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Which are the Best Micrometers?  What are the best micrometers to buy? Best Rated Micrometers – Top 10 Picks – Micrometer Reviews

By Michael Elson Vice President Penn Tool Co published on February 26, 2017 in micrometers

This list contains the top brands in precision tools such as Starrett, Mitutoyo, Fowler, SPI, and Igaging and we put the list together trying to find out which is the best micrometer.

Any of the micrometers on the list will do the job for you perfectly well.  However, you want the Best Micrometer for the money.  What you after is a device that will give you accurate readings.  So what makes one micrometer better than the other?  A better question is why is one micrometer more expensive than another one.  I ask this question every time I buy a bottle of wine.  What is it about this bottle for $10.00 that I am missing if I bought a $50.00 bottle.
Basically I ask this question every time I buy anything.  For this article lets stick to best micrometers, but the point has been made that basically on every decision you make you are always asking yourself should I spend more or less money for the item in question.  There are several factors that make one more expensive than the other one.  Factors such as price, quality durability, country of origin, and features. High priced micrometers can last a very long time if they are cared for properly.  Some of the lower priced ones are almost like disposable razors.  You know going in that these will get the job done but may not be your go to best micrometer in your toolbox.  These lower priced models might not be there in a few years.  Lets take a look at Best Micrometers!

1. Mitutoyo 293-340 Digimatic Outside Micrometer, 0-1″ Range, 0.00005″/0.001mm Resolution, IP65, No Output, with Ratchet

Number one on the list may I present to you one of my favorite and most popular micrometers.  The Mitutoyo 293-340.  Back in 1934 the founder of Mitutoyo Yehan Numata started his company with one product in mind.  THE MICROMETER.  Many years have past but Mitutoyo is still making some of highest quality micrometers around.  They have gone digital now and perform like as you would expect something out of Japan to perform.  Think of your favorite Japanese car. Or if you don’t like Japanese cars, you certainly are someone who appreciates craftsmanship and value.  That is what you get with the Mitutoyo 293-340.  Coming in at under $150.00 the micrometer is certainly one of value.  Priced just right.  Not too high and certainly not so low you are thinking this has to be a piece of crap.  No need to protect this in your toolbox.  This micrometer comes standard with a hard plastic case that will protect your measuring device for many years down the road.  With carbide tipped measuring faces can you really go wrong?

Mitutoyo Coolant Proof Micrometer – 293-340
Range: 0-1″ w/ Ratchet Stop

with Dust/Water Protection Conforming to IP65 Level

• IP65 protection level, enabling use in environments exposed to cutting oil, etc*
*Anti-corrosion treatment is required after use.
• Measurement data output function is available with a water-resistant connection cable.
• Auto power ON/OFF function.
• Certificate of inspection* is included. (50mm/2” or less range models)
*It is not the type used to obtain calibration certificates.
• With a standard bar except for 0-25mm/0-1″ model.
• Supplied in fitted case. Plastic case up to 150mm/6″, Wooden box over 150mm/6″


2.  iGaging 0-1″ Digital Electronic Micrometer w/Large Display Inch/Metric

IGaging Part# 35-040-025

IGaging is a relative newcomer on our list and it has been selling fast.  Priced on the lower end of the spectrum, the IGaging 0-1″ Digital Electronic Micrometer will not disappoint.  For under $75.00 you are walking away with a device you can count on for accuracy but won’t break the bank.  Hobbyists and students who may be just getting into the metalworking industry might want to jump in at this level and get their feet wet.  I compare this model to maybe shopping at IKEA.  You know when you are walking in that you are not looking for high end high priced furniture.  However after walking around and sitting on some beds you are like wow this furniture is half bad.  That is how we feel about IGaging.  Wow, you are pretty damn good!


iGaging IP40 Digital Micrometers

  • Class leading Micrometer
  • Easy to read LCD Display
  • Accurate to 0.00015”
  • Hardened and Ground Spindle
  • Data output
  • Carbide anvil(s)
  • Resolution: 0.00005”/0.001mm
  • Durable IP40 rating

UPC 787461658239 , 810823012162

EAN  0810823012162 , 0787461658239


3.  The Starrett 795XFL-1  Starrett LCD Outside Micrometer, IP67, Friction Thimble, Lock Nut, Carbide Faces, Inch

What can we say about this bad boy is that it’s made really well.  Everything you would expect from Starrett.  A company who still manufactures its tools in the good old USA.  I compare this to the Ford Mustang.  Made in America and solid.  For all those people out there who only want to buy American but say they can’t find any good options.  The Starrett 795XFL-1 will not disappoint you.  You have your Ford Mustang or Harley Davidson in the palm of your hand now.  Comes in a little on the high side of a 0-1″ micrometer, but you get what you pay for.

Starrett Electronic Micrometer

IP67 Protection Against Coolant, Water, Dust & Dirt

  • RS232 output port for data transmission to Starrett DataSure® Wireless Data Collection Systems or wire-based data systems.On Series 795 only.
  • Series 796 does not have data output.
  • Balanced, tapered frame
  • Starrett no-glare satin chrome finish on thimble and sleeve
  • Hard and stable one piece spindle
  • Large, easy-to-read LCD readout
  • Micro-lapped carbide measuring faces
  • Automatic OFF after 20 minutes of nonuse
  • Inch/millimeter conversion
  • Measurement HOLD button
  • Zero tool at any position – retain and return to true zero
  • Resolution: .00005″ (0.001mm)
  • Accuracies: Inch: ±.0001″,Metric: ±.002mm





4.   SPI IP65 Electronic Outside Micrometer 13-731-5

At #4 we are happy to show you the SPI 0-1″ Outside Mike.  She is a beauty and the best thing about this dream micrometer is it’s NIST Certified Right Out of the Box.  That is a savings of about $50.00 right there and coming in total at under $150.00 this best micrometer certainly is a steal.  Not only are you getting a great micrometer, it is also testing for accuracy and supplied with the certificate proving it!  Wow that is great don’t you think?  SPI warranties it’s product for a year so you know that you are in good hands with this Micrometer.  I think you will be really happy with the value you get here and lots of Penn Tool’s customers agree.  Go with the SPI- “Your Partner in Precision.”


SPI IP65 Electronic Outside Micrometer, 0-1″ – 13-731-5

  • IP65 level protection
  • Carbide measuring faces
  • Spindle: 0.25″ dia.
  • Standard included above 0-1″ range
  • SPC output. (cable optional)
  • Painted frame with heat shield
  • Resolution: 0.00005″/0.001 mm
  • Absolute and incremental measuring modes
  • Ratchet thimble
  • Splindle lock
  • Certification of calibration traceable to NIST
  • Furnished in fitted case

0 to 1 Inch Range, 0.0001 Inch Resolution, Standard Throat, IP65 Electronic Outside Micrometer

Measuring Range 0 – 1″
Resolution (Inch) 0.00005″
Resolution (mm) 0.001 mm
Thimble Ratchet
Fract Minimum Range Measurement 0
Display Type LCD
Accuracy 0.00016″
Battery Type SR44
SPC Output Yes
SPI Part Number 13-731-5
Includes Certificate of Calibration Traceable to NIST





5.  Fowler 54-860-001 Electronic IP54 Outside Micrometer, 0-1″/0-25mm Measuring Range, 0.00005″/0.001mm Resolution, 0.00016″ Accuracy, RS-232 Output


Coming at #5 a brand that never disappoints, the Fowler 54-860-001 is oh so sweet and under $90.00 at the time this article was written.  Fowler has always been synonymous with high quality and great value.  Our boys from Boston, actually Newton Mass, give it their all like the New England Patriots did this year in the Super Bowl.  I am not saying that Fowler is some come from behind brand, but they are like an old reliable pal.  Always there for you and not going to rip you off.  What else do you want in this micrometer?  Pick up one of these and you are sure to be as happy as Tom Brady.  Well maybe not that happy, but try out some Fowler Tools and you are sure to smile knowing you got a great tool.

Fowler Electronic Micrometer, 0-1″ – 54-860-001

  • Large, easy to read LCD display
  • Automatic switch off
  • Accuracy: .00016″ 0-1″
  • Direct RS232 output
  • Insulated frames
  • Electronics are protected by tough, ABS housing
  • Friction thimble
  • Includes fitted case
  • Digital outside micrometers with a choice of measuring range and flat anvil/spindle pair for general purpose measuring
  • LCD performs direct inch/metric conversions and has a switchable resolution of 0.00005″ and 0.001mm
  • Friction thimble provides smooth and quiet operation, and is suitable for one-handed operation
  • Certified IP54 for dust and water protection and ABS housing provides durability and protection of electrical components
  • RS-232 output provides ability to export readings to a computer (cable not included)
  • UNSPSC Code 41111601




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Penn Tool Customer Testimonials

Friday, March 31, 2017 3:25 PM

Hi Michael,

I just wanted to thank both yourself and Gene for all of your help. Marty Everhard at LCA was also a pleasure to do business with.

It is rare nowadays to deal with competent people who are willing to “go the extra mile” for their customers.

I know that this is not a huge purchase, but it is a key piece of equipment needed for a contract that I was just awarded, So to me you guys are outstanding.

I will definitely do business with you again.

Best Regards,

Hedge Fairbank Sr.

Bay Precision CNC



To Carol Kopyta’s supervisor August 13, 2009

Dear Madam / Sir,

I have recently had a very good experience dealing with Penn Tool Company’s Customer Service.

I was in need of an Operator’s Manual for a lathe that we purchased from Penn Tool in 2003. I was really did not expect Penn Tool to have this manual as I do not think you currently are marketing this line of lathes.

Your Customer Service person Carol Kopyta handled my request in a most professional and expedient manner. As it turned out she knew the right person to ask, got the information correct and within a very short time had the document mailed to me.

What is particularly impressive is not that Penn actually had a manual but the expedient manner in which Ms. Kopyta handled my request.

In a time and culture where customer service is often times greatly lacking it is heartening to know there are some people who are still conscientious and diligent.

My already high opinion of Penn Tool has been elevated yet higher by Ms. Kopyta’s excellent response to my request.

Keep up the good work. I will look forward to conducting business with Penn Tool in the future.

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Comments Love your company and service! Sharing and passing the word in my area for your fine company! Keep up the good work!


#How to remove broken taps


Easy was to remove broken Taps

#How to remove broken taps

Step 1:

Remove as much as practical of any uneven broken taps top surface of the tap, creating a reasonably flat surface for the Omegadrill to drill into.

Step 2:

Clamp the part securely. Use as large a diameter Omegadrill as possible to spot the broken taps. Drill at 1,200 to 2,500 RPM on a rigid and stable machine tool such as a machining center or knee mill.

Step 3:

Using the recommended size Omegadrill, drill down through the broken taps. Drill dry or use straight cutting oil – not coolant. Peck the drill and flush chips out frequently with an air blast. Best results are achieved with using light quill hand feed on a knee mill. When reaching the bottom of the broken tap, a slight vibration will be felt. It is best to stop drilling at this point, to minimize any risk of damage to the Omegadrill’s cutting edges.

Step 4:

Using either a scriber, or the picks and pin vise supplied with the Omegadrill set, remove the remnants of the broken tap flutes.


DIN or AGD: What’s Right For Me?

By George Schuetz, Mahr Federal Inc.

A longtime friend of mine from Russia once told me that eventually the US would be metric and that we would get there “one inch at a time.” While we are not a metric country yet, the manufacturing industry tries to be international and that often means producing parts in metric units. Certainly most of the automotive industry has moved on. As parts and manufacturing processes are moved around the world, it’s becoming more and more common to see gages made to different standards as they come from different countries; for example, DIN standards (from Germany/Europe) or JIS standards from Japan.

In the US, most gaging specifications were long ago gathered and documented to AGD Standards (American Gage Design), but through the years these have been published under ANSI/ASME (American National Standards Institute/American Society of Mechanical Engineers).

For most of Europe, gages are designed and built to DIN standards (German Institute for Standardization and the German ISO member). This standard covers more than just German products, as it is a member of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) covering 30 EU members that utilize DIN specifications.

So what’s the big deal whether a gage—let’s say a caliper—is an ASME design or a DIN compliant design? To the user, usually not much. There may be a difference in how or if performance specs are defined or the product is calibrated. On the other hand, however, there are products that are physically different between the AGD and DIN standards in both design and philosophy of use. A few that come to mind include dial indicators, master rings, and discs that differ in both their physical shape and how they measure.

Whether you are receiving a new gaging solution from another country or looking through the catalogs of gage suppliers with world presence, it does not hurt to have a basic knowledge of what the differences are in some of these world products. We will start with Dial Indicators and over the next few months take a look at some other products.

All dial indicators are basically mechanical amplifiers. Through gearing, they take a linear motion and amplify it to a rotating hand that allows you to “see” what the displacement is. How this mechanical amplifier is packaged and tested is what the specifications are all about.

General Use & Philosophy
US (ASME) dial indicators are primarily used for comparative purposes in a bench gage or stand to compare a part’s measured value to a master. Thus, they more commonly have a balanced dial with a “+” to the right to indicate a larger size. Dial indicators are available in various configurations and with longer ranges for various measuring applications. Dial indicators are also commonly furnished with a lug back or alternate back for fixture mounting.

The use of DIN indicators is slightly different as in most cases the operator is using them to determine if parts are within allowable tolerances. These style indicators are typically furnished with continuous faces, rev-counters and have longer measuring ranges.

There are numerous outside diameter sizes of indicators that may be determined by use (portable or bench mounted) and how far from the reading the customer is.

AGD/ANSI specification calls out five standard sizes:
• AGD & ANSI Group 0: 1.25″ diam. (32 mm)
• AGD & ANSI Group 1: 1.75″ diam. (44 mm)
• AGD & ANSI Group 2: 2.25″ diam. (57 mm)
• AGD & ANSI Group 3: 2.75″ diam. (70 mm)
• AGD & ANSI Group 4: 3.625″ diam. (92 mm)

DIN is not as concerned about specific sizes but rather specifies that the indicator must fall within a certain size range, e.g. 55 mm – 60 mm. It’s left up to the manufacturer to determine the size of the indicators provided. Most suppliers will thus provide an indicator with a 58 mm diameter but also offer other sizes such as 34 mm, 50 mm or 108 mm.

Because the Group 2 AGD & ANSI indicator is fairly close to the DIN 58 mm, they are interchangeable in most protective housings designed for either indicator.

Stem Diameters and Accessories
This is where the details come into play. AGD/ANSI inch indicators use a .375″ stem mounting and a 4-48″ thread for the contact. DIN specifies an 8 mm stem and an M2,5 metric thread.

Mounting an indicator by the stem can cause some heartburn. With an adaptor, it’s simple to mount a DIN indicator into a gage designed for an AGD/ANSI. But when going the other way, something more major is required. It may be easier to get the indicator in with an 8 mm stem (either style) rather than trying to change mounting arms.

Contact points are not interchangeable. Make sure you have the right one for the indicator.

Obviously you will want an indicator to be in the units you are measuring to, and indicators are available in Inch or Metric regardless of what standard they are built to. And while they may not offer the same resolution, they are fairly close in their displacement.

Once you have a little understanding of the differences between the design basics of these indicators, you can choose the style that best fits your needs. Now you can get into the nitty-gritty and work the details for size, range, resolution, backs, contact points, lifting levers, etc.

Doing business with China and importing tools for your business. Importing Tools From China

How not to get Burned Importing Tools from China.  China Import Tools, China Import Tools Suppliers and Manufacturers Directory

Gene Elson (photo below-on left) always made sure when doing business with overseas suppliers he had solid relationships with his business associates.  That insured when his tools arrived from overseas, there were no surprises as to the quality of the merchandise.

Below is a good video by Mike Genung of Global Trade Specialists.

Penn Tool Co has been dealing with Mike Genung for well over 25 years.  This video goes over some of the pitfalls and money making mistakes you could make when trying to import tools from China to sell here in the United States .  When purchasing tools you usually have many different choices of manufactures and countries of origin to choose from.  If you are a business like Penn Tool Co., you have to be very selective as to which Co. you will be dealing with to import tools.  In this video Mike Genung goes over some of the very most basic mistakes companies make when selecting a company in China to work with.  The biggest mistake is to use a company you have never dealt with and have no references as to its legitimacy.  You must follow some rules when Importing Tools From China.  Remember that when importing large quantities of tooling from China payment is usually made by a letter of credit .

So once the tools are delivered to you in the United States, you are basically stuck with what you receive.  There is no leverage you have as a buyer if you import tools from a Co. in China that is not all it seems to be.  Many times over the years Penn Tool Co. has been approached by companies in China promising very low prices if we do business with them.  The problem is once the tools are delivered, you find out all you have is a pile of junk.  The low prices you got at the beginning of the transaction did not help you at all.  That is not a good method of Importing Tools From China.

Penn Tool Co., has had great success in buying high quality precision instruments from China.

Many of those tools are under Penn Tool’s brand name of Precise

We have learned through experience that you must do your due diligence and many of those tips are in the video below explained by Mike Genung.


Thank you,

Michael Elson
Penn Tool Co Inc
1776 Springfield Ave
Maplewood NJ  07040
Phone 800-526-4956  ext. 107


Instructional video of digital level PRO3600

Many people have asked for more information on our digital levels.
Currently we show lots of specifications and owners manuals can be provided in pdf. form upon request at
Since the item is so popular we have also made a short video showing some of the features on the PRO3600 Digital Level.

The level can be found on our website at