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Combination Square Model 285

Fisher - Combination Square Model 285

Fisher’s model No. 285 combination square is available as a four-piece set and features inches and metric rules.

$28 (two-piece set) (As of 12/1/2002)

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Editor's Review: Combination Squares

by Steve Latta

review date: December 1, 2002

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 Fisher was utterly deficient. On the tool I examined, I could pull the blade from the head when it was locked. The lockbolt assembly fell out of the head when the blade was removed, and the base was difficult to reinstall. The stamped chrome blade was hard to read and had a burr on the end from the machining process.

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Editor Test Results:

Straightness/Squareness N/A

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Fisher
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Measuring Capacity N/A
Blade Size N/A

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