PAGE 178 — COMPANION REFERENCE GUIDE FOR TEST INDICATORS
PROFESSIONAL REPAIRS & SALES IN THE U.S.A. SINCE 1959
Brand comparison, manufacturers' specs, equivalent models, contact point selection, crystal sizes and installation, repair hints and calibration of brand name quality test indicators. Includes Brown & Sharpe BesTest, Compac, Interapid, Mitutoyo and Starrett. Contains 135 pages based on test indicator content from this Long Island Indicator Service web site.
Everything has changed.
BesTest indicators, the pride of Swiss gages, are now made in China. Compac indicators — our best sellers since 1960 — are discontinued. Starrett managed to create an impressive catalog. Mitutoyo completely revamped all of their test indicators in 2017. Mahr bought Federal and promises to give Brown & Sharpe some heady competition.
I retired from 40 years of repairing indicators. My brother and his team now run Long Island Indicator Service. I have completely redesigned our web site and, since Spring 2020, I have been living just a stone’s throw from Waikiki Beach. It was time to update the original Companion Reference Guide. We trust that it will still prove useful in many ways.
René Urs Meyer
The following pages are included in the most recent 2020 print version of
OUR COMPANION REFERENCE GUIDE TO TEST INDICATORS
|Calibration procedures: Do it yourself|
|Girodtast — the other Swiss test indicator|
|Interapid test indicator contact points|
|Interapid test indicator|
|Tesatast test indicator|
|Test indicator accessories: stems and holders|
|Test indicator brand name comparison|
|Compac test indicators|
|Mitutoyo test indicator attachments|
|Interapid contact point installation: What you must not do|
|Contact points for test indicators|
|Mitutoyo test indicator — model with slanted dial|
|Starrett 711 Last Word indicator|
|Mitutoyo test indicator — standard model|
|Mitutoyo Pocket Type test indicator|
|Test indicator model equivalents|
|How to read the graduations on indicator dials|
|Test indicator model equivalents: horizontal|
|Test indicator model equivalents: vertical|
|Mitutoyo test indicator contact points|
|Metric test indicator model equivalents|
|Test Indicators: What can go wrong?|
|Bestest and Tesatast contact points|
|Crystal insertion for indicators and dial calipers|
|MarTest test indicator|
|Starrett 708A 708B 709A 709B indicator and spare parts|
|Side mounted (parallel style) test indicator|
Shortly after this original reference book was published in 2015, all the manufacturers decided to either redesign their gages or stop making them. As a result we published a Second Edition. Further changes ensued and a Third Edition was required in 2020. Since then, we still receive requests for information on gages which are no longer in production and no longer in the catalogs. What size contact point did they take? What were the specs? Is there still a parts list? Can I get it repaired? etc. It became clear that a reprint of the original book was in order. After all, most of us are still using gages older than just a few years. This is particularly true of some of the finest and most robust gages ever made. Swiss indicators can easily last for someone’s entire career, for example. When referring to information in this book, keep this in mind. But, please do not assume that anyone still has access to any of these older models, or that spare parts are still available. That's why this book is "for reference only."
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