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    I only use the plastic one for measuring things for fun, so to speak.
    Sometimes I'm thinking about something and need to measure the outer diameter of a soda can or something silly like that.
    I'm satisified with 1 mm accuracy for the plastic one.

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    well i got it today, im very satisfied. I measured all of my wrenches and whatnot . My 5mm allen keys are usually around 4.96-97. The diameter for my DT revolution spokes in the middle is actually 1.48. THis is fun, tommorow i will compare measures with the schools stuff
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    I've never felt comfortable with the dial type. I've probably gotten a little too used to using digital calipers in the recent years, because that's what we have in the shop. I would personally tend towards a vernier caliper so you can get proficient in reading the vernier scale. There shouldn't be any significant difference in accuracy between good digital or vernier calipers.

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    OK, next thread...Mitutoyo or Starret?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eubi
    OK, next thread...Mitutoyo or Starret?

    That depends...I like Mitutoyo's micrometers better, but I think Starrett makes the best calipers in the business (dial, that is). I haven't used the digital ones enough to have an opinion. Couple of folks mentioned vernier calipers. After they figured out how to make good dial calipers, I don' t know why the bother making verniers anymore.

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    Perhaps because they're cheaper, probably easier to use and much less fragile?

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    Geeze, Get some Starrett digitals. They will serve your purpose. Mine are 92' vintage. The toggle feature is nice. Quick and easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CdCf
    Perhaps because they're cheaper, probably easier to use and much less fragile?

    Cheaper and less fragile, I agree with. Easier to use, well, I don't think so. Too much thinking. One of those cases where you gotta be smarter than the stuff you're working with.

    I've got a vernier height gage, but I usually set it with gage blocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eubi
    OK, next thread...Mitutoyo or Starret?
    Either, they are both top notch, just as long as they have a port so you can send readings to a PC to collect the data.
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    What's there to think about?
    You just measure the object and read the measurement off the scale...
    If you need sub-millimetre precision, you read off the sub-scale as well.
    No thinking required.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CdCf
    What's there to think about?
    You just measure the object and read the measurement off the scale...
    If you need sub-millimetre precision, you read off the sub-scale as well.
    No thinking required.
    I use a vernier height guage at school. Its just not as easy as the dial, therse matching stuff up involved
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