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post #1 of 8 Old 07-15-2020, 11:00 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone have an experience with these?

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post #2 of 8 Old 07-15-2020, 11:19 AM
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It would be nice on an inside measurement, but do not see it useful for outside.


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I think it will help me make less mistakes reading the tape. 65 yr old eyes, you know :-)

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Have my doubts as to usefulness. Many times when I'm using a tape measure - table saw or chop saw especially, I pull the tape out further than the distance I'm trying to measure. When measuring to a point beyond my reach I pull the tape way out and push it in a loop into a corner to get a reading. Daughter gave me one a while back that read tape extension and had a calculator. Don't use it much, I rely on my Stanley and my 18 and 36" aluminum yard sticks.
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The batteries will be dead every time you need it

Every. Single. Time

Im not a fan of electronic metrology gear, especially not inexpensive stuff. Yeah, its convenient, right up until its a massive pain in the ass because the battery is dead or sawdust is gumming up a contact or calibration is off somewhere. Looks like that tape in particular is reading the barcode in the center of the tape, i guarantee that the slightest scratch or blemish on it will absolutely destroy the accuracy of the display. Apparently theres also issues on how fast the unit can actually read the tape, so if you pull out the tape too fast, you get an inaccurate measurement.

Again, not fond of batteries in measurement tools, on the low end of things. Go up the price range to get gear thats ip54 rated or similar and wont die the first time dust blows near it and i warm up to batteries a bit, but a $200 Mitutoyo micrometer isnt exactly what were talking about here.

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The batteries will be dead every time you need it

Every. Single. Time

Im not a fan of electronic metrology gear, especially not inexpensive stuff. Yeah, its convenient, right up until its a massive pain in the ass because the battery is dead or sawdust is gumming up a contact or calibration is off somewhere. Looks like that tape in particular is reading the barcode in the center of the tape, i guarantee that the slightest scratch or blemish on it will absolutely destroy the accuracy of the display. Apparently theres also issues on how fast the unit can actually read the tape, so if you pull out the tape too fast, you get an inaccurate measurement.

Again, not fond of batteries in measurement tools, on the low end of things. Go up the price range to get gear thats ip54 rated or similar and wont die the first time dust blows near it and i warm up to batteries a bit, but a $200 Mitutoyo micrometer isnt exactly what were talking about here.
I do have a couple battery operated measurement tools that I use often - a Wixy angle gauge, and an infrared thermometer gun which can be handy on occasion. I did buy a cheap set of calipers that read in decimal. metric and fractional units. Seldom use it in anything but decimal, and it resides in the draw of my pen making tool box. I see little benefit to it over my Mitutoyo dial calipers. All my other tools are mechanical.

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I do have a couple battery operated measurement tools that I use often - a Wixy angle gauge, and an infrared thermometer gun which can be handy on occasion. I did buy a cheap set of calipers that read in decimal. metric and fractional units. Seldom use it in anything but decimal, and it resides in the draw of my pen making tool box. I see little benefit to it over my Mitutoyo dial calipers. All my other tools are mechanical.
Yeah, Wixy makes some decent stuff. I have their DROs on my table saw and thickness planer

&%*$# batteries are dead right now though

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The batteries will be dead every time you need it

Every. Single. Time
and why complicate the simplest tool in our shop
it still has a hook that will take away accuracy
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