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markx
06-06-2019, 01:43 PM
Picked up some oldie soviet measurement instruments from a local auction:

http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=5451&d=1559842111

http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=5450&d=1559842099

http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=5454&d=1559842148

http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=5452&d=1559842126

http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=5456&d=1559842233

The "indicator mike" is from 1955 and came with the original passport.....worked pretty good as it was, but I disassembled, cleaned and lubed it. The indicator dial came without a passport and I can not assess the exact age of the thing, but definitely from the past century. It was exposed to moisture at some point and rusted dead shut. I spent serious effort to break it loose, but finally it gave in and started moving. After the rust was removed it works really smooth and reliable. Pretty cool stuff!

loose nut
06-07-2019, 10:20 AM
Be careful, It is Soviet era stuff and might try and start a revolution in your shop. I can see it now, the MTL (machine tool liberation front, grey flag with the hammer and anvil on it) fighting the oppression of the shop owners tyranny.

J Tiers
06-07-2019, 11:51 AM
Check with radiation detector?

might be ex-Chernobyl.....:p

loose nut
06-07-2019, 04:21 PM
But seriously folks, ba dum baa.

There shoudn't be anything wrong with Russian measuring gear, assuming it is in good condition. They can build anything that others do, so they must be doing some things right.

J Tiers
06-07-2019, 05:57 PM
Russians tend to have two different quality levels, at least from the Soviet era.

Good enough for most purposes, and pretty rugged.

As good as it can be made.

Sometimes there is a third..... THEORETICALLY good. That one did not always work out, but that is not by any means unique to russians, the rest of us have done it too. I know I have.

CCWKen
06-07-2019, 07:14 PM
It's no different for US made tools. They're made for a market segment.

J Tiers
06-08-2019, 12:21 AM
It's no different for US made tools. They're made for a market segment.

It's a little different..... the market segment was declared to exist.... and then items were built for it.

The items tend to be like "General" or "Tumico", not by any means the best, but decent, with the difference that many are made to be considerably more rugged than "General" or "Tumico".

JRouche
06-08-2019, 01:49 AM
I haven't bought much measuring tools from USSR. But what I have was top notch. JR

bollie7
06-08-2019, 07:07 AM
That "dial mic" is a seriously nice looking bit of gear. Almost to nice to use. If I had that, it would be in a display case. Much nicer to look at than a lot of "art" works.
peter

markx
06-08-2019, 09:16 PM
That "dial mic" is a seriously nice looking bit of gear. Almost to nice to use. If I had that, it would be in a display case. Much nicer to look at than a lot of "art" works.
peter

Yes it is quite nice and the price was friendly too...45 bucks for the "dial mic" and another ten for the indicator dial :) For sure they may not be the best that can be had, but fully functional, rugged and quite reliable. In fact I have not really seen truly bad measurement instruments or tools from the USSR era. Perhaps something that was made more as a toy, but as far as actual instrumentation for measurement goes the items have always been pretty top notch. They might lack some finish as far as aesthetics goes, but the parts that count are solid. One can often find "new old stock" that has never been used and the price is usually really ridiculous.

old mart
06-11-2019, 10:32 AM
Last year, I bought a NOS 25-50mm micrometer, made in the DDR. It was in a nice box, with 25mm standard and had a decent heat guard and instructions in English. For only 14 including postage.