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    Calipers, Magnifiers

    I'm looking to buy a caliper and a magnifier (not a loupe). Can you guys recommend models of each?

    For a magnifier, I'd prefer something like a magnifying visor. Thanks.
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    Senior Member Benuser's Avatar
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    I use a vernier caliper by Mitutoyo, Japan, and a micrometer by Limit, Sweden. Both are great and work very well. Mitutoyo's F&F are exceptional. I use the micrometer to measure the thickness behind the edge.

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    If you go on eBay you can usually find a variety of Mitutoyo point micrometers, and if you want one that only measures in metric, they are often cheaper.

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    I'm thinking about getting a snap gauge if I can find the right one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Martell View Post
    I'm thinking about getting a snap gauge if I can find the right one.
    I would imagine those would be awesome to have for quick checks while grinding blades.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Martell View Post
    I'm thinking about getting a snap gauge if I can find the right one.
    You mean one that isn't $300?

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    Any cheap plastic digital caliper is more than adequate for what you want to do. I personally am a big fan of Mitutoyo but there is no need to spend hundreds of dollars. I use a $50 pair in the garage like this: http://www.amazon.com/Mitutoyo-700-1...8626770&sr=1-1

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    I picked up a few cheap 8" calipers on ebay, lost 1/3 pretty quick, have to see how long the other ones hold up. Maybe getting a quality one IS cheaper, but I don't need ultra precision. What I find extremely helpful is if you can switsh from real measures (mm) to awkward measures (inch fractions)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Martell View Post
    I'm thinking about getting a snap gauge if I can find the right one.
    Here you go Dave

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-Tool...147#vi-content

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