to have a combination square and more than one place so I don't have to carry around with me. In for one.
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    A lot of reviews: Even recent ones, say the speed square isn't actually square.

    The deal is good, but I feel like having inaccurate measures is more trouble than it is worth in the medium to long term. It doesn't need to be machinists grade to own, but some pictures make it look like the tolerances aren't even close enough for woodworking. So save $10 here, then waste $10 on wood later because your measure sucks? Meh.

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    A lot of reviews: Even recent ones, say the speed square isn't actually square.

    The deal is good, but I feel like having inaccurate measures is more trouble than it is worth in the medium to long term. It doesn't need to be machinists grade to own, but some pictures make it look like the tolerances aren't even close enough for woodworking. So save $10 here, then waste $10 on wood later because your measure sucks? Meh.
    Thanks for this! By chance can you recommend one that is accurate (maybe not a deal but that's ok) appreciate it in advance!
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    Thanks for this! By chance can you recommend one that is accurate (maybe not a deal but that's ok) appreciate it in advance!
    After getting frustrated with a lot of gaps in joints, I wound up investing in a Starrett Combo Square. You can buy a new one or a used/antique one, they're all made in the USA and accurate to .015 inches. You need one solid tool as a calibration reference, and you can use that to test the cheap Chinese stuff to see if they're accurate enough for use.

    I did this with some knock off aluminum positioning squares recently. The reviews were similarly mixed on whether they were actually accurate, but was pleasantly surprised they were perfectly square to the Starrett.

    I'm shocked in this day and age with all the computer aided manufacturing, why the tolerances are so poor with the metal measuring tools, even those coming out of Asia. Maybe it's more complicated than I imagine, I'm just an amateur working in my garage.
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    Thanks for this! By chance can you recommend one that is accurate (maybe not a deal but that's ok) appreciate it in advance!
    It is easy to recommend one that is accurate (e.g. Mitutoyo, Starrett, Woodpecker), what is hard is recommending an affordable one that is accurate. Nobody reading this thread is looking for a $90 recommendation to a $10 tool.

    I'd go grab an Empire from your local DIY retailer, but still check it for square by flipping it along an edge you know to be true. They also make "Polycast" (plastic) ones that some claim to be more accurate, because of how plastic Vs. metal are forged (burr removal/cleanup can throw off a square).

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    I have this set and use the combination square often. I was dissapointed with the speed square though. The markings are really poorly applied. They don't feel very accurate due to the thickness of each mark. I rarely use the speed square other than to make quick checks on bench legs or similar.
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    I bought this set 2 weeks ago for $9.93 I didn't know I was getting a deal back then😳
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    It is easy to recommend one that is accurate (e.g. Mitutoyo, Starrett, Woodpecker), what is hard is recommending an affordable one that is accurate. Nobody reading this thread is looking for a $90 recommendation to a $10 tool.

    I'd go grab an Empire from your local DIY retailer, but still check it for square by flipping it along an edge you know to be true. They also make "Polycast" (plastic) ones that some claim to be more accurate, because of how plastic Vs. metal are forged (burr removal/cleanup can throw off a square).
    Checking accuracy of a square is critical for any square. Expanding on the check method of flipping along an an edge - use a board with a straight machine cut edge- could be a pre-cut shelf board, something wide enough from the mill work isle, etc or a machined edge such as your table saw. Place the square with the longest side perpendicular to the board edge and draw a pencil line along that long edge. Then flip the square over and position it to the other side of that pencil line.
    Draw another pencil line starting about a sixteenth to an eighth of an inch from the first line. You will be able to see if the lines are parallel or skewed.
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    I bought this set 2 weeks ago for $9.93 I didn't know I was getting a deal back then😳
    Keepa shows the average price on Amazon is 11.43.
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    I have this speed square and am in the middle of a LVP flooring project. It's ok, as I've used it I've gotten annoyed at how thick the lines are, and you wouldn't think it but those same lines are hard to see in some lighting. My friend had a blue anodized square with white markings that was much easier to read. And this only has 1/8" increments.

    I feel this square would be fine with dimensional lumber but get something else for finer work.
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    How can I make sure it's a genuine thing> Accurate?
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    I cant even tell you how many of these I have... but I could always use more lol. And I just cant pass up a deal like this.

    I might be able to construct a door from the framing squares alone lol. And once you own more than 4 or 5. They no longer walk away (I'm talking to you Guillermo!!!!hahaha.)
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