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My advise is spend the money and get a stainless steel set, 6" size. Digital or dial it is whatever you are comfortable with, I use dial. Faster to read digital but they need batteries. Mitutoyo is a quality brand but I think most stainless steel ones will do the job for you. Spend $30 or more on a set and you should get something you'll be happy with. Just don't go cheap or plastic.
 

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I use a dial caliper also. It just nice to be able to see that needle sweep into position. With a dial I can also see if it's "in between" values.
 

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I went for thirty some years with a Vernier Caliper and then noticed that it was getting harder and harder to see the little lines. I picked up a Harbor Freight, made in gomerland, digital caliper and have used them for a few years now. I don't see the point in spending big bucks on calipers since you normally are not making critical measurements. If I need to make an exact measurement I use a micrometer.
 

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Digital Calipers are easier to read and just as accurate,get the best you can afford within reason
the Batteries will last forever, if you remeber to turn them off!
 
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