If you're a novice: once you get the hang of it, vernier calipers are easy as pie to read and there are no gears, dials or pinions to malfunction. They'll probably never need to be repaired. If you're unsure how to read the vernier, ask someone to show you. That's the best way to learn. To sum things up: we would rather have one vernier caliper than a dozen dial or digital calipers. We have been using Swiss vernier calipers in our own shop and they haven't let us down in 61 years!
If you're a pro: no sales pitch needed.
Undeniably, all calipers today contain parts that are of Chinese origin. The tools, however, are still designed and sometimes assembled and labeled "made in" by established manufacturing brands.
Note: Products of The L.S. Starrett Company meet all applicable federal or manufacturing specifications. They have a unique serial number, tolerance parameter, and traceability to The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Specified accuracy for all calipers is ± .001" over the first 4 inches of travel and .0015" up to 8 inches.
(*) Note: Brown & Sharpe has discontinued model 599-577-1 and replaced it with V-Cal 00580101 (made in China)
How to read the vernier? The best way is to ask someone to show you how.
|6" and 150 mm||1/128" and 0,05 mm||± .002"||Mahr||4100400||—|
|8" and 200 mm||.001" and 0,02 mm||± .002"||Mahr||4100671||—|
|12" and 300 mm||.001" and 0,02 mm||± .002"||Mahr||4100672||—|
|6" and 150 mm||.001" and 0,05 mm||± .0015"||Brown & Sharpe V-Cal (*)||00580101||—|
|6" and 150 mm||.001" and 0,02 mm||± 0,03 mm||Mitutoyo||530-312||check price and stock|
|8" and 200 mm||.001" and 0,02 mm||± 0,03 mm||Mitutoyo||530-118||check price and stock|
|12" and 300 mm||.001" and 0,02 mm||± 0,04 mm||Mitutoyo||530-119||check price and stock|
|6" and 150 mm||.001" and 0,02 mm||not published||Starrett||123EMZ-6||—|
|12" and 300 mm||.001" and 0,02 mm||not published||Starrett||123EMZ-12||check price and stock|
|24" and 600 mm||.001" and 0,02 mm||not published||Starrett||123EMZ-24||—|
|36"||.001"||not published||Starrett||123Z-36||check with a Starrett distributor|
|48"||.001"||not published||Starrett||123Z-48||check with a Starrett distributor|
|60"||.001"||not published||Starrett||123Z-60||check with a Starrett distributor|
|72"||.001"||not published||Starrett||123Z-72||check with a Starrett distributor|
Starrett offers the largest selection of vernier calipers but they do not have dedicated I.D. jaws.
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