Several years ago I picked up a Central Machine (Harbor Fright) caliper. It was and still is good enough for most things. More recently I picked up an8" dial caliper and a digital one at the same Chinese import store with a PIttsburgh label. They are not as good. In fact I have thrown the 8" away. The digital even when perfectly clean drifts a little from measure to measure. If I need to "know" what a measurement is I take out a micrometer, make the measurement, and put it right back in the case in the tool box, but calipers get left on the work bench. What is out there on the lower end of the spectrum that is atleast as good as the Central machine and definitely better than the Pittsburgh?
For convenience I'd like to leave one on each work bench, and one on my desk.