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    My Mastercraft digital calipers bit the dust. Had them a long time and liked them. Of course they don’t sell the same one anymore. It was a 6” which was a little big. Considering going to a 4”.
    Any recommendations? I am not wanting to spend big dough on them. I would love a left handed one but can’t find any in the budget (<$50).
    Thanks in advance.
    Cheers
    Randy
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    Randy,
    I bought this on sale at Princess Auto:
    https://www.princessauto.com/en/deta...er/A-p8609265e
    In my opinion, better than Canadian Tire, as good as Lee Valley.
    John
    If you learn from your mistakes, then I'm getting a fantastic education.

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    • #3

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      I have one from PA also, however it's this one;

      https://www.princessauto.com/en/deta...er/A-p8372062e

      gives "metric, SAE and fractional measurements"

      I did get it on sale, want to say atleast 1/2 the current/listed price.
      [insert something witty here]

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      • #4

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        A four inch vernier is great for getting into constricted places.
        Kayhan likes this.

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          I have Blindman's digital calipers that LV sells, a battery lasts a couple of years, goes off if not in use for five minutes, has a big display screen, comes in 4" and 6", well within your budget.
          I still have my Mastercraft blue calipers also, bought it 15 years ago probably paid $9.99 , but the battery cover (which is cheap plastic) broke the first year, still use it with the broken cover and all, it is as accurate as the more expensive brands, the battery in mine does not last more than 6 months .

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          • #6

            Re: Digital Calipers

            Originally posted by [email protected] View Post
            Randy,
            I bought this on sale at Princess Auto:
            https://www.princessauto.com/en/deta...er/A-p8609265e
            In my opinion, better than Canadian Tire, as good as Lee Valley.
            John
            I have the same one, bought on sale as well. It replaced an old Mastercraft one that died. I bought a new Mastercraft one and quickly returned it as it felt awful and wouldn't slide smoothly. The Titan one is fine.

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            • #7

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              i have the lee valley "blindman's" caliper, love it especially after using a vernier for several decades

              i guess all of them have metric as well as imperial, metric is pretty well essential for pen turning
              my shop is a beaver lodge
              steve, sarnia, ont




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              • #8

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                So after some deliberations I decided to get a left handed unit. Not a lot of choices, but I ordered this one.

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                https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

                I will do a review once I get a chance to use it for a while.
                Wally in Calgary likes this.
                Cheers
                Randy

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                  Originally posted by Randy in Calgary View Post
                  So after some deliberations I decided to get a left handed unit. Not a lot of choices, but I ordered this one.

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                  https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

                  I will do a review once I get a chance to use it for a while.
                  That is the first time I hear of a left handed vernier, would be great for lathe work! Chicago is Harbour Freight's house brand?

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                  • #10

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                    Originally posted by iamtooler View Post

                    That is the first time I hear of a left handed vernier, would be great for lathe work! Chicago is Harbour Freight's house brand?
                    Dunno about the Harbor Freight connection. Reviews look OK so worth a try, especially with Amazon Prime and the free shipping/returns.
                    Cheers
                    Randy

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                    • #11

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                      I just checked, Chicago is for power hand tools, they use Pittsburg for their calipers.

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                      • #12

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                        I didn't know of a left hand caliper, I always wished that calipers were manufactured in a way that they can be reversed to accommodate both ways. I will have to keep an eye out for one.

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                        • #13

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                          Originally posted by iamtooler View Post

                          That is the first time I hear of a left handed vernier, would be great for lathe work! Chicago is Harbour Freight's house brand?
                          Funny. When I click on the link in the post, the price is like $115. I paid $55. Weird
                          Cheers
                          Randy

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                          • #14

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                            I received the Caliper today. Seems sturdy and well made. No light visible through the jaws anywhere along their length when closed. Checked against my dial based right handed calipers they measured the same. The numbers are big and easy to read. The head slides smoothly.
                            Only gripe is they are not auto-off. Must remember to switch off every time.
                            Feels great to do this with the correct hand and have the numbers correct side up.
                            Wally in Calgary and like this.
                            Cheers
                            Randy

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                            • #15

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                              Were you aware of the existence of left handed verniers?

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