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Old 11-12-2006, 04:44 PM
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HF precistion tools

I was just wondering if anyone had tried out these HF cen-tech dial indicators or micrometers or calipers. They are cheap but are the worth a dang? I would like to own some of these tools because I want to tool around with engines so I need them to be fairly accurate but I am not going to be doing this sort of thing all the time so I don't want to spend a fortune on these tools.

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Old 11-12-2006, 04:55 PM
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I have a Cen Tech 0-1" micrometer with the "digital" scale on the side. it is accurate. Also the auto class I take, we have a few Cen Tech mics, but they don't have the digital scale. the digital scale is not very accurate ( .001 or more diffrence in reading ) but if you take the measurements from the barral, they are accurate
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Old 11-12-2006, 06:21 PM
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I bought a cen tech 1" dial indicator and magnetic base from HF in 1990. I beat the crap out of it and it still works. It is probably as accurate as a regular guy needs. I use it to pretend like I'm a big time engine builder, degreeing cams and finding TDC.

I have also had numerous 20.00 dial calipers and cheapo micrometers, unless you are actually doing the machine work on a motor, those also work fine. I use them for measuring all kinds of stuff around the shop and never had a mishap because of inaccuracy of the tool.

I have some of the good stuff too. I'm sure it is more accurate in the right hands, and I can feel the difference in the action, but a regular guy doesn't need all that. ( I have 2 dial indicators that read in 0.0001. All it does is confuse me when I try to use it. ) I did use my tesa .0001 micrometer a while back for checking some needle bearings in a harley tranny, but how often does a guy do that?

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Old 11-12-2006, 07:21 PM
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Well I guess I am going to get these tools and I will hold you guys responsible if they are crappy and my engine blows up!
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Old 11-12-2006, 10:12 PM
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I got my dial indicator and dial caliper from grizzly tools for about 20 bux for the indicator (came with the magnetic base too) and 15 for the caliper.
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Those HF micrometers and dial indicators work just fine and the only malfunction I have experienced was when I dropped a dial indicator on a concrete floor, cost me $8. I can not bring myself to trust the electronic digital gizmos from HF but I have a Starrett digital caliper which cost more than 3 times what the HF dial indicators, mag bases, mechanical calipers and Mics together cost. With the HF mechanical measuring tools accuracy does not seem to be an issue and apparently, so far anyway, neither does reliability. Like most cheap HF stuff these things are just fine for hobby use but if you are making your living with them and your reputation is on the line spend the money on the good tools otherwise you can spend a few bucks and get what would cost you hundreds or even thousands in the name brand lines and for practical purposes you probably will never know any difference.
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Old 11-13-2006, 09:01 AM
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I seldom get my Starrett suff out - I just use my CenTech dial indicators, my General mic or my cheapy vernier. Why? Well as Oldred say, for (most) hobby work.....
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I have some and they seem to work fine for me.

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Actually that US General stuff is sold in other places besides HF and the quality seems to be quite good.
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I agree completely with the general consensus of all the responses thus far. I have (and use) both the HF dial indicator with magnetic base and the digital caliper. They have both served my needs extremely well - but this is my obsession - er, I mean hobby, not my livelihood.

However, there is an old saying in the commercial shipyards that:

"You design it with a computer, measure it with a micrometer, mark it with a piece of chalk, cut it with an axe, then beat it with a hammer!"

Sound familiar???

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Old 11-13-2006, 12:00 PM
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I have a lot of Starret stuff, and a few Cen-Tech-I can't see a real difference, other than what powerodsmike said-
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Old 11-13-2006, 05:32 PM
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Very good to know. I am going to stay away from the digital tools. Who wants to fuss with batteries anyway?.
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Those HF digital tools may very well be ok but it just seems to me that the chance of error is far greater than with a mechanical tool and besides is there really any advantage except for the gee-whiz factor?
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Old 11-14-2006, 12:48 PM
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Hmmm,
I just think there easier to read thats about it. Electronic stuff the world run on this stuff. Ever have a computer go down at a place where you shop? They don't know what to do HA! There's no back up plan. If the internet ever went down it would be a big old mess. You could not buy anything.WOW
trusting electronic stuff, I still feel weird with the deal.
Heck with being a mechanic now its Electronic tech. Old habits die hard I guess.

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I feel comfortable using my $200.00 Starrett digital caliper but I would not feel so sure if I was using a $15.00 HF model. With the mechanical measuring tools there is not much of a problem with accuracy since they are based on a gear mechanism or precision threads but with the electronic gizmos, well I am not so sure.
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