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Tool Reviews, Tools March 8, 2017 Sonia

Starrett Combination Squares

The Starrett Combination Squares consist of a machine-divided, hardened and tempered steel rule (or blade) and an adjustable square head. A reversible lock bolt allows the blade to be turned over or end-for-end without removing the lock bolt or nut. This ensures true alignment of the blade and heads. The square heads are made of cast iron and are not to be confused with the cheap imitation plastic or die cast heads on the market. The value of Starrett tools is that they are accurate and will last. As the name indicates, this tool can be used for many different purposes; a complete substitute for a whole set of common solid try squares, a 45 degree miter, a depth gauge, a height gauge, a marking or scribing gauge, a level, a plumb and, by withdrawing the blade, it can also be used as a precision rule. Visit

AccuMaster 2-in-1 Digital Angle Gauge

Finally, there’s a digital angle gauge you can depend on. Unlike earlier technology cubes that drain batteries just sitting in a drawer, the new AccuMASTER uses a low-power MEMS sensor for utmost accuracy and extensive battery life. What’s more, the invertible display with extra bright, always-on backlight makes it far easier to see at every angle. With the AccuMASTER 2-in-1 Digital Level and Angle Gauge you can find true level and precisely check angles on saw blades, jointer fences, sharpening planes, drill press and band saw tables, bevels and many more precision tools. The strong magnetized base lets you attach directly to any metal surface—tables, blades and more. IP54 protected from water and dust, it includes two long-life AAA batteries, protective case and a two-year warranty. Visit

Kobalt Rapid-Adjust Wrench

The Kobalt Rapid-Adjust Wrench set features an innovative design with advanced gear technology and simple-squeeze triggers. The 6-in. squeeze wrench offers a jaw capacity from 1/8 to 1 inch, and the 8-in. squeeze wrench offers a jaw capacity from 1/16 to 1-1/8-inch.  Advanced gear technology allows the jaws to stay tightly closed around fasteners until the release trigger is pressed, so you don’t lose your grip on nuts and bolts. The simple-squeeze trigger function closes the jaw in smooth, precise movements for ease of use. A quick-release trigger allows for one-handed use in tight work spaces and replaces the traditional thumb wheel adjustment, so you can easily change jaw capacity. Laser-etched callouts make it easy to adjust for different-sized fasteners, and heavy-duty steel construction provides strength and durability for tackling tough projects. Plus, it’s backed by Kobalt’s Hassle-Free Lifetime Guarantee. Visit