- Hardened stainless steel construction for protection of caliper components
- Four-way measurement capability for multiple applications: outside diameter (OD), inside diameter (ID), depth, and step
- Digital, single-value readout LCD display in metric units for readability
- Position memory for retaining measurements
- Function control buttons on the face, for ease of use: Origin, On/Off, and Zero/ABS (Absolute Scale)
Mitutoyo ABSOLUTE 500-196-20 Digital Caliper, Stainless Steel, Battery Powered, Inch/Metric, 0-6" Range, +/-0.001" Accuracy, 0.0005" Resolution
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Specifications for this item
|Number of Items||1|
|Material Type||Stainless Steel|
|System of Measurement||Inch/Metric|
|UPC||000000000093 , 520480532292 , 603908399506 , 520480532315 , 603908314196|
|Additional Features||Thumb roller^zero-setting|
|EAN||0520480532315 , 0520480532292 , 4946368526287 , 0000000000093 , 5055396122237 , 5055413663934 , 0603908399506 , 0603908314196|
|Item Weight||13.6 ounces|
|Manufacturer Series Number||500 Series|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||Manufacturer|
|Overall Length||233 mm|
|Power Source Type||Battery|
|Specific Uses For Product||Depth , Inside , Outside , Step|
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The Mitutoyo ABSOLUTE 500 series caliper is a Digimatic digital caliper that is made of durable hardened stainless steel and uses Mitutoyo’s ABSOLUTE linear encoder technology, which allows you to “set and forget” the origin and measure in awkward or difficult locations.
This digital caliper has LCD readout and function control buttons on the caliper face, including Origin to set and retain the original measuring point, and Zero/ABS (Absolute Scale) to zero-set the LCD display. It uses the metric measuring system.
Although identical to dial and vernier calipers in its ability to make precise measurements, the digital caliper also has an LCD, which clearly shows values and increases reading reliability over the other types, and reflects all ABSOLUTE system activities. The Absolute Scale (ABS) function tracks the origin point you set, even after shutoff. Once on again, the caliper can immediately start measuring, without zero resetting or concern of overspeed errors. The LCD can be "zeroed out" before making and comparing incremental measurements without having to subtract the first measurement from the second.
The calipers use the ABSOLUTE electrostatic capacitance linear encoder which helps prevent overspeed errors. They measure outer diameter (OD), inner diameter (ID), depth, and step, where the butt end of the fixed jaw measures one end of a work piece before its upper/lower or inner/outer "steps" are measured. LCD Resolution is 0.01mm. Also included are origin-setting, zero-setting, and on/off automatic shutoff function buttons. A Digital LCD Data Reading Hold function is available with the optional Data Hold Unit (sold separately). An alarm alerts the user to low voltage and scale contamination and counting value composition errors. A rolling thumb wheel makes fine adjustments and a thumb screw locks the scale’s position. Response speed is unlimited. Each caliper includes, and is powered by, one SR44 silver oxide cell battery that lasts approximately 3.5 years with continuous normal use.
Calipers measure the distance between two opposing sides of an object. They make inside, outside, depth, or step measurements, according to their type. Calipers are commonly used in architecture, metalworking, mechanical engineering, and machining. The simplest calipers have two legs to mark the two points and require a ruler to take the measurement. More complex calipers use two sets of jaws instead of legs and have up to two graduated scales. Vernier, dial, and digital calipers give direct and accurate readings and are functionally identical, having a calibrated scale with a fixed jaw, and another jaw with a movable pointer that slides along the scale. The vernier caliper has a scale sliding parallel to the main scale for an additional, fractional reading to improve measurement precision. The dial caliper has a circular dial with a pointer on a toothed gear rack replacing the second vernier scale. As with the vernier, this second measurement is added to the reading from the main scale to obtain the result. The digital caliper takes a differential by zeroing the display at any point along the slide, with an LCD that displays a single value in English and/or metric units.
Mitutoyo manufactures precision measuring tools, metrology equipment, and systems. The company was founded in Tokyo in 1934 and formed Mitutoyo America Corporation in 1963, which is headquartered in Aurora, IL.
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I previously had a couple different Chinese-made calipers, which did have a solid feel and looked to be pretty well made. But they both exhibited a very fundamental problem - they did not always return to zero when the jaws were closed. For one thing, just closing them at a faster rate or with a little more force would usually result in a negative reading. But regardless of how they are zeroed (varying force and speed), they weren't even consistent. I never felt confident that the measurements were reliable.
Then I found the Mitutoyo 500-196-20 calipers on sale for $90, so I picked up a pair. Handling the calipers, I was surprised at how light they are. They are probably half the weight of either of the Chinese calipers I previously owned. I installed the included battery and set the origin, and immediately tested the accuracy when closing the jaws. It returned to zero every time, regardless of speed or force. Over the time I've owned them, with regular use and never having re-set the origin, I have yet to see any inaccuracy when closing them or repeating known measurements.
I was very pleased with the obvious quality of these calipers, and then I randomly came across an interesting article comparing calipers in terms of power consumption and accuracy. I'm not allowed to post a URL here, but google "davehylands caliper battery" and it's the first result. There is a good explanation of why you need to use high-quality SR44 silver-oxide batteries, and some experiments showing how the Mitutoyo calipers are superior to their cheaper competitors. Various metrology sites have further information comparing brands, and Mitutoyo are generally considered the best, while not always being the most expensive.
I've seen these calipers at every company i've worked for. They seem to be the most popular quality calipers. I got mine for around $90 as well and love them. Their battery is supposed to last around 4 years or so. I can live with that :)
I know people are used to paying so little for a lot of electronics these days. If you actually NEED a digital caliper, get a good one. This one is excellent.
October 2011 Update:
My caliper still works great and still on the original battery. I was thrilled with it when new and even happier still nearly a year later. Can i give it six stars?
A couple of the real cheap ones only work in one or the other e.g. you set 0 push the button and measure and get either inches or mm but not both.
Probably overkill for wood working but still a great tool.
The inexpensive calipers do not make the same measurement twice. They never turn off, just the display goes blank. The Mitutoyo's measurements are accurate and repeatable. Measure it once and every time after it is the same. You should invest in quality measuring devices for what ever you use them for.
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Mitutoyo ABSOLUTE 500-196-20 Digital Caliper
Mitutoyo has been a leader in metrology equipment since 1934. Read more
Worth every penny. Precise, repeatable, smooth. Would be perfect if it had an auto off feature.Published 4 months ago by T. White
Awesome calipers. Good battery life, unlike cheaper models. Great accuracy and super stable over time. I wish the case had a decent hinge though.Published 8 months ago by Abe Froman
Why would you choose something for $32 when the finest will last a life time. And a joy too use.Published 9 months ago by Cpt.Rugby
Great value for the price. I've had mine about three years and it works flawlessly.
My needs don't require super tight tolerances, so this works out just fine. Read more
Best digital calipers you can buy. Use them everyday when I machine. Durable and accurate.Published 11 months ago by john
Appeared to be a great caliper after opening the package, but shortly after installing the battery the LCD flashed "_ _ _ _" and was not able to set by pressing the origin... Read morePublished 11 months ago by JP
Outstanding calipers that I purchased for reloading. Seems to be especially accurate. Outstanding build quality. Zeros perfectly every time. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Steven B