|Item Weight||6.4 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||2 x 4.8 x 11 inches|
|California residents||Click here for Proposition 65 warning|
|Item model number||1433|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Included Components||LR44 Battery|
|Warranty Description||90-Day parts and workmanship|
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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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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...
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought the General Digital Fractional Caliper Model 1433 from Lowes because I needed one immediately and I am now shopping on Amazon for one of better quality and figured I would... Read morePublished 13 days ago by B. Edmonds
It's inexpensive and plastic, but it does the job quite well. I like the feature where you can read a measurement in fractions of an inch. With care, it should last for years.Published 17 days ago by Gary W. Gerfen
Good price, checked against some gage blocks, accurate for what I wanted - fractions made easy. Not use to non-metal device, but it does feel like cheap plastic.Published 1 month ago by Dave K ... fantasy fan
Battery kept popping out. Kinda cheap but hey, it IS cheap so cant expect much.Published 3 months ago by Dave
Use it more than my brown and sharpe. The brown and sharpe does have the final say. Great for use when roughing out a work piece.Published 3 months ago by Jason
as described. I bought it for its fraction measurement. very happy with it. came in a nice case and measured accurately. Read morePublished 3 months ago by jezza
Was exactly what I needed. Had ordered some items that said they would fit my Harley Davidson, but found sizes where incorrect. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michael D. Setzer II
Why would you buy a plastic caliper? A stainless version can be had for this price or less. Works well enough, bit the plastic flexes and bends at awkward angles.Published 5 months ago by W Hunter