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Using Slide Calipers

Once a worker is familiar with his own precision slide calipers, of whatever type, an incorrect measurement resulting from misreading is much less likely than one resulting from improper handling of the tool. One respect in which slide calipers are inherently inferior to micrometer is that there is no means of controlling the force applied to the jaws of the tool when measuring. Obviously the jaws, cantilevered outboard of the scale as they are , will “spring �somewhat whenever a force applied during a measurement must be held as consistent as possible from one use to the next. The use of precision slide calipers is pretty much a two-handed job.