Reader Ben wrote…
Do you have a recommendation for inexpensive calipers? I need a link for my upcoming 3D printing tools post.
Wait, that’s me! I asked Stuart this question a few days ago and he didn’t have a recommendation, so I’m opening this up to the ToolGuyd Community.
Let’s back up. I purchased a really decent set of cheap calipers for only $20 about two decades ago. Since then, I have tried to purchase the same knock-off calipers and have found the quality seriously lacking.
Some of the issues I’ve experienced are jumpy readouts, clunky movement, and sharp edges. Also, the electronics draw way too much current and the on/off switch only turns off the display, so the battery is dead when you really need it. Apparently I’m not alone, as I’ve read about other people experiencing the same shortcomings with inexpensive calipers.
Getting back to the question, does anyone know of decent digital calipers with the following features:
- $30 to $50 price range
- Metric and Imperial readout (fractional isn’t needed for 3D printing)
- 0-4″ or 0-6″ measurement range
- Smooth action
- Rock steady readout
- Auto shut-off feature (that actually shuts off the electronics)
- Nice finish
If you know of any calipers that fit those criteria, please let us know in the comments.