The Swanson Speed Square and the “One Number” method of determining the angular pitch of a roof were first developed in 1925 by a carpenter name Albert J. Swanson. As his fellow tradesmen began to appreciate the ingenuity of his idea, they wanted their own SpeedSquares. Swanson began to hand make the squares to fill the requests for the tool. Demand for the work saving tool continued to grow and in 1930 the Swanson Speed Square was first sold in interstate commerce. By 1945 Swanson started Swanson Tool Company, Inc. to manufacture and sell the Speed Square through recognized channels of distribution. His son, Ronald C. Swanson assumed control of the company in 1971 and added other quality tools to the line.
Today, Swanson Tool Company continues to proudly manufacture and distribute the Swanson Speed Square and other fine carpentry tools from its headquarters in Frankfort, Illinois. Under the direction of the Allemand Family the Swanson product line has been upgraded and expanded to meet the changing needs of its contractors and do-it-yourself enthusiasts.
QUALITY YOU ASK FOR BY NAME
A hammer, a screwdriver, a saw…how many tools are requested by name? The Swanson Speed Square is one of the few tools whose name is known by contractors and do-it-yourself enthusiasts worldwide! We believe the exacting quality and accuracy of our product has kept the Swanson name on the minds of our customers for more than 90 years. Some of the recent upgrades included in the Speed Square are finer gradations for better accuracy, black filled gradations for easier reading, matte finish to prevent glare and most recently the Diamond cut out. This feature makes layout work and seat cuts on common rafters easy and is one of the exclusive Trade Marks of the Swanson Tool Company. From the original Speed Square to the complete selection of Swanson tools our products are the definitive measure of quality and craftsmanship. Ask for them by name!