Swanson Speed Squares can be used as a try square, miter square, protractor, line scriber, and saw guide. In other words, it’s a pretty handy layout tool that should be found in every home and shop. At the very least, it makes an excellent straightedge.
We’ve been using an orange Swanson Speedlite square for about one years now, and it’s held up pretty well, especially for a “homeowner” grade product.
If we had to replace our square, we’d either go with the yellow Speedlite as it seems to have clearer defined markings, or upgrade to one of Swanson’s aluminum Speed Squares.
Swanson’s Speedlite Speed Squares will set you back about $4-$7 (currently $4 via Amazon), which is surprisingly inexpensive. The aluminum Speed Squares are of course a bit costlier.
The Speedlite we purchased a year ago was made in the USA.
Swanson Speedlite Speed Squares via Amazon
Swanson Speed Squares via Amazon
Product Info via Swanson Tools
It’s funny how squares seem to be one of the last tools that are pretty much all made in the USA. Even Harbor Freight carries the Empire brand of squares and levels that are made in the USA.
I own a few Empire speed squares (two of the aluminum versions and one Polycast) and I am very happy with those as well.
Price for 10 Swanson speedlite souare yellow. Please
Oops, “… used as a try square…”, should read tri not try.
“Try” is correct.