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How To Properly Store Your Calipers

Posted by Travers Team on May 4, 2021 8:00:00 AM
Travers Team

Check out this video for great tips on how to store your caliper properly and extend the tool's life. Learn how to protect your caliper from rust and steps you can take to safeguard your caliper against damaging dust, humidity and magnets while in the tool is in storage. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel to find more exclusive metalworking and machining content, including how-to videos like this one! 



Before storage inspect your caliper for wear and tear including burrs and scratches on the jaws. If anything is found, arrange for repair or replacement.

"How to store a caliper"

Clean your caliper before storing applying a light coat of high grade instrument oil and wiping clean with a cloth.

How to clean a caliper

When storing the caliper make sure to return it to its original case with the jaws slightly open and the locking screw cracked loose. 


If storing for a potentially long period of time, use a silica gel pack to prevent rusting.

How to store a caliper for a long time

Calipers should be stored an environment free of heat, dust, humidity, oil, and mist.

Where not to store your electronic calipers

When storing electronic calipers for an extended period of time, make sure to also remove the battery. 

Remove battery when storing an electric caliper

Calipers should NEVER be stored near anything magnetic (such as a magnetic work table) to avoid being magnetized.

don't store calipers near magnets


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  • The fundamentals of calipers
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  • Ingress Protection (IP) Ratings explained

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