Brown & Sharpe VALUELINE

An economical alternative to BesTest Indicators
Very little needs to be said about these Asian imports bearing the all-American name of Brown & Sharpe.

There are only two options: large dial or small dial.

It seems that every major manufacturer has been lured into making something that will compete with the inexpensive Chinese competition. Ironically, the product they come up with is usually made in China by their very competitors. To sound like they're above the fray, the manufacturers will say something like: Made to our specifications in our factory in China or, "globally sourced". And that's why these indicators all look alike.

In this case, the indicators have a superficial resemblance to the far superior Swiss Made Bestest indicators, complete with black dial, orange hand and the All-American Brown & Sharpe trademark name.

Still, even if the origin is Asian, the company you are supporting by purchasing these affordable indicators is to some degree American. Better than nothing. The models were new as of Spring 2016. They currently sell for 1/3 the price of the BesTest indicators.

  • Graduations: .0005"
  • Range: one revolution .030"
  • Dial configuration: balanced 0-15-0
  • Dial size: 1.26" or 1.54"
  • Contact point length: .70" (caution: replacement points may be hard to find)
  • Maximum error: .00012"
  • Accessories included: rectangular holding bar, swivel clamp, contact point wrench, plastic box
  • Compatible with other Bestest accessories
Valueline indicator with black dial
Caution: spare parts are not available and repairs will not be possible.

If you can afford it, by all means take a look at the genuine
Swiss made BesTest indicator. You won't be disappointed.
B&S Model No. Graduations Range Dial Ø Dial Contact point length Price US$
01889018 .0005" .030" 1.26" 0-15-0 .70" check internet discount
01889023 .0005" .030" 1.54" 0-15-0 .70" check internet discount


I need a longer (2" to 2.5") needle tip for my part number 49U622 1.5" face test indicator with .0005" divisions. Do you have these or know where I can get one?

  • Sorry, we don’t have any parts for these. Sometimes other manufacturers’ points will fit—depending on the thread diameter—but we have no way of verifying this.
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There is no question that Amazon can offer you the best prices on almost every kind of precision measuring tool. They also offer easy no-questions-asked returns and often free shipping. The small distributor simply cannot compete. That's why we include this link so you can go directly to Amazon and see what they're offering.

Two things to consider:

  • Amazon product photos sometimes don't match the product description. It's the description that you want to pay attention to.
  • There are imitation gages on the market (specifically Mitutoyo) and you can make sure you are getting the real item by looking for the words "sold by Amazon". If it is sold by a third party, you might want to call Mitutoyo to find out if they are legitimate distributors.

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