I also have purchased stuff from Enco with good results. I bought a set
of six micrometers to go up to 6 inches for engine work. When I had
measurements done by the machine shop on my Ford 5.0L rebuild for my
Cobra, my measurements were within a tenth, and this was way within the
allowable tolerances on the engine. I think the differences come more
from technique than the tool.
At Hershey last year, I bought a dial bore gauge mostly for the purpose
of checking bore taper. Since it's relative measurements rather than
absolutes, its Chinese heritage doesen't seem to matter. I upgraded it
at home with a better dial indicator so I improved it a little. I
notice that the uprated versions simply give a better indicator.
Arvid Jedlicka wrote:
>I found a local distributor of Timken bearings and bought the
>items I needed for my Asian 3-in-1 rebuild.
>So now I'm on to measurement tools. I'm looking for a caliper,
>a 1 inch micrometer and a dial indicator. There are huge price
>differences and I [again] have no idea what brand names would
>be the most reasonable in terms of a long term tool investment.
>I'm sure that "you get what you pay for", but there is also the
>"as a home user, quality above X level is not a wise investment"
>which I would also like to apply.
>Some of the names in the catalogs and on the internet are:
>brown & sharpe
>Suggestions and experiences for both brand names and vendors