My favorite digital caliper

The best reason for liking a tool?

It works! It makes my work easier! I always reach for it instead of my other calipers.

The Wixey digital caliper with fractions has a BIG display and it reads out fractions and digital measurements at the same time! Look at the life-size photo above.

I have all sorts of projects where I need to measure something and then convert the decimal readout to a fraction so I can choose the right drill bit or pipe. This gadget means I don't have to do any math!

I also have and use the Wixey digital protractor to measure angles. It not only reads out angles accurately, but I can re-set it to zero with the jaws open or closed or anywhere in between. That means I don't have to do any math when I measure odd angles!

Do you see a pattern here? I'd rather be building stuff than doing math on scraps of paper.

Plus my old eyes can read the display easily. I don't have to put my nose up to it. Hopefully the display will grow even larger as I age (yes, that's a joke).

And of course the caliper does metric and inches.

I realize you can get a digital caliper for $10…and I actually have a few of those for banging around or just to have one here and one there. But this is the one I have in my workshop and use most of the time.

The only thing that bugs me occasionally is I have to hold the On button down for a second or two for it to start up. My cheapo calipers start as soon as I press the button.

The good thing is having to hold the On button a little longer means it doesn't get turned on by accident (that's good!). I often find my cheap calipers batteries are dead because I must've accidentally turned them on. The Wixey is immune to that! So my Wixey is always ready to use, when my cheapo is dead.

By the way, here is where I order extra batteries for all sorts of devices: Flashlights Unlimited. I recommend them because Floyd (the guy who runs it) is a real bug about only selling batteries that are still good…fresh…and not knockoffs. Read any part of his web site and you'll see he's really into batteries. It's an ugly web site (no offense!), but who cares? He'll have what you want when you want batteries.

If you read the battery reviews at Amazon you'll see way too many complain about getting bad batteries. And there's no way to tell the good from the bad. Floyd has always sent me good bateries! Nuff said.

I get a little commission when you buy stuff at Amazon, but nothing from Flashlights Unlimited…so I'm losing money to send you to Floyd. Ain't that the best recommendation?

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