Yeah, they do do inches. I have a proper vernier that I don't know how to read
but I need to know if I really need a caliper for woodwork...? I am just starting
in an adult-ed class, total "newby" here.
Or just buy one that reads in fractions and decimals:
I think a caliper is useful enough to have ordered the unit above to
replace a broken, old caliper. However, I wouldn't put it very high
on a Newbie tool list.
For simply checking board thickness, etc... I keep a 4" brass sliding
caliper in my apron pocket.
Anybody that deals with holes and things that go in holes and dadoes
and things that fit in dadoes could use one. I bought a General (some
swiss made deal) when it was on sale several years ago. Made of some
kind of gray plastic with a dial, it remains surprisingly accurate
even though dropped several times. One of the handiest tool I have.
Every time I'm in my shop (garage to you) I pick it up measure
something. Just bought the $16 HF dial caliper which is higher
quality, but I'll be careful about not dropping it. You will be
surprised at how useful it is.
Bah. I'd rather have a mechanical device that, if it's not working
properly, I'll be able to see in it's action. A digital may be perfectly
fine, but if it's off by some amount, you won't see any signs, it'll
just silently be wrong giving you bad information.
...unless of course you check calibration on it every time you use
it, I suppose...
Me? No, I'm a hobbyist. Many (but not all) Brown and Sharp calipers are
made in China just like Harbor Freight. I do not think Starrett's
electronic measuring equipment are very good. Moreover, I do not like their
digital calipers. In my opinion, Mitutoyo makes the best digital calipers.
But they are expensive too. If I drop by Mitutoyo caliper, I'm going to sit
down and cry. If I drop by Harbor Freight caliper, I wouldn't care less.
The Harbor Freight caliper doesn't have the same refined feel as the
Mitotoyo, but it agrees with it (ie. same readings) when measuring. In my
opinion, the Harbor Freight caliper is the best caliper suited for
Measuring calipers, be they "direct", vernier, dial
or digital are very convenient for many tasks
Not the first think I'd buy, but nice to have.
IIRC in the USA you can get a plastic dial caliper
that reads in fractions on an inch, and it's cheap.
That'd probably work just fine for WW.
This is what I have and use it for many years, but I thing it's time
to upgrade, heihland hardware has the best one with 1/16 inch fraction
which Wood magazine call it the best and it is very easy to read it,
but I do not want to pay $8 for shipping, well, next week in Chicago
Woorworkers show I may find one ang get it. But ues, you do not have
to have it, but it is handy some times.
Mine did. I've used a General plastic caliper that reads in decimal
to .001 for 14 years. Through no fault of the caliper, mine is now
past tense. I paid about $30 for it in 1990.
I've replaced it with the Lee Valley fraction / decimal combo caliper,
but it hasn't arrived yet. The LV is the same price the General was,
and reads both ways. LV's satisfaction policy is second to none, and
the caliper was well-reviewed, so I thought I'd give it a shot.
I wouldn't be without! I use it all the time when planing or trying to rip
to match a width.
Get the kind with the thumbwheel...much easier to handle. Mine's from HF.
Very accurate checked against drillrod and some micrometer check blocks.
Just ordered the same one for $29. Thanks a lot. I have a plastic one
that is accurate, but does not have a lock to hold it at the same
reading for multiple measurements. I also have a metal vernier, which
locks and I can use it, but it is a cheapie and rusts.
I agree it's nice to have both decimal and fractions on the dial.
Gerald Ross, Cochran, GA
To reply add the numerals "13" before the "at"
As a newbie it's not high on the list of things you need. I got one with my
reloading equipment years ago and used it quite a bit. Because of discs
gone in my back I had to give up shooting but when I sold the reloading
stuff I kept the caliper. I've used it occasionally but not a whole lot
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