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machinists call: what brand calipers do you use?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by spongeidys, Oct 9, 2006.

  1. spongeidys

    spongeidys 1/2 ton status

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    i need to get a caliper preffrably digital, but i dont know who offers good durability since ill prolly be pretty hard on it at first, most of the guys in my shop use [SIZE=-1]starrett or [/SIZE]mitutoyo, looking to get some outside input here i kinda need to get one asap ;D
     
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    Starrett
     
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    mofugly13 1 ton bucket of rust Premium Member

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    Starret or Mitutoyo are both top of the line. I have a made in China set, dial type, that works just fine. I have been using them for 5+ years, and they are still right on when I check them on some gage blocks I have.

    I also have been able to pick up Starrett DTI's, micrometers, and vernier calipers on ebay for super cheap.
     
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    i dont use a caliper much, i like my mitutoyo mics too much
     
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    As for digital we keep a bunch of cheapies, ones that I wont have to worry about when they get smashed which they often do. Since they don't often stay in the machine shop. If I need some real accuracy I go with the Mititoyo manual ones and keep them in a safe location. I would say stick with name brands Starret, Mititoyo since they are readily available and well proven. And go find the oldest machinest you know and get his manual set and check them on a gauge block. 99% of the time they will still be accurate and last another 20 years.
     
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    Not me, but my dad is a machinist/pattern-maker, he has both Starrett and Mitutoyo.
     
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    In our shop they're all Mitutoyo fans. Even our 24" digital is Mitutoyo...

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    You won't go wrong with either of those.
     
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    Mitutoyo, Brown & Sharp. had Starrets, wont buy there calipers again. I like there mics though.
     

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