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#1 posted 03-01-2018 01:23 PM

Just a tip… the dial indicator can be used for all sorts of things and really useful to have around even if you don t have a table saw :)

You can go the HF route, but IMO, a better buy is to get a complete set from some place like Amazon that includes multiple tips so you can greatly expand it s usefulness. It s cheaper than buying all the stuff separately at HF and comes in a nice case. Actually, I don t think HF even carries the extra tips… just the indicator and base which will be about $25 for both. You can get a set on Amazon


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This is true.

Some things I don’t mind just throwing a few bucks at because they’re just that simple and hard to mess up. A machinists square is going to do everything you need a square to do in a wood shop whether it was $20 or $120.

Some measuring tools however see a lot more use, and in my opinion it’s worth it to pay the premium to ensure that years later I’m still going to have a quality tool that isn’t compromising my work.

That’s why when I bought a combo square I went ahead and threw down $275 on a Starrett with the protractor and center heads. The Combo square is a tool that I’m going to be using for whatever I’m doing for the rest of my life, so I might as well buy one that is going to last me a lifetime.

The dial indicator is great to tuning all kinds of tools in the shop and checking for problems. I don’t think I’ll be skimping on that either when I pick one up.

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