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For review :

The cheapest dial calipers on Fasttech.com

And the cheapest dial calipers from Ebay

 

 IGP8092

 IGP8094

 IGP8097

 IGP8102

 IGP8104

 IGP8105

 IGP8106

 IGP8107

 IGP8108

 IGP8109

 IGP8112

 IGP8113

 IGP8114

 IGP8116

 IGP8118

 IGP8120

 IGP8121

 IGP8125

 Fasttech.com sent me some Fujisan Dial Calipers for test/review and I only thought it fair that I should perhaps compare them to another dial caliper that was also along the lines of budget . So what we have is the cheapest steel dial calipers off Ebay VS the cheapest steel dial calipers off Fasttech.com . In this case we are talking $22 ozzi bananas (Ebay ) VS $21 greenbacks ( Fasttech ) . 

 I don't know about other people , but I really dislike reaching for digital calipers and finding they don't work because the battery is flat !  Yes analog calipers are a little slower to read and a little more difficult , but the batteries don't go flat ( There are no batteries ) .  So if you reach for precision measuring instruments a few times a year , analog calipers just might be the way to go . ( Unless you have other issues like maybe eyesight - in which case those digital calipers might be a God send and just be sure to have a bag full of spare batteries )

 Ok , I did a whole bunch of random measurements N stuff and there really was nothing to separate them . So I pulled out a 25mm gauge from my 50mm micrometer ( its pretty much spot on for 25mm ) and used it for some more precise measurements to see if I could separate the two calipers I had . Sorry no is the sort answer . Both calipers were spot on ( don't worry about the picture , that was on me ) .  Both calipers were on the money for the 25mm reading , as well measuring the sides of the gauge ( one side was spot on for 11mm ) both calipers were again on the money .  So it would appear that both calipers were giving accurate measurements within the test parameters . 

    A cylinder from a Super Tigre G15   Internal measurements : 15.02mm With two digital calipers .

  Ebay Calipers gave a measurement of 15.00mm  ( ID )

  Fujisan Calipers gave a measurement of 15.02mm ( ID )  

Measuring undersized is correctable , but dangerous as you may hurt the blade geometry ( measuring jaw ) .

So the Fujisan Calipers measure well inside and outside ..  ( ID / OD )

 

 Doing some depth measurements ( depth measuring blade ) - 30.26mm measured with digital calipers  

 The Ebay calipers were all over the place , I got 30.20mm several times  as well as 30.22 / 30.24 , even 30.30mm .. I think I the rough action had something to do with it , as to measure depth the calipers have to be very smooth .

 Fujisan calipers were also a little tricky ( doing depth measurements requires precision on the part of the operator ) but I nailed 30.26mm more often than not . The Fujisan calipers were just so much smoother and easier to hold just so .  

 

  What really separates these calipers is the over all build quality and feel . And here it goes to the Fujisan calipers from fasttech , they are simply better finished , smoother and more precisely ground . If you look at the pictures you may notice that some one has worked on the Ebay sourced calipers ..

A) Jaws were poorly aligned - I stoned them to bring them into alignment . There is more slop and the feel is a little rough .

B) The face of the jaws ( measuring points ) were terribly poorly ground , I simply can not fully correct the situation . But after some work I was able to create a small flat spot for accurate measuring .  ( Looks like I succeeded )  They are not even all the way along  . ( Jaw face )

C) The Ebay calipers I got were a bad example and if they are all like this = Better avoided .  ( If you want precise measurements )

 

 So far there have been no issues with the Fujisan calipers from fasttech and all I have done is adjust the two tension screws to remove as much slop from the jaws as possible . What  I really appreciate is the lack of any binding or lose spots as you spread out the measuring jaws or bring them back together . The surface grinding is really nice as is the overall fit and finish . I really keep forgetting that they sell for $21 greenbacks as every time I pick them up they just feel more expensive . 

  If your looking to play the lottery , buy the cheapest calipers off Ebay . If you have the skill you might be able to deal with any issues that show up . On the other hand if you are not a DIY repair guy ( yeah !  I kind of am ) you might want to take a look at the Fujisan calipers from fasttech .  At $21 USD I think they are punching above their price class and taking the price into consideration , I would score the Fujisan a solid 9 out of 10 . Are they Mitutoyo good ? , no not really , come on ... $21 USD , but to be fair . @ $21 USD they are amazing value .  The jaws are really well ground , giving even measurements from top to bottom , which is surprising at this price point . 

 Bottom line , Fujisan calipers thumbs up and the Ebay calipers get the thumbs down .. ( Ebay calipers needed corrective measures / still do  ) ..