Kapro 353 Ledge-It Square Looks Legit Kapro Tools has introduced its 353 Ledge-It Square, designed for the professional tradesman, carpenter, or woodworker. It features a unique retractable metal ledge support, letting you stabilize this tool on virtually any surface. What Stuck Out to Us on the Kapro 353 Ledge-It The 353 LEDGE-IT Square does a […]
There was a time that I didn’t use a combination square. As a much wiser tool user, I know now that there are so many practical uses for the tool that both Pros and DIYers alike are at a disadvantage without one. Although you may have seen some Kapro level reviews from us before, the company […]
It never fails – I’m walking down the tool aisle of a store and have to stop and stare at the accessories. After all, who knows when something new might show up? While I always need #2 Phillips bits and a couple sizes of Torx, I typically pick up sets that cover some of the other […]
Empire Level Laser Etched Squares Transition Away from Deep Stamping Empire Level hasn’t stopped looking for ways to improve on their hi-vis squares like the e2992 Rafter Square. The newly updated Empire Laser Etched Rafter Squares (e2994, e3992) and Framing Square (e1190) have undergone a patent pending laser etching process. This results in a permanent etch with […]
Milwaukee Tool Acquisitions U.S. Based Empire Level! Just announced is the acquisition of Empire Level by Milwaukee Tool! As we have seen Milwaukee expand their vision of disruptive innovation beyond just power tools, we can expect that they have big plans in the measurement and layout end of the industry. Empire Level is located in Mukwonago, […]
If you’re cutting drywall, then invariably you’ve run across the need for an accurate drywall square. For more complex cuts, a model like the aluminum Swanson 48″ Adjustable Drywall Square gives you the flexibility to cut angles without having to reach for another tool. It features a fully-adjustable head that locks into place with a positive 90-degree stop, but can also support 30, 45, 60, and 75-degree angles and anything in between. This is the perfect one-stop tool for drywall professionals who find themselves wanting to layout and cut multiple angles on a single sheet for more difficult rooms or applications.
When Swanson sent us their newest 7″ Speed Bevel, we didn’t realize the new inexpensive orange ABS plastic composite square would quickly become our all-around go-to tool for odd jobs and miscellaneous angle measurements. Swanson, who brought us the original Speed Square, built some new innovation into the Speed Bevel. While it doesn’t excel in build quality, it does have a really good function as a low-cost multi-purpose solution for finding angles, making quick cut measurements, and serving as a stop-gap protractor.
The Swanson TS149 9″ Sliding T-Bevel is a classic yet modern tool that the craftsman can use everyday for all types of woodworking projects, either as an angle finder or as a square. The T-Bevel is especially handy when trying to duplicate an odd angle of an existing condition.
Swanson took the age old framing square and made it into a folding, 5-in-1 layout tool they are calling the T001WZ Framing Wizard. This new tool makes space and functionality top priorities! Forget about trying to figure out where to keep your old square; now that you have this one available, you can fold it in half and throw it in your tool bag. With its versatile use, you can just whip it out and use it as a framing square, tri-square, miter square, angle finder or as a saw guide.
Back in 1925, Albert J. Swanson was framing in some rafters when he suddenly had an idea. Using a couple pieces of scrap aluminum, some duct tape, wire coat hanger and a soldering iron, he invented the world’s first layout square, the Swanson Speed Square. OK, that last part was completely made up, however, he did invent the first Speed Square and to this day all others are essentially based on his design. Some years ago I was using a standard combination square to measure and cut a piece of lumber when a contractor friend of mine sauntered over and handed me his Speed Square. Like Swanson, I’ve never looked back.