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  1. silk186

    silk186 Derp

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    Are the cheap callipers on eBay any good? Every so often I wand to measure something to order a replacement part so it doesn't need to super accurate, but it would be nice if it is accurate to 0.1mm

    Are the cheap ones on ebay accurate and good enough for the odd measurement or do I need to spend a bit more?
     
  2. CrapBag

    CrapBag Well-Known Member

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    I got a digital calliper from Lidl, think it was about 10 quid, seems to measure ok.
     
  3. silk186

    silk186 Derp

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    Seems I can get a cheap one for £3.99 or pay a bit more £10-15
     
  4. legoman

    legoman breaker of things

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    Got a Lidl one years ago, its decent enough.
     
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  5. mrlongbeard

    mrlongbeard Well-Known Member

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    They're 'OK' if you strip them down and clean out all the swarf and other detritus left in them from manufacturing.
    I wouldn't be without my Mitutoyo verniers or micrometer, but appreciate a cheapo for when bodgery is a foot
     
  6. Cerberus90

    Cerberus90 Car Spannerer

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    we use ones that look identical at work and we're working down to thousandths of an inch. If I measure diff shims they're usually accurate to a few thou. The way you measure and whether it's the right tool for what your measuring is usually the limiting factor.
     
  7. silk186

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    David Take my advice — I’m not using it.

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    yeah - I bought a cheapo £15 digital model a few years ago and tried it out on a mate's slip gauge set. It was good to within two or three thou.

    My only gripe is it has no auto power-off and I have occasionally left it switched on. Bloody frustrating, but I've learned to keep a couple of spare button cells in the case.
     
  9. silk186

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    That sounds more than enough for my requirements. ordered!
     
  10. Nexxo

    Nexxo Stopped treating this country as if it was his own

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    Banggood is your friend.

    A warning though: this webshop is the crack cocaine of tools and gadgets. Lots of interesting stuff at crazy cheap prices. I have just bought an ES121 electric screwdriver from them and it arrived here within a week.
     
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  11. silk186

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    Interesting, it looks like taobao and ships from China,
     
  12. Nexxo

    Nexxo Stopped treating this country as if it was his own

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    Yup. My first experience has been pretty good. It quotes prices in GBP; you can pay through PayPal. I ordered on 17.11.19, it was shipped on 19.11.19 and it arrived on 26.11.19. You can track your order on the website every step of the way.

    It's just, as I said, incredibly tempting to go on a spending spree: digital multimeter/oscilloscope for £57,42; multifunctional component identifier/tester for £15,73; non-contact laser thermometers from £7,07; and this really nice large LCD screen digital calliper with metric/inch/fractions for £24,21. Must... resist...

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  13. d_stilgar

    d_stilgar Old School Modder

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    I got a cheap digital caliper and have loved it. I'm not a machinist, so I don't need something accurate to .00 thou or whatever.

    The biggest issue with it is that the reading seems to be based on some relative voltage/resistance reading, so if the batteries are low that number will move, even if the calipers aren't. The cheap ones also slowly drain the batteries when not in use, so it's best to take them out.

    But if you only use it once a month or so and it's not for critical work, there's no reason to spend a lot of money.
     
  14. silk186

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    The Caliper looks identical to the, thought a different brand, to the one I ordered of Amazon.
    Digital Vernier Caliper, Preciva Electronic Caliper 150mm
     
  15. legoman

    legoman breaker of things

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    I could really do with a 4"/100mm caliper for my box but its hard to find a half decent one.
     
  16. Mr_Mistoffelees

    Mr_Mistoffelees The Lunatic on the Grass.

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    If you can squeeze in a 150mm caliper you can find Mitutoyo vernier calipers, on Amazon, for less than £30. I intend to buy one next year, should never need to replace it.
     
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    Think my Lidl one doesn't have an auto off as my battery was dead and I've only used it a handful of times, put a new one in and all's fine again.
     
  18. Nexxo

    Nexxo Stopped treating this country as if it was his own

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    No fractions though. Never use it, but it's handy to have if you deal with older British engineering blueprints in Imperial.
     

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