Cheap Digital Vernier

  1. Parm

    Parm I have fun doing stuff

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    I need a cheap digital vernier for general purpose metal mangling in the workshop as my Aldi one has died after 10 years of service.

    Not looking for expensive as I have two very nice mitutoyo’s for turning and milling purposes

    It’s mainly for measuring drill sizes, nuts, bolts and that sort of thing

    Seen plenty on eBay around the 10 quid mark. Any recommendations ?
     
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  2. eLuSiVeMiTe

    eLuSiVeMiTe Forum Supporter

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  3. Paul.

    Paul. Moderator Staff Member

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    Ten quid ebay ones are fine, I bought one when my mitotoyo died and it looks identical,
     
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  4. Wightsparks

    Wightsparks Forum Supporter

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    I got a cheap ebay one, lasted not very long. The replacement from Lidl has been going strong for a while - not much help though as you have to wait for them to come around.
     
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  5. winchman

    winchman Member

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    Lidl ones are great I keep one in the kitchen!
     
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  6. ronan

    ronan Member

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    I've never had any luck with the cheap digital calipers, they all die after no time with me. I have a set of mitutoyo's though and they are with me over 21 years, and i bought them used. You get what you pay for in this world.
     
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  7. mtt.tr

    mtt.tr Member

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    Get an oil proof one.
     
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  8. daleyd

    daleyd Member

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    I’d vote for the Lidl ones, I’ve had a set for a few years and the batteries are still original. They zero perfectly every time and are accurate when compared with a mic. I was very surprised for the price, compared to a Moore and Wright set that only lasted a couple of years before failing and used to eat batteries if left in.
     
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  9. Gareth0123

    Gareth0123 You'll need 16 pigs to do the job in one sitting!

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    The lidl ones are good the aldi ones not so.
     
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  10. ronan

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    Oil wasn't the issue, they just gave up.
     
  11. ronan

    ronan Member

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    A good compromise is a dial caliper, easier to read and no batteries or electronics to give up.
     
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  12. slim_boy_fat

    slim_boy_fat Forum Supporter

    For cutting steaks at just the right thickness? :laughing:
     
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  13. Hood

    Hood Forum Supporter

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    I always buy Mitutoyos and have a pair of 500mm ones that must be 30 years old at least and they are still going strong.
    I did buy some SPI ones because they were dirt cheap and I reckoned they would be fine for taking round to boats, biggest pile of junk I have ever had , walk past the Chiron and they would jump all over the place, seemed to be the LED lights inside that were affecting them. They died after about 2 months and now I just use them as a depth gauge to set the jaws on the CNC lathes power chuck.
     
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  14. ronan

    ronan Member

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    Or in the bedroom if you are Adrian Mole.
     
  15. Paul.

    Paul. Moderator Staff Member

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    I must have been lucky then, I've had mine for about 5 years, all its needed in that time is a new battery,
     
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  16. ronan

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    I have never bought anything Mitutoyo that have been anything but excellent, in fact i will not buy anything else, though i do like Starrett stuff too. My only complaint is the mitutoyo boxes, which seem to want to do nothing but break and the foam in the boxes breaks up and sticks to the tools.
     
  17. The_Yellow_Ardvark

    The_Yellow_Ardvark If in doubt ask. Same rules for everyone

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    £5.
    Including a new battery.
     
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  18. Maker

    Maker nEw mEmBeR

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    Just use your nice Mitutoyo's and be careful with them.
     
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  19. Hood

    Hood Forum Supporter

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    It will be like everything else of that ilk, you will get fairly decent ones and you will get terrible ones and I suppose as time goes on the cheap ones coming to the market are getting better. One thing that did always annoy me about the cheap ones (other peoples I used) was the update rate of the display, move them fairly fast and you didn't really see the numbers changing (just a blur) until you stopped, it made quickly adjusting them a pain compared to the Mitutoyos.
     
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  20. Richard.

    Richard. Member

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    I was thinking the same thing.
    If you’ve got two mitutoyos already why not just use them.
    You won’t harm them measuring drill bits and bolts.
     
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