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Offline Packard

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Milescraft exaxtor vs Kreg Multi-mark
« on: April 23, 2021, 09:58 AM »
The Milescraft exaxtor and the Kreg Mult-mark seem very similar and useful.  The Kreg costs twice as much.  Does anyone know the differences between these items?  And are they as useful as they seem?
https://www.amazon.com/Milescraft-84060003-8406-Exactor-Black/dp/B071RPGZM9/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=milescraft+exactor&qid=1619185869&sr=8-1

https://www.amazon.com/KMA2900-Multi-Mark-Multi-Purpose-Marking-Measuring/dp/B003ARSYRG/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=kreg+multimark&qid=1619186075&sr=8-1




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Offline Packard

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Re: Milescraft exaxtor vs Kreg Multi-mark
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2021, 03:15 PM »
I ordered the Milescraft Exactor from Amazon.com ($8.79 + tax, delivered).

It arrived in an obscenely difficult to open blister pack. 

I checked it for accuracy.  I measured the width of the body at four spots using a dial vernier caliper and found that it was perfectly uniform. 

I also used the calipers to check the ruler at 1", 2", 3", 4", and 5" and found that to be accurate.

This morning I gave it to our QC manager to check the accuracy of 90 degree and 45 degree angle settings using our Nikon optical comparator (calibrated each year).

The 90 degree was perfectly on.  The 45 degree angle was off by 9 minutes (just under one degree).  Surprisingly there was no wobble at all on the angle settings.

I don't have a quantitative way to check the accuracy of the level bubbles, other than they seem just about the same as my good aluminum torpedo level. 

The bubble levels are hard to see from the ruler side of the piece, but not too bad from the rear.  But it is difficult to see from an angle.  If I remove the thumbscrew I can lay it down flat and easily see the both vials and check for level in two directions.

Of all the squares I have (and I have several) this is the one that is most likely to remain in my pocket. 

I like the depth function; it is a bit easier to use than the one on my vernier caliper.

It does not feel like junk, but it does not feel particularly like a precision measuring device.  To do that they would have had to machine the body out of aluminum instead of molding it from resin.  But a fair compromise.  I think it is accurate enough for woodworking.

« Last Edit: April 29, 2021, 03:18 PM by Packard »

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Milescraft exaxtor vs Kreg Multi-mark
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2021, 04:04 PM »
I have the Kreg version, bought it about 5 years ago. I saw them in Lowes the other day and they do not appear to be as well made as the one I have. Don't know if they have outsourced manufacture of this or what happened but I would not take the one I saw in the store the other day over mine. Finish is not as good and markings on the rule are printed differently. Can't describe it but both are clear and readable, just the markings on mine seem better somehow. Also the edges of the rule on the newer version are sharper, almost too sharp like you could get cut on them. The plastic body of the tool also looks less finished and the thumbscrew doesn't seem to be of the same quality.

All these comments are based off my five minutes looking the newer version of the tool over in the store and not having actually used it. But I have used mine many times over 5+ years. I don't need to put them side-by-side to know the new one I saw is not as nice as mine. It might function perfectly, but it just doesn't work as smoothly.

I took the time to look it over good because I was going to buy it for a second one to carry in my truck and leave the other in the shop. I did not buy it.

I've never seen or heard of the Milescraft version before this thread.
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Offline Packard

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Re: Milescraft exaxtor vs Kreg Multi-mark
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2021, 04:26 PM »
Have you found it useful?  I was really just trying to find a square that would always find its way home in my apron pocket.  My other squares tend to get put down rather than pocketed.

Offline dupe

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Re: Milescraft exaxtor vs Kreg Multi-mark
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2021, 04:52 PM »
I have the Kreg. I had the same thought, compactness for pocket. Its kinda a one-trick pony IMO, but we're talking $13 here.

Never watched a youtube or read a manual on how to use it...but honestly I just can't make sense of it other than ruler straight out the top..

The knobs always in the way. Flip it around and you've got the reveals...I don't know, I guess the corner reveal is nice, but if I'm looking to measure something off of square, I'm not grabbing this. Get the small Milwaukee or W.P. square. x7 more expensive but its pretty much shop bound.

Just get the Paolini rule or I bought this knock-off 3 set for $40...
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Offline Bob D.

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Re: Milescraft exaxtor vs Kreg Multi-mark
« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2021, 09:15 PM »
"Have you found it useful?"

For somethings yes, but it doesn't replace a small double square in my shop apron.

I don't use it for setting router bits but I have used it a few times to copy a depth setting to set TS blade height.

I would say I use it mostly for layout when marking centers of holes to drill or scribing a line down the edge of a board. I don't trust it to check for square of anything.

I do like that it has imperial and metric scales and that lets you move from one to the other easily when it suits you.

So bottom line useful yes, necessary, no, you can live without it. But if you were doing rough carpentry then yeah maybe you would want it. It's not terribly expensive plus light and compact enough to carry. But with a limited 6 inch length it won't replace a 12" combination or a speed square.
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Offline Packard

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Re: Milescraft exaxtor vs Kreg Multi-mark
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2021, 10:55 AM »
If yours is like mine, then you can rely on it for use as a square.  Not as much for the 45 degree angle though, which was off by nearly 1 degree.