|Item Weight||8 ounces|
|Package Dimensions||9.7 x 3.6 x 1.2 inches|
|Item model number||MTDCF-06|
|Size||6 Inch Fractional Dial|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||Oshlun guarantees all of our products against defects in material and workmanship for the life of the product. This does not include normal wear and tear or improper usage.|
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Oshlun MTDCF-06 6-Inch Stainless Steel Fractional Dial Caliper
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Our 6-Inch fractional dial caliper is made of stainless steel and comes in a plastic storage case. It features a 1-1/2-Inch dial that is easy to read when taking outside, inside, depth and step measurements. The dial face or bezel can be rotated to set zero anywhere on the scale and has a bezel clamp to lock the dial in place for making deviation measurements. The range per revolution is 1-Inch, with an accuracy of +/- 0.001-Inch, graduated in 0.010-Inch on the inner ring and 1/64-Inch on the outer ring. Also features a knurled thumb roller, positive lock and precision ground jaws.
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Our 6-inch fractional dial caliper is made of stainless steel and comes in a plastic storage case. It features a 1-1/2-inch dial that is easy to read when taking outside, inside, depth and step measurements. The dial face or bezel can be rotated to set zero anywhere on the scale and has a bezel clamp to lock the dial in place for making deviation measurements. The range per revolution is 1-inch, with an accuracy of +/- 0.001-inch, graduated in 0.010-inch on the inner ring and 1/64-inch on the outer ring. Also features a knurled thumb roller, positive lock and precision ground jaws.
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This caliper by Oshlun is not of that caliber, but it is extremely good and works without flaw. Its accuracy is absolute.
More than one reviewer commented that the feel was not right. One said it was gravely, and another said there was a "hump" in the action. I experience neither. The action is silky smooth without any rough spots over its entire range. The needle always goes back to zero. (the dial is adjustable if for some reason it needs it) In fact, the instrument seems to be an exact copy of one by Fowler (in .02 mm markings), but this one is in fractions of an inch. It copies the better instrument very closely, with only a few differences, but those differences are enough to feel that it's not in the same class as those more expensive instruments. It's about half the price, too.
So, what we have is an instrument that looks and almost feels like those costing twice as much to 5 times as much, and is really just as accurate as those. It has sharper corners, more likely to snag something, and maybe ever so slightly less "tight" in its action, but it is still very smooth, very well-machined, and does not disappoint. If I did not have the more expensive instruments with which to compare it, I would never know that it was possible to make one better.
What I'm saying is that this is a fine measuring tool that will never wear out, always will measure accurately, and will not disappoint. It is impressive to see, to hold, and to use. There is no reason to avoid it; it's a fine tool for a good price. It requires no batteries, and its dial is always easy to read. It also has tenths of an inch on its scale, so it's a dual-scale device. It also has millimeters on the shaft, but not on the dial.
I use this a lot, in spite of the finer calipers I own. I'm not afraid to drop it or use it where it could get dirty, because it's NOT the more expensive one. And... the results are exactly the same as if I were using the Brown & Sharpe. I guess the Brown & Sharpe reads more accurately, since its scale is 10 times the sensitivity of this one, but this is still a great instrument.
Here's a little advice. If your project is pretty dirty, get a cheap vernier caliper as a backup, and save your dial caliper for situations requiring very precise measurements. I keep a vernier caliper in my shop apron for quick measurements. Then break out the Oshlun when things really need to be tight.
I wish they made a metric model.
The little retaining bar at end that keeps the depth bar in its groove almost immediately came loose. The tiny screws that hold it are pretty worthless. But that didn't affect the tool too much. I just hold the bar in its groove with my thumb when needed. This is my second fractional caliper - I wore the first one out after 12 years.
(Of course this review is U.S. centric - it is a fractional measurement tool - no good for metric uses.)