What sets apart a $75 tool from one that costs $6?
Synopsis: A combination square is one of the most frequently used tools in Steve Latta’s arsenal. Although it’s a basic tool, there are many differences in the manufacturing details, sizes, and styles that you can buy. And you can spend as much as $200 for all the extras. Latta looks them over and, after describing their features and how they’re constructed, advises how to get what you really want.
A combination square is one of the most frequently used tools in my arsenal. I carry a 4-in. version in my apron pocket and a 12-in. square with an additional 24-in. blade in my toolbox. As the name implies, this tool combines the capabilities of a machinist’s square and a flat, straight rule. Throw in a rarely used bubble level and a scratch awl, and you have a tool that tackles a variety of common shop tasks, such as…