Digital Calibers

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  1. SacDAve

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    I need some new digital calibers my old ones have just started acting weird always going to a negative number when at zero. Yes I changed the battery, I put a link to ones I have one bottom of post. So they served me well but time for some new ones. The only problem with the ones I have is the battery goes dead if it sits in the case I would usually pull the bat. out when not using kind of a pain. So looking for some suggestions on new ones, 6” is good. Not looking for cheap junk, seems like the $30 to $40 range is a good.


    http://www.rockler.com/how-to/darson-digital-calipers-digital-measurement-drill-bits-mortises/
     
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    American Science and Surplus has digital Been using mine for ten years now.:)
     
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    I had a Starrett dial caliper which I used for years but finally gave it up when it just wouldn't roll back to zero.
    I've had a few digital ones since but the battery/electronics seen to be their weak point.
    When my current OriginCal 4 decimal place finally fails I'm going back to a Starrett dial type. I hope they still make them.
     
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    I'm still using my fathers old "Moderntools" (made in Japan, not China!) mechanical dial caliper...works fine for measuring/confirming string gauges and drill bits.
     
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    I threw my digitals away and bought all dial calipers
     
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    I have about four digital calipers on the go most of the time (two in the shed and two in my desk in the house) A lot of "stuff" I do is small scale and use them almost every day.
    I particularly find them useful to find the centre line of a small length of wood by measuring it and then adding 5mm which is the length of the notch at the end of the internal measuring rod which slides out from the back of the tool. It is very accurate but in Imperial measurement countries the notch may be different so be aware and I always mark from both sides and split the difference (if there is any!)

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    I've had a couple of the digital calipers and the battery always goes out even when I pull the battery it's always out just when I need it. So while I still have the digital around, I recently ordered these two since they don't need batteries:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N0V46M6/?tag=tdpri-20
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07CT313PJ/?tag=tdpri-20

    Back in the old days when engineers carried around slide rules and calculators were only dreamed about, one of the professors told how he carried a six inch slide rule good to two decimal places because it was handier to carry (fit in a shirt pocket) and most of the practical calculations needed fell within that precision. The holster-sized ones that most carried as they went to three or four places were overkill.

    So that's why I got the little brass caliper above. Smaller than a phone and 'gets close enough for rock n roll' accuracy.

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    I've had my Mitutoyo dial calipers since I started my career in 1979. No batteries. My career dealt with .001 stuff. Why even go to digital?
     
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    The Harbor Freight ones are fine.
     
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    Thanks for the replies, I'm not a big fan of HF but that might be a good choice
     
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    I can't remember the brand right now, but one pair I use frequently would randomly zero when manipulating the device. I popped it open to see if something was loose or shorting or something, didn't see any problem, so I put them back together. They work great now. never a problem. Maybe before you toss them and replace them, have a poke around in there, you might get lucky.
     
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    I bought the Husky not bad be fine for guitar type stuff.
     
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    Go with dial...never needs batteries.
     
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    Yeah but then I would need a 12" dial or Magnifying glass to see it
     
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