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    hey guys,

    what brands would you guys recomend for a wiggler center finder set and a set of small hole gauges? where can i get these in perth?

    thanks in advance

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    I have an imperial starret wiggler which is pretty good.
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    Hi,
    If you look here Tool Exchange - Starrett Tools there are some nice looking ones that he will ship to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fittermachinist View Post
    hey guys,

    what brands would you guys recomend for a wiggler center finder set and a set of small hole gauges? where can i get these in perth?

    thanks in advance
    I think my cheap set cost me about $15 years ago and has served me well. With the small hole gauges I have the cheap ones but never had to use them as yet so I cant comment.

    Dave

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    What are small hole gauges?
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    Quote Originally Posted by welder View Post
    What are small hole gauges?
    Come on Andre. A bloke with your search and find skills asking a question like that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fittermachinist View Post
    hey guys,

    what brands would you guys recomend for a wiggler center finder set and a set of small hole gauges? where can i get these in perth?

    thanks in advance
    Search on American or English Ebay for Starrett, Brown and Sharpe, Lufkin, Moore and Wright, Mitutoyo or even Fowler. I use a Starrett wiggler and Mitutoyo small hole gauges.

    The items you are looking for are light so the postage should be inexpensive. There is now only one second hand tool shop in Perth where you might find some reasonable quality gear, Jack's Tools in Gosnells.

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    Quote Originally Posted by welder View Post
    I have an imperial starret wiggler which is pretty good.
    I have a starret imperial edge finder too. It was near new and the price was too good not to buy and as mentioned, postage from US was only a few dollars.

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    Thanks Bob. I have a starrett set of small hole gauges but I never have used them
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    Quote Originally Posted by welder View Post
    Thanks Bob. I have a starrett set of small hole gauges but I never have used them
    Andre
    Here is a set of Starrett Small Hole Gauges I purchased a while back on E Bay.
    The seperate one from the set near the 0 to 1" Micrometer is a gauge I made from Silver Steel hardened tempered & then the slot cut by an EDM machine, We did a lot of "Foreign Orders" during apprenticeship.
    The micrometer was the first tool I purchased from my first weeks pay of 6 pound or $12 dollars. It has sentimental value to me. Its still very accurate.
    I use the Small Hole Gauges frequently when drilling & boring, also Telescopic gauges are very handy in the larger sizes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by welder View Post
    Thanks Bob. I have a starrett set of small hole gauges but I never have used them
    And I've used my Mitutoyos once more than you. What I do use fairly frequently is a set of Mitutoyo telescoping bore gauges.

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    Yeah I use my Moore and Wright telescopic gauges a fair bit but they aren't accurate enough to use at work apparently.
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    The telescopic gauges are handy as I use them a lot. I only have the cheap ones but they seem to work fine for me over the years. It takes a good feel to get a good measurement off them, so you will need some practice if you new to them even if you buy the top quality ones.

    I like using these type of gauges because your using the same micrometer to measure both the job and the gauge, so it takes any calibration differences between measuring tools out of it. We as home shops don't have things calibrated, so sometimes you may measure with one tool and it will read different to another. I am only talking minuet here, but for press fits etc it really matters if your slightly off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by welder View Post
    Yeah I use my Moore and Wright telescopic gauges a fair bit but they aren't accurate enough to use at work apparently.
    Thats probably because you could give 10 different guys a go and they will come up with 10 different measurements. They are all about feel, and one persons feel might be different to another's.
    I like them because you can match the same feel from the job to the micrometer and know your spot on, but as I said above it does take some practice to get true readings.

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    When you get the chance Andre if you havent allready can you ask the trainer,leading hand foreman the reasons for not allowing the use of the gauges you have.
    I can only think that yours maybe sticky,if they were not sticky I cant really understand not using them,afterall they dont get calibrated.

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