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Forum topic by dakremer posted 07-29-2018 11:39 PM 1206 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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dakremer

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07-29-2018 11:39 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dial indicators calipers

Wondering if anyone knows anything about these. I bought these for next to nothing. Worth anything, or worth selling? Or should I just be the proud owner of some new calipers?

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dakremer

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#1 posted 07-29-2018 11:41 PM

MHC dial indicator. All metal

Mitutoyo dial indicators. “Stainless hardened”. One says made in Japan, the other is made in Brazil

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#2 posted 07-30-2018 12:07 AM

There is huge range. Depending on brand.
Mitutoyo is moderate priced new. Prolly 100$ if the right model. Same with the indicator. They all look like good brands. Not the cheap stuff.
Very useful tools.

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#3 posted 07-30-2018 12:09 AM

If you are a serious woodworker then keep them around.

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#4 posted 07-30-2018 12:11 AM

New maybe 250 to 400 for the lot.

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#5 posted 07-30-2018 12:17 AM

I’m a hobby woodworker. Already own calipers and dial indicator. Definitely doesn’t hurt to have more around though. I paid virtually nothing for them (bought a whole pile of stuff for $60).

Figured if they were worth selling, I could buy some more woodworking tools :)

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#6 posted 07-30-2018 12:17 AM

Keep them. I like having calipers handy.

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#7 posted 07-30-2018 01:27 AM

I would keep the pointy calipers that say moose and sell the others. Round nose calipers will be less useful and you probably don’t need more than one indicator. Disclaimer, I have 3 indicators, ;)

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#8 posted 07-30-2018 04:12 AM

Good find, keep all of them because ….

I have three 6” (2 digital, one dial, 1 vernier), one 12” vernier, one 23” vernier, and I wouldn’t part with any of them because you never know …. !
But I only have one dial indicator.

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#9 posted 07-30-2018 09:41 AM

I will respectfully disagree with the above sentiments.
If the calipers and dial indicator that you currently own suit your needs, I would sell them and use the funds for something for your shop. Consider it mad money and maybe splurge on something that you have a always wanted but couldn’t justify buying.
I say this because I currently have a few drawers full of estate sale finds that would be “nice to have around” but rarely get used.
YMMV.

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#10 posted 07-30-2018 12:16 PM

The dial indicators are good to have in the shop but around wood/dust I prefer digital calipers. The problem with a dial is that if they get chips in the tiny rack , the needle will jump a tooth and each tooth is .020. That second one has had that happen because the zero is now off center – probably .020”. If it would happen a lot the zero will be on the bottom and make them harder to read. You can slip them back to zero with a fine piece of shim stock.
The advantage is they don’t need a battery and they are very accurate.

The drop indicator is a good one. you’ll want to make use of that in your shop for measuring- I use mine on the router table for height and measurement.

I’d keep one of the calipers and the drop indicator .

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dakremer

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#11 posted 07-30-2018 02:14 PM

I might just throw one of them up for sale and see what I can get for it. I dont use calipers that much. I already have a digital caliper (its a cheap one though). Maybe I’ll keep one and try to sell the other…Either way, it doesnt matter too much. I paid like $2 for each of them.

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#12 posted 07-30-2018 02:17 PM

I’m with Rick. Keep one caliper, sell the rest.

That is, unless you see yourself doing precision metalwork at some point. Personally, I stick with dead tree carcasses.

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#13 posted 07-30-2018 02:47 PM

Not actually worth much. In metal working everyone has pretty much moved to digital. A dial indicator with mag base is about $50 new and $10-$30 at auction for a standard tolerance. Dial Calipers are under $30 new and $10-$15 at auction. They are all still very useful but like vernier calipers, 8-tracks, and flip phones they’ve been replaced with newer easier to use technology.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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dakremer

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#14 posted 07-30-2018 03:50 PM

That makes sense, Bluenote

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#15 posted 07-30-2018 04:27 PM

They sure look nice but the digital HF cheapies are probably more practical and accurate. Sell ‘em and buy stuff!

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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