Top Rated Manual Micrometers

September 20, 2019 10:13 am

When it comes to precision measurements, no tool can serve the purpose better than the good, old micrometer.

Small, sleek and accurate, mics are considered one of the most important tools to have in the toolbox and, despite the proliferation of new, advanced equipment, they are often the first tool that inspectors reach for on the shop floor.

For this reason, when shopping for a new micrometer, you should always aim for the best model. It might cost you a little more, but you’ll be guaranteed to have an extremely accurate instrument that will last you a very long time.

From material to resolution, the variables to consider when selecting a micrometer are numerous and all equally important. We collected them all and made them easier to digest in our ultimate guide to micrometers that you can read here.

One of the main things to decide before getting started with your research is if your next micrometer will be digital or manual.

Manual or mechanical micrometers are currently the most common type. They apply the working principle of the screw and nut to create an amazing magnification.

Digital micrometers, on the other hand, apply electronic principles to make a measurement. Each type has different upside and downside; you can read more about the different pros and cons here.

Our goal is to help you find the best manual micrometer. If you are considering a digital mic, check out our review of the top 5 digital micrometer for machinists or read our ultimate guide to micrometers.

Here are the top manual models that we recommend:

 

Brown & Sharpe 599-1-50 Classicmaster Micrometer

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One of the most loved micrometers in the metalworking community. Smooth, easy to use and efficient.

Range: 0-1”

Resolution: 0.0001”

Accuracy: +/- 0.0001”

Anvil Material: Carbide

 

Mitutoyo 101-117 Outside Micrometer

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The name says it all. Mitutoyo is renowned for the accuracy and quality of their tools and this model is no exception.

Range: 0-1”

Resolution: 0.0001”

Accuracy: +/- 0.0001”

Anvil Material: Carbide

 

Starrett T444.1XRL-1 Outside Micrometer

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Can’t go wrong with Starrett. This model has heat-insulators on the frame to help reduce temperature-related expansion or contraction.

Range: 0-1”

Resolution: 0.0001”

Accuracy: +/- 0.00005”

Anvil Material: Carbide

 

Fowler 52-229-201 52-229 Series

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The best bang for your buck. Inexpensive, accurate and consistent. Highly recommended. 

Range: 0-1”

Resolution: 0.0001”

Accuracy: +/- 0.00016”

Anvil Material: Carbide

Anytime Tools Premium 0-1″

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Well-made and accurate tool. A good micrometer for a very fair price

Range: 0-1”

Resolution: 0.0001”

Accuracy:

Anvil Material: Carbide

 

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10 Comments

    li class="comment even thread-even depth-1" id="comment-27288">
    Russ

    Depends on how you are using the micrometer. If you are making a bushing to fit an I.D. and using the same micrometer the make the bushing that you used to measure the hole,only the accuracy of your feel comes into play. The micrometer could be off a ton and it wouldn’t matter for making that part.If you are making a part from a print then that may be a different story

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    Leon

    Iam a little biased and less fashioned craftsman and would not trade in my mitutoyo manual micrometer for anything.(note :-I even state brand name)

    li class="comment odd alt thread-even depth-1" id="comment-27941">
    Ronnie

    Starrett, Mitutoyo and Brown and Sharpe are my three go to mics. I have 50 years of machining R&D tool making back round. These 3 micrometers are the absolute best .

    li class="comment even thread-odd thread-alt depth-1" id="comment-27942">
    Sinisterslick

    Starrett is my go to mic. 25 yrs of conventional machining and the only one I’ve replaced , minus the carbide tips, is 2”-3”. Regardless of the job the mic should read correctly. Especially when tolerances are 4 place decimal.

    YOUR ONLY AS GOOD AS YR TOOLS!

    li class="comment odd alt thread-even depth-1" id="comment-27945">
    Chip Burns

    As has been stated above, some of the accuracy comes from the micrometer, and a portion from the tradesman’s hands. Selecting a brand of measuring tools, tends to come from the brand that is carried by the sales person that visits the shop on sales calls.
    The first shop that I worked, was a B&S shop. Nearly all of the shops that I worked in later, leaned toward Starrett tools. The Mitutoyo dial calipers had a better system to keep the rack clear of chips than the Starrett Mdl. 130. In these times, the digital calipers are a winner.
    In my years of building dies and molds, I would recommend carbide measuring faces on any brand of micrometer. Another point that I feel is important with today’s shrinking tolerances, is to standardize all of the shop tools with in house gauging and inspection or having someone on the outside come in to assure that all of the inches or millimeters are the same size.

    li class="comment even thread-odd thread-alt depth-1" id="comment-27946">

    I like the Starrett slant line. I have had one since the ’60’s.
    Can’t beat a 6″ vernier caliper either. No dial needle to jump, no battery to go dead, immune to coolant.

    li class="comment odd alt thread-even depth-1" id="comment-27953">
    Frank

    You should always use you micrometer as a comparing tool, (ie measure a known (calibrated) gage then compare to your part) and still buy the best mic you can afford.

    li class="comment even thread-odd thread-alt depth-1" id="comment-27958">

    I have used the Brown & Sharp for over 40 years it was my first Mic my dad gave to me when I was 10 , yes we had a lathe in the house and I learned to run it at 10 years old. It has always been my go to for the 0-1, Mitutoyo makes some nice stuff but for my 0-1 which is my primary Mic I will always go with the Brown & Sharp personal preference I guess.

    li class="comment odd alt thread-even depth-1" id="comment-27961">

    I have used all types of Micrometers over the years even off brands made in Poland that work very well. I do like the Mitutoyo. The biggest thing I see is the need for proper care of your tools. As well finding a GOOD Calibration Company is important. There are many that say they can do it but it is my experience that many of them do not know what they are doing. Of course you can always do it yourself unless company policy states otherwise.

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