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Technical Anyone still using Dial Calipers?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by blowby, Jan 17, 2020.

  1. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 7,268

    from Nicasio Ca

    Yeah, the ones with a dial.

  2. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 6,994

    anthony myrick

    We did in class yesterday
    Checking drill bits for tap size.
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  3. treb11
    Joined: Jan 21, 2006
    Posts: 3,657


    Joined: Sep 8, 2015
    Posts: 890

    from West, TX

  5. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 5,687


    Yes, batteries never go dead;)
  6. Snipe
    Joined: Oct 21, 2005
    Posts: 79


    I've got a Brown & Sharpe that I bought in 1965.
  7. scrappybunch
    Joined: Nov 16, 2011
    Posts: 338

    from nj

    Yes, all the time. The electronic one is in the drawer next to it with dead batteries.
  8. saltracer219
    Joined: Sep 23, 2006
    Posts: 799


    I use mine every day, however I must say that those Starretts pictured are the most dissapointing dial calipers that I have ever owned. I have 2 of them and they both went to hell after a short period of use. I have 4 Brown and Sharp's and they are pretty much bullet proof!
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  9. I do mine is about 40 years old . Digital stuff don't last long in this climate.
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  10. fourspd2quad
    Joined: Jul 6, 2006
    Posts: 734


    Every day either at work or home. :)
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  11. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 7,268

    from Nicasio Ca

    Well you guys read my mind. I use calipers infrequently and every time with the digitals I'm hunting for a battery. Thanks, glad I'm not alone.
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  12. One of the most important tools I have. Dial type is the best.

    No digital for me

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  13. I don't use mine very often so I need a battery almost every time!
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  14. 1-SHOT
    Joined: Sep 23, 2014
    Posts: 2,108


    I use my dial caliper all the time, never needs battery's
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  15. I use mine a lot more often than the digital ones I have around. Unless I'm working on OT bikes... they're metric.
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  16. error404
    Joined: Dec 11, 2012
    Posts: 285

    from CA

    I use both dial and digital. Digital is nice when you need to also do metric

    I like using dial especially if I'm slowly cutting something (like on a lathe), for some reason seeing the dial makes it easier for me to know about how far off I am.

    Same thing with looking at a clock, I find it easier to just quickly glance at an analog clock rather than a digital clock where the numbers change. For some reason seeing 4:42 on a digital clock takes longer for my brain to register how long it is until 5:00, versus seeing it on an analog clock with hands.
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  17. eaglebeak
    Joined: Sep 17, 2007
    Posts: 1,158


    Did you ever think to remove the battery when not in use?
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  18. Sporty45
    Joined: Jun 1, 2015
    Posts: 932

    from NH Boonies

    Use them often. I have two dial and one digital. Hardly ever use the digital ones. Extremely handy tool to have :cool:
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  19. Churchy
    Joined: Dec 31, 2008
    Posts: 32


    Every dang day
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  20. speedshifter
    Joined: Mar 3, 2008
    Posts: 250


    I read an article by an engineer. He compared the accuracy of the cheap Harbor Freight dial calipers & digital calipers with the accuracy of expensive calipers such as Starrett or Brown& Sharp. He said accuracy was equal but the action was smoother on the high dollar calipers. Greg
  21. lostone
    Joined: Oct 13, 2013
    Posts: 1,513

    from kansas

    All the time, I'd be lost without mine.

    You mean there are ones that take batteries ?? Lol
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  22. RichFox
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 9,991


    I use my dial calipers often. I hardly ever use my Vernier calipers anymore
  23. Boneyard51
    Joined: Dec 10, 2017
    Posts: 4,843


    I don’t have any digital calipers, I use my dial calipers in the shop. But in my road bag I keep my Vernier calipers, they are a whole lot more durable. But are getting harder for me so see any more!

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  24. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
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    These will be 44 years old in March, magnifying glass in now an option. Bob
  25. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 7,268

    from Nicasio Ca

    Do you think there is a battery drain when they are off?
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  26. jaw22w
    Joined: Mar 2, 2013
    Posts: 1,181

    from Indiana

    I use my 6" dial caliper a lot. It is the most used measuring tool right after a tape measure. It's great and works every time. I have a 12" digital caliper. I hate it. I never trust the measurements until I've checked it 5 or 6 times. I just have an innate distrust of digital gauges. Everything else, all my mics and bore gauges, etc. are analog. I'm a skeptical old bastard.
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  27. Marcosmadness
    Joined: Dec 19, 2010
    Posts: 364

    from California

    The dial calipers allow you to interpolate between the lines. With digital calipers all you know is what the display shows. You don't know if the measurement is exactly what it says or is barely what it says. Tool and Die makers, the top of the machinist food chain, use dial calipers. Digital calipers are considered accurate to plus/minus .001 (a .002 spread) Dial caliper are considered accurate to .001. With practice you can hold a tolerance to .0005 with a dial caliper.
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  28. G-son
    Joined: Dec 19, 2012
    Posts: 711

    from Sweden

    Don't have one of those, but if i did I'd use them. I have vernier & digital calipers and use both.

    As eaglebeak suggests, if you don't use the digital ones often, take the battery out, there's usually a spot for it (and/or spares) in the box. My first digital set went through batteries quickly, when they broke I got a new one of the same model, obviously improved as the battery lasts much longer.
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  29. Real Men use vernier calipers. :rolleyes: At least until their eye-bones start failing them. :confused:
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  30. Okie Pete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2008
    Posts: 3,366

    Okie Pete

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