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10-29-2003, 11:57 PM
I am starting to need a height gage for some projects, I know that Busy Bee has them on sale and some of the other distrubtors have them. I don't want to go cheap, but I can afford hundreds of dollars either. Anyone have any recommendations.



10-30-2003, 12:51 AM
Not going hundreds of dollars IS going on the cheap for a good height gauge. I assume you want a dial gauge. Honestly, unless you are doing super precision work, an import gauge should be more then accurate enough, and they are a good value. Any height gauge beats none by a wide margin IMHO. Don't forget you will need a surface plate, and I have a dedicated angle block (very handy) sitting next to my Mitutoyo.

10-30-2003, 12:47 PM
check out ebay, last year I bagged 2 Starrett Master Vernier Hight Gages. Previously used at Lockheed, still had the calibration stickers on them. Like new, complete with carbide scribe, and wooden Starrett boxes. The 12inch list is $1200, the 24 inch list's for $1800. I paid $76 and $115.

10-30-2003, 04:59 PM
This might give you some ideas...


10-30-2003, 08:51 PM
I bought a cheap one for use at work from KBC,it is a china dial hieght gage,12",carbide scribe $113.00,it is more than acurate enough for me,+/-.0005"

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10-30-2003, 11:25 PM
I agree with the ebay "used" comments... I bought Starrett and Mitutoyo 18, 24, and 40" gages over the past year. They are vernier, not dial or digital. The 40" Mit has a magnifying glass to read the bar - simply amazing. Works of art - and a centerpiece in my computer room.

For something you keep, years later you will not regret doing the best now.... I use them to set up fixtures - and it is about the best thing I have ever bought on ebay. Mit 18"s are usually a pretty good deal.

-- jerry

10-30-2003, 11:43 PM
Hi dvideo, I just noticed we were neighbors. I live in McKinney.

10-31-2003, 12:22 AM
There's several members in the North Texas area. I was hoping sometime to get together with some folks. May be melt a few lawn chairs, roast some hotdogs, and make some castings....


10-31-2003, 01:51 AM
Any of ya'll are welcome in my shop anytime!

10-31-2003, 01:49 PM
Here's another thought.........

If you don't mind doing the math, you can sometimes get a good deal on a metric height gage. I bought one on Ebay last year for $29 (incl shipping). Was 50 cm tall. Some British outfit make.

Almost no bids on it.........I presume because of the metric.

Was a great deal for me......metric don't scare me......just an minor inconvenience.