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    Does anyone have a solution to a cheap chineese magnetic indicator holder?
    Mine seems very clumsy and never seems to be able to reach the job without me fighting with it. I was hoping to create me a weekend project

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    Mine is very clumsy too, supposedly made by Starret it flops all over the place until I get the knob tightened then it is usually in the wrong place!

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    • #3
      Best solution to the problem: Noga

      End of story

      The three I own, and all are good, but the Noga on the right is the easiest to use and I find has the strongest magnet.

      Last edited by PixMan; 04-01-2011, 04:40 PM.

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      • #4
        I have all sorts of indicator holders that I rarely use. If I need to accurately indicate something I reach for my Noga, or I use clamps, solid bars and Starrett snugs.

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        • #5
          And for those of us not in the know on Noga visit their website - www.noga.com (no affiliation). My first thought was ooh that's nice! Then my second thought was to curse Pixman for posting this as I now can see my wallet lighter and my wishlist longer I can definitely see how that is tons better than my cheap chinese junk. Has anyone made anything close that I could copy?

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          • #6
            I'm another Noga convert.

            After wasting my money on a couple of crappy Chinese 'wanna-be' indicator holders, I went for a Noga. The difference was amazing (at least to me ).

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Pherdie
              I'm another Noga convert.

              After wasting my money on a couple of crappy Chinese 'wanna-be' indicator holders, I went for a Noga. The difference was amazing (at least to me ).

              But on the other hand I bought Starret, paid the price, and ended up with crap anyway!

              Next time I will wisely buy Chinese and get what I pay for!

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              • #8
                Get a Noga....The chinese ones are worthless

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                • #9
                  In my experience, there's only a couple things that Starrett isn't particularly good at making. Electronic digital measuring tools, and magnetic bases. Don't get me wrong, I am reasonably satisfied with those two No.657's, but they just don't much love these days given the performance of the Noga. It's in a league of it's own.

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                  • #10
                    Has anyone tried making a holder like the noga or is it out of reach home shop skills. I live in africa and this noga is likely to be more expensive than my workshop.Looks like an nice project to try

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                    • #11
                      I suppose you'd have to take apart a Noga and reverse engineer it. I like mine too much to do that to it, sorry. Even if you got all the measurements, the real challenge might be nailing down the tolerances and finding the exact same magnets. Good luck with that, they are really good magnets.

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                      • #12
                        Check this thread out, by Teenage Machinist, top job.

                        http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/showthread.php?t=32600


                        how it turned out

                        http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/showthread.php?t=34894

                        Lee.
                        Last edited by shadoof; 04-01-2011, 06:08 PM.
                        I no longer own tools I had.

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                        • #13
                          I always seem to be the odd man out. I have Noga mag base holders and I think they are complete crap. The heads are so loose when I use it to set up my CNC lathe the indicator dial shifts .002" at the start of movement when rotating around a tool to locate center line. I sent an email with a video to Noga complaining about how loose it was but got no reply. Here is the video,
                          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1c9cPSPyhU

                          I would be interested to hear if others have the same amount of play in their Nogas.

                          My local industrial supplier sells Earth Chain (ECE) mag base holders and from what I have seen at the store they are much nicer than the Nogas. Heres a picture of one,



                          The Earth Chain holders are more expensive than the Nogas but as much as I use it its worth it. I am going to order some and if they work out the Nogas are going on ebay.
                          Mark Hockett

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Mark Hockett
                            I would be interested to hear if others have the same amount of play in their Nogas.
                            Mine is similar to the one in your video, and it is NOTHING like that. The one I have is about as close to perfect as I could ever hope for.

                            I feel for you, because that one looks like a bad one.

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                            • #15
                              +1 on the Noga. It is one place where even a cheapskate like me is happy he paid for good quality.

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