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    Lee lead hardness tester- trifocal wearers

    Anyone use one who wear trifocals? Any problems

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    I have bifocals and hate them.
    anyway, I take my glasses off when I use the Lee microscope.

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    I wear trifocals and have no problems, just have to use the same focal each time. I mounted my lee tester in a kids microscope and it makes it so much easier to use and a lot more accurate.

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    I wear tri"s and have no problems after I mounted the viewer!
    Like Larry, mounting the viewer makes a big difference
    in my case 3 pieces of wood, a couple screws, a drill bit the size of the viewer and...


    some people just cut a hole in a paper cup and cut a large notch out to let the light in.

    IMPORTANT!-- notice that Larry tested the tip of the boolit and has the boolit sitting on a moveable "platform" (stuck in some clay?). this makes it sooooooooooooooooooooooo much easier to center the boolit under the scope

    An additional light source is also helpful

    Complete lee hardness testing chart
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonB_in_Glencoe View Post
    I have bifocals and hate them.
    anyway, I take my glasses off when I use the Lee microscope.
    I do the same as you .I made a stand and I take my glasses off also.
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    There is a guy to sells a stand for the microscope that works really well for me search eBay for easy bhn.

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    I sold mine and got the Cabin tree, wish I would have done it sooner. I had made a stand for my Lee also, it depended on who was reading the scope as to the hardness..

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    I got an LBT almost 30 years ago and have friends with the LEE and Cabintree.
    I like the very quick direct readout and great repeat-ability of the LBT.
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    I have used the LBT for the last 30 years also and never seen the need to get a different tester. I have a friend who has the Lee tester, I am glad I did not go with the Lee.

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    Back to the Lee tool. I also wear trifocals, but that wasn't a problem for me using the Lee microscope. It was just too difficult to use. I devised a holder for my 'scope that had a 7/8-14 thread and used it in my single stage "C" press, but wasn't comfortable with it. I now use my magnifying visor and dial calipers. I get a good view of the dent and just measure the diameter with my calipers. Works just as well, is just as accurate as the Lee 'scope, but much easier and quicker...
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    excellent work UK
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    I use the caliper & magnifying glass method as well. I have bifocals, but take them off. Need trifocals or progressives I think, but haven't been to the eye doc yet this year.
    Sometimes in the past I have taken a red fine tip marker to the "divot" to highlight it, but I lost the marking pen somewhere, so I have just been going "plain jane" with it for a few months. The marker did help though, IMO.
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    We had this very same discussion some years back and some members including myself used the microscope to solve the problem. I then went and purchased what I feel is the best and easiest to use, the Cabinetree tester. Later David
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    I wear progressive trifocals. What helps me the most and makes it easy to see is coloring the spot with a blue hi liter before using it. The indent is easy see if you mark it first.

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    Grmps do you have a better file on the expanded hardness testing chart. Maybe a PDF, or a source it came from. Would like to print out a hard copy for myself.
    Thanks

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    2nd Amend./U.S. Const. - "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

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    I have to wear one of those silly jewelers headset thingy's and a mini flexible camera tripod. I like the suggestion of using a highlighter to help the edges of the indent stand out. Going to try that. Thanks daloper for the idea.

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    Started with the CabinTree tester, so I wouldn't know the struggle!!!!!!

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    Maybe this is where I got that idea. Really works good I think.

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