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Unread 08-14-2013, 11:56 AM   #1
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Need a Caliper-Recommend One

I need a caliper (preferabley digital). I am not a machinist but from time to time need to measure something. Right now I need to measure the size of an o-ring on my hydrolic floor jack that is leaking.

Any recommendation for a good caliper that will get used ocassionaly?

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Unread 08-14-2013, 12:23 PM   #2
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I am a Machinist, and the digital caliper that goes for $9.99 on Sale at Harbor Freight is good enough and accurate enough for shop/garage use. Plus, when you drop it, you don't cry. Any Caliper that feels "smooth" when used is all you need.
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Unread 08-14-2013, 02:00 PM   #3
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At work we use mostly Mitutoyo calipers. I liked them enough that I bought a 6" digital for home. Cost was around $100. You do have to be careful with them and you will freak out when you drop it. The way I see it is if you get something high quality it will last you a long time if you take care of it and give you accurate measurements when you need it. Mine are going strong for about 8 years now.
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Unread 08-14-2013, 04:10 PM   #4
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primarily use Starrett at work, had mine for 5 years and it was second hand when i got it. price is not terrible but it is dead on accurate. have a few Mitutoyos as well around the shop and they work well. i personally would not trust the $10 harbor freight ones accuracy.

i have a dial starrett for home use and it works great.
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Unread 08-14-2013, 07:04 PM   #5
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I work in a bearing/hydraulics/fab shop (machine tolerances not required) we just buy the cheapo HF ones... for most purposes they are just fine, we use em everyday and they have yet to fail.
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Unread 08-14-2013, 08:17 PM   #6
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at work i have Mitutoyo calipers and starrett micrometers, i had picked up the digital HF calipers & micrometer because i needed something in a pinch at home. i actually checked them against each other and the HF tools are just as accurate. only downfall is it only measures by .0005, which for most uses are perfectly acceptable.
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Unread 08-14-2013, 09:53 PM   #7
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If you do buy a digital model, order several replacement batteries...no point in having one if the batteries are dead each time you need to measure something. Check eBay for the batteries, they're ridiculously cheap. I ordered 20 of the LR44 (357 or 357A) batteries (most calipers take this style) for less than $4, and that included shipping.
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Unread 08-16-2013, 06:16 PM   #8
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The Harbor Freight cheapo digital caliper comes with a spare battery, and has auto shut-off.
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