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03-25-2019 09:20 AM
harrysin You can never have too many calipers, the bottom right reads fractions as well as metric and Imperial and was sent to me as a present from my late friend and fellow member in America, Bobj3.
Like James, I seldom use the electronic ones for the same reason, the battery goes flat even when not used, the same with all three. The top dial caliper is metric and the lower one is Imperial.
03-25-2019 06:44 AM
tulowd Been using 8" HF / Princess Auto (I forget which) digital calipers for about 10 or 15 years. Accurate and repeatable, as well as switching to metric with one button. Totally satisfied and always goes back into it's foam lined case in a drawer. Never dropped, always cleaned after use. I think it cost $20 back then. I use it all the time, mostly for metal, but have started incorporating it into my slowly emerging wood/mdf world.

As for the battery issue, I use my caliper lots; HF has a battery selection package that gives you 24 batteries for under $ 2 in this instance. Usually 3 or 4 work on the calipers, and some of them may be good for a wristwatch, digital scale etc. I always have a spare pack or two in the battery drawer. Battery seems to last between 6 months and a year IME.

https://www.harborfreight.com/24-pc-...ack-63398.html
03-24-2019 10:44 PM
jj777746 I have the digital type which I haven't used for a long time,& even remove the battery when not using,but it's always flat when I want to use it again. Must get dial type. James.
03-24-2019 10:08 PM
Arcola60 I have both. I prefer the dial over the digital.
I'm just too old school. Reliability always wins out!
03-24-2019 02:14 PM
DesertRatTom
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Originally Posted by Cherryville Chuck View Post
This is the gauge I use for measuring boards when I'm planing: https://www.amazon.ca/Taytools-46931...SIN=B07DCC8HYP Because the scale arm is 2 to 3 times as far from the fulcrum as the jaw tips are it multiplies the scale so that it winds up being very accurate despite its crude looks. I've checked it against my calipers and mine is dead on.

It's also a good example of how ridiculous prices on Amazon Canada can be. I bought mine at a woodworking show for $5-10.
Hate to tell you this, but Amazon USA has it for $8.

Looks like a very handy gadget that would work really well with the Sommerfeld star jig that accounts for thickness down to 1/32nd inch. I'm going to order one of these. The numbers are larger and easier to read than my existing gauges. https://amazon.com/Taytools-469317-T...r=8-3-fkmrnull
03-24-2019 11:37 AM
Herb Stoops
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Originally Posted by Cherryville Chuck View Post
This is the gauge I use for measuring boards when I'm planing: https://www.amazon.ca/Taytools-46931...SIN=B07DCC8HYP Because the scale arm is 2 to 3 times as far from the fulcrum as the jaw tips are it multiplies the scale so that it winds up being very accurate despite its crude looks. I've checked it against my calipers and mine is dead on.

It's also a good example of how ridiculous prices on Amazon Canada can be. I bought mine at a woodworking show for $5-10.
A person can even make his own.
Herb
03-24-2019 10:57 AM
Cherryville Chuck This is the gauge I use for measuring boards when I'm planing: https://www.amazon.ca/Taytools-46931...SIN=B07DCC8HYP Because the scale arm is 2 to 3 times as far from the fulcrum as the jaw tips are it multiplies the scale so that it winds up being very accurate despite its crude looks. I've checked it against my calipers and mine is dead on.

It's also a good example of how ridiculous prices on Amazon Canada can be. I bought mine at a woodworking show for $5-10.
03-24-2019 01:34 AM
Herb Stoops I have 4 of them 3 with batteries and one W/O, I do very little metal working, and they are all more than accurate enough for wood working. I do like the dial one the best that measures in fractions, I can relate to that for wood working,where 1/64" is way beyond my skils and 1/32" is the max I need. I like the depth feature on them too .
Herb
03-24-2019 12:18 AM
kp91
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Originally Posted by jw2170 View Post
Do you have a fixed source to check the accuracy?

Mine is digital, I have not used a dial caliper.
I have compared my HF and Grizzly "cheap" dial calipers to my calibration standards that came with my Starrett and Mitutoyo micrometers and calipers and they are surprisingly accurate and repeatable for the price.
03-23-2019 11:01 PM
Herb Stoops GO Harbor Freight !!!!!!
Herb
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