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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 07-30-2018 12:16 PM

The dial indicators are good to have in the shop but around wood/dust I prefer digital calipers. The problem with a dial is that if they get chips in the tiny rack , the needle will jump a tooth and each tooth is .020. That second one has had that happen because the zero is now off center – probably .020”. If it would happen a lot the zero will be on the bottom and make them harder to read. You can slip them back to zero with a fine piece of shim stock.
The advantage is they don’t need a battery and they are very accurate.

The drop indicator is a good one. you’ll want to make use of that in your shop for measuring- I use mine on the router table for height and measurement.

I’d keep one of the calipers and the drop indicator .

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