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    I picked up a toolbox w/tools at an auction this past w/e. Several of the items suffered from the box being stored in a damp location, but most stuff can be saved. Besides, I got it cheap. Anyway:

    One of the items is a Federal dial test indicator, that reads in tenths. Although the lever can be moved, the dial is totally stuck. However, there's a little projection on one side that almost appears to be a locking lever. I can't move it with my fingers; is it a lock, or what?

    Any recommendations as to a repair facility?

    TIA: <<Jim>>

  • #2
    The lever on the side reverses the working direction of the tip. The lever must be fully engaged in either direction for the needle to move.

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    • #3
      Yep, just as Virgil says. They work just like the Starrett "Last Word"s that everyone likes, though why I don't know.
      Russ
      Master Floor Sweeper

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      • #4
        Thanks for the info! I have 2 other DTIs, an InterRapid and a Chinese job that was included with my Noga mag base, neither have the little lever. Will try to find a place that repair DTIs and get it fixed.

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        • #5
          No idea where you are, but these guys are right down the street from me and do a good job

          http://www.pstrinc.com/
          http://www.pstrinc.com/F3%20-%20REPAIRS.htm

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          • #6
            Throw it away and buy a Starrett or an Mitutoyo. You get what you pay for.

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            • #7
              Nothing wrong with a Federal, if it's not actually broken. IMO, they are as good as a Starrett Last Word (ooh, heresy!), and generally have a better resolution on the dial due to size (which can be a liability too). But for general use, I much prefer a B&S "BestTest" or Interrapid, followed by Mitu. I've got 2 Starrett Last Words and just don't understand all the hubub. I use them, and sometimes they are "just the thing" (plus one has a nice shop made jig for it), but they are never the one I reach for in general use.
              Russ
              Master Floor Sweeper

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              • #8
                I dropped it off at T&S Supply in Toledo to be sent in for repair. They will call with the cost before proceeding. A friend has used their services on several occassions and was pleased with the results. As I said, I already have a couple of DTIs, but what the heck.

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