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Johnwa

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#81
When I was at PA the other day I saw that one of their calipers had a solar cell. Small solar cells seem to work on calculators so it might be the answer to the battery problem.
 

John Conroy

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#82
Ive found that the quality of Canadian tire tools went down as princess auto went up (pro point)

I've abused some pro point sockets on larger work and have always walked away amazed they held up

I'll take 40 year old barn-find auction wrenches any day though...... dame they made good stuff back then


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I still have my Dad's old wrenches that he bought in the 1940's. Made by Gray Tools in Canada with a couple of Craftsman wrenches thrown in (made in the USA). They are not pretty but are great quality compared the ones you buy from China today. Of course there are no metric wrenches in this set. LOL



 
#86
Re calipers, are you wanting something like this with fractions display? All digital calipers will do decimal inch/metric with a button press, that's considered standard
http://www.leevalley.com/us/Hardware/page.aspx?p=66892&cat=1,43513,49782&ap=1
Not to complain....but can these be calibrated to only measure down to 1/16”s? I really don’t need to measure in 1/64s or 1/128s, even 1/32 is too precise

I’m back on the road and nowhere near the instructions they came with
 

Janger

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#87
I think really cheap calipers might only show 1/16 or 1/32. Try princess. Or you could go for a mechanical caliper -vernier- with a coarse scale. I have one from the hardware store like that.
 
#90
Travers Canada has a PEC brand forged 4-piece combination square set on sale for $196 and a bunch of dial indicators on sale too

......Cheers Wayne
 

PeterT

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#92
Travers Canada has a PEC brand forged 4-piece combination square set on sale for $196 and a bunch of dial indicators on sale too

......Cheers Wayne
Check against KBC & others. I shop Travers occasionally but generally find typically higher priced except when they have a 'great' sale. Another weird thing is you might actually see it on Amazon (fulfilled by Travers) but sometimes better shipping terms/cost if on Prime.
 
#93
Check against KBC & others. I shop Travers occasionally but generally find typically higher priced except when they have a 'great' sale. Another weird thing is you might actually see it on Amazon (fulfilled by Travers) but sometimes better shipping terms/cost if on Prime.
I goofed the price...$260 for the hardened set.....$196 for cast version. KBC wants $306 for hardened set. I got a Starrett setup off Ebay for a decent price and if I was looking again for a set I would definitely look at the PEC brand
 

John Conroy

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Premium Member
#94
Some one please point me in the direction of a decent tap and die set. The one I have sucks big time.
I find that a set is a waste of money as I've only ever used less than half the taps and dies in the Imperial set I've owned for 40 years. I've been collecting metric taps and dies over the years and i just order the common sizes fron KBC Tools. The KBC brand one are usually made by TMX in Poland and very high quality. They come on sale quite often. Don't bother with Irwin or other chain store brand stuff, they are mostly "high carbon steel" and pretty much only good for chasing threads, not making new ones. You only want to buy high speed steel if you want taps that work well. For dies I only buy round dies, the hex shaped ones are only meant for thread chasing.. Screenshot_20190123-034915.png
 
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Ok I’ll admit I was questioning the ruler advice. But I think that’s next on the list, I can see how they would help with layout now.

There’s a certain “feel” to get the centre punch IN the scribe line, and not beside it.

But, so much nicer so far. Measure over 2”, use the square to scribe a line, measure where you want it and centre punch it. I still use a regular centre punch after, the first one I only used the Starett automatic punch the drill wandered a bit.

Baby steps