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I recently bought a "Pittsburgh" 6" dial caliper from Harbor Freight. I am pleasantly surprised with the quality of it. The dial is very easy to adjust and read, there is no play in the mechanism, and it is smooth and precise.
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Do you have a fixed source to check the accuracy?

Mine is digital, I have not used a dial caliper.

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Do you have a fixed source to check the accuracy?

Mine is digital, I have not used a dial caliper.
I have both, I've had the dial forever, got back when the digital cost a arm and leg. Now I alway grab the digital.
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Chris, I have the same caliper, and I agree with your assessment.
James, I've tested it on various key way stock and on a 1,2,3, block. It seems to be right on. However, I rarely use it to find the actual measurement of a piece. Most often, for comparison, to see how close two pieces are, as in mortises and tenons.

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I recently bought a "Pittsburgh" 6" dial caliper from Harbor Freight. I am pleasantly surprised with the quality of it. The dial is very easy to adjust and read, there is no play in the mechanism, and it is smooth and precise.
I have one and I agree it's surprisingly precise. The dial rotates so you can zero it out before measuring. Just make sure you develop that habit or you'll scratch your head bald!
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I have the digital version with the fractional readout. It checks out with my feeler gauges. The movement seemed a little gritty at first but I spent some time cleaning it up and it's very smooth now.

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I have a few of those cheapies, the digital types. As far as measuring accuracy goes, they are right up with my expensive Brown and Sharpe, Mitutoyo.

But the only problem I have is the battery compartment lid. It keeps coming loose, so sometimes I'll lose a reading right in the middle of a project. Frustrating, to say the least.

When they work, they work great!
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I have my share too about 8 of them from 4" long to 12" long and give them all high marks.

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I bought one from HF, and it was "gritty" feeling, and just looked like crap. This was like maybe 3 or 4 years ago. Took it back for a refund. Decided to spend the money on a good digital Mitutoyo, and it's never let me down, so far!! But i get a good discount, as the company I work for sell measuring tools, as well as cutting tools and machines for the metal cutting industry.
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After 6 months in the shop, sawdust gets into the rack and gear and it has to be cleaned. Otherwise, they work great.
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