Calipers? Dial or digital and why

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  1. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

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    same here!

    I do have a dial, and a straight rule.. but the digital wins for ease of use and tired eyes!
  2. aa1911

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    dial gives me a better visual when I'm checking a large batch of case OAL or whatnot; so dial only for me although for working on Toyota's, I plan on getting a metric digital to try out. But I do like not worrying about batteries...
  3. soundguy

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    i keep a dial in the house as a backup to the digital.. but I got a spare battery in a sealed blister pack too. as much power as they use.. I bet it goes a couple years before an issue..
  4. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

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    Ya'll are too worried about the batteries dying. How much trouble is it to throw another battery in it? Price of batteries is so cheap if you buy them on eBay, about a dime each!!
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    .. they make ammo out of explosive powder and primers.. and changing the caliper battery is an issue..

    :)

    I love it.. :) ;)

    I'm cynical too.. :)
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    Y'all are aware, aren't you, that when digital measuring tools start to die - the charge gets almost to the "too low to work" point - they start to lie?
  7. RustyFN

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    I'm not too worried, mine doesn't take batteries. :D How about the time when you are using them and discover you need a new battery and you used the spare and don't have another. Now you have to stop and make a trip to the store. doesn't happen with the dial caliper.
  8. soundguy

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    that's why prudence dictates that when you use your spare.. you order another.

    in the mean time.. the dial caliper can be used. :)
  9. gdmoody

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    I keep two batteries in the case with the caliper and I have a supply of them in the house so I don't worry about it, even a tiny bit.
  10. ozo

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    And , occasionally, I get out my slide rule,......just to........
  11. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Yes, you are right. My friend owns a machine shop and that is why he uses analog.
  12. soundguy

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    can always emplow the scale mentality.. IE.. use a digital scale.. and check every 10th ot 20th load with an analog.. works the same with a digital or dial caliper.

    it's not like it's one OR the other, and if you own a digital caliper you are prohibited from ever owning or using a dial one.. :)
  13. oneoldsap

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    I have both types but use the digital more , because it's easier to see with these old eyes of mine !
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    If you are loading 'critical' measurements......
    and using a battery operated anything......
    surely you are testing your batteries regularly.....
    aren't you....?
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    I don't think anybody said that. The OP wanted to know which one we liked and why. I like dial better because of no batteries. Some people seem to think it's a big deal to worry about changing a battery. Some people think the digital is faster and easier. I have used both and for me it's just as fast and easy to read the dial. I could care less what other people use, this is what works for me.
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    seems to be easier to just verify measurements
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