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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,…

The 5 best bench top drill presses for your projects

TLDR; For woodworking and metalworking, the WEN 4208 8 in. 5-Speed Drill Press is the most powerful option reviewed. It’s heavy, but still somewhat portable.On the other hand, 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 drilling thin materials. A…

What is the best rotary tool?

TLDR; For a tool that will have permanent place on your bench and will give a professional experience (and the price that comes with it), the Foredom 2230 Flexible Shaft Rotary Tool is the best tool on the market. Still, you can’t go wrong with a Dremel tool such as the Dremel 4000-6/50-FF High Performance…

What is the 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 if you want to learn or if your projects are smaller. If…

What is the best mini metal lathe?

TLDR; Many mini metal lathes have similar features, 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, which is important for a complex tool such as this. All of them will require some…