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General Tools 141ME Pocket Caliper

3.8 out of 5 stars 110 customer reviews
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  • Make great travel companions for those on the move
  • Whether you're working in the Field or in the shop, these handy instruments will deliver accurate Measurements up to 1/32
  • Fiberglass-reinforced plastic body delivers both Metric and English readings of inside and outside Measurements
  • 4 rule on the back side with 1/16Graduations
  • Opens to 3(76mm) outside measurement capacity
  • 4 rule on the back side with 1/16" graduations
  • Opens to 3" (76mm) outside measurement capacity
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Product Description

Precision-made, high-strength, fiberglass, reinforced plastic caliper. Opens to 3outside measurement capacity. 4Rule is graduated in 16ths on the back. Inside/outside readings graduated in 32nds/mm.

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This Pocket caliper is precision made of high strength, fiberglass reinforced plastic. It opens to 3" outside measurement capacity. It has a 4" rule graduated in 16ths on back.

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Technical Details

Part Number 141ME
Item Weight 4.2 ounces
Product Dimensions 8.8 x 3.9 x 1.2 inches
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Item model number 141ME
Size Pocket Sized
Style Standard/Metric
Item Package Quantity 1
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? No
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ASIN B00004T7UH
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3.8 out of 5 stars 110 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #52,537 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#13 in Industrial & Scientific > Test, Measure & Inspect > Dimensional Measurement > Calipers > Vernier Calipers
#8,372 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Hand Tools
Shipping Weight 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First Available May 3, 2006

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By Brian Egan on February 3, 2012
Style Name: Sliding Bar Caliper Verified Purchase
I guess I only have myself to blame for buying this, although the photo really is misleading, giving an illusion of thickness and substance. A couple of details are also missing in the photo(airbrushed/Photoshopped out?) The gauge of metal (i.e., thickness) would have to be two to three times what it is to make a decent tool of this type.

Fact is that this is a flimsy piece of stamped metal which I am ashamed to say I paid $8.99 for. I would say $2.00 might be the right price, if in fact you wanted it at all. Probably would have been better to buy the plastic version, since they couldn't have made the plastic this thin without it wilting in your hand. I'll bet you could make a high-quality cardboard model that would be superior.

Also, there is no reference marking for the "IN" millimeter measurement, and the first mm. and 32nd seem truncated about 50%.

Caveat emptor, folks, semper caveat emptor.
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Purchased two of these. One works great. The other was extremely difficult to maneuver the slide mechanism. It is so tough to slide back and forth that it requires two hands to do. I purchased these to measures growths and masses on my canine and feline patients and it needs to be done one handed, which is impossible with one of the two. I then returned the hard one to open and close, and had them ship me a new one assuming it was a defect in the single one I purchased, the new one was just as bad. So two of three were so difficult to open that I cannot use for my purposes. If you don't need to use this one handed, it would serve your purpose, but that kind of defeats the purpose in my opinion of a caliper.

addendum: used graphite powder to coat the inside track of the slide mechanism and it is much better. Still do not feel that I should have to add this. Not sure how often I will have to apply but it is nice to know that I can at least use it for the purposes I had intended with a little alteration.
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The one I bought was very loose and it split along the formed bend in the recess under the ruler the first day I had it. This caused the jaws to fall out of alignment. Most of the edges were very sharp and the corners were not rounded. Not pocket friendly! Poor quality for such a high price. The only good score for it was that it was reasonably accurate.
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Style Name: Standard/Metric Verified Purchase
I choose this model because it is fiberglass and not metal. I have a similar metal caliper from General Tools and it is thin, sharp, pokey, scratches delicate objects and is not pocket friendly (bloody fingertips if you're careless). In contrast, the 141ME is thicker, has smooth and rounded corners, is gentle on objects and pocket friendly. For my eyesight, it is accurate to within .5mm. According to the packaging, this caliper is fiberglass and the word plastic is not mentioned.

While measuring an Arca plate I was surprised to find "Made in Switzerland" written in the ruler slot. Probably the reason it's pricy is because it's among the few items on Amazon not made in China!

There is a gotcha: the silkscreened numbers near the thumb grip (the textured bump you push to expand the rule for measuring) are starting wear off after only a few days of use. Other than a little finger sweat, I have no contact with solvents. If it continues to degrade I'll return to amend this review. Also, the sliding rule was a bit stiff at first but loosened up nicely with use and a dab of silicon lubricant on a Q-stick.

The 141ME is great to use because I don't have to worry about poking a finger or scratching a delicate piece. Just measure quickly and go about my work. It's accurate, slides smoothy, easy to use with one hand and the fiberglass is very durable, so I'm a happy camper as long as I can read the numbers...
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Now this is interesting: Look at the picture, "Made in USA" is very clear. I paid a little extra for this item as compared to others on this site just because it was "Made in USA." Oh, wait - it's made in Taiwan! Nothing against the Taiwanese, but this is really, really false advertising. I'm sending it back for that reason.
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I wanted an inexpensive (not cheap) caliper to accurately measure wood when working on the planner or drum sander without having to worry about dropping it or handling with kid gloves. This pocket size caliper has foot the bill! I like it!
Granted, it is not the most accurate device on the market, but it does fit my need. I don't hae to gently put it back into it's foam-lined padded case after each reading. I don't have to worry about dust contamination of the caliper or inside its case. I just quickly make a reading when the wood passes thru the planner or drum sander, then put it back into my pocket until the next reading. I use the "more accurate" expensive caliper on the final reading, after all the dust has cleared.
For me, a good tool!!
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Style Name: Standard/Metric
I use a caliper to measure skin lesions in a medical office. A digital one is too big (not pocket friendly) and the precision would be over-killed. This caliper fit the job perfectly: small, light, double unit (inch/cm) and most of all very affordable.
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Style Name: Sliding Bar Caliper Verified Purchase
Works just fine, but more on the no-frills side.
It's not a Vernier scale, so it doesn't read in a completely precise or accurate manner. Truly, even a $5 Vernier wouldn't be that reliable. But when it comes to measuring thing that usually come in pre-defined sizes, such as pipe and wire, this ought to work fine. Actually, I use mine to measure the "ring" gauge of my cigars.

There is no lock mechanism, but it's easy to pinch and hold the two sliding pieces together and see the reading more closely.
The top scale is graduated in millimeters up to 100 mm.
The bottom scale is graduated in 32nds of an inch, up to 4 in.
However, due to the design, the maximum outside opening is 77 mm or 3-2/32". The maximum inside opening is 82 mm or 3-6/32".
The minimum measurement while checking an inside diameter (when slider is fully closed) is 5 mm or 6/32".

On the back, when the slider is fully extended, there is a Decimal Equivalent chart showing 16ths to decimal inches, and also 32nds to decimal inches.

Overall, it's a fairly sturdy piece of stainless. The ruler that slides out is a bit more delicate when it's extended, but I wouldn't call it flimsy. Closed, it's sturdy enough to survive in a pants pocket.

All the markings both front and back are etched and painted, not merely painted on. I'd imagine it would take some normal wear and tear and still be readable if the black paint of some markings were to rub off.

On the back of the
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