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Old 01-18-07, 03:50 PM   #1
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Digital Calipers

Hey all. I'm thinking of replacing my old clunky calipers with some digital ones. I took a look on ebay and it seems like you can spend anywhere from $10 to a few hundred. I don't want to spend a ton, but want some thing that works. Any recommendations or tips?
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Old 01-18-07, 04:47 PM   #2
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For bike applications, I think any of them will work.
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Do you have a Harbor Freight in your area? They will have a cheap one that will work well enough for basic use.
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Harbor Freight is my Graceland *tear
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Take a look at:
http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...849&hasJS=true

6 inch electronic for $27.95
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I'm with Harbour Freight on this one. I do have an expensive set (Mitutoyo) which I use around QC people at some of my customers, for the more industrial customers and farms I use a set of Harbour Freights. Their accurate enough for general use and if I drop them climbing over equipment in the process I'm not crying over my Mitutoyo. I once dropped an expensive dial caliper and it was never the same afterwards. It also helps as there a Harbour Freight in town.
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I'm with Harbour Freight on this one. I do have an expensive set (Mitutoyo) which I use around QC people at some of my customers, for the more industrial customers and farms I use a set of Harbour Freights. Their accurate enough for general use and if I drop them climbing over equipment in the process I'm not crying over my Mitutoyo. I once dropped an expensive dial caliper and it was never the same afterwards. It also helps as there a Harbour Freight in town.
Yup, the cheap-o($15) Harbor Freight calipers will work just fine for DIY bike applications.
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Yep, I use $6 Harbor Freight digital caliper for the bikes......they good and accurate nuf for bikes....
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accurate enough
what does that mean?

I picked up this starrett dial caliper at a flea market for $5 and had it fixed and calibrated for another $50 by starrett. Why waste your time with junk.

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I have a pair of mitutoyo waterproof calipers, they'll outlast me.
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Old 01-18-07, 11:50 PM   #12
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what does that mean?
If my $6 caliper reads 27.2mm (most of the time) I know I've got a 27.2mm seatpost.
If my $6 caliper reads 120.1mm or 120.2mm I know I've got 120mm dropout spacing.
If my $6 caliper reads 26.5mm or thereabouts I know my crown race is ISO.

The accuracy of my $6 digital caliper is good enough for my bikes.

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I've ussed B&S dial calipers for years on the job ,never had a problem with them . Just the occasional servicing. They read to .xxxx .
I wouldn't waste my money on junk.
especially digital jobs.
You wil find even with the good digitals they will become finicky after a while,
especially if they get bumped around.
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