Re: Digital Caliper Recommendation

Matt Goodman

And a third on the Mitutoyo. Mentioned in passing in this thread was the battery life question. One of the reasons I chose the Mitutoyo was it’s claim that it had better power management, leading to better battery life. Coming from a series of decent dial calipers that don’t require batteries, this was an important point for me. 

I bought my Mitutoyo 6” caliper (500-196-30) in December, 2016, and am still on the same battery. I’m more impressed every day.

One other thing, and this is a bit squishy. For a short time, I had an inexpensive digital caliper that I bought for the metric conversion feature. The “feel” was sandy and crusty-like, and it lacked a thumbwheel. Both things make measuring small things more difficult.

Typing the above, I remembered I wrote about this on my lightly-used MRH blog four years ago. It still describes my feelings well (minus the unknown battery life).

Matt Goodman
Columbus, Ohio, US

On Oct 18, 2020, at 11:12 AM, Eric Hansmann <eric@...> wrote:

I second the recommendation on the Mitutoyo digital calipers. I bought one last year and have used it more than I would have expected. It was a big assist on a couple of model builds. 
Yes, it was pricey but good tools are worth the cost over the years.
Eric Hansmann
Murfreesboro, TN
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I use Mitutoyo digital calipers that you can find on Amazon.   They can be zeroed out.  They are very accurate.
Robert J. Amsler, Jr.
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I have a plastic analog (dial) one made by General, which had HO and O scale divisions on it.  From the looks of the letter and number style on it, I wonder if it's German.  Have had it for maybe 15 or 20 years.

It no longer has the O scale divisions on it, because I got confused every time I looked at it to try to take a measurement, so I took a black Sharpie and colored over the O scale numbers.  Crude, but.....

As an engineer, I generally don't want to see numbers that are too accurate, that are more accurate than I can reproduce or that I need.  So wherever the little pointer lands, if it says something is around 6 scale inches, for example, I'm happy with it.  If I was machining something that needed close tolerances, or I needed to stack several things whose tolerances needed to add to a specific value, that would be different, but for my modeling, in general, this is the proper degree of precision for me.

Ron Merrick 

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