Updated August 21, 2019 by Rafael Perez

The 7 Best Caliper Sets

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This wiki has been updated 15 times since it was first published in October of 2016. These caliper sets contain precision instruments designed to measure internal and external dimensions, and sometimes depth, down to very small tolerances. They come in the form of Vernier, digital, dial, and other models, and are essential tools in a number of fields that require accurate measurements, including mechanical engineering, metalworking, forestry, woodworking, science and medicine. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.

1. Mitutoyo 500-197-30

2. Fowler 52-008-706-0

3. Brown & Sharpe 590093

Editor's Notes

August 19, 2019:

Removed several models with availability issues. Added the Mitutoyo 500-197-30 and the Brown & Sharpe 590093. The Mitutoyo calipers are very well-made and the price is very reasonable if you expect your measurements to be accurate and consistent. The jaws snap nicely together and the wheel feels controlled and nimble. The grinds between the rail and the top are accurate and fine as evidenced by the smooth sliding action. The Brown & Sharpe are also very nice calipers for the price which warrants inclusion on the list.

Machine and woodwork can be dangerous. Safety precautions should be observed to avoid personal injury or damage to property.

4. Fowler 52-229-711-0

5. Big Horn 19053

6. Standard Gage 00524103

7. Taylor Toolworks Yankee Rapid


Rafael Perez
Last updated on August 21, 2019 by Rafael Perez

Rafael Perez is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at the University of Rochester. His primary focus is the metaphysics of time and the philosophy of mind, with a particular interest in artificial intelligence and antirepresentational models of the mind. He has extensive experience as a mechanic, a construction worker, and a general repairman. This has allowed him to gather a wealth of knowledge on automobile repair, auto parts, carpentry, masonry, welding, and the tools used in those trades. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar, woodworking, and fishing.


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