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?
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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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.
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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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.
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.