July 19, 2010

Starrett Full Line Catalog #32

starrett_catalog.jpgIf you're like us, there's a whole lot you're completely in the dark on. And because of that fact, it means that, like us, you probably only think of Starrett as "that company that makes those really nice combo squares." They don't do anything else, do they?

Well, as it turns out, they do. In fact they do enough to result in a densely crammed 566 page catalog (and we mean densely). Starrett just released their latest Full Line Catalog and sent us one to peruse and the amount of tools and equipment in it is head-spinning. Judging from the catalog, Starrett is a company determined to measure, or have the ability to measure, everything on the planet (including the rate at which a head spins).

The catalog has everything from electronic gauge amplifiers (p. 215) to micrometer depth gauges (p.66) to gauge blocks (p.355-401), and thank heavens, they also have a selection of optical comparators (p.419-428). If you're not ready for it, it's all a bit overwhelming.

And all the way back on page 245 is our combination square. It's funny but previous to seeing the catalog, we thought the combo square was the highest achievement of the company, but now it seems almost like an afterthought and even a little out of place when compared to the massive torrent of machinist measuring devices and electronic micro-gauges. There is also another section in the back devoted to jobsite and workshop tools (pages 429 to 466) that has things like rafter squares, levels, and tape measures of every variety you could ever imagine.

The catalog is available online and if you have the time, it's worth flipping through. There's no doubt you'll be impressed.

Visit the Starrett site here or go directly to the catalog here.

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The press release on the catalog release, if you're interested, is after the jump.

NEW STARRETT FULL LINE CATALOG NOW AVAILABLE

Catalog 32 Shows Starrett's Precision Measurement Tools, Metrology Equipment, Granite-based Engineered Solutions, Saw Blades, Jobsite and Shop Tools and more

ATHOL, MASS., (June 21, 2010) -- The L.S. Starrett Company recently introduced a new version of its Full Line Catalog, #32, featuring details on more than 5,000 Starrett products including precision measuring tools, metrology equipment, saw blades, granite, jobsite and shop tools and custom solutions. The new catalog replaces Catalog 31B, released late in 2007.

At just over 550 pages, the new, full-color catalog is 9" x 7", slightly larger than the last version, with proportionately larger and easier-to-read text. Product icons with a color-coded background on outside page edges make it easy to find specific products by simply flipping pages. Three separate indices (alphabetical, Catalog Number and a one-page product summary on the inside back cover) along with a detailed, one-page table of contents opposite the inside front cover provide a variety of ways to get to information quickly.

The back of the catalog has useful reference tables on a variety of topics including English/metric conversions; tap drill sizes for fractional size threads; pitch diameter tables; temperature conversion; standards for sheet and wire gages, and a chart for solving triangles dimensions and angles.

Catalog 32, other Starrett product literature and pdfs of most product information are available by selecting the Literature tab at www.starrett.com. An electronic version of Catalog 32 is nearing completion and will soon be available on the Starrett website.
Founded in 1880, The L.S. Starrett Company manufactures and markets precision measurement tools, metrology equipment, band saw blades, power tool accessories, jobsite and shop tools and offers custom-engineered solution services. Long known as "the world's greatest toolmaker," Starrett continues to set the standard of excellence through practical innovation, exceptional quality and unmatched precision.

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