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Hi, I am in Australia and I am trying to chase up a pocket device for measuring sheet metal thickness in Metric, either digital or the old style of gauges that have different size cut outs that you can slide over. They are very hard to find locally. Are the cheap digital pocket clamp gauges reliable( the ones I see on ebay from Hong Kong etc. Thanks for your time.

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  • Darryl Traves Mar 13, 2011

    Hi Joe, Thanks for the link to the conversion chart. No, I don't have a english/imperial gauge either, all I have is a couple of sets of vernier calipers, one of them you have to read with a magnifying glass on the vernier scale. I was looking for something to fit in your pocket and can read easily and quickly. I have seen a couple on ebay and amazon, the digital ones look like they are spring loaded and fit in the palm of your hand, that would be very quick and easy to read if they are accurate. There are quite a few different brands of the slide over slotted variety and I almost bought one but I realized when it said decimal equivalents were on the back, it actually meant thousandths of an inch not metric. The thickness of metal I deal with varies from 0.4mm to 5.0mm. Thank you for your time once again, ( you are the one who helped me with the husqvarna brushcutter problem, that carby cleaner is good stuff, I have managed to get a mower going better with it as well as 2 old brushcutters, within our family circle, that were headed for the rubbish tip/dump,) Thanks again, Darryl.

  • Darryl Traves Mar 14, 2011

    Thanks, that is what I was looking for as one of the options, on amazon, I just needed to hear from somebody who has used one and can vouch for them. Thank you very much!

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Hi welcome to fixya.
I see that you are looking for a good gauge to mesure with. I have this one on the link below and have had no problems. It works great. Please look at the link below to see and order.

http://www.bonanza.com/booths/tvactools/items/DIGITAL_THICKNESS_GAUGE__SAE_and_METRIC_new_caliper_mic

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Hello. Here is an excellent set of conversion charts that you may find useful

http://www.offroaders.com/tech/sheet-metal-gauge-thickness.htm

especially if you do have English gauges.

Regarding the cheap ones, they may be accurate but to be sure I would obtain one and check it myself with a set of metric feeler gauges available at any auto parts store to check spark plug gap. Joe

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