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whats the best digital caliper?

6balls6balls Posts: 5,145 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
Now that I've read fin whispering, I need to get serious.

What's the best digital caliper?
THX
Dave Ross--die cancer die
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,889 Administrator
    @6balls I own a number of pairs including the high dollar mitutoyo. I'm absolutely ready to go back to Mechanical dial because all of my digital give me errors periodically.

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  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 1,824 Mega Baller
    @6balls - I use a Brown and Sharpe dial caliper. Very good caliper and easy to use. Oh yeah - no batteries to replace either.
    BG1jackski
  • DWDW Posts: 2,026 Mega Baller
    edited February 2017
    @6balls : a question with many answers, but what is your criteria for best? Accuracy, reliability, ease of use, value? Lots of options on the market.

    Google 'top 10 dial calipers' and you can read a review posted on ezvid.com and note @Skoot1123 suggestion is #1, and same for digital caliper review by consumer essentials which ranks the iGaging #1 which is American made.

    Also, you will find a #2 pencil to be a great tool when you start moving your fin...

    Skoot1123
  • Bruce_ButterfieldBruce_Butterfield Posts: 1,535 Mega Baller
    Dw beat me, but the igaging 8" is the best value for a digital caliper. The quality of mitutoyo at 1/3 the price. Around $50 on Amazon
    I'm Ancient. WTH do I know?
    WBLskier
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,477 Mega Baller
    I'm a big fan of mechanical calipers for fin tuning. Digital really doesn't add anything except the chance to fail if it gets too wet.

    I do have an El Cheapo digital caliper for other projects, just because it's so quick to use. I think it's one of the Harbor Freight sub-brands like Pittsburgh or something? It's neither big enough nor accurate enough for fin tuning, though.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
    jackski
  • igkyaigkya Posts: 666 Crazy Baller
    2nd/3rd the igaging caliper.
  • escmanazeescmanaze Posts: 720 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    So it looks like the topic of this thread might be getting modified a bit to just the best caliper? Is there an overall preference on this forum actually FOR analog and AGAINST digital?

    Just like the OP, I also have bought fin whisperer but have not yet bought the calipers and would love some help and recommendations on choosing.
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 1,824 Mega Baller
    To get a feel for the quality of the caliper you just bought (or want to get) you will need to slide the jaws apart a number (ie: 30) of times and get a feel of how smoothly the jaws slide apart. The smoother they are the better the quality of the instrument. The smoothness is an indication of how well the gears mesh/match. A quick method to learn how to take measurements is to practice taking measurements on a piece of paper (which is about 2-3 thousands thick: 0.002 - 0.003"). When you can smoothly slide the paper from between the caliper jaws each time you take a measurement, then you are beginning to get the proper "feel" of the caliper. Everyone will have a little different "feel" for their caliper - @SkiJay mentions this in his book - which is why you may obtain different fin data points from your friends. Practice makes. . . . . better.
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,145 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    OK, friendly amendment...best caliper. I guess I don't care if digital. I've adjusted by thumbnail my whole life with limited understanding and (sorry) thought all the adjusting was kinda funny. Figured there's a lot more wrong with me than the ski.
    Now thinking tune the ski to me...whatever me may be. Gosh what a knucklehead I've been.
    Will look at the igaging digital and mitutoyo mechanical.
    Thanks all.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • skibugskibug Posts: 2,041
    Starrett 3202-8 Dial Caliper, Hardened Stainless Steel, 0-8" Range, .001" Graduations
    Bob Grizzi
  • skialexskialex Posts: 910 Crazy Baller
    I have many calipers, the Mitutoyio 8" Coolant Proof to my opinion is the best, it can only fail when battery's life is ending or when using the wrong batteries. I have an Analog one but as I'm getting older I'm having a bad time seeing the readings.
    If you are riding Goodes you need a Slot Caliper in order to put factory, share or compare, numbers.
    oldjeep
  • WBLskierWBLskier Posts: 460 Baller
    Has anyone used the radar branded caliper?
  • ALPJrALPJr Posts: 1,900 Mega Baller
    edited February 2017
    Bump... Any experience with the Radar kit that @perfski has?
    6balls
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,145 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Ordered the igaging 8''. I think Jim said he has a micro-just I can steal. Anyone have a ventral? Just kidding. Will be happy with my caliper and wing angle guages for now.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • gmutgmut Posts: 214 Baller
    @6balls many years ago I purchased a ski thru Steve Schnitzer and he sent me a 8 inch digital caliper as part of a promo he had going. This caliper has always worked very well for me. I think it is a Neiko but not sure since there are no markings either on the case or the caliper, only "made in China". I would suggest that you buy a 9 or 10 inch caliper. You can then measure the "total distance from the tail"(distance from the leading edge of the fin to the rear of the ski). I use this measurement to more accurately move the fin fore and aft without changing anything else. The 8 inch caliper is not long enough for this measurement most of the time.
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,145 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @gmut good idea on 10'' caliper. It's clear from fin whispering that the LE measurement (front of fin from rear of ski--leading edge) is the main driver of tip sensitivity.

    Having said that, one can measure DFT and FL, then add them to get LE. Granted each math step presents some chance of error...
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • DaveDDaveD Posts: 808 Crazy Baller
    If you get a digital caliper, make sure it has auto shut-off.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,889 Administrator

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  • ALPJrALPJr Posts: 1,900 Mega Baller
    Yeah nice package. Hmmm... Vapor, dbl Carbotex and fin pack B)
    6balls
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,430 Mega Baller
    X2 on the Mitutoyio 8" Coolant Proof . I bought my son a bunch of Mitutoyio measuring tools when he was working as a tool setup tech at a machine shop. Stuff seems very solid and liquid proof.
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • Mrs_MSMrs_MS Posts: 317 Crazy Baller
    @6balls
    You'll probably end up on a N1 so you might as well just buy a slot calliper :)
    I ski for fun, just the wife!
    The_MS
  • BG1BG1 Posts: 177 Baller
    Calipers are normally sold in 4", 6", 8", and 12" or larger. I've never seen a 9" or 10" dial caliper before so the next step up from the 8" is the 12" and they are larger in every way which would take up more space in your toolbox. The 12" might also be a little harder to measure with unless you have good skills with the dial caliper because it is heaver. My 8" has always worked for measuring tail of ski to tip of fin. A 7.000" long fin plus .800" from tail is 7.800", less then 8".
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,145 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @Mrs_MS ya really??? I'll be happy to help screw with @MS head now that I have enough knowledge to be dangerous. Hey Mark...a little less depth it seems that your edge change comes on too abruptly! :smile:
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
    Mrs_MS
  • gmutgmut Posts: 214 Baller
    edited February 2017
    Starrett sells a 9 inch dial caliper and a 9 inch digital caliper.
  • skialexskialex Posts: 910 Crazy Baller
    A 12" caliper is not only longer but is also larger in volume, when compared with an 8", depth measures the same and DFT might be within a 0.0001" but length deference might be significant. When you measure length with tips you press the caliper with your thumb against the ski and a 12" sits higher giving slightly different numbers. If you measure with jaws the difference increases.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,889 Administrator

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  • Razorskier1Razorskier1 Posts: 3,425 Mega Baller
    Uh oh, my brother @6balls has started studying the dark arts
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  • thagerthager Posts: 4,600 Mega Baller
    Hairy Putzer?
    Stir vigorously then leave!
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,145 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @Razorskier1 yes soon to be a dark lord. Maybe finally tuning a ski instead of only horsing it around will provide a buoy or two. Alternatively, I could just let you keep setting up skis and stealing them...that's been a decent strategy as well.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
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