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Posted: 10/23/2004 8:29:03 PM EDT
I am looking for a fair priced, good quality set of calipers or a micrometer. Any suggestions?

Link Posted: 10/23/2004 8:30:42 PM EDT
I picked mine up at Cabelas for 20 bucks. Most any set you find will be decent enough. I'd recommend a good calibration set for that calipers if your really serious about accuracy. Now those? Those are sufficiently more expensive.
Link Posted: 10/23/2004 8:31:51 PM EDT
make sure you get a metal set plastic seems to wear out ..had 2 so far
Link Posted: 10/23/2004 8:32:26 PM EDT
How accurate must it be? Mine measures cunt hairs.
Link Posted: 10/23/2004 8:32:53 PM EDT
Brown and Sharpe
Link Posted: 10/23/2004 8:36:53 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Takakuraken:
How accurate must it be? Mine measures cunt hairs.

Dude, for the record here..... Theres FAR better things to do with a cunt then measure its hairs....
Link Posted: 10/23/2004 8:41:26 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Specop_007:

Originally Posted By Takakuraken:
How accurate must it be? Mine measures cunt hairs.

Dude, for the record here..... Theres FAR better things to do with a cunt then measure its hairs....

I use my teeth.
Link Posted: 10/23/2004 8:47:06 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 10/23/2004 8:53:14 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 50cal:
Brown and Sharpe

Ditto. I personally prefer Mitutoyo. Used mine to make a living. Have a solar powered 8" caliper that I have had for almost six yrs. and use repeatedly on a daily basis. Never had to re-zero and still good for .0005" all around. But i can't say they are cheap. Dial calipers can be had for a decent price and will last for a very long time. The same goes for non-digital mikes.
Link Posted: 10/23/2004 8:57:22 PM EDT
A good place to purchase from is enco.

I use cheap ass harbor freight electronic caliper set ($20) and its good enough for what I use it for.

For a professional tool, I'd go with Mitutoyo.
Link Posted: 10/23/2004 8:58:38 PM EDT
Mitutoyo makes the best stuff for the money.
Link Posted: 10/23/2004 8:59:34 PM EDT
Starret is #1 in my book.


I have 2 sets of the 6" digital calipers they have on sale at Harbor Freight for about $15...

they read dead nuts on when checked against the standards that came with my Starret mic's and calipers.

they come in a case with a spare battery and will zero at any distance And change between metric/standard at the push of a button.
Link Posted: 10/23/2004 10:39:41 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 50cal:
Brown and Sharpe

Ditto on the Mitutoyo, had one for 10 years never let down. Good quality tool for a reasonable price.
Link Posted: 10/23/2004 10:41:21 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 3:17:36 AM EDT
Starret is great or Mitutoyo.I've got a set of digital Mitutoyo's Ive had for 15 yrs with no problems.Trust me and get the digital ones so you're not going "Is that mark tenths or hundreds or.....".They make it so much easier.
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 4:00:50 AM EDT
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I have Mitutoyo & Starret in my collection , if your on a budget look
into the Storm line from Central tools . Good quality at a decent price .
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 4:05:51 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Guns_N_Shizzle:
Mitutoyo makes the best stuff for the money.

+1 I used to work in a dimensional calibration lab, and the Mits were always closest to the gauge blocks that we calibrated them with.
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 6:20:28 AM EDT
Starret or Mitutoyo, For me Starret is best but there is nothing wrong with Mitutoya, get the dial faced not digital, unless you cant read the dial faced.
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 6:21:33 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 6:49:25 AM EDT
Depends on what you want to use them for and your skill in said use.

If dial is "close enough" it is certainly cheaper. Digital is far easier to read and is helpful for persons not familiar with reading mics & calipers.

Mics are inherently more accurate - if you need to read to tenths. They are also made in digital but can be priicey.

Skill in use is a must. An unskilled user can cause the readings to vary by .001 or more just by not using the tool properly!!

Mitutoyo is very good for the money. (I happen to prefer them to the American made tools.) Used that works is just as good as new - at less than 1/2 the cost.
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 8:53:29 AM EDT
Alright, I have decided to go with a digital Mitutoyo. I need one that can go from english to metric and that can zero at any position.

What are my options as far as battery or solar?
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 4:33:47 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 4:47:01 PM EDT
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If you use a solar powered micrometer or calipers ,,, they may not operate unless you are in a well lite area. Moving into an indirectedly illuminated area may cause the instrument to be inop. I have attempted to use solar instuments on a part I was machining set-up on milling machining table ... it was an awkward position. I kept loosing my measurment. From then on, battery power for me.
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 4:56:56 PM EDT
IMO Mitutoyo and brown and sharp make better digi mics than starret. If you only need to read sizes to the nearest thousandth get calipers. IF you need to read down to tenths get mics. If you do get mics you'll have to practice learning the feel if you want to accurately measure something to the nearest tenth. Mics usually come with a standard that you can check against your mics. Also if you get mics Id recommend getting ones that have a wratchet or friction knob that you turn so as to aid in accurate measurments and to keep from getting the mics too tight.
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 5:28:37 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 5:42:22 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 10/24/2004 6:17:59 PM EDT
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PENN Tool Co.'s prices are usually hard to beat. I think that they will pricematch if you find a lower price.

ETA: This place has way lower prices, but I don't know about them personally.

Link Posted: 10/24/2004 6:19:50 PM EDT
My dad was a machinist - well - forever.

I have and occasionally use his Starret tools. These things are from the '60s. If they still make them the same way they did back then, I would cast my vote for them.

True quality.
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