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B&S Bestest
Swiss made dial test indicators: sales and repairs

Manufactured in Switzerland, this Brown & Sharpe product is one of the best test indicators available. Don't be fooled by Japanese and Chinese imitations. It's compact and has excellent repeatability. The black dial and orange hands have practically become a trademark for this gage. It's hard to imagine a better measuring instrument.

Free crystal replacement coupon with every new purchase.

Crystals get scratched, discolor or crack for one reason or another, but here's good news: if you bought the Bestest test indicator from us, we'll give you a free crystal replacement. You will receive a coupon good for one free crystal replacement with every new purchase. That's the small print. Here's the big print:

  • It's a Bestest test indicator
  • You bought it from Long Island Indicator Service and have a coupon
  • We'll replace the crystal any time
  • For as long as you own the gage
  • At no cost except our published shipping and handling charge shown on the coupon

     

Model 7030-5 shown above on SALE ... $164.25

Why are the black dials less expensive? Because they come with fewer accessories. You'll get a 1/4" diameter stem holder and a plastic box. Other holders and accessories are available on page 36. Other contact points (carbide, ruby) are available on page 21.

  • The accuracy of .00005" and .0001" indicators is .0001"
  • The accuracy of .0005" and .001" indicators is .0005"
  • They come with an unsigned statement from the manufacturer that the gage is within tolerance and that these are NIST traceable. There is no data provided.
  • If you need a signed, current certificate with data, be sure to order at time of purchase (see below)


     

Graduations

Range

Dial

Point Length

Accuracy

Model

2013 List Price

Sale Price

.00005"

.008

1.5

.5

.0001"

7033-5

253.00

219.75

.0001"

.008

1.0

.5

.0001"

7032-5

239.00

209.25

.0005"

.020

1.0

1.4

.0005"

7034-5

223.00

197.25

.0005"

.020

1.5

1.4

.0005"

7035-5

243.00

212.25

.0005"

.030

1.0

.5

.0005"

7030-5

179.00

164.25

.0005"

.030

1.5

.5

.0005"

7031-5

200.00

180.00

.001"

.030

1.0

.5

.0005"

7029-5

175.00

161.25

Additional or other contact points (carbide, ruby)

page 21

Additional or other holders and accessories

page 36

Certificate of calibration (signed, with data, NIST traceable)

order now

25.00

 

You may order online by selecting any linked model number. Sold out items will be on back order for as much as 4 weeks.


How do these compare to the competition? On
page 37 you will find indicator brand comparisons.

 

Questions and Answers

Q: I read that you guys recommend the white face on the Brown and Sharpe indicators unless people have experience with the black face. Why is this?

A: The red hand on the black dial may be hard to see for people with diminished vision or people who are color blind. Also, red is a hard color to see in dimmer lighting. Some red hands will wash out over time and become pale orange or even white. Sticking to the black hand / white dial avoids potential problems.

 

Bestest horizontal indicator

 

These are the standard, white-dial variety. Yellow if they're metric. Bestest indicators have a very light body and excellent response. They come with one carbide point (installed), with 2 accessories (shown below) and plastic box included.

The following standard accessories are included with these indicators:

Swivel clamp (599-7045-1) attaches to the indicator's dove tails. The clamp has 2 holes: 3/8" diameter and 7/32" (.220") diameter.

Rectangular bar (599-7047) is 1/4" by 1/2" by 3" long. The fastening stud is 7/32" (.220") in diameter and will clamp into the Swivel clamp shown above. The bar can then be fastened on your lathe or to your height gage.

If you need stem holders, please take a look at indicators sets shown below. Individual stems and other attachments can be purchased separately. See attachments on page 36.

  • The accuracy of .00005" and .0001" indicators is .0001"
  • The accuracy of .0005" and .001" indicators is .0005"
  • The accuracy of 0.01 mm indicators is 0.01 mm
  • The accuracy of 0.002 mm indicators is 0.002 mm
  • They come with an unsigned statement from the manufacturer that the gage is within tolerance and that these are NIST traceable. There is no data provided.
  • If you need a signed, current certificate with data, be sure to order at time of purchase (see below)

Graduations

Range

Dial

Point Length

Dial

Order Number

2013 List Price

Your Price

.00005"

.008

1.5

.5

0-4-0

7033-3

305.00

299.00

.0001"

.008

1.0

.5

0-4-0

7032-3

262.00

259.00

.0001"

.008

1.5

.5

0-4-0

7023-3

303.00

299.00

.0005"

.020

1.0

.5

0-15-0

7030-3

233.00

229.00

.0005"

.020

1.0

1.4

0-10-0

7034-3

310.00

309.00

.0005"

.020

1.5

1.4

0-10-0

7035-3

320.00

319.00

.0005"

.030

1.5

.5

0-15-0

7031-3

241.00

239.00

.001"

.030

1.0

.5

0-15-0

7029-3

226.00

219.00

0,01 mm

0,8

38

12,5

0-0,4-0

7031-13

241.00

239.00

0,002 mm

0,2

28

12,5

0-100-0

7032-13

262.00

259.00

0,002 mm

0,2

38

12,5

0-100-0

7033-13

45987

299.00

Additional or other contact points (carbide, ruby)

page 21

Additional or other holders and accessories

page 36

Certificate of calibration (signed, with data, NIST traceable)

order now

25.00

 

You may order online by selecting any linked order number above.

Bestest indicator set

 

If you don't need the clamp and bars which come with some of the regular Bestest indicators, you may be interested in these sets with different attachments as shown below:

  • 3 carbide contact points (.040" .080" and .120")
  • one dovetail extension (1/2" by .25" diameter)
  • one dovetail extension (1/2" by .22" diameter)
  • contact point wrench
  • certificate of accuracy and traceability
  • plastic case

Graduations

Range

Dial

Point Length

Dial

Model

Order No.

Price

.0005"

.030"

1.5"

.5"

0-15-0

7031-6

20-416-4

249.00

Additional or other contact points (carbide, ruby)

page 21

Additional or other holders and accessories

page 36

 

You may order online by selecting any linked order number above.

Bestest indicator - vertical style

 

Swiss-made. These are the standard, white-dial variety with the dial mounted on the end. This configuration is often refered to as "Jig-Bore Style." Bestest indicators have a very light body and excellent response. These models come with a universal dovetail mounting attachment (shown below), .080" diameter carbide point, contact point wrench, certificate of accuracy and traceability and an ugly plastic box. Other stem attachments, turning holders, accessories, contact points and spare parts are available. For a less expensive vertical style indicator see Compac on page 43.

Bestest model 7037-3 shown above with attachment (included)

  • The accuracy of .00005" and .0001" indicators is .0001"
  • The accuracy of .0005" indicators is .0005"

Graduations

Range

Dial

Point L

Dial

Order Number

Your Price

.00005"

.008"

1.5"

.5"

0-4-0

7038-3

346.00

.0001"

.008"

1.5"

.5"

0-4-0

7024-3

346.00

.0005"

.030"

1.0"

.5"

0-15-0

7037-3

310.00

Additional or other contact points (carbide, ruby)

page 21

Additional or other holders and accessories

page 36

 

Bestest does not make metric versions of this vertical style but you can select an equivalent Tesatast indicator, as shown on page 35.

Repairs

 

Long Island Indicator is an authorized repair shop for Bestest indicators. You are welcome to send any Bestest indicator to us for a free evaluation. If you believe that the indicator is covered under warranty, please include a copy of the invoice to verify purchase date.

Spare parts are available and repairs can effectively be made on any of these indicators. Our fixed repair costs are shown on page 30.

It's our policy to replace all damaged or worn parts necessary for the full function of the indicator. This way you'll be sure to get an instrument that's as good as new and one you can rely on. If you use a credit card for payment, turn-around is less than one week.

And, if you ask for it, we'll provide you with a short-form certificate of calibration free with every indicator repair. After all, when your instrument comes back, you need to know that it's accurate.

Do you only want the crystal replaced? That'll be $27 and it includes return shipping. Just send it along with a check and instructions and you'll get a quick turn-around.

 

Why buy from us?

 

Why buy from us? You can probably get it a few dollars cheaper at Penn Tool, MSC or J&L Industrial. But, if you buy from us you'll help support a small family business. There's tough competition out there. No one's getting rich here. As an incentive we'll let you know about this special deal:

Free Crystal Replacement

Crystals get scratched, discolor or crack for one reason or another, but here's good news: if you bought the Bestest or Tesatast test indicator from us, we'll install a new crystal free if it ever needs one. Here are the details:

  • It's a Bestest or Tesatast test indicator
  • You bought it from Long Island Indicator Service and you can prove it
  • We'll give you a one-time free crystal replacement for whatever reason
  • For as long as you own the gage

Questions and Answers

 

Q: I have a Brown & Sharpe BesTest 7031-5, and needs to have the crystal face replaced (cracked and cloudy). If I buy the replacement part, how do I change it? Or, do I need to send it out for repair?

A: You can replace the crystal if two conditions exist: 1. You are able to remove the old crystal. 2. The bezel is still in perfectly round, undamaged condition. In that case, the new crystal can usually be pressed in place with the thumbs. It may be safer, however, to send the indicator along with $30 and instructions to "replace crystal only". We would take care of this immediately.

 

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