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Follow up 6 Dial Calipers

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05-25-2014 15:12:53

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Thanks for all the replies. After reading the responses, I came to the conclusion that spending more money and seeking name brands wouldn't make much difference for my application.

In an inspection room, yes it would... Getting knocked around in the shop, no, they'll last until I drop them!

Settled on an $89 Mitutoyo from Zoro Tool. Should have them by Tuesday or Wednesday.

Thanks again everybody!

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Blagh B Blagh

05-26-2014 10:05:29

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 Re: Follow up 6 Dial Calipers in reply to Steve@Advance, 05-25-2014 15:12:53  
when digitals are $10

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05-26-2014 19:36:46

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 Re: Follow up 6 Dial Calipers in reply to Blagh B Blagh, 05-26-2014 10:05:29  
I bought a cheap set of digitals (6" & 12") , have a good Mitutoyo 6" digital (pawn shop) , a 6" & 12" dial , along with my dad's old 6" vernier .

I used the 6" dial this weekend to verify my rear brake cylinder was the 1.125 not the 1.1875 choice .

The cheapo 6" sometimes skips if you open it too fast , ie 3.5" may read 2.25 on the read out . The 12" is broken because it has plastic to hold the adjusting wheel in place , which snapped about the tenth time I used it .

The neat thing about the digital is you can switch to metric , and you can reset zero to a baseline reading to tell if the other parts are larger or smaller , ie if you want measure the lift of a cam lobe .

But I would not recomend a cheap digital to anyone .

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05-28-2014 05:46:48

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 Re: Follow up 6 Dial Calipers in reply to Ken(Ark), 05-26-2014 19:36:46  
RE; cheap digital

I am in total agreement with that!

While I admit that it is prim and proper shop practice to check the zero of a caliper before using it we all follow that procedure,, right?? Ya right!

Well those cheapo digital calipers will put you back into good shop practice believe me as I found out after spending a hour making a part that was totally out of tolerance due to the fact the stupid cheapo caliper zeros wherever it happens to be set when turned on. I placed that fine POS in the vise and squished it. Normally a person would notice such but as I was taught I always close my calipers all the way and then open them just a bit before placing them in the tool box, I never store them closed all the way.

I have a set of digital Starretts that are fine calipers but my day to day usage is still dial type. Cheapos are good to have around as long as they are not the bottom of the barrel type if for no other reason to give to the borrowers.

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05-26-2014 15:55:34

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 Re: Follow up 6 Dial Calipers in reply to Blagh B Blagh, 05-26-2014 10:05:29  
Steve@Advance paid $89.00 for his calipers. You are advocating paying $10.00 for a guess-stick. If that's all you want, rulers are even cheaper.

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05-27-2014 01:39:27

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 Re: Follow up 6 Dial Calipers in reply to CGID, 05-26-2014 15:55:34  
have you bought a ruler lately

probably made in america @ $20

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miss nomber

05-27-2014 01:41:15

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 Re: Follow up 6 Dial Calipers in reply to Mulliganns, 05-27-2014 01:39:27  
what's guess ing about

it is a presision measurment apparatus

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Dr. Walt

05-27-2014 04:49:52

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 Re: Follow up 6 Dial Calipers in reply to miss nomber, 05-27-2014 01:41:15  
For normal, reasonably accurate measurements I just wet my right index finger with saliva, hold it up in the air, and take a measurement. 99% of the time I'm usually not off by more than a mile or two. Now if it's an extremely precision measurement that has to be accurate down to the Nth degree, I leave that to the MATHEMATICIANS.



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