Neiko 6-Inch Digital Caliper

Neiko 6-Inch Digital Caliper

$15.00
Neiko 6-Inch Digital Caliper
8.7

Cost

7.5 /10

Ease of Use

9.0 /10

Durability

9.5 /10

Accuracy

9.0 /10

Usefulness

8.5 /10

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to Use
  • Consistent
  • Fast Readings
  • Imperial and Metric

Cons

  • No Fractions
  • Inside Measurement Accuracy
  • 1 Year Battery Life

This caliper is good for woodworking, but there are better ones.  These come with a nice plastic case and one extra spare battery.

Cost

I purchased this caliper a year ago for $15.00 from amazon.  At the time, it was the lowest cost highly rated digital caliper.  Fast forward a year, and the price of these has risen to $20 and it looks you can find similar calipers with more features for only $11 now.

Ease of Use

Compared to a ruler or a tape measure, calipers are extremely easy to use, with one caveat.  These calipers do not offer fractional readouts.  You will need to remember that 1/8″ is .125 and 1/16″ is .0625 and so on.  This can be a bit annoying when measuring something that is 27/32″.

There are now fractional digital calipers for $15.  These calipers convert the decimal readout into easy to use fractions.  If I was purchasing a set of calipers today, I would strongly consider these.

Of course, switching to the metric system would completely solve my issue, sadly I am not prepared to do that yet.

Durability

These seem perfectly durable.  I have used them for a year without anything threatening to break.

Accuracy

In my opinion for woodworking, I believe that these are more than accurate enough to suit your needs.  There are some reviews on Amazon that complain about some inaccuracy in these, particularly when used for measuring inside distances.  The inaccuracy that these reviews find is on the order of 1/128″, which is way beyond the capabilities of my shop.

Usefulness

Digital calipers are certainly useful when compared to tape measures or rulers.  My only complaint is that determining the fractional distance is much easier on a ruler than this allows.

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