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Digital Calipers Reviews for Makers

TLDR; The Neiko 01407A Electronic Digital Caliper is a great option for small project with a decent price. For a premium tool, the Mitutoyo 500-197-30 Advanced Onsite Sensor (AOS) Absolute Scale Digital Caliper is hard to beat, but a lot more expensive. Calipers have long been a staple of the engineering and building community. However,…

Best Bench Top Drill Press

TLDR; The Small Benchtop Drill Press | DRL-300.00 is a great option if you know that you’ll only work on small electronics projects and the like. For harder work, the WEN 4208 8 in. 5-Speed Drill Press is a lot more powerful but still somewhat portable. It’s hard to make a good, straight hole with…

Best Rotary Tool For Small Jobs

TLDR; For a tool that will have permanent place on your bench, the Foredom 2230 Flexible Shaft Rotary Tool is the best tool on the market. For occasional work, you can’t go wrong with a Dremel tool such as the Dremel 4000-6/50-FF High Performance Rotary Tool Kit with the large assortments of accessories available. A…

Best mini mill for your workshop

TLDR; The Grizzly G0758Z – 6″ x 20″ 3/4 HP Mill/Drill is the best choice if you have the space for it since it will allow you to work on larger projects. The Proxxon 37110 Micro Mill MF 70 is a good alternative for limited space and smaller projects. If you’re building things, you’ll need…

Best Mini Metal Lathes Reviewed

TLDR; Most mini metal lathes are very similar, but the BestEquip Mini Metal Lathe 7 x 14 and the Grizzly G8688 Mini Metal Lathe 7 x 12 are the best choices since they have better documentation and customer support. All of them will require some adjustments and oiling after you receive them to make sure…