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Offline brokenbudget

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show yer calipers
« on: April 19, 2013, 08:29:43 pm »
so i've been using this mitutoyo caliper for quite some time. like it alot, had it for years. the only issue i have with it is it doesn't have a metric dial. everything i measure needs to be converted from inches to mm's. takes too much time.


so i decided to order me a new digital caliper. didn't want one of the flimsy box store units. never liked how they 'feel'. at work we use either mitutoyo or fowler. have lots of them. some are worth $600-$700 bux, but can't for the life of me bring myself to poping that much for a caliper. it's just a caliper fer crying oot lowd! so i ordered up this one. we have one in my areas tool crib. works well, very accurate, and tough. and one of the cheapest in the plant. local tool shop wanted $119+tax, no way still too much. http://www.globalindustrial.ca/p/tools/test-measurement/calipers-dial/fowler-6-inch-150mm-xtra-value-cal-electronic-caliper

what's everybody else using for calipers? c'mon you're sitting at home bored and want to do something. might as well throw some pics up  :)
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Re: show yer calipers
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2013, 10:22:07 pm »
I'm cheap bass, so I  got 2 sets of  metal digital that do both with a click of a button.

Both of mine look like that fowler one in link, but with black instead of blue.
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Re: show yer calipers
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2013, 11:11:28 pm »
I have an old B&S English dial set that I've had for 40 years and I have a 23 year old Mitutoyo digital metric and English 6" set that I have had for 23 years. I had a older Mitutoyo digital set for several years before that.
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Re: show yer calipers
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2013, 05:45:48 am »
the mitutoyo calipers are some good stuff. good solid feel.
cut: i've have some friends that went out and bought the cheap stuff from places like tsc store, canadian tire and even princess auto (like your harbor freight, but better ;D) and even the "good" name brand 'pro-point' can't get a caliper right. i guess i'm just spoiled :) i don't like the feel of a caliper that you can take the slide and move it in the slot any amount. my mitutoyo is almost 40 years old, was used on one of my dads daily jobs alot before i stole it from him and it's still as solid as the day it was new. other than the dial glass (yeah it's actualy glass) being a little scuffed, it's in good shape. i wanted to buy a new mitu, but for what it's going to be used for, i couldn't justify $100 plus. the fowlers feel good, nice and solid. not filimsy. i hate flimsy feeling tools. esspecialy a "precission' measurment tool.
besides that. i'll be bringing the printed copy of my order to work on monday to show the tool ordering guy and my super to show them how much 'ottawa fastener center' is gouging us for tools.
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Re: show yer calipers
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2013, 06:49:37 am »
I always thought the Fowler's were a good value.
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Re: show yer calipers
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2013, 04:51:24 pm »
I've got a set of Mitutoyo's about like those pictured . They're okay for some things but I prefer micrometers to get a truely accurate measurement  or at least  I trust it to be more accurate .

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Re: show yer calipers
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2013, 05:11:08 pm »
oh yes i use more accurate tools for proper measurement. but is't nice to have a caliper that's as close as posible.
and one that converts to millimeters.
however they do make digi mics.... :)
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Re: show yer calipers
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2013, 08:42:01 pm »
With me it's kinda like teaching an old dog a new trick .I suppose I might have been 12-13 years old when my father who was a tool and die maker early on showed my how to read a set of mics and I've stuck with the old school stuff ever since .Fact my 0 to 1 Starrets once belonged to my great grandfather which my father had carbide tips installed on some time in the late 40's early 50's .Still dead accurate after all these years which at this time is over 100 because great grand dad came from England in the 1890's with the mics in hand  or rather in a chest  of tools . Many of which I now own .

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Re: show yer calipers
« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2013, 09:05:52 pm »
I have a dial caliber I cant remember where it came from. Al did you happen to give me this?
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Re: show yer calipers
« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2013, 09:23:16 pm »
With me it's kinda like teaching an old dog a new trick .I suppose I might have been 12-13 years old when my father who was a tool and die maker early on showed my how to read a set of mics and I've stuck with the old school stuff ever since .Fact my 0 to 1 Starrets once belonged to my great grandfather which my father had carbide tips installed on some time in the late 40's early 50's .Still dead accurate after all these years which at this time is over 100 because great grand dad came from England in the 1890's with the mics in hand  or rather in a chest  of tools . Many of which I now own .

the only issue i have is conversion from inches to millimeters. i have no problem doing the math for it, but it takes a little longer than just having it right there on the display. im the guy they call lazy when i find a quicker easier way to do something. others are efficient. :)
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