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Offline Al Smith

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Re: show yer calipers
« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2013, 07:27:00 am »
On the calipers no they didn't come from me .

That set of verniers I have have both inch and metric .Inch  is laid out in tenths . Like I said for most things they are handy.What's really neat about them is you can get accurate internal measuremants on a saw cylinder diameter by just extending the slide through the exhaust port .

I got the verniers at an auction for little of nothing .The mics ,some have been in the family well over 100 years ,some from auctions ,some were given to me .I've got from 0 to 6 or maybe 8" .The larger ones very seldom get used . With any luck ,the Lord tarries someday when I am just a memory they might be in the hands of my grandson .  ;)

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Re: show yer calipers
« Reply #11 on: April 21, 2013, 04:29:45 pm »
I have always liked Mitutoyo, reasonably priced for a quality tool. I have a couple of mics from them that have served me well, I will not waste money on cheap tools unless it is something like an odd size wrench I will only use once. Even then I won't buy off shore crap.
Al, you are fortunate to have those top of the line Starretts, beautiful tools. Make sure your grandson understands what he has and knows how to look after them.
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Re: show yer calipers
« Reply #12 on: April 21, 2013, 07:35:41 pm »
The bottom cheapy ones are for mm and I get by with them.
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Re: show yer calipers
« Reply #13 on: April 23, 2013, 08:07:57 pm »
This little podunk town once had about a zillion little machine shops which in the late 80's just kind of faded away .Lots and lots of very fine tools and tooling eventually was auctioned off .It was merely a matter of being at the right place at the right time with cash .

I once bought an entire pallett full of lathe chucks for 65 dollars ,Sold half of them for 300 before I ever left the sale .I think that set of dial vernier calipers was under 20 dollars at one of those sales .

Another time I must have been asleep at the switch because they sold an entire collection of 5C collets including square and hex for under 100 bucks .Royal brand to boot .You couldn't have fit them all in a 5 gallon bucket .You win some ,you loose some I guess .

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Re: show yer calipers
« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2013, 07:28:26 am »
You win some ,you loose some I guess .
Yep, I was @ state of FL surplus goods warehouse in Tallahassee sold a whole 2 tiered 3'x5' cart full of mic's, reamers, etc you name it it was on that cart.  Prison machine shop got all new stuff sold for $50.00.  The deal there was each item had a tag you pulled tag and it was yours.  I was 6 steps late.  Just about cried.
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Re: show yer calipers
« Reply #15 on: April 25, 2013, 06:10:06 pm »
Auctions are all about the crowd that attends .Often times on a larger sale there is so much stuff things go rather inexpensively .Conversely I've seen people pay more for used stuff than it can be bought for new at smaller sales .

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Re: show yer calipers
« Reply #16 on: June 08, 2014, 05:37:33 am »
my Mitutoyo calipers finally gave up the ghost.  won't zero out after a measurement.  have a chinese(?) or posibly japenese(?) cal for backup.  have an old german vernier style as well, but vision is not what it used to be.

have not purchased a caliper in over 20 years or better, and have no idea what's out there now.

rooting around the web, came across this, comparison of calipers given from folks who repair and calibrate measuring instruments.

http://www.longislandindicator.com/p11.html

interesting reading...... as well as where some brands are actually produced.

not looking to break the bank here.


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Re: show yer calipers
« Reply #17 on: June 08, 2014, 07:29:50 pm »
Have had Mitutoyos for years. Great caliper. Bought some SPI calipers a few months ago and they suck!

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Re: show yer calipers
« Reply #18 on: June 08, 2014, 07:56:54 pm »
so far my 60buck fowler is doing all right. feels good, not loose and flimsy. I have no idea if it has the 'bird wings' or not, never looked :)
when I grow up, i wanna be an adult.

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Re: show yer calipers
« Reply #19 on: June 09, 2014, 05:34:56 pm »
will post a photo of my broken mit, when i get a chance.

mine is 20 years younger than yours brokenbudget, and looks quite bad in comparison.

....the site they mentioned something about a copper part that goes bad.  there is no copper anything visible on the outside?

another thing mentioned was the crystal??

always wondered what makes them tick.  if i can find my tiny screwdrivers, will find out shortly.


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