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Combination Square Recomendation

I'm in the market for a 16 inch combination square.If anyone can recommend a good quality and acurate one with no metric that won't break the bank I would appreciate it greatly.
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Might check into this one from empire.

Made in the USA
Guaranteed to square within .001"

And priced great.

I've had one for a few years, and it's a square as I can measure.

Empire Level E280 16-Inch Heavy Duty Professional Combination Square w/Etched Stainless Steel Blade and True BlueR Vial

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000EU0ZB0..._FVxfxbP7YV5VA
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For woodworking purposes, whatever the good one that you find at Lowes, Sears, Home Depot, etc will work fine.

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I have multiple empire squares. It's all I buy, and they are plenty accurate
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After going through a bunch of the cheaper ones, I bought a Starret a few years ago. Expensive, but a precision piece of equipment.
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Brown & Sharpe has some really nice squares.Their adj,veneer bevel squares are one of my all-time favorites.Protractors are very well finished also.
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we keep a starret on the shelf, for checking purposes only when we suspect one of the cheaper ones has lost accuracy. then we use the cheaper ones for daily use.
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What you really need is one square that you use as a master square to check your other squares. Keep your standard in a separate box or protected place. Take it with you when you go to purchase any new square. You can find lots of measuring tools that are surprisingly accurate if you match them against your known accurate master square.

So, what to use as your master square? You can spend a $100 or more for a Starett or Brown & Sharp machinist square which goes out of square the first time you drop it or you can go to an art or drafting supply store and get a $10-12 plastic 30-60-90 drafting square. To prove it's exactly 90, take two to a glass counter, put the shorter legs on the counter and face the longer legs at each other and butt them together (like a teepee). If the legs exactly butt, you have two perfect 90 angles. Buy one of the triangles and that becomes your standard or master. Now you can check your other working squares--or any you want to purchase--and determine if they are accurate. Keep your plastic master square some place where it doesn't get banged up and you will always have a perfect reference.

Use inexpensive squares as your working squares. Check them from time to time. It they get banged up and out of tolerance, cheaper to replace the inexpensive ones than the high priced machinest square.
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+1 on the Empire that Ryan50hlr recommended.
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Thanks folks.I bought the Empire.Made in the USA and guaranteed square to.001 per inch.14 bucks.Oh and no metric.
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I doubt you'll be unhappy with it. I think mines great.

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Might check into this one from empire.

Made in the USA
Guaranteed to square within .001"

And priced great.

I've had one for a few years, and it's a square as I can measure.

Empire Level E280 16-Inch Heavy Duty Professional Combination Square w/Etched Stainless Steel Blade and True BlueR Vial

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000EU0ZB0..._FVxfxbP7YV5VA
+1 on the Empire as well. I use several for Sheet Metal work and they are more than accurate enough. Home Depot used to carry this model but now stock a cheaper version.
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+1 on the Empire as well. I use several for Sheet Metal work and they are more than accurate enough. Home Depot used to carry this model but now stock a cheaper version.
That's the one I got.They had one left on the rack.It's the professionals edition.
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I doubt you'll be unhappy with it. I think mines great.
I got the one in your link.It's the professional edition one up from the blue one.It was the last one on the shelf at Home Depot.
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