no accuracy or resolution specified though...
no accuracy or resolution specified though...
The energy monitor they're selling at 4.99 is also a bargain (if it's the same as the one I bought last year).
Adrian Godwin writes
How will we know if it IS the same?
If I could remember where I put it, I'd have a look and tell you :-).
However, it has very similar functions. Close enough that it's probably worth risking a fiver ..
Given how difficult it was a few years ago to measure domestic appliance power without expensive lab gear, these devices are impressive and surprisingly cheap.
Maplin have one for about 12 quid which looks to have a clearer display (but possibly can't show several parameters at once).
And this Thursday Aldi have some nice bicycle attachments (I want a heart rate monitor toy).
Bill H Derby
and the following Thurday (28th) they have a digital caliper at 8.99 in a wooden box!!
Aldi have them at £8.99 from tomorrow 28/7Don Valentine
I bought one of these today- looks good for the money and readings seen consistent with my conventional vernier.
Also on offer, for about £6, is a vice with a suction base and rubber jaw covers.
Both would seem good for light hobby use.
You're lucky. I got there at 10:30 and they were sold out!>
Loads in Trowbridge last night - price plus postage?
I picked one up, very suprised at the quality, and very pleased with the large display. It's a little gritty compared to my Mitutoyo, but the bigger display is nice. Worth every penny.
I just bought a couple from the local aldi -they had dozens left. I have in mind using them as a cheap readout on the lathe (like the one in this monthe MEW). I also bought a couple of the mixed nuts & bolts pack. An assortment of M5,M6 & M8 nuts, bolts & washers for 3.99
-should come in handy for odd jobs.
Snap, except I bought 5 calipers in all, for a lathe and mill - Trowbridge aldi seems to be getting low, but they hadn't run out.
I nearly bought the set of small pliers for £3.99 too, but I already have a zillion of those, including a collection of unused Lindstroms from an earlier life, so .. I didn't
I might even get another caliper, as a spare for everyday workshop use. They also have the standard 4-wire outputs if you want to connect them to a DRO (though paying £160 for just a DRO panel seems a bit over-expensive, compared to £27 for 3 digital calipers).
They still have a few £24.99 drill presses left too BTW, if anyone is interested - and the tables look a bit better than the one I bought a year or two ago, which bends down if any real pressure is applied, and was the only really hard-to-fix bad point about it. I was very tempted to do a swap ...
Apart from some quill (but not shaft) wobblyness, quite fixable with a bit of shim, it was otherwise okay - and I have drilled quite a few 16 mm holes in mild steel with it without complaint (after tightening the belts), as well as using some hole saws on 3mm stainless sheet.
Needs a bit of TLC, so not for the busy workshop - but okay for occasional use, especially if the table bending (and quill wobblyness) is sorted.
BTW, how many people in this list are in or near Trowbridge? Seems over-represented.
I went to the show (in trowbridge park) today and saw a traditional vernier caliper (which I would swear couldn't even be read to 0.02 mm, never mind being accurate to 0.02 mm) for £7.99. Made my purchases seems even better.
On another point, I bought a bit of headstone from a mason at the show. He was selling squares for pot stands or chopping boards, but I though it might make a good surface table. It's granite, and the faint reflection seems undistorted so it's probably flat over short distances - over longer distance I have used my stright-edges to see if it's flat, and it seems flatter than my straightedges!
Is there any simple way to test for flatness?
Peter Fairbrother writes
Yes - Nip back and get a couple more chunks. Then blue the three, one to the other.
Peter, you might find these displays work out a bit cheaper?is another ebay shop that sells them but a quick search did not turn any up just now.
That Ebay seller, Pinvise is Chronos BTW
John Stevenson Nottingham, England.
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I'm at Frome Road, Trowbridge.
Where are you?
Sheepcote Barton, Trowbridge, behind Tesco's in the newish estate.
Tim Bird is local-ish, from Frome. There are a few more local list readers too, perhaps hiding in the woodwork.
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