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How often do you measure over 12"?

Uglydog

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#33
Brown Sharpe 36" vernier caliper.
Got her cheap on account of the surface rust.
Was very pleased that she had no pitting!
Cleaned up nice.

Daryl
MN
 

dlane

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#37
Scwhite : the yard stick is 2/3 round, the measure head is round on the right side,
I got it from a guy that his machinist farther passed away and was selling stuff off about a year ago along with a lot of other machinist stuff.
Rustrp: I was referring to its quality not who made it, as there are no names on it, hence built rite.
Some day I'll find a use for it , I'm not seeing a way to mount it on the SB 10L yet.
 

scwhite

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#38
Scwhite : the yard stick is 2/3 round, the measure head is round on the right side,
I got it from a guy that his machinist farther passed away and was selling stuff off about a year ago along with a lot of other machinist stuff.
Rustrp: I was referring to its quality not who made it, as there are no names on it, hence built rite.
Some day I'll find a use for it , I'm not seeing a way to mount it on the SB 10L yet.
Is the ends threaded
 

Rustrp

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#39
Scwhite : the yard stick is 2/3 round, the measure head is round on the right side,
I got it from a guy that his machinist farther passed away and was selling stuff off about a year ago along with a lot of other machinist stuff.
Rustrp: I was referring to its quality not who made it, as there are no names on it, hence built rite.
Some day I'll find a use for it , I'm not seeing a way to mount it on the SB 10L yet.
Okay, I saw built rite and thought you were referring to the tool company in Massachusetts. I can find a use for the precision rule if you run out of ideas. :D
 

Highsider

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#41
I have a 24" vernier caliper, but for most OD measurements, a diameter tape (pi tape) is just about as accurate and a lot cheaper.
 

Dabbler

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#42
I have a 12" digital caliper I use about 1/month. Just picked up a 24" manual vernier caliper. I admit it - I'm a toolaholic.
 

scwhite

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#43
I have a 24" vernier caliper, but for most OD measurements, a diameter tape (pi tape) is just about as accurate and a lot cheaper.
No a tape is not ether
Try the Starrett Vervier calipers model 123z
Master bar .
They are extremely accurate.
All you need to do is learn how to use them
The feel is a little tricky but they are very very accurate. 50 vernier divisions on them .
 

coolidge

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#44
For anything over 6 inches my Starret rules and square have sufficed, I have a 12 and 24 in chrome satin that fit the combination square.
 

NCjeeper

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So I needed some stuff from Shars so I threw a 24" caliper in my cart. Ironically on ebay shipping costs for the caliper are 17 bucks. My order from shars with the caliper was 15 bucks. :concerned:
 

Dabbler

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#46
One of my friends, a toolmaker, claims he did an assembly over 24 feet using only an accurate tape measure and a jewelers loop, holding to .003 tolerance all along the way... I know he holds incredible accuracy on his machines, so it lends some credibility to his claim. It was cheap enough to get an accurate vernier that was 24" long.
 

Catcam

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#51
My mics and calipers go up to 12" and I hadn't needed to take a precision measurement over 12" so far in the last few years of home shop machining. Just wondering if its worth picking up a 18" or 24" caliper for the off chance I may need one. Just don't want to spend money on tools I may never use. For those that own larger measuring tools how often do you use them?
You can't have enough tools but when your calipers are not long enough I use the bed of the mill. clamp the item down and measure it with the DRO.
Realistically only ever used it once on a motor shaft that was rebuilt and I wanted to ensure the end play was correct.
 

NCjeeper

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You can't have enough tools but when your calipers are not long enough I use the bed of the mill. clamp the item down and measure it with the DRO.
Realistically only ever used it once on a motor shaft that was rebuilt and I wanted to ensure the end play was correct.
Ahh good thinking.
 

benmychree

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#53
No a tape is not ether
Try the Starrett Vervier calipers model 123z
Master bar .
They are extremely accurate.
All you need to do is learn how to use them
The feel is a little tricky but they are very very accurate. 50 vernier divisions on them .
The Pi Tape reads to .001" how is the vernier caliper any better?
 

celtic1522

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#56
Have a pair of 12 inch digi absolute mitutoyos, and a pair of 8 inch vernier mitutoyos too. Would use the 12 inch pair every day as they are just so easy to read! As for mics, they go to 6 inch and 150 mm on the ex and 300 mm on the internals, 8 inch and 150 mm with the depth. Anything over that I borrow off a friend who is a general engineer. Only happend once in 10 years I think.

David
 

4gsr

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#57
I have a couple of PI tapes I use to measure OD's and some ID's of rubber goods. Ever try to measure a piece of round rubber using calipers or mics? Rubber is not always round, definitely spongy. I have fought with rubber vendors on dimensions being out of tolerance, and when they pull out a PI tape and measure, guess who's right now?
 

scwhite

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#59
I have a couple of PI tapes I use to measure OD's and some ID's of rubber goods. Ever try to measure a piece of round rubber using calipers or mics? Rubber is not always round, definitely spongy. I have fought with rubber vendors on dimensions being out of tolerance, and when they pull out a PI tape and measure, guess who's right now?
Pi tape
You are going to have to tell me what the Pi stands stands for .
 

rock_breaker

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#60
Not trying to steal any ones thunder but pi is the circumference of a circle divided by it's diameter. My dictionary says this is of Greek origin. As you know it is also used to find the area of a circle.
Have a good day
Ray