For over 70 years, Fowler has been providing some of the finest measuring tools available. Machinists, metrologists, mechanics and hobbyists have relied on Fowler as their source for quality and accuracy. From basic shop tools, to the most advanced height gages, bore gages, and measuring systems, Fowler has been an innovation leader with some of the best warranties in the industry and the source for providing instruments you can depend on. Many Fowler hand tools are featuring in our Tool-A-Thon promo flyer offering discounted and sale prices. Check out our current Tool-A-Thon for ongoing promotions on our precision hand tools(click here).
There are many different types of calipers. Starting with the most basic vernier caliper, they have evolved to include dial vernier calipers as well as many different styles of electronic calipers. With features that include true inch to metric conversion (some even read fractions), floating zero, absolute measuring systems and even blue tooth transmission for data collection, electronic calipers have quickly become the vernier of choice by many users throughout the industry. Most calipers feature a 4-way measuring configuration (outside, inside, depth and step) making it the most popular of the measuring tools with 6” being the most popular range.
Micrometers are among the many tools that have evolved over the years. When more accuracy than a vernier caliper is required, a micrometer is your next choice. Standard vernier micrometers, mechanical digit micrometers and electronic micrometers have given endless choices to the individual that needs to measure. Featuring inch to metric conversion, absolute measuring systems, floating zero and blue tooth transmission for data collection, electronic mics have also become extremely popular. With many choices of range and measuring anvil styles (flat, point, ball, spline, blade etc.), a 1” micrometer can usually fit the bill.
Two basic types of indicators are available. Dial (plunger style) and test (lever style). Dial indicators operate with a straight up and down spindle motion, have the most range and are the most popular. A test indicator operates with a lever type mechanism, has less range, and is more suited for reaching into a confined space or measuring slight differences between parts and masters. As with calipers and micrometers, electronic indicators are also available. With the same standard features as electronic calipers and mics (inch to metric conversion (some with fractions), floating zero, absolute measuring systems and blue tooth for data transmission) they may also include functions such as minimum hold, maximum hold, min/max (TIR), tolerance indication and digital analog scales. The choice between selecting a dial or test indicator mainly depends on the application where it is to be used.
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