http://www.surpluscomputers.com/store/m ... m=TOL10275
Got it in yesterday and from all indications, it works quite well.
Amazon.com has 'em as well for the same price. You can get it cheaper on eBay where it runs about $10.
It is much more accurate and very easy to use once you know how to use them.
Until June 30, 2013, there is a coupon available for the ''fractional inches" caliper for $11.99 (see this flyer). I haven't noticed a coupon for this particular caliper in a long time. IMO, the fractional display is definitely worth the extra $2 dollars compared to the $9.99 coupons now available for the caliper lacking the fractional display.FatSebastian wrote:Owning several digital calipers from HF, we recommend getting one which is able to display "fractional inches"...
I wounder if you could get a left handed version of this caliper for the same price (?)
I have always loved your advice in the past but on this one I would have to say that you are really opining, I am of a different opinion however.
Perhaps it is because it is a subject near to my heart but I used to think that every person's first caliper should be a 6" dial caliper, but now I like the 8" dial.
It is very direct. Seeing the dial spinning in relation to the distance traveled. Nobody really uses anything finer than 1/ 16" (fractionally speaking )without going to decimal inches from my experience.
This is me though so things are different for everyone. Fractions of an inch are meant for larger items. Like cabinets. Besides, half the fun is doing the conversions in your head right?
DT exists to capture different perspectives. Thanks for sharing yours. Yes, "IMO" meant I was opining; however, my opinion was simply that, if a ~$10 digital caliper is under consideration (Digital Caliper being the topic of this thread), the added convenience of the fractional-inches display seemed worth the extra $2 from our experience.Laserman wrote:I would have to say that you are really opining, I am of a different opinion however.
FWIW, my first caliper was an 8" mechanical-analog caliper which I still have, and I feel it is more accurate and intuitive than the digital calipers (although HF doesn't sell an 8" analog anymore AFAIK). With that said, I am more comfortable letting children use the cheap digital calipers instead of my larger and more expensive analog caliper.Laserman wrote:I used to think that every person's first caliper should be a 6" dial caliper, but now I like the 8" dial.
Perhaps, but some of our small (unmarked) drill bits are fractional inches. Others bits and pin gauges are decimal inches or metric. As it relates to PWD, the marketed dimensions of performance ballast tend to be in fractional inches, while performance axles are usually marketed in decimal inches. Many derby rules / instructions tend to provide some precise dimensions in fractional or decimal inches; meanwhile, people like Doc Jobe use metric entirely. Etc. Over time we have found it convenient for the kids to have access to all formats in one inexpensive device.Laserman wrote:Fractions of an inch are meant for larger items.
Of course it depends on who you ask. The kids don't think so. It's fun for me... until I make a mistake.Laserman wrote:Besides, half the fun is doing the conversions in your head right?