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How do I change the "default" lever angle on my Verdict DTI?

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dp202002/02/2020 05:38:31
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As my first DTI, I happened to purchase a secondhand Verdict T4A, and it has me a tad confused on how/whether to adjust the "zero" angle of the lever. I thought that'd normally be done by simply pushing on the tip once it bottoms out, but that doesn't seem to do anything, and I can't even begin to loosen the screws on the side. I naturally want to be quite careful with it, as it is a 0.002 mm indicator, so I do not want to try to brute force it.

Any advice would be appreciated.


Paul Lousick02/02/2020 06:23:03
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Im not familiar with the Verdict but on all of the ones that I have the lever has a friction grip and simply twisted to the angle required.


dp202002/02/2020 07:16:05
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That's exactly what I was thinking, but it doesn't seem to work that way -- maybe someone more familiar with the Verdict can tell me whether this model is different, or perhaps just stuck.

Michael Gilligan02/02/2020 08:27:09
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Mine is not that model ... but I thought they all worked the same way, in that there are detents, loaded by a spring.

Is there a leaf spring visible of the ‘dark side’ of your photo ?



Edit: Good illustrated catalogue, here:

... and a useful form thread here:

Edited By Michael Gilligan on 02/02/2020 08:39:07

dp202002/02/2020 08:50:50
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As far as I can tell, it's just a linkage leading to the internal mechanism, there is no spring that I can see. The catalogue and thread look interesting, but my model doesn't seem to be listed -- shame, since it seems to function somewhat differently.

Roderick Jenkins02/02/2020 09:02:21
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Have you tried turning the screw on the side clockwise?


Nicholas Farr02/02/2020 09:02:53
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Hi dp2020, maybe yours is one that is made to order.

MichaelG, once again you have found good info, and from that I've deduced that the one I have is a 10/6005 model.

Regards Nick.

Mick B102/02/2020 09:04:41
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On mine there's a leaf-spring with a pip that engages in a series of detents. You set it into one of them by 'brute force', though it's not really very brutal...


dp202002/02/2020 09:06:51
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Nick, it is possible -- I've seen a reference to the same model on practical machinist, but it must have been a very limited rare run.

Rod, I've tried, but I am not capable of moving any of the screws, all of them seem to be very solidly locked down. I am not sure if this is intentional, or just a part of how old the indicator is.

Pete Rimmer02/02/2020 09:33:07
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Don't touch the screws, they are carefully-set pivots. Just push the lever round. I have one that is tight but they all work the same, by simply pushing them round.

Michael Gilligan02/02/2020 09:39:11
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To add to the collective knowledge: Here is the spare parts list for some models


‘though apparently not the T4A


John Baron02/02/2020 10:01:06
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On mine there is the reversing lever ! Look near the bottom of the second page. It just swivels to alter the direction.

Just in case anybody knows, I dropped mine and the crystal bounced out and a piece chipped out of it, where to get a replacement.


Sorry for the thread hijack.

Roderick Jenkins02/02/2020 10:20:00
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The design of the T4A seems so different to other Verdict gauges that I wonder if it was intended to fit into a specific bit of equipment. The round body with the flush screw suggest it could be held in a hole so perhaps there was no need to change the direction or angle for its intended application.


Edited By Roderick Jenkins on 02/02/2020 10:23:04

Vic02/02/2020 10:29:47
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Posted by Paul Lousick on 02/02/2020 06:23:03:

Im not familiar with the Verdict but on all of the ones that I have the lever has a friction grip and simply twisted to the angle required.


Yes all mine work like that.

Michael Gilligan02/02/2020 10:53:17
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Posted by John Baron on 02/02/2020 10:01:06:


Just in case anybody knows, I dropped mine and the crystal bounced out and a piece chipped out of it, where to get a replacement.


The catalogue pages came from **LINK**

Presumably they could help ... but I know not at what price.


ega02/02/2020 11:28:09
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I have a Verdict T500. There is no reversing lever or obvious way of re-setting the stylus; the stylus does, however, move in either direction to give a reading on the dial.

Does anyone actually know whether re-setting on this model is just a matter of using sufficient force on the stylus?

Verdict DTIs used to be made/serviced here in Kent and the firm were helpful at exhibitions.

Tony Pratt 102/02/2020 11:41:20
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Every lever DTI I have used has it's stylus moved by pushing it in the appropriate direction.


John Baron02/02/2020 11:44:57
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Thanks Guys,

I'll call them tomorrow and see what they say.

My Verdict gauge is a ww2 1/2 thou one that was given to me by a mentor, it would be nice to get it fixed.

Douglas Johnston02/02/2020 13:22:37
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I have a couple of these indicators and I thought for years that one of them could not be adjusted and just had a fixed angle. It turned out that it was just really stiff and I was never brave enough to give it a good push. Perhaps it just needs a little more brute force, but it does take a leap of faith to manhandle delicate instruments.


Clive Foster02/02/2020 13:47:37
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The stylus on the 0.0001" T4A I have needs a firm push to adjust the angle. Simple friction grip. Which I believe is correct.

However mine was an E-Bay rip-off purchase maybe 20 years ago that doesn't operate correctly. Needle only moves halfway round the dial and its very slow in operation. After the seller and E-Bay proved unhelpful about refunds I contacted Verdict about repairs. Unfortunately no internal parts were available as those indicators had not been made since 1970 (ish) if I recall correctly. Got the impression that the movements hadn't proved as durable in service as one might have hoped and second hand, purchase without inspection wasn't wise.

Periodically I contemplate pulling it apart to see if something can be done but ... life is too short.

Although all Verdict lever indicators operate in much the same way the movements do vary between models. Single direction versions with a reversing lever tend to be more compact and more durable. Internal loads are lighter and, obviously, no backlash issues. Bidirectional ones can be more convenient to use but have to be internally loaded to prevent backlash errors. Especially as its so tempting to operate with the zero, direction change point, as the reference. Single direction ones of course are normally operated around half deflection.


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