6-Inch Combo Square

Tool: 6″ Combo Square

Many manufacturers offer combo squares in a variety of materials but the tool remains the same. One of my favorite tools in my belt, which I’ve carried for years, is the 6″ combo square. Sure, I use larger combo squares regularly but the 6″ is in my pouch ready for gauging and marking at any moment  …those moments come all day long at my job.


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I’m rating this tool on a tool basis not a particular company model. I’ve owned several 6″ combo squares, losing a few and killing a few others. Today I carry a, five year old, aluminum model to cut down on weight. Lol, the older I get the less I feel like carrying.

The predominant use for this one? Probably marking lines 1/4″ to 2″ from an edge. Setting reveals, laying out cuts, marking position for next layer of trim, marking lots and lots and lots of cuts and setting more reveals. I don’t think I’ve ever used the level function, or used it to check square. It’s a depth gauge in my pocket. Layout! Get one if you don’t carry one around already. Most of my friends do and we all like to talk about our 6″ combo squares. đŸ˜‰ Plus, it would probably be pretty dangerous if thrown.


Here are 4 different 6″ combo squares from least expensive at $7 to most expensive at $70.

Swanson 6-Inch Combo Square

Empire Level 6-Inch Pocket Combination Square

6” Precision Combo Square with Center Head

Starrett 6” Combo Square

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