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Old 10-01-2016, 11:15 PM   #1
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Between a 6" combo square and a 7" speed square, which is better and for what instances?
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Old 10-01-2016, 11:20 PM   #2
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Are we electricians or are we carpenters ?
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Between a 6" combo square and a 7" speed square, which is better and for what instances?
I've been an electrician for over 35 years and I do not know what you are talking about, I don't think I have ever used either one.
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Usually the combo square is what I reach for. When I worked as an employee doing commercial work and kept a toolbox on site, I would keep the longer (18" I think) combo square for laying out j boxes and such.
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I'd use a speed square for cutting gutter boxes etc..and strut.
I had a combo square when I started out and forgot what I used it for ..maybe hanging strut racks.
A regular square is good for reflective ceiling layout and racks

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I'd use a speed square for cutting gutter boxes etc..and strut.
I had a combo square when I started out and forgot what I used it for ..maybe hanging strut racks.
A regular square is good for reflective ceiling layout and racks using a laser.

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Ok, one of those aluminum triangle things.
I think if someone pulled one of those out to rough in boxes, I would get his money.
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I have both on hand every day. The speed square is in a bag with some other basic carpentry tools. I have to do little carpentry tasks as part of my jobs all the time, it would be silly not to keep a basic set of tools on hand.

I keep a small combination square in my toolbox all the time, it's a very useful layout tool. You can almost always find another way to do the layout without it, but if you know how to use it you'll be glad you have it around pretty often, certainly worth the few bucks and the little space it takes up.
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I have both in my general bag but for service and residential installs, never really use em. Zac makes some good points on when/where they get use though!
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I have a combination square with me all the time. Is it better than other
squares? Dunno, but I'm used to it and it fits in my tote....well it sort of
fits in my tote....better than other types of squares would I think, but it
still fits in worse than anything else I carry regularly.
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I have a combination square with me all the time. Is it better than other
squares? Dunno, but I'm used to it and it fits in my tote....well it sort of
fits in my tote....better than other types of squares would I think, but it
still fits in worse than anything else I carry regularly.
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I bought one of these a couple months ago, it's pretty nice and pouch friendly.



https://www.amazon.com/Kreg-KMA2900-.../dp/B003ARSYRG
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I bought one of these a couple months ago, it's pretty nice and pouch friendly.



https://www.amazon.com/Kreg-KMA2900-.../dp/B003ARSYRG
I like that @splatz ! Does it lock into common angles like 90 and
45?
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I'm curious where the op needs to use this?
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Never needed a combo square but I use the speed square for cutting wood. Never used it for anything else. If I have lots of cuts then I bring in the chop box.
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I'll grab the speed square for quick straight line cuts, but I'll typically grab the combo square for layout. I'll take the combo and set its length for rows of connectors in a jbox or if I have long runs to pull through floor joists I'll use it to make my marks for drilling holes. Quick and easy.
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I'll grab the speed square for quick straight line cuts, but I'll typically grab the combo square for layout. I'll take the combo and set its length for rows of connectors in a jbox or if I have long runs to pull through floor joists I'll use it to make my marks for drilling holes. Quick and easy.
I can visualize how squares are useful in these scenarios. Thanks!
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I usually eye-ball stuff. Good at it too.

Still if I was to buy a square 'speed' gets me excited as I need all the help I can get.

Now I'll have to go research the two types to see what they are,
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If I have a ton of timber to drill I typically measure/chalk line and eye ball the depth...

I do use my squares for carpentry.....but that's a different convo lol
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Same with the chalk line for me, but then OCD kicks in and I want all the holes at the same height.

A lot of old farmhouses and barns around me as well. Laying out the holes the way I do not only looks good when done but makes the work a little easier. Using 2 of the AssocElecProducts wire wheels, I was able to pull 4 home runs at a time 80 feet across a basement real easy.
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