Made in China, 6", stainless steel, dead accurate against my brass setup
bars, rack and pinion adjustment has no backlash, fit and finish is much
better than expected, very easy to read dial, marked in 1/64ths and .01, but
easy to interpolate to 128ths, and about the only con thus far is that it's
too heavily made for a top apron pocket
In short, a very nice, solidly made, 'woodworking precision' tool for $35
plus $9.25 shipping, ordered from the Grizzly website, arrived in four days
including a weekend.
I'm impressed, and would do it again.
<<I'm impressed, and would do it again. >>
I was really surprised at how accurate they really are. I use it for
all kinds of things, feeling like a real technician when I whip that
One thing I have found it to be indespensible for, it telling me the
sizes of my drill bits. Can anyone really read the writing on the 1/8,
5/32, or any other of those damn things? And as the eyes get weaker, I
don't have a chance. (I still blame it on the lighting though if
anyone is around.)
I have found that instrument to be worth its weight in gold when
looking for the exact bit to drill for a tap.
My barber tells me that his lighting is the best----> it shown no grey.
I'm old school. I always had a vernier caliper in my tool box.
Good quality Japanese stainless construction, now 25 years old and flawless.
I use it all the time for everything... setting depth, small settings on the
table saw..etc. Between that and my 12" stainless RULE, I'm all set.
None of this fancy-pants dial stuff for me, that stuff breaks.
I bought a low cost digital caliper a few years back. The replacement odd-ball
battery cost more than the whole unit itself.... me no happy.
Umm that is what a drill index is for. Once the bit slips in the chuck "NO
ONE" can read the size on the bit. LOL
I almost exclusively use mine to measure the thickness of the wood coming
out of my planer.
Couldn't agree more. Got mine at Woodcraft, they had it on sale for
about $35 or so after christmas. Stainless, chinese, accurate, best
$35 I ever spent. Regular price was $49. Grizz likely has the same
I checked out the Woodcraft locally and on the one they had in stock the
dial was very different, but the body looks identical. I preferred the
Sears and HF offers were not the same from hands-on inspections, and from
on-line appearances, neither is the Lee Valley.
However the one at ehardwicks.com appears _identical_ to the
Grizzly/ShopFox, is $5 cheaper, comes in two sizes, and was highly rated in
a recent article I saw.
The Grizzly and the Hardwick:
Got mine, some years ago, from Highland Hardware for $29.95 - no
shipping. The larger, outer portion of the of the dial is marked in
fractions, the smaller, inner dial in decimal. At the time, all the
others I looked at were marked in decimal on the outer ring.
As of this Tuesday, it remains priced at $29.95.
It has held up well, although it too was made in China. Stainless
steel, fairly smooth, precise rack/gear mechanism, came in a plastic
case with a sheet of rust retardant. It is probably the most used
measuring tool in my shop, but as you point out, a little too heavy to
stay in a vest height pocket.
They probably _all_ come from the same sweat shop in China...
I have an old Made in USA Hempe nylon dial caliper for that I use for
things that don't require as much precision. (The nylon has warped
and deformed slightly at the tip, but hey, I picked it up for $5 over
5 years ago.) I used it far more than expected, and was the
motivation for acquiring a newer, metal replacement.
I use it primarily for adjusting mortise depths (sliding rod extends
from the rear), planer settings, and small, precision offsets on trim
and dados. I also use it for precise measurements when cutting
segments for segmented woodturnings that have to line up "just right".
I am surprised however, that you of all people, waited this long to
acquire one! ;-)
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