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I'm thinking about buying a machinists level. I've never had one, or for that matter never used, or even seen one, except in pictures. Can anyone shed some light on what ones come more highly recommended,and what some can, and cannot accomplish. Also, I understand everybody has their own ideas on dollar worth, but what I might reasonably expect to pay for a decent, or adequate one. Thanx
 

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You could spend $50 for a starrett 6 inch level, $100 for #98 12 inch, and $300 for a #199 1/10000 inch super precision level. All depends on your needs to level. Lufkin also made a nice super precision level :)
 

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I bought a 6" Starrett level new for $110.00. I liked it so much I have since purchased an8", two 12", 15" and have my eye on an 18" and a 4" to complete the set. I have no reasonable use for that many levels other than I am crazy and like well made tools. I have only ever used the 6" to level my lather. Please do not go down the rabbit hole I found as I do not believe it has a bottom:laughing:
 

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I bought a 6" Starrett level new for $110.00. I liked it so much I have since purchased an8", two 12", 15" and have my eye on an 18" and a 4" to complete the set. I have no reasonable use for that many levels other than I am crazy and like well made tools. I have only ever used the 6" to level my lather. Please do not go down the rabbit hole I found as I do not believe it has a bottom:laughing:
Isn't that the truth? That can be applied to so many items in our chosen hobbies that sets your pulse rate racing when you see them.
(Let me tell you about my silly rabbit holes... hehe)
 

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I have 2 twelve inch levels, one to measure longitudinally and the other laterally. I used them on my surface plate and I will on my lathe and mill when I get them back together. If you want a shorter level, get a long enough parallel to set it on so you can measure what you want. Think of how you would measure between 8" of ways with a 6" level. Having a straight edge can have many other uses, dang, now I need to buy one. Tim
 

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The machinist bench level would be good for more than just machines. I will use mine to level the fridge too. Toolcollectyitus is a bad bug to get. I have it and only cure is more tools.
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The machinist bench level would be good for more than just machines. I will use mine to level the fridge too. Toolcollectyitus is a bad bug to get. I have it and only cure is more tools.
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Toolcollectyitus <-- You'd better Trademark that one!
 

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and if you have it......... there isn't any cure!
New tool purchases are the recommended treatment!
 

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I bought a used (eBay) 8" VIS brand (made in Poland) for $50, it's accurate to 5 ten thousandths in 10". So far, I used it to level my milll, lathe, surface plate and pool table, Works great! I have also since acquired a Starrett 98-6, haven't used it yet except to check its accuracy.
 

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I bought a 6" Starrett level new for $110.00. I liked it so much I have since purchased an8", two 12", 15" and have my eye on an 18" and a 4" to complete the set. I have no reasonable use for that many levels other than I am crazy and like well made tools. I have only ever used the 6" to level my lather. Please do not go down the rabbit hole I found as I do not believe it has a bottom:laughing:
I do the same, I may not need the item but it's just too cool to pass up, ESPECIALLY at a good price. My wife is gonna make a mint off my tools when I pass and she has an estate sale. :angel:
 

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You could spend $50 for a starrett 6 inch level, $100 for #98 12 inch, and $300 for a #199 1/10000 inch super precision level. All depends on your needs to level. Lufkin also made a nice super precision level :)
Has anyone used the Lufkin?
As designed, is it comparable to the 98 or the 199?

Daryl
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Has anyone used the Lufkin?
As designed, is it comparable to the 98 or the 199?

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I have a lufkin 12" #57. It is only a bench level. More precise than carpenters level.
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There is also models #58 with graduation lines. These might be the master level style.
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The Lufkin shown would not be comparable to a 199Z, which is ~10X more sensitive. On a lathe to detect bed twist, probably want a precision level of at least 0.0005"/10" or better. I use a French EDA branded as SPI, which has an accuracy similar to the 199Z. The level viewing chamber is enclosed and quite easy to see. Might also look at VIZ precision levels.

http://www.hobby-machinist.com/threads/starrett-level-help.11735/
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Has anyone used the Lufkin?
As designed, is it comparable to the 98 or the 199?

Daryl
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Hey Daryl!

I have owned the Starrett 199 level which was awesome.

I sold it because people want Starrett 199's and it was mint, and I didn't need it to be so pretty.

I got this Lufkin No 59, which would be the Lufkin equivalent, but much harder to find. It works just as amazingly as the Starrett so I am happy!

Bernie

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I've been opting for Lufkin over Starrett. Guess I will now be watching for a 59...

Daryl
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I bought the 12" Starrett years ago... I found it to be a waste of time.
I build textile and woodworking machinery. I make everything adjustable.
It's fun to play with but I sure have not found a reason to put it to use.
 
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