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BOB BLACKSHAW21/09/2019 17:53:08
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I have a old Mitutoyo DIGIMATIC calliper which must be 25 years old, it packed up quite a few years ago, so finding it again in the shed is it repairable.

When installing the battery a very dim E comes up, and that's about it, I must state that the E is just about recognizable.

If its no good then a single parallel can be salvaged, but chopping the calliper up seems criminal as its so smooth to use.


old mart21/09/2019 18:46:00
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If you go on the Mitutoyo website, they sell spares, but you need to register before getting the full information. I bought part of the electronics of a digital mike from them about 7 years ago, with great success. Check the voltage of the battery, it should be 1.5V.

Vic21/09/2019 18:59:02
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As it’s very dim are you sure it’s an E? Mine comes up with B when the battery is low.

BOB BLACKSHAW21/09/2019 22:13:23
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Its a new battery and still hard to make out the E.

JohnF21/09/2019 23:09:45
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Not impossible for a new battery to be a dud ! try it in another tool or a different battery first, also are the contacts clean with no corrosion ? Stating the obvious but !!!!

Brian G22/09/2019 08:33:23
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According to this Practical Machinist Link "E" could mean the scale needs cleaning, but like the others, if it is faint I would first suspect the battery.


BOB BLACKSHAW22/09/2019 08:48:33
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I will try another battery later to day if I have one, but I did notice the terminal the negative --- looks like its been arcing on the terminal.

Diogenes22/09/2019 08:53:41
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I have paper instructions here.. .."E" does indeed mean the scale needs cleaning - the instruction say to clean the scale, and if the "E" error message still remains, it is necessary to then remove and re-install the battery.

If still no go, I would try disassembly and cleaning the inside "track reading" area of the head unit before I consigned it to the scrap bin..

Hope this helps


Michael Gilligan22/09/2019 09:05:49
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Posted by BOB BLACKSHAW on 22/09/2019 08:48:33:

I will try another battery later to day if I have one, but I did notice the terminal the negative --- looks like its been arcing on the terminal.



May I just ask exactly what batteries you use ?

I may be reading too much into your statement [in which case, please forgive me], but it sounds like you might have 'stock' ...



Edit: I've just searched  back on this forum ... Almost six years ago, I wrote:

I use Energizer 357/303 Silver Oxide in my Mitutoyo caliper.

... Long shelf life, and excellent performance. [*]

Using cheap Alkaline cells in good equipment is a false economy.



Edited By Michael Gilligan on 22/09/2019 09:19:19

BOB BLACKSHAW22/09/2019 09:12:58
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The battery is a AG13, the sort I've got are a multipack button cell, I've used them on my height gauge an seem to work ok.

They are not the best quality.

Michael Gilligan22/09/2019 09:27:06
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Thanks, Bob

My edit crossed with your reply ... but I think we may be onto something:

Have a look at the Voltage Duscharge curves on this page, that I've literally just found on the web:



BOB BLACKSHAW22/09/2019 10:26:31
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Thanks for the link Michael, well worth getting a silver oxide battery and try it.

I will let you know on this post.

Thanks all, Bob.

BOB BLACKSHAW25/09/2019 18:48:49
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I put the new silver oxide battery in today but its still showing a very faint E symbol, so it looks like its finished as a calliper.


Michael Gilligan25/09/2019 18:51:15
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Sorry to hear that, Bob


Ron Laden25/09/2019 20:29:53
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Bob, I have a Mitutoyo Digimatic which is well over 30 years old and it still works but I do have to nurse it along. My problem is battery related also, I have to keep cleaning the contacts or the display dims even with a new battery fitted. Also the central contact which is angled upwards has lost its spring so I have a thin washer between the battery and battery cover to maintain contact.

Have you thought of giving the Mitutoyo service dept a call, I have been meaning to but havnt got around to it yet. They may have a standard charge for repair/service of their products, but it may also be a case of replacement parts plus an hourly rate and other charges which costs more than the calliper is worth.

I will have to look into it as I would like to keep it going, its till very nice to use and head and shoulders above the cheapo versions.

Grindstone Cowboy25/09/2019 20:45:46
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Just for reference, here is a link to their website, which states " Direct end user contact is encouraged on spares/repairs to enable prompt, cost effective service and communication. A dedicated customer support telephone team is always on hand for assistance, you can call them on 01264 353123. "

BOB BLACKSHAW05/11/2019 17:59:38
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dscn1130.jpgTried allsorts of batteries with no success, but this works a treat, tried and tested.


Michael Gilligan05/11/2019 18:12:59
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Nice big display too, Bob

... Every cloud has a silver lining yes


Neil Wyatt05/11/2019 18:29:03
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Posted by BOB BLACKSHAW on 05/11/2019 17:59:38:

dscn1130.jpgTried allsorts of batteries with no success, but this works a treat, tried and tested.


Aldi body?

not done it yet05/11/2019 18:39:31
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I somehow disbelieve the negative terminal has been arcing. 1.5 volts doesn’t do that trick too well. Corrosion is, by far, more likely. That could mean a high contact resistance, so much less voltage across the electronics than required.

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