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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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by ryder47
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by ryder47
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by mcoine
    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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