Starrett 97 vs 98

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Nov 9, 2018
Just won this 12” Starrett level on eBay, and I’m not sure if it’s a 97 or 98. I understand the 97 doesn’t have a graduated vial, only have two marks, and only the 98 has the graduated vial.

I’m pretty sure you can replace a 97 with a 98 vial (only about $25). And yeah, I know the side vial is missing that’s only about $5.

I have some very long parts I need to machine on my mill, and going to use this to level them so the end rests on a satellite table. I know the 98 is accurate to 0.005 per foot, which is plenty accurate for my application.

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