Quick Question: Feeler gauge recommended?

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  1. Mark_Mark

    Mark_Mark Member

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    Anybody here know a good brand for feeler gauges? need it for a project.
     
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    I use the one from HF. Good 'nuff for my needs.
     
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  3. cfullgraf

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    Historically, I've purchased whatever feeler gauges that I found. Mostly Craftsman or those available at most auto parts stores.

    These days, I'd probably stay away from those made in China.
     
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    Anything at the auto parts store will serve you fine.
     
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    I was looking at Amazon and everything sound like it was made by the CCP. Just want to buy something quality that would last light use for a lifetime
     
  7. Mark_Mark

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    Starret is like $80… dang!
     
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    Alright, found one for $16, Proto Stanley. Good enough

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  9. AJC1

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    I believe proto is jdm.... i.like their tools
     
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    i read the reviews and history.. over 100 years in Texas. Bought it
     
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  11. edwardware

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    I would suggest feeler gauges be considered a wear item. There are lots of problems you won't solve, and measurements you won't take, if you're trying to pass them on to your kids.

    They wear out, mostly by wrinkling. But a set you won't weep over.
     
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    Feeler gauges are kind of consumable items. They get messed up at times during use, particulaly the very thin ones.

    Buying expensive feeler gauges like Starret is not cost effective for the typical ham fisted novice mechanic.

    Good, basic feeler gauge sets from auto parts stores or Craftsman style sources will serve you well.
     
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  13. Mark_Mark

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    didn’t know they were consumables, better buy the cheapest thing with good reviews then
     
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    Mic them if you get a cheap set.
     
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    Back in the day, when you had solid lifter camshafts (pre 196?) You would need to buy a cheap set @ an auto parts outlet because they get chewed up in the tappet adjustment process. If you want a good machinist grade tool that will be more suitable for guns & reloading projects, a machinist supplier (like Starret) is the way to go.
     
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    Yep, chewed up a few adjusting tappets on my '67 Chevy pickup back in the day.

    As others have said, any auto parts store will have decent ones that will serve you well enough.

    chris
     
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    I've got a set of Craftsman (straight and angled) that was my dads which puts them about 60yrs old and I still use them regularly.
     
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    Not too many anymore would know what this type of feeler gauge is for, have had it on my key ring for about 35 years. Still use it every now and then for a 1966 F100.
     

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    I remember those for gapping spark plugs
     
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    I do. I have to type one like yours and another one by AC I believe.

    My angled feeler gauge has taken a beating over the years. I have several flat ones and some single ones 12" long.
     
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    I've got a key chain ring with 4-5 gappers I've picked up over the years, and the Craftsman feelers I bought in the 1970s. They are carbon steel and a few are too rusted to use now. That will happen.

    I've also bought cheap feelers because finding shim stock in a particular size isn't an auto parts store item any more, it's machine shop supply. One set of feelers has a few missing now, but it made things up by having a lot of brass ones in it.
     
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    Got a couple no name sets and a good set of US measure feelers from SnapOn. All work well for what I use them for.
     
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    I have a set of minty Starret feelers that I got from my dad, who got them from his dad. Treat 'em right and they'll last forever.
     
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  24. Mark_Mark

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    I always like Starret! quality tools
     
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  25. Walkalong

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    Me too, but sometimes the price is too much for what you're buying. Tap holder? Yea, worth it.
     
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