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    Sent my non functioning Mitutoyo digital calipers in for repair a couple weeks ago. Called today to see if they received them and when I could expect them back. Good news was they received them, bad news was I might get them back by the end of Feb. I have to wonder what kind of quality they make if they're that backed up with repair work.

    Chris

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    I've wondered about their digital stuff too. We've got a 24"/600MM digital height gage that went south. The plant gage repair dept sent it into Mitutoyo for repair. They sent it back un repaired. We never could get a straight story out of anybody. Guess they make more money off of the sales of new items. All in all seems very uncharacteristic of a Japanese company.
    Forty plus years and I still have ten toes, ten fingers and both eyes. I must be doing something right.

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    • #3
      I have a pair of 8"calipers from Mit. I wouldn't trade for anything.I also have a 12" pair That after six years of use and abuse needed a new display I sent them in and it took them about 3 weeks to return them.I didn't consider that to be to bad because I had sent in a Starret2-3"analog digital mic.to be repaired and it took them 2-1/2 weeks.But all in all the Mit. is a quality product and the 8" are approaching five years themselves the next time they go down I will replace them with new ones because of the amount of use I have recieved from them.I used to buy only rack type calipers and if I got a year out of a pair I was lucky.The digitals are so much better than gear teeth.
      I just need one more tool,just one!

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      • #4
        All I have are starrett dial calipers.I've never used a digital calipers, How are they in comparison, as to feel, and accuracy.

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        • #5
          Rick

          I have checked my Mitutoyo digitals against gage blocks and the readings are for all practical purposes - dead nuts. Even the 50 millionth reading mikes are dead nuts if care is taken to properly clean the anvils and let the mike stabilize in temp - holding them too long will affect the reading at this endd of the spectrum.

          So, don't loose any hair over it. Check them once in a while to make sure nothing goofy is going on.

          I have 3 brands and prefer the Mitutoyo over Starretts & B&S - any day. They are good rugged tools for a reasonable price.

          Digitals have one great advantage - fast conversion from Metric to Inch or back the other way. If you have bad eyes, Fowler has one with very large numbers. Starrett has a new low cost unit out that looks good and is about $100 CDN ($60US) but I have not tried it. I do not like Starretts other digital calipers at all or their mikes.

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          • #6
            Well, there you go. I'd take Starrett over Mitutoyo any day. Differences of opinion make horse races.....

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            • #7
              My next pair of digital califers will be the B&S model that's coolant proof. I have a drawer full (well, not quite full) of various makes of digitals that no longer function after getting a little coolant on them.

              Some of these got coolant off of our hands which really shouldn't have damaged them. At least one other was exposed to a direct blast in the coolant stream. In all cases the local repair guys said it wasn't economical to repair.

              My new favorite for quick measurements is the B&S dial califer without the thumb roller. Very quick to adjust to size. Street price around $90.

              DR

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              • #8
                SGW:
                Don't get me wrong, I have lots of Starrett tools, I just prefer the Mitutoyo green paint and thimbles. Mitutoyo has the best digital calipers, but Sylvac has this one 6" caliper that I would like to get (millionths!) but not for $2k - that is for sure...

                There are some tools Starrett or Mitutoyo make that are better than their competitions product and that is where I draw the line. I get the best (my opinion) from whoever makes that item. So my tool boxes are a zoo of sorts - lots of different animals. I have the odd low grade item - but I hide those well...

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                • #9
                  Indeed. I've got an assortment of everything too...including Mitutoyo.
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                  Try to make a living, not a killing. -- Utah Phillips
                  Don't believe everything you know. -- Bumper sticker
                  Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects. -- Will Rogers
                  There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory. - Josh Billings
                  Law of Logical Argument - Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about.
                  Don't own anything you have to feed or paint. - Hood River Blackie

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