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  • Accurate, easy to use, excellent value for $19!

    posted by Parrotile on 12/14/2009
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    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:

    A well built robust dial vernier that will be really useful around the home and in the workshop. Cheap enough to not worry about losing or having others "borrow", and as accurate as a far more costly Moore and Wright Caliper (one that I cannot afford to use as a "workshop tool" because of the replacement cost. Definite very good buy in my opinion

    Cons:

    The selotape residue and labels on the case were a headache to remove. Also the dial (when originally inspected) was miles out on the zero point. Not a major problem - DCs are easy to adjust up and it was a five minute job to get the needle pointing "up" rather than at 120 degrees to "up". A bit of a rough mechanism - however Brasso and WD40 fixes that just fine. Worth a good clean up and lubricate with a good quality Instrument Oil, then it should last decades.

    OtherThoughts:

    Very good value, just needed a bit of a tweak. For model engineering (lathework) a DC is almost indespensible, and this one is a treat to use. Definitely love the strong, yellow, oil-resistant case!

    Bottomline:

    Does the job just fine - and for an affordable price. Case has real metal pin hinges (not easy-break flexi plastic), so should last years. With modest care of the measuring faces this tool will provide a lifetime's work for a hobbyist. Definitely a VERY GOOD BUY!

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