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Reliable place to get genuine Mitutoyo digital calipers?

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Have seen reports of people receiving fakes/counterfeits when buying from Amazon.

Anyone know of a reliable place to get them from without needing to worry about getting a fake? Perhaps, some sort of machinist tool specialty shop?

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About a year ago I took a chance and ordered one on eBay. It came from China in about 4 weeks and was the real deal. I think I paid 50 bucks shipped. I couldn’t believe it!

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16 minutes ago, Banacek said:

What is your motivation to get the Mitutoyo calipers?

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I have both Mitutoyo calipers and also cheap ones from Amazon. Do not see any difference in their accuracy at all. I also own a gauge block set (Mitutoyo, Grade 2, or A+) which I use to check my calipers regularly.

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I have been using a Midway caliber with dial indicator the 10 years. Unless you rebuild engines, doing work for NASA

 

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MSC direct will be very reliable. If you watch their flyers, they put various brands on sale. They will not likely be the cheapest unless you catch it on sale one month. But I would have no doubt they sold the real deal.

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I bought a used set of Mitutoya calipers for reloading previously. I read about how great they are on the internet, etc, etc. they are unnecessary for reloading as mentioned above. You can get any decent set of calipers and you’ll be fine.


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On 3/27/2020 at 5:48 AM, avastcosmicarena said:

Have seen reports of people receiving fakes/counterfeits when buying from Amazon.

Anyone know of a reliable place to get them from without needing to worry about getting a fake? Perhaps, some sort of machinist tool specialty shop?

You can get the genuine article from Grainger but you are going to drop some dollars

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8 hours ago, Excursion12 said:

MSC direct will be very reliable. If you watch their flyers, they put various brands on sale. They will not likely be the cheapest unless you catch it on sale one month. But I would have no doubt they sold the real deal.

What he said 

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4 hours ago, DKnoch said:

They are unnecessary for reloading as mentioned above. You can get any decent set of calipers and you’ll be fine.


This.

 

A $20 set from harbor freight or Amazon is sufficient for every possible reloading need.

 

I have a pair of mitutoyos in a toolbox 30 feet from the reloading bench, along with a couple of  US made micrometers.

 

I use harbor freight calipers on the loading bench. They’re more than enough tool for the job and I don’t mind beating them up or tossing them around a bit. Save the machinist’s tools for when you’re doing actual machine work.

 

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I also use the Harbor Freight steel digital calipers. They have worked perfectly for years and like Memphis Mechanic said, completely sufficient.  I prefer the digital to the dial style that I would use for woodworking.  With digital you can switch to metric when needed and check sizing on gun parts, etc.  

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MSC, McMaster Carr, Penn Tool, Grainger.... there are more.

The counterfeit Mitutoyo Digimatics are so good, I had difficulty telling them from the real thing visually, but I could certainly feel the difference. I have used the same two pairs of Digimatics dozens (maybe hundreds) of times per day for 20 years.


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For people reading this and looking for calipers in the future check out the Igaging Absolute Origin caliper they are the best bang for your buck if you want something other then the cheapo $10-20 ones.  Last I checked they ran about $30-40 but I picked mine up used on Ebay for a little over $20 and it's so much smoother and nicer then the cheaper sits I have. 

 

Don't get me wrong the cheap $10-20 sets have always worked well for me and are accurate but this Igaging one is super smooth and is my top pick along with many others who have done testing on numerous calipers.  Igaging also has a cheaper sit for about $25ish that I hear is also good quality but not quite as nice as their Origin one.  I almost bought it until I found the used one I bought. 

 

I also find it very helpful to have a dial caliper instead of all digital.  Sometimes the digital calipers can change readings a little bit depending on how hard you squeeze them and with a dial caliper this doesn't seem to be as big of an issue.

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Another vote for the $20 Harbor Freight calipers.  I'm reloading bullets, not building rockets for NASA. Save the money and use it toward reloading components.

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If I decide not to be cremated then my Mitutoyo's are going with me, but for oal I agree they are better than needed.

Seems like if you do any fiddling with guns you find yourself occasionally wanting to reliably differentiate between just a hair and a gnat's whisker. 

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Like others, I find the cheap stuff adequate for reloading.  I have a RCBS branded but Chinese made dial caliper that is fine.  I have a Frankford dial in reserve, I asked them to replace the second dud cheap digital with a dial.  

I still have my $4 Sears plastic vernier which served for a long time, but it is hard to read a vernier these days.

 

But for fine measurements under an inch, I get out the Starrett micrometer I bought in a pawn shop.

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I had been using an Igaging caliper with great results. It’s cheap and reliable. 

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I have been a precision sheet metal mechanic for 40 years.  Never used anything but Mitutoyo, though I did have a Starrett at one time.

 

Dials over digital 100% 

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I've never had any troubles with the cheap ones for reloading, but I've been working on some hobbyist home gunsmithing projects (hand-built 1911s), and I've found it very aggravating not to be able to rely on this piece of crap to be anymore accurate than maybe 5 or 10 thousandths. I always thought of a thousandth as being way more accuracy than I'd ever possibly need, and for reloading I'll say yeah, it is. For hand-fitting parts in a gun meant to be tight yet smooth, though, a thousandth isn't going to cut it.

 

I'm actually interested in getting some better calipers, and perhaps even a good micrometer, depth gauge, etc.

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I've never had any troubles with the cheap ones for reloading, but I've been working on some hobbyist home gunsmithing projects (hand-built 1911s), and I've found it very aggravating not to be able to rely on this piece of crap to be anymore accurate than maybe 5 or 10 thousandths. I always thought of a thousandth as being way more accuracy than I'd ever possibly need, and for reloading I'll say yeah, it is. For hand-fitting parts in a gun meant to be tight yet smooth, though, a thousandth isn't going to cut it.
 
I'm actually interested in getting some better calipers, and perhaps even a good micrometer, depth gauge, etc.



Same answer... mitutoyo. I have been using mitutoyo Digimatic micrometers pretty much since they came out. I trust them with my livelihood. If you are using them infrequently and you don’t mind doing math, you can be just as accurate with much less expensive vernier micrometers. I use fairly inexpensive vernier micrometers from Poland for rough work on the shop floor. If you go cheap on micrometers, I would invest in a good set of gage blocks. I calibrate all my measuring equipment with blocks that are traceable to nist standards. This gives me absolute confidence in my measurements. At minimum buy a set of gage pins to calibrate with... not particularly good practice, but you’ll find them very useful around the shop.


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