Harbor Freight Dial Caliper Review

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Blog entry by Marty Backe posted 02-01-2016 04:10 AM 1317 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently bought Harbor Freight’s $20 dial calipers. I wanted some mechanical calipers that I could kick around the shop without having to worry about batteries or dust. These turned out to be much better than I expected. Here’s my review.

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#1 posted 02-01-2016 04:20 AM

Those are good calipers. I have 3 of them in my shop and they are accurate. Each time i bought one i used their 20% coupon also.

-- Wood for projects is like a good Fart..."better when you cut it yourself"

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#2 posted 02-01-2016 04:25 AM

I keep forgetting about those 20% coupons. $16 is even better of a deal.

Those are good calipers. I have 3 of them in my shop and they are accurate. Each time i bought one i used their 20% coupon also.

- theSoutherner

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#3 posted 02-01-2016 11:56 AM

Thnx for your review. I have this same caliper and like it as well. It does have a quality feel about it. You don’t have to worry about any batteries, and it’s also easy on the wallet.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 02-01-2016 03:27 PM

I’ve been using Harbor Freight dial calipers for years in my metal working and machining (2 metal lathes, 2 vertical mills) and find them to be very accurate for my purposes and well made. Actually, I prefer dial calipers over digital calipers due to the lack of worry over batteries. They are a great choice!!!


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#5 posted 02-01-2016 03:35 PM

I’ve been using HF digital calipers for years ,they’re great. thanks for the review Marty.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 02-01-2016 04:18 PM

I can’t read this review?

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#7 posted 02-02-2016 12:57 AM

I have the same HF calipers but inch/fraction version and love em!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 02-02-2016 04:34 AM

Good review, Marty! I’ve been thinking about getting calipers, and this one sounds like the way to go!

Edited to add:

Just looked at HF website, and it lists 2 SKU #’s for this caliper: 62362 & 66541. Which one did you review—or does it make any difference?

-- Dean

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