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For years I've had a Starret dial caliper...from my engine days...

And I've lost it...my heart sank...

First thought...what's the big deal, Nick...just replace it. And then I got knocked back by the price to replace...

So thinking back to some igaging tools I've seen I decided to check theirs out...WHAT A PLEASANT SURPRISE....! ! !

I ordered it from Amazon for $29.95... https://www.amazon.com/iGaging-Fract...ustrial&sr=1-3

It came yesterday and I am very pleased...strong, sturdy, beefy, feels solid in the hand, all stainless steel...and nice and heavy...

The inside green area measures in decimal...the outside white area will EASILY get you down to 1/128's. Two ruler scales...inch by 1/8's and inch by 1/10's...

The dial face can be zeroed...but it came spot on...

If you're looking for a dial caliper or just want to get away from digital, take a peek at this one...or if you're wanting to throw out your HF model and don't want to be seen doing it...

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I have a couple of their tools - the dial caliper you just bought and a sliding bevel, and have to agree that they are all solid well made tools. I'm now looking at their set of engineer's squares https://www.rockler.com/igaging-3-pi...iABEgJEbPD_BwE - I have the big Woodpeckers square, but looking for something in the smaller sizes.
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Man, those engineer's squares are great to have. I use them surprisingly often in large and small sizes. For example, setting up the band saw table exactly 90 to the blade, making sure cuts are really square, and to check hand planes sides are square to the bottom.

I no longer buy digital devices that use flat batteries. AAA or nothing, and a dial gauge is plenty precise enough to suit me. My favoite dial guage is from Woodpecker, and I use it from time to time to make sure the slot, blade and fence on the TS are right on.

The one digital tool I don't want to be without is my Wixey digital angle gauge. I replaced my old one with the new model that uses AAA batteries and has a lighted background so it's easier to read. Stick likes another brand better, but I've never used it so can't speak to its utility.
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I keep mine above the windows so I always know where they are!! 😉
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I keep mine above the windows so I always know where they are!! 😉

And I didn't think to check above the windows...

Isn't it amazing though that you always find the lost item in the last place you look...? If we started there we'd save a lot of time...
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Well when they're 48" long like mine, they're really hard to overlook. 🙂
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I needed a digital caliper at a place I once worked. We had to have instantaneous measures for quality control and even though I don't have a problem reading the analog ones it just took a little too long so I sprung for a Starrett. If the dial is sticker shock I'm sure the digital is worse. Now every time I go to use it the battery is dead so it rarely sees use. I would have made you a good deal on it. You get metric with it's readout too.
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Man, those engineer's squares are great to have. I use them surprisingly often in large and small sizes. For example, setting up the band saw table exactly 90 to the blade, making sure cuts are really square, and to check hand planes sides are square to the bottom.

I no longer buy digital devices that use flat batteries. AAA or nothing, and a dial gauge is plenty precise enough to suit me. My favoite dial guage is from Woodpecker, and I use it from time to time to make sure the slot, blade and fence on the TS are right on.

The one digital tool I don't want to be without is my Wixey digital angle gauge. I replaced my old one with the new model that uses AAA batteries and has a lighted background so it's easier to read. Stick likes another brand better, but I've never used it so can't speak to its utility.
Here's the one to get - back-lit and rechargeable from a USB port, AND it's made by iGaging https://www.amazon.com/iGaging-35-22...SBV520Q6RRMSF8
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I needed a digital caliper at a place I once worked. We had to have instantaneous measures for quality control and even though I don't have a problem reading the analog ones it just took a little too long so I sprung for a Starrett. If the dial is sticker shock I'm sure the digital is worse. Now every time I go to use it the battery is dead so it rarely sees use. I would have made you a good deal on it. You get metric with it's readout too.

Yeah...it's a shame battery management isn't better on these things...doesn't mean I won't take you up on your offer...I'll PM you tomorrow...Okay ?
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