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#1 posted 04-07-2018 06:30 PM

We will agree to disagree on cheap measuring tools gentlemen. Also cheap squares are also not square so be advised they can be out square by a lot. 37 years ago when I was a young man and trying to dial in my first table saw with a shiny new construction square, after hours of frustration yeah I discovered this brand new square wasn’t square. lol

My key measuring tools…

Starrett Combination square with 12” and 24” satin chrome finish rules (light grey and WAY easier to read)

Mitutoyo Electronic 6” calipers, I stepped up to coolant proof, they are still going strong after 15 years. I used these a LOT and frequently take them to the hardware store.

Mitutoyo test indicator, again .0005 or even .001 accuracy is likely fine but I stepped up to the .0001 as I have need for that level of accuracy. The run out on the Grizzly G0696X arbor was .0002 it was nice to know that but not critical. If I saw the needle on a .001 flutter a bit I’d know it was under .001 accurate. I also like dial indicators, plenty of more expensive digital indicators out there but for setup I like a dial and a needle. If you go Mitutoyo pay particular attention to the test range, some high accuracy are as little as +.003 to -.003 that’s not much of a range.

For sale – two cheap CHINA test indicators, both are broken. One fell apart after about 30 minutes of use. I’m as frugal as the next guy with my money, but after I get burned a couple of times forget it. Just saying.

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