Review: Stanley 46-071 Premium Quick Square Layout Tool

Stanley 46-071 Premium Quick Square Layout Tool

Stanley 46-071 Premium Quick Square Layout Tool
680-46-071 Features: -Rafter layout square with black body and yellow graduations for maximum readability in all light conditions.-Extra thick body for use as a saw guide with a 0 to 90 protractor scale.-Material: Aluminum.-Measuring System: Inch.-Type: Triangle Square.-Quantity: 6 per box.-Price is for 1 Each. Color/Finish: -Finish: Black. Dimensions: -Base Length: 10 1/4 in.-Beam Length: 6 3/4 in.

  • Durable aluminum construction
  • Black body with yellow graduations provides maximum readability in all light conditions
  • Multipurpose tool is ideal for use as a 0º to 90º protractor scale
  • Works well as a saw guide
  • Limited Warranty

List Price: $ 10.30

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    • G. Conner
    • June 23, 2013
    51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Fix any square like this cheap one, July 20, 2010
    G. Conner (USA) –
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    This review is from: Stanley 46-071 Premium Quick Square Layout Tool (Tools & Home Improvement)

    I agree with two other reviewers here: One, the contrasting numbers are easier to read. That’s especially useful for old eyes.
    Two, Stanley QC is not great and MOST of their squares are NOT very square.

    No problem!

    Everyone needs a small “beater” square for home-projects; one they can carry easily, throw in a tool box and not have to “baby.” Superb accuracy is not usually critical for small projects, but small inaccuracies tend to compound and create big problems with multiple cuts. You can adjust ANY square like this to be nearly perfect in minutes.

    Here’s how:
    One, flatten the three edges (lightly) with 180-grit sandpaper. Temporarily affix the sand paper to a known flat surface like a surface-plate, honing guide, marble tile or glass plate. Rub the edges over the sandpaper LIGHTLY until the whole surface of each edge is abraded. Don’t “rock” the square as you sand, Keep the square “square.” If you can’t do that by feel, then use a wood block to hold the square perpendicular to the sandpaper.

    TWO, check the square with a GOOD RELIABLE square, like machinists squares or that heirloom Starrett you keep inside. When you find out which way it is off, either abrade more from the “fat” side or “peen” the corner to relieve an acute angle.
    You can “square” any small square with this method in two minutes.

    Don’t have a machinist’s square? Don’t sweat.
    Just mark a line from any straight-edge, then flip the square and mark another line from the same starting-point. If the square is “out” the lines will diverge. Because you flipped the square, you doubled the error, so whatever distance the line is off, is TWICE the error. That tells you how much you need to correct. (for instance, If the lines are a 16th off at the end, remove a 32nd.) If you want anal-retentive accuracy, don’t use a pencil; use a knife-blade to make your lines. With this method, you can get a cheap square accurate to one-or-two-thousandths over a 6-inch length! That’ll make your layouts and cuts BETTER than most miter-saws.

    VISIBLE MARKINGS: You can make ANY square like this (with indented markings) easier to read. Apply any regular artist’s or household paint to the surface. The type of paint is NOT too important. Contrasting color IS. For instance, I had a Swanson speed-square of plain aluminum, which was a light grayish tone. I used dark blue latex paint left over from another job.

    Slather that contrasting paint all over the square. I use a paper towel and force the paint thoroughly into each indentation. You might want to keep paint away from the intersection of the base and the plate. (It’s hard to clean out of corners.)

    Then immediately squeegee off the excess paint. (A credit card works well for this) You will see the colored numbers clearly. To get the remaining thin-layer of color off the face, wait until the remaining surface-paint is bone-dry. (Outside in the sun this takes five minutes. A hair-dryer works too.) Use a sanding block to rub the surface. Fine grit sandpaper (240 or above) on a flat sanding-block won’t touch the indented numbers or markings, ( which will still be slightly wet and shiny) but it WILL remove the extra paint and polish the surface. The markings are crisp and legible. It really looks nice when your done!

    These tricks work just as well on those plastic speed-squares; maybe better! Plastic has a slight advantage over aluminum here: Aluminum, especially when it is painted Black like this Stanley, will change dimension noticeably or even warp in the hot sun. Like I said, that usually is no big deal for small projects. But plastic squares don’t change dimension at all until they get hot enough to soften. If it is THAT hot out, you won’t be working outside for long! Plastic squares survive falls and abuse better too. Once an aluminum tool is bent, it stays bent. Plastic is easier to sand into square and the faces clean-up faster too.

    BLACK TOOLS can get hot enough to burn your hand when they are left out in the sun. Shiny metal is not quite as bad. Light colored plastic never gets so hot that it burns or distorts significantly. Also, plastic is easier to abrade with sandpaper and the paint adheres inside those indentations very well. Plastic squares are usually bright orange or yellow, so any dark color of paint will look great and be easy-to-read. After you sand the surface with a sanding block, the numbers on plastic squares seem crisper; more well-defined than aluminum.

    So, if you already have one of these Black Aluminum squares, you can improve its accuracy for no cost in a few minutes.
    If you are going to buy one of these because you like the looks, don’t worry about Stanley’s poor quality control. Squares are easy to “repair-to-square.” If you have a light-colored aluminum square, you can still get readability with a cheap painting trick in five minutes. If you are…

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    • Tim Bowrey "Tim"
    • June 23, 2013
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Stanley “Speed” Square, June 9, 2011
    Tim Bowrey “Tim” (Dallas, TX) –

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    This review is from: Stanley 46-071 Premium Quick Square Layout Tool (Tools & Home Improvement)

    My feelings are mixed on this one. On one hand I love the visibility of the markings and the lighter weight of the tool. On the other hand, there is a reason why another company has a trademark and a patent on the real “speed square.”

    I still use this square for my roofing toolbelt, but I have purchased the original Swanson Speed Square for my real carpentry type jobs. The main benefit you get for the latter is 1 1/2″ and 3 1/2″ grooves for scribing board widths. I’ve used both squares regularly and I have just found it a bit more convenient to use the Swanson product. I am still very happy with this Stanley version (I even purchased one for a friend for her roofing pouch), I just don’t use it as much.

    – Easy to read
    – Lightweight (but still metal)

    – Missing convenient scribing grooves
    – Doesn’t come with a little handy manual like the other one

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