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Rick M

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01-29-2016 03:43 AM

Topic tags/keywords: calipers dividers

Or how many are too many? :)

I’ve been wheeling and dealing in tools lately and have accumulated a pile o’ calipers. Starrett, B&S, Lufkin, GP, Union, and Moore & somebody from Sheffield. I haven’t even counted them all but I got 7 more in today. Time for me to pare it down.

How many is useful before it just becomes clutter?
Firm joint, yea or nay?

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#1 posted 01-29-2016 03:50 AM

I don’t have any… want to reduce your clutter a bit :)

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Brad

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#2 posted 01-29-2016 04:26 AM

I have 3, once I got them I found I use them more than I thought I would. Somehow I doubt anyone is going to say you cannot have enough calipers like they do clamps. LOL. I would lay them out better, hate digging through a box to find what I want at the bottom. Of course this method will take up more space which is always at a premium. For most of use anyway.

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#3 posted 01-29-2016 04:32 AM

Yeah I’m going to throw some on ebay but if interested, drop me a PM. I have a nice Union set that I will sell. I have a bunch of Brown & Sharpe, probably won’t keep them all. Probably will keep the Starretts, maybe. The Lufkins I’m definitely keeping, the quality of them is fantastic. Will keep the giant B&S firm joint for checking wall thickness. Before all this I had 2 inside, 3 outside and 1 divider; and 3 outside didn’t seem like enough. I’m thinking of keeping 6+ outside, 1 or 2 inside, and maybe 2 dividers.

I have a bunch of other machinist stuff I’ll be throwing on ebay, most of it is Starrett, B&S, or Lufkin. I can make a list if anyone is interested.

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#4 posted 01-29-2016 04:34 AM



I would lay them out better, hate digging through a box to find what I want at the bottom.
- woodbutcherbynight

They will be. They are in a pile for now because I’ve been making one pile for things to keep, one for things to sell.

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#5 posted 01-29-2016 04:50 AM

3-4” outside (most used) and a 7-8” outside. I’ve pretty much only turned small stuff between centers.

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#6 posted 01-29-2016 07:55 AM

About that many. Post a link when you get them on eBay. Here’s your target audience. Ready-made.

-- Mark

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#7 posted 01-29-2016 12:06 PM

I only own 3, but I’m looking to get a few more. Around 6 or 9 sounds like it would be enough but I guess it just depends on if you use them all or not.

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#8 posted 01-29-2016 12:58 PM



About that many. Post a link when you get them on eBay. Here s your target audience. Ready-made.

- Mark Wilson

Ditto that. I dont have any, but have thought about buying a couple. Lets us know

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#9 posted 01-29-2016 01:02 PM

Speaking of which … I was thinking about my first pair being something like these. Figure they could help me get bowl walls a bit more uniform.
For those of you that use them, what do you think of this style?

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#10 posted 01-29-2016 01:02 PM



I have a bunch of other machinist stuff I ll be throwing on ebay, most of it is Starrett, B&S, or Lufkin. I can make a list if anyone is interested.

- Rick M.

I don’t need any calipers but I’d definitely be interested in knowing what other Starrett or B&S stuff you have to get rid of!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#11 posted 01-29-2016 02:15 PM

I own a similar box too. Probably not as many, but too many none the less. I have even given some away as throws in to some of the people on LJs.

Kinda amazing how smooth some of the operate being over a 100yrs old.

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#12 posted 01-29-2016 02:26 PM

Here’s my stash, at least the ones that fit in this toolbox. I get them at yard sales & flea markets. usually $ 1 to $3 each. I don’t stop at calipers, I get dividers the same way. I’m also a sucker for old levels, rules, tape measures and squares.

It’s good to have several calipers when spindle turning.

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#13 posted 01-29-2016 03:24 PM

No such thing as too many calipers! Just poor tool storage solutions. LOL.

I’ve only collected a dozen thus far, but look for more regularly.

Joe, that style is cool for measuring bowl thickness very accurately, but is costly. I use it since I’ve paid the cost, but your fingers will do a fine job on judging bowl thickness for less money.

my fav:

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#14 posted 01-29-2016 03:43 PM

Just one. And haven’t used it yet.

But I just got my lathe and haven’t had the chance to really turn anything, so I guess that doesn’t count. I know I could definitely use some dividers, though.

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#15 posted 01-29-2016 03:51 PM

Rick, you only need two of each size inside and out. Anything more is redundant. The others, send them to me and I’ll put them in a box for safekeeping. heheh

Joe, those calipers are pretty good. Will allow up to about a 6”, maybe 8”? deep form.

I have those calipers, and the only problem I’ve found is my hands aren’t large enough to use them one handed. I’ve learned to grasp one leg with the other leg against the wall of bottom, and firmly apply pressure to help close the gap so I can get a measurement. Otherwise, they do the job, but there are other like them that are easier to use. ......... Jerry (in Tucson)

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