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General Tools & Instruments 1433 Fraction Plus Digital Fractional Caliper, Carbon Fiber, 3-Inch

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  • 3 UNIVERSAL SYSTEMS OF MEASUREMENT - 3 mode digital display easily switches from inches, millimeters and fractions
  • LIGHTWEIGHT, NON-MARRING - caliper is made of lightweight, non-marring carbon fiber composite
  • DELIVERS ACCURATE READINGS - for inside, outside, depth & step measurements
  • ACCURACY/RESOLUTION - accuracy plus or minus 0.004-Inch which is plus or minus 0.1-Millimeter Resolution 0.0005-inch
  • AUTO ON/OFF FEATURE; Also INCLUDES - convenient pocket clip, power source: LR44 battery
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Product Description

The General Tools 3in. Digital Fractional Caliper is a carbon fiber caliper that brings you 3 universal systems of measurement, making it an equally practical choice for both professional and do-it-yourselfer projects. High-contrast digital display easily switches between inches, millimeters and fractions, with guaranteed accuracy to 0.001in. Plus, the lightweight, nonmarring carbon fiber construction delivers accurate readings of inside, outside and step measurements. This 3in caliper fits conveniently into your pocket for working in the field. Measures: 3, Case Included: Yes, Single, Pair, or Set: Single, Capacity: 3, Jaw Size (in.): 3, Length (in.): 5 1/2, Display Type: Digital, Material: Carbon fiber composite, Range (in.(mm)): 76, Caliper Type: Digital, fractional, metric

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Light weight non-marring carbon fiber construction fractional plus 3-Inch digital fractional caliper with 3 mode digital display including inches, metric and fractions featuring pocket clip and convenient auto off feature suitable for the hobbyist and technician.

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Technical Details

Part Number 1433
Item Weight 6.4 ounces
Product Dimensions 2 x 4.8 x 11 inches
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Item model number 1433
Size 3-Inch
Item Package Quantity 1
Included Components LR44 Battery
Batteries Included? Yes
Batteries Required? Yes
Warranty Description 90-Day parts and workmanship

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ASIN B002RHP7SE
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3.7 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #120,386 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#121 in Industrial & Scientific > Test, Measure & Inspect > Dimensional Measurement > Calipers > Digital Calipers
Shipping Weight 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First Available October 19, 2009

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The first one of these General Tools 1433 Fraction Plus Digital calipers I ordered was defective: I would move the jaws a few fractions of an inch and the display would ping back and forth all over the place, up to and beyond 66 inches and back!

Amazon, as always, was great, and I had no problem in returning it for a second GENERAL TOOLS 1433 caliper. However, the new one had the EXACT same problem!

Being a production engineer myself, this tells me that my two defective units are probably but a small sampling of a much, much bigger batch of defective GENERAL 1433 calipers. It also tells me that GENERAL's Chinese manufacturer has pretty much invested zero dollars in testing and QC for this product...
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This little caliper is quite nice, and I like the functionality of it. As another review stated, it does not have a lock, which might be an issue for some people depending on what they need the caliper for. For myself the lock isn't needed, but the lack of one is something to consider when buying.

My primary complaint on this device is the faux display that they have over the readout screen. This common practice in marketing is essentially a thin plastic adhesive that is put over the display which has numbers on it to give the customer an idea of what the readout looks like.
This is usually quite nice, but the one on this little caliper left an obscene amount of heavy adhesive on the readout, and was a bear to peel off in one piece. As it is, I will still need to soak the readout surface in Goo Gone or something similar to get it completely clean. Unfortunately, because of how this caliper works, it's not going to be as simple as just spraying the stuff on, letting it sit, and then wiping it off, as you don't want the adhesive remover getting between the parts or into the battery compartment.

I guess overall the caliper is ok if you don't mind taking the extra 15 to 30 minutes to clean the screen off (adhesive remover often requires the cleaner to sit for a period of time for effectiveness), but the manufacturer clearly failed completely when it comes to choosing the right material for the job.

Hopefully they will change this in the near future.
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I just received my little General UltraTech 1433 3" digital/fractional/metric caliper. I was very excited as it was my first fractional caliper, as well as the fact that 95% of the parts I measure are less than 3" in dimension. My excitement very rapidly turned to frustration, anger, and disappointment, for the following reasons:

1. The heat-sealed package was very difficult to open, requiring multiple careful slits with a razor blade knife.

2. The user manual was cut into several parts as a result of #1 above.

3. The user manual was sealed into the plastic display case near the top right side, making it impossible to remove intact, even if you didn't cut it while opening the package.

4. The user manual was penetrated clear through with the hole in the package (for hanging it on a display rack at a store).

Items 1-4 above are annoying, but can be dealt with, after all, who needs the user manual on a simple caliper? Disappointing, but not a show stopper. The real shot in the head, the things that killed this in it's tracks were:

5. Like other reviewers have noted, the vinyl sticker that has a simulated display on it had the most gummy, aggressive adhesive on it I have seen in a long while. The glue was so strong the label itself was delaminated when removing it. What a terrible, sticky mess. General Tools said back in September that they were going to change it to a static label, but perhaps they didn't do it, or my caliper was old stock.

6. Upon initial power-up my caliper flashed all sorts of numbers and gibberish. It will tell you that the dimension is 78.45" when it's open 0.3". Re-zeroing or cycling the power or switching from imperial to metric to fractional doesn't help the situation.
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Tue 12/20/2011 2:45 pm. Some of the negatives in the reviews are definitely true; I had to use goo-gone to get the stupid display sticker off. However, this caliper has at least one "feature" others lack: it appears to actually power-off. Other digital calipers maintain battery drain even when they're off, so they can "remember" what the caliper is reading, so even if it auto-powers off or you turn it off, it'll have the "correct" reading; at least that's the way the other digital caliper *I* own works. This one apparently *doesn't do that*: if you turn it off when it's got a reading, it'll be zero when you turn it back on. This might be bad, depending on what you want, but what *I* want is to return to the thing after long intervals, and not have the display blinking at me demanding I replace the battery! ... Obviously, I don't use these things very often.....
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I read all the reviews. Most bad, but most of them were talking about some fake display being glued to the device's screen and being a real pain to get off. However, as some of the posters have also said, that was fixed a long while ago.

What wasn't however was the usability of this device. You just can't zero the thing! You slide the jaws closed, you hit zero, slide them open, then immediately closed again, and you're at 0.03. Zero again, open and close, and now you're at -0.02. Sometimes its as much as 0.10 off, which is insane!

Another thing, perhaps its because they (claim to, although it just feels like plastic to me) use carbon fiber for the jaws. The problem is the first unit I ordered, the jaws met at the tips first, meaning they weren't parallel to each other. That's kind of a problem, wouldn't you say?

Also, at the head of the unit, the jaws are not flush when closed. If you put the unit vertical on its head, they're supposed to be perfectly flush so you can then use them as a depth indicator, but the first unit had a good 0.20 of play if you held the unit against the desk and moved the 'ruler end' up and down. There should have been zero motion. While the second, replacement unit was better, it was still bad.

And ok, I can forgive them for not having a depth indicator on the tail end of the device being that it's plasti... er... I meant carbon fiber, but there is no excuse for not having a thumb wheel. That alone has to be responsible for a loss of accuracy as you can't easily hold the head still when taking measurements.

In short, I called Amazon and said even the replacement still wasn't good and they took care of making things right for me. That's one thing I can always say about Amazon.
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