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03-15-2010 04:34 AM  8 years agoPost 1
cowetachopper

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What do you guys think about this dial indicator? I have never bought one before.

http://www.amazon.com/Central-Tools...r/dp/B002XMS8TS

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03-15-2010 04:55 AM  8 years agoPost 2
Damper

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Fair price for a magnetic base and indicator new, but on the other there are pawn shops same setup for about $10-$25. Plus since I say fair it depends on brand of indicator and mag base. Individual mag base range from $15-$100 & inicators range $10-$100 on brand.

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03-17-2010 07:01 AM  8 years agoPost 3
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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I bought a decent one at Harbor Freight for $10

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03-17-2010 07:45 AM  8 years agoPost 4
Heli Davey

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Justin stuart,can you post a link for the one you have?

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03-17-2010 04:12 PM  8 years agoPost 5
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ct...?itemnumber=623

You can buy the magnetic base from Harbor Freight as well for about $10.

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04-10-2010 02:03 AM  8 years agoPost 6
Bouchah

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I looked at the Harbor Freight indicators, they only measure down to incriments of .001". Reading posts about indicating fans and starter shafts and clutches to motors it is recommmended to get it within .0005" or less. I chose not to go with the Harbor Freight one. Luckily at my work we have one that goes to .0001" so I use that one til I come across one for a good price.

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04-10-2010 03:27 AM  8 years agoPost 7
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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If the HF dial indicator reads to 0.001 and you want 0.0005, all you have to do is look between 2 of the tick marks.

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04-10-2010 03:40 AM  8 years agoPost 8
Bouchah

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If the HF dial indicator reads to 0.001 and you want 0.0005, all you have to do is look between 2 of the tick marks.
If that is what you want to do. If it is capable of reading .0001" there are 10 tick marks for one tick mark on a .001 gauge. For me I would rather be able to tell exactly where it is at. Just my opinion.

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04-10-2010 06:56 AM  8 years agoPost 9
Paul Woodcock

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Hi guys

I used to use a friends dial indicator that only went to 0,001 and i then later bought my own that goes to 0,0001. My one is much easier to use and get accurate, repeatable readings. On the 0,001 dial indicator, the needle movement is just too small.

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