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Old 03-13-2006, 06:26 AM   #1
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Default Caliper...so hard to get

So I'm in the new market for a caliper. I've seen some at Costco with a micrometer pretty cheap, but meh, I dunno how long it'd last. Also I'd prefer a vernier caliper as it measures MM, not the other one with the dial that I'd have to do conversions and such. I heard that one was harder to do and basically I'm just going by MM for everything. Yet so many Hobby stores have a hard time getting these things. What caliper do YOU have in your pit box, the Venier, or standard inch/metric one?
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Old 03-13-2006, 07:30 AM   #2
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I'm using the digital caliper from Harbor Freight, cheap ($10) and effective. It's going on it's 4th year (just have to replace the battery as needed).
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For this kind of tool a hobby store is not the best place to look - try your local machinist supply or one of the large mail order places i.e MSC or McMaster Carr. I've used the Mitutoyo brand for years - very tough, even have a 4" set that I carry to races (fits toolbox ) that I thought had been stolen from the front of my truck while I was truing tires but they had actually dropped down and caught in the radiator mounting bracket and rode around for two months before I happened to notice them.
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I've used the Mitutoyo brand for years - very tough, even have a 4" set that I carry to races (fits toolbox ) that I thought had been stolen from the front of my truck while I was truing tires but they had actually dropped down and caught in the radiator mounting bracket and rode around for two months before I happened to notice them.
LMAO! Thanks guys. What type do you have though, the dial type or vernier?
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Old 03-13-2006, 08:07 AM   #5
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I hve 2 calipers and both of them Mitutoyo. One is 500-171 and other is 500-196-20 ( both digital). 500-171 is about 6 years old and I use when I work on motors and precision parts. Now I found that ID mesuring part start getting off (-.02mm) so I got 500-196-20 with Certificate. Price for it is $150. if you can afford this $, this is the best you can get-Mitutoyo most precision and most durable i have ever seen.
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Old 03-13-2006, 08:37 AM   #6
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I have one of these, http://cgi.ebay.ca/0-6-ELECTRONIC-LC...QQcmdZViewItem

I got it at the local hardware store for 18 canadian, its really good and easy to use.
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Old 03-13-2006, 10:59 AM   #7
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Try Harbor Freight, they have the best $
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Old 03-13-2006, 01:01 PM   #8
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If you want something good, http://www1.mscdirect.com/CGI/NNSRIT...PMT4NO=5602870

That's from MSC. If it's just for truing tires, than http://www1.mscdirect.com/CGI/NNSRIT...PMT4NO=5602870
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RCMart have 200mm digital ones for ~$35
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you can buy digital calipers that do sae or metric all day long on ebay for about $25
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Harbor Freight for LIFE !!!! Thats where I got mine for $10 bucks. Digital, millimeters, inches, a nice case, and an extra battery. I've had my calibers for 4 years and its still works .
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this is the one i use. push of a button it goes inches to metric.
ITS ON SALE NOW 2nd link
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Harbor Freight...a bunch of us locals have them here and they have worked flawlessly for a long time now
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Yup, Harbor Freight. It is nice to get the 200mm one also because then you can measure track width with it also.
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ebay has 4 inch 6 inch and 8 inch digital that work mm/inch for cheap
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