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Combination Square No. 599-438-1204-1

Brown & Sharpe - Combination Square No. 599-438-1204-1

This multipurpose square from precision tools maker Brown & Sharpe features a square head, center head, and protractor and blade for a variety of measuring and layout applications.

$74 (two-piece set); 175 (four-piece set) (As of 10/25/2005)

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Editor's Review: Combination Squares

by Steve Latta

review date: October 25, 2005

A combination square is a vital tool for performing the most basic shop operations, such as layout, marking, measuring, and machinery setup. Its versatility is unparalleled by any other single tool. The two main components of a combination square are the head and the blade?what manufacturers call a two-piece set?and that's all you get with most of the lower-priced tools. In the higher price brackets, the major brands offer center heads and protractor heads, resulting in a four-piece set, for about double the cost of the two-piece set. Fortunately, buying a combination square is likely to be a one-time purchase because all of the better models will outlast you.

The Brown & Sharpe was an exceptional tool—one of the best on the market. My only criticism is that the winged lockbolt dangled when the blade was removed, and it made reversing the blade difficult. The set is available in two parts or four parts.

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Editor Test Results:

Straightness/Squareness N/A

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Brown & Sharpe
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-283-3600
Measuring Capacity 12 in., graduated in 8ths, 16ths, 32nds, and 64ths
Blade Size 12 in.

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