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    where to buy micrometer & vernier caliper

    I want to get a good 0-1" micrometer and vernier caliper. Anyone have a suggestion for a place to buy one? Lee Valley sells some but I don't know if the quality is any good.

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    Re: where to buy micrometer & vernier caliper

    In my experience, EVERYTHING sold at Lee Valley is good quality. My dad is a woodworker and gets most of his precision devices there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lister View Post
    In my experience, EVERYTHING sold at Lee Valley is good quality. My dad is a woodworker and gets most of his precision devices there.
    I was just surprised by the prices. I think the micrometer they sell is only around $20. I assumed they'd cost way more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    I was just surprised by the prices. I think the micrometer they sell is only around $20. I assumed they'd cost way more.

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    Re: where to buy micrometer & vernier caliper

    I see these allot on Craigslist for good prices.

    Lee Valley has a few different types of these and for 90% of users they are great.
    I really like their throwaway plastic calipers, i think 6 for less than twenty dollars.
    Great for measuring a stud or bolt and you can have one lying around without worrying about it.

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    What are you measuring? And what do you define as good? Have a look at KBC they should have some decent measuring tools. If you are looking for professional type tools then look for -

    Mitutoyu <$100 for 0-1"
    Starrett $120-140
    TESA $$$

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    Quote Originally Posted by strong_like_tractor View Post
    What are you measuring? And what do you define as good? Have a look at KBC they should have some decent measuring tools. If you are looking for professional type tools then look for -

    Mitutoyu <$100 for 0-1"
    Starrett $120-140
    TESA $$$

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    Well that's a good point. Mostly I'm measuring bullet diameters and cartridge lengths :-)

    I need calipers that are good to better than 0.01". Micrometers don't have to be any better than 0.001", but better is always nice :-)

    My current calipers are "Home Depot specials" and are off by nearly 0.01" at 1/2". This is definitely not accurate enough.

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    Re: where to buy micrometer & vernier caliper

    Quote Originally Posted by strong_like_tractor View Post
    What are you measuring? And what do you define as good? Have a look at KBC they should have some decent measuring tools. If you are looking for professional type tools then look for -

    Mitutoyu <$100 for 0-1"
    Starrett $120-140
    TESA $$$

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    I agree. KBC Tools is a great place to check. Their prices are pretty good and they have some quality stuff (the serve a lot of machine shops).
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeeponrock View Post
    I agree. KBC Tools is a great place to check. Their prices are pretty good and they have some quality stuff (the serve a lot of machine shops).
    Sounds good to me. I'm going to check it out tomorrow on my way to work.

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    Re: where to buy micrometer & vernier caliper

    I see canadian tire has a sale right now on them there 15$ not the best quality but they may work for what your doing. I bought mine at princess auto and there pretty good. I'm not doing a lot of machining but they are always bang on.
    One day I will spend the money but im worried when I do they will get broken within the first few weeks.
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    I was able to score a nice deal last year from Acklands.....they had a bunch of Mitutoyo and Starrett stuff on sale for awhile. Not sure what their normal prices are, but wouldn't hurt to check it out.
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    Re: where to buy micrometer & vernier caliper

    WARNING RANTING AND RAVING....


    So I missed KBC this morning. I thought, no problem, Lee Valley is open late tonight so I bought one of their digital dial calipers

    I got home with the calipers and I noticed something bad:

    Made in China!

    Of course they don't work. They won't even turn on. Tried several batteries.

    I guess I'm headed back there tomorrow night. At least they have a good return policy (so I've been told anyway).

    I sure am getting sick of this cheap crap made in China though....

    END RANTING AND RAVING....

    Thanks, Now I feel better

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    Re: where to buy micrometer & vernier caliper

    Princess Auto also sells micrometers which should be good for around 0.001-0.0015 Price is around $15-20 bucks..

    as for calipers.. they sell them to.. try to find one with a mechanical dial or atleast digital.. and it should be around the same acuracy.. maybe a little less.. same price tooo maybe a little more..
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    Re: where to buy micrometer & vernier caliper

    The ones from Princess are cheap to buy, and the micrometers are usually spot on. The Calipers are a little less accurate, but they still do the job. I've had good luck with mine, anyway.

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    Re: where to buy micrometer & vernier caliper

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    So I missed KBC this morning. I thought, no problem, Lee Valley is open late tonight so I bought one of their digital dial calipers
    LOL Funny thing - When I grabbed the mail last night I found KBC's latest flyer. They've got all kinds of deals on calipers and related stuff. First thought that ran through my head was hey great timing, I'm sure Chris will find something he likes there
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