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Old 11-18-2007, 10:36 PM
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I am looking for a good quality 6" electronic caliper. I have a cheap import that is used constantly, but I don't like the feel or overall quality of it. Any suggestions.....Starrett, Brown & Sharpe, Fowler?
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Old 11-19-2007, 10:30 AM
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I like the feel and durability of Mitotoyo measuring tools.

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Old 11-19-2007, 10:34 AM
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Old 11-19-2007, 10:38 AM
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I have a 6in Mitutoyo digital caliper and am very happy with it. I have a few other Mitutoyo tools but usually stick to carbide faced Brown & Sharpe manual micrometers, and Starrett for just about everything else. I do have one half-inch-travel Federal 4in dial indicator that is accurate to half a ten thousanth. A real jewel to behold.
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Old 11-19-2007, 10:50 AM
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Mitutoyo makes good instruments and cost for name is not that bad,I have had good luck with Fowler also .In the factory none of the electronic held up due to the soluable oils .The customer mandated digital rather than dial or vernier .Operator inspections probrbly did not help the life expectance as sometimes they got dropped a lot if the machines took a break.
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Old 11-19-2007, 05:01 PM
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Thanks for the help. I too have a Mitutoyo electronic but I have an earlier model without the thumbwheel. I like the feel but want the thumbwheel. Saw a Brown & Sharpe on sale ($90) in the latest issue of Homeshop Machinest & was wondering if anyone has used one. Never had a bit of trouble with the old Mitutoyo & will probably get a new one with the wheel.
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Old 11-19-2007, 07:13 PM
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Mitutoyo is your best bet for an electronic caliper, hands down.
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Old 11-19-2007, 08:09 PM
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Four brands stand out as the best:

Mitu

Mitu

Mitu

Mitu



Battery life is somewhere around forever, with 2+ years being average. Some of the other big names (Starrett & Brown/Sharpe) go through batts like nobody's business. All the Digimatic models use the same battery.

I've owned half a dozen Mitu digitals, from 6" to 24", really thought the IP65 model would be perfect:



Didn't like the feel of that particular model, & went back to Old Faithful:



I like the 6" because of the short jaws, something that's important because of one job I run at least a couple of times each month. The jaws on my 8" will not fit inside the part.

The 8" is also nice, really versatile with the extra 2". 12" is really handy, but the price goes over $200 for that length. I had a 24" but a coworker couldn't live without it, so he has it now.
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Old 11-22-2007, 10:37 AM
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Went ahead & got a new "6 Mitutoyo. Thanks for the help.

What do you think of this model
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Old 11-22-2007, 11:05 AM
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At one point in the explorer/expedition fiasco I got to purchase and use a 8' digital. I think the table for it almost cost as much as the calipher.That fab shop seen us coming.
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