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RE: Measuring tool recommendations?

To: "'PJ McGarvey'" <>,
Subject: RE: Measuring tool recommendations?
From: "Gerald Brazil" <>
Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2006 19:51:14 -0500
I'll second the recommendations for the "el cheapo" units from Enco or
Harbor Freight. They are so cheap I have one in the basement and one in the
garage. From time to time I will validate them against my Jo blocks. Haven't
had to throw one away yet because of accuracy. They are sure good enough for
the type of work most of us do.....that reminds me,,,,do you know the
definition of an engineer? He is a guy who measures something to the nearest
ten thousands of an inch, marks it with a piece of chalk, and cuts it with a

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Sent: Tuesday, November 14, 2006 11:34 AM
To: Shop Talk
Subject: Measuring tool recommendations?


I'm looking to request a couple tool upgrades for my shop, that I can
request for xmas.  I'm looking at a decent set of sliding dial calipers,
something metal.  I would assume anything from Starrett, but that's probably
the upper limit of the price range.  Is getting something with a digital
readout going to be a risk these days for accuracy and breakage?  I might be
using them in the cold too, which makes me wonder if they readout will work
OK - probably safe to stay with the dial readout I'm guessing....

Also looking for a nice dial indicator, something with a magnetic, flexible

Basically I'm wondering if some of the brands that can be found on are reliable - to try and make the buying process easy for the

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