Comparing All Different Types Of Gauges

different types of gauges

Gauges are used to measure something. Most of the time, we use them on engines and other types of machinery. But, they are also used in our daily lives to measure the speed of vehicles, the amount of fuel in our tanks, the pressure in our tires and many others.

In this article, we are going to talk about the most common types of gauges. After reading this article, you will know more about these types of gauges and you will be able to identify them easily when you see them.

Limit Gauge


A limit gauge is a tool that is used to measure how much liquid is left in a container. It consists of a long thin needle that extends into the liquid and a dial attached to the other end of the needle. The dial has numbers around the edge that represent specific liquid levels.

The user turns the dial until the number on the dial matches the level of liquid he or she wants to know about. Then, the user reads off the scale on the dial where it says “empty” or “full”. 

This tool is useful for measuring liquids like water, alcohol, and gasoline. It is especially useful for measuring small amounts of these types of liquids. A typical kitchen uses a limit gauge to measure how much wine or beer is left in a bottle.

Indicating Gauge


An indicating gauge is an electronic device used to measure liquid levels in various types of vessels. It consists of a horizontal stick or bar that has a pointer attached to the end of it. The user slides the stick across the face of the gauge to make the reading. The stick must be removed from the face of the gauge and then returned to the same position to read the new level.

There are two different kinds of indicating gauges. One kind is calibrated in inches and the other is calibrated in millimeters. These gauges are commonly found on measuring cups, and they are calibrated in both units. When you are using a calibrated indicating gauge, you simply remove the stick from the face of the gauge and read off the number on the scale on the back of the gauge.

These indicating gauges are often used on engines to tell you how much oil you have left. They’re also used on boats to tell you how much water you have left. And they’re used on lawn mowers and other equipment to let you know how much “stuff” you have left before you need to recharge or replace the indicator.

Combination Gauge

Combination Gauge

This combination gauge is a great way to keep track of multiple things at once. It is an analog face with a digital readout. This is a very useful little tool for anyone who drives a lot. It will help you monitor your fuel economy, monitor your oil level, monitor your tire pressure, and much more.

It features a large LCD display with a backlight. This allows you to see it in any light condition. It has a large easy-to-read digital readout. You can set 4 different gauges on this handy little unit. It comes with a 5-year warranty.

You can use this camera to check on your home’s temperature and humidity levels, as well as to monitor the growth of mold or fungus. The pictures it takes can be displayed on a computer screen and studied over time to detect any changes. This is a very useful tool for people who live in areas with extreme weather conditions.

Workshop Gauge

Workshop Gauge

A workshop gauge is a very useful tool for anyone who works with their hands. It’s basically a long piece of plastic tubing with a handle attached to each end. The handles are shaped like pliers so you can grasp them easily with one hand while using the other hand to turn the dials and read the scales.

You can use a workshop gauge to measure things like pipe sizes, thread sizes, electrical wire gauges, and even the size of your thumb and forefinger. It’s especially handy when you need to measure something that is hard to see or has an odd shape. You can wrap it around the object a few times and then use the handles to pull it away from the object.

Inspection Gauge

Inspection Gauge

An inspection gauge is a tool used to measure the thickness of materials like sheet metal. It has a flat steel or plastic blade with a handle at one end and a square-shaped pointer at the other. The handle has a slot in it for your thumb to go. 

You insert your thumb into the slot and wrap it around the handle. Then you push down on the top of the handle with your other hand. When you do this, the blade of the gauge goes all the way through the material being measured and the thickness of the material is indicated by the position of the pointer.

It has a long thin shaft with a flat metal head at one end. The other end of the shaft has a square knurled grip that is used to turn the shaft. There are two scales on the gauge. One scale is marked in inches and the other is marked in millimeters.

An inspection gauge is a tool used by mechanics to check the tread depth on your tires. It has a straight edge that fits against the side of a tire and a dial indicator that measures the distance from the edge of the gauge to the bottom of the tread.

Master Gauge 

Master Gauge 

The master gauge is an electronic, analog instrument with a digital readout. It displays the actual pressure of the fluid in the brake system. The indicator moves up as the brake fluid pressure increases and it moves down as the fluid pressure decreases. This gives you an instant visual indication of whether or not your brakes are operating efficiently.

Plain Plug Gauge

Plain Plug Gauge

A plain gauge is one that has a dial face that is simply marked off in 1/4-inch (6 mm) increments. The plainest of all gauges is the 1/4-inch (6 mm) plain plug gauge. This type of gauge is used to check the tightness of lug nuts on your vehicle.

You can use a tool like a socket wrench or a special socket to tighten or loosen these nuts. However, it’s faster and easier to use the gauge. If you have a set of lug nuts that are too loose, your wheels will have a tendency to wander when you drive on rough roads.

The drawback is that plain gauges are hard to read. You have to get really close to the markings to make them out. This means that you have to hold the meter at an awkward angle. It’s not impossible, but it’s not the most convenient thing in the world either.

Snap Gauge

Snap Gauge

A snap gauge is a small gauge attached to the side of a vehicle that indicates the distance between the ground and the bottom of the vehicle. This measurement is useful for determining if your vehicle is low to the ground and whether or not you should adjust the height of the suspension or steering system.

Most vehicles manufactured after 1998 have an electronic or computerized suspension or steering system. In fact, many newer cars have so much electronic wizardry, they almost drive themselves! 

However, even with all this “auto-pilot” technology, it’s still a good idea to know the approximate height of your vehicle. This will allow you to determine if you should adjust the height of your vehicle’s suspension or steering system.

Gap Gauge

Gap Gauge-1

A gap gauge is a simple tool you can use to check the gap between your fender and the ground. All you do is lay the gap gauge across the top of your fender and measure from one edge of the gauge to the other edge where they meet.

A gap gauge is an automotive tool used to check the clearance between the valve train and the top of the piston crown. If there is too much clearance, the valve train will bind up and cause a rough idling or stuttering engine. 

Too little clearance and the valve train will collide with the piston crown and cause a knocking sound and/or excessive oil consumption. A properly set up vehicle should have less than 1/4 inch clearance between the valve train and the piston crown.

Ring Gauge


A ring gauge is a tool that is used to check the size of a hole or any other round object. A round object is anything that has a circular cross-section, such as a wire, a hose, a pipe, a ball bearing, or a rod. The ring gauge has a series of equally spaced slots on a straight edge. 

You insert the object to be measured into the slots and then draw a line around the outside of the object. The number of slots between the outer line and the straight edge that are occupied by the object is the “ring gauge” of that particular object.

Pin Gauges

Pin Gauges

A pin gauge is an instrument used for measuring the diameter of a round object such as a bolt or a shaft. A very common use for a pin gauge is to measure the inside diameter of a cylindrical object like a water pipe.

A pin gauge consists of a long slender rod with a weight on one end and a sharpened steel point on the other. The point is used for piercing the object to be measured and the weight is used to determine the size of the object by how much it pulls the gauge back when the point is removed.

The pin is then placed in the hole at the bottom of the gauge head. If the engine has too much oil, the pin will fall out of the gauge head before it reaches the bottom of the hole. On the other hand, if the engine needs more oil, the pin will fall into the gauge head when it reaches the bottom of the hole.

Calliper Gauges

Calliper Gauges

A calliper is a gauge that measures the clearance between the rims and the tires. It’s an old-fashioned way of measuring tread wear. The gauges are clamped to the tire with a special clamp that has a dial face with graduations from 0 to 100.

There’s a little window beside the pointer that displays the actual tire pressure. It’s a great way to check your tire pressures without having to remove the cap from the valve stem.As the tread wears down, the gauge will show a lower number. When the tread is completely worn away, the gauge will read zero.

Feeler Gauge

Feeler Gauge

A feeler gauge is a hand-held tool used for measuring gap widths between two objects that are close together.

They are extremely popular with mechanical engineers as they require a very accurate clearance description between two parts where a caliper or tape measure would not be able to fit.

The feeler gauge tool itself consists of a variety of small lengths of steel (known as blades) of different thicknesses which have size measurements marked along each piece.

It consists of a long, thin shaft with a tiny probe on the end. You insert the shaft into the material and then turn the knob at the top to move the probe into the material. The dial shows the depth that the probe is going into the material.

Screw Pitch Gauge

Screw Pitch Gauge

This is a very simple tool that you can use to determine the pitch (angle) of any screw you are trying to use. The way it works is, you hold the tool over the head of a screw and look down at the dial that has “0” marked all the way around the edge. This indicates that the screw is level with the horizon or plumb line. 

As you begin to turn the screw, you will see the “0” marked area gradually move around the edge of the dial. When the “0” is located directly above the center mark, then you have achieved perfect perpendicularity or 90-degree angle between the screw and the surface you are attaching it to.

A pitch or screw gauge is a tool that you use to determine the tightness of a particular screw or bolt. You tighten a nut or bolt until it just starts to slip in the holes of the gauge. Then, you remove the nut or bolt and check the measurement against a chart. The number on the chart tells you the tightness of the nut or bolt.

Radius Gauge

Radius Gauge

A radius gauge is an instrument used for measuring angles. It consists of a central pivot with two arms attached to it. One arm is marked off in degrees and the other is marked off in linear inches. The instrument is rotated until one of the arms is over a fixed point (like the tip of a pencil) and then the angle formed by the two arms is read off in degrees.

A radius gauge is a simple tool that is used by carpenters and builders to measure the radius of a curve. The radius of a curve is the distance from the center of the circle described by the curve to any point on its circumference. A builder needs to know the radius of a curve to ensure that he has created a structure that is strong enough to support whatever he is building.

Fillet Gauge

Fillet Gauge

A fillet gauge is a tool used to check the doneness of a steak by cutting into it and checking the doneness of the meat. This is one of the best tools you can have if you like to eat meat. It will enable you to determine when your steak is done just right. Steaks that are rare or medium-rare are perfect for a steakhouse. However, for home cooking, it’s best to go for slightly more well-done steaks.

This tool is not much more than a very sharp knife with a handle. You simply insert the knife into the steak and cut off a small piece. Then, you use the handle to check the doneness of the meat. 

If it’s not done enough for you, simply remove the piece and cook it for a little longer. If it’s not done enough for you, simply remove the piece and cook it for a little longer. If you do this often enough, you will get the hang of it and be able to tell when your steak is ready just by looking at it.


Where can I get a gauge?

If you are patient, you can find the gauge at your local hardware store. If you are not, though, I have seen them at Amazon.

What is the gauge made of?

The gauge is made of stainless steel. Stainless steel is a non-magnetic material. That means if you are using this gauge to check the level of ferrous materials such as iron and steel, it will not be affected by the material itself. The only thing that will effect the reading of this gauge is the amount of iron and steel in the water.

Are there any dangers to using this?

It is possible for the inductance coil to become saturated, meaning that it will no longer be able to hold a magnetic field. When this happens it will fall to the bottom of the water well. It is then possible to walk through the field without the detector reacting.

To avoid this, the operator must keep the coil clean and free from ferrous material. If this does happen, all the operator has to do is raise the level of the water in the well and the inductance coil will become unsaturated again. The only other consideration is the possibility of an animal or person getting their hands into the water and saturating the inductance coil.


Gauges are used to measure something. They are usually located on the instrument panel of a car. They are very useful because they tell us how much fuel we have left, the oil level in the engine, the water temperature in the radiator and so on.

There are many kinds of gauges. Some are analog, some are digital and others are combination of both. You should learn about all of them and know how to use each one properly. Hopefully, the information above will help you learn more about this subject.

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