Measuring Tools

Whether you’re a beginner machinist or just someone tinkering in your garage, precision measuring tools are the equipment that will allow you to finish your project accurately. 

We have guides to the most common types of measurement tools used in machining below along with all the additional info you could want to help you get the most out of your tool and avoid some of the most common mistakes.

Measuring Tool Guides

One of the most versatile pieces of measuring equipment found in any machinist’s toolbox. Check out our reviews and guides.

The original precision measuring tool. Find out what makes them so incredibly accurate and check out our picks for the best micrometers available.

What's the Difference?

Learn about the capabilities and limitations of each. Includes notes on accuracy and cost as well as comparisons of the analog and digital versions of each measuring tool.

Measuring Tool Buyers Guides

Being so versatile means they get used a lot. Make sure all your measurements are right on the money with our guide to the best digital calipers.

Micrometers are super accurate but sometimes also super expensive. Our picks balance budget and accuracy to find the best mics available.

The digital calipers older cousin. Dial calipers have been around for decades and more than one company have perfected them. Watch out for the knock offs though!

All telescoping gauges are not created equal. Find the lesser known gems and avoid the well known fool’s gold. Price does not always equal quality when it comes to this measuring tool.

How often should you calibrate your tools? Should you buy tools that are already calibrated? What do I need to calibrated my tools? 

The answers to all these questions and more can be found in our calibration guide.

Check out the tools that are everyday essentials for any machinist. Nobody ever said machining was going to be cheap.

A fun list that points out all of the length measuring tools. Make sure to leave a comment if we missed anything!

It ain’t all calipers and micrometers. Check out all the other gauges for checking length, width, thickness and every other types of dimension. 

Includes tips for finding a good tool as well as the best accessories to complement those tools.