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are all calipers the same?

 
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Old 02-06-2010, 06:14 AM
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Re: are all calipers the same?

Chas1,
sorry for the bad info haven`t needed to buy any lately.
Have a pair of Starrett`s from the fordging die shop days that I have had for about twenty years now and still work great. And yes most calipers will get mis aligned if not properly cleaned and taken care of.
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Old 02-06-2010, 07:02 AM
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Re: are all calipers the same?

Mitutoyo digital caliber is what i use. I like the digital readout instead of the dial. Easier for me to use.
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Old 02-06-2010, 09:20 AM
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Re: are all calipers the same?

I picked up a Lyman way back, and surprisingly it has performed flawlessly.
I wouldn't get anything else today.
This one:
Lyman Electronic Caliper 6" Stainless Steel - MidwayUSA
Suspiciously like this one:
Mitutoyo Electronic Caliper 6" Stainless Steel - MidwayUSA
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Old 02-06-2010, 06:51 PM
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Re: are all calipers the same?

Mitutoyo and others would be the tools of choice form mechanists using thm day in and day out for years. But that level of quality, and price, is a waste for reloading needs.

The Lyman/RCBS, etc. and other reloading branded calipers, dial or digital, all seem to be made in the same Chinese plant the ones from Harbor Freight Tools come from. Difference is H.F. often has them on sale for as little as $12-14! And they do come with a full guarantee of performance for a year. If anyone can't find out if he needs to swap one in that length of time he can hardly complain. ??

I've had a high quality Swiss made caliper for some fourty years. Fifteen yeas ago, I needed more. Finally bought a Chink made tool branded "Midway". It was so good I added four more dial types and one digital from H.F. They all give total satisfaction in my shop and loading room. And all six of them cost me maybe half of one Mitutoyo, which would likely also be ruined If I dropped it. Haven't used my really nice Swiss tool in years.

So, IMO, it's not neccessary to spend a bundle to get all the accuracy and durability a reloader needs from a micrometer or caliper. Handle them carefully, as you should for any precision instrument, and I know they will last at least 15 years, so far anyway.

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Old 02-07-2010, 06:11 AM
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Re: are all calipers the same?

I started with a cheap RCBS (Chinese) dial caliper. Worked OK, but I did not like the read out. Then bought a Mitutoyo digital, and love it. Yeah, its a lot more $$ but worth it.
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Old 02-07-2010, 07:07 AM
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Re: are all calipers the same?

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i picked up a lyman way back, and surprisingly it has performed flawlessly.
I wouldn't get anything else today.
This one:
lyman electronic caliper 6" stainless steel - midwayusa
suspiciously like this one:
mitutoyo electronic caliper 6" stainless steel - midwayusa
mikecr,
that is curious. Cosmetically, they look the same, would be interesting to find out if the internals are the same.
Anyway, i could not be happier with the 2 mitutoyo's i own.
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Old 02-07-2010, 11:15 AM
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Re: are all calipers the same?

I might as well start with the 15 dollor master craft with a lifetime warrenty for free using a gift certificate and save up for a better one down the road by the sounds of it.
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