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Silverline 380151 Tyre Tread Gauge 1-25 mm
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Price:£1.45+Free shipping (Addon item)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 12 April 2012
An amazingly good buy. Does exactly what you need to measure and monitor tyre tread depth. Others have criticised the fact that it does not identify precisely the European legal limit, but any reading below 2mm should set alarm bells ringing.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Small, robust, accurate, the cheapest on the market, well-made & will surely last a lifetime, so why only 3 stars????
The legal tyre tread depth for cars is 1.6 mm, straight and pure. Why then do the measurements only give you 1mm graduations (and nothing inbetween)?
I sense that this has been produced mainly for the European & American market (whose laws probably better reflect this guage), but for the purposes of the UK, only an approximation of tread depth can be achieved...
Had they just put one mark at the 1.6 mm point, I would have given it 5 stars... As it is, 0.6 of 1mm is too small a measurement to mark yourself with any great precision, and I wouldn't much fancy the local constabulary having cause to question the accuracy of any DIY job!
I have to say that the guage is usuable, as if the measurement shows below 2mm you're pretty close to illegal if a car & might decide to change your tyre rather than risk 3 points. Having said that, with the hideous cost of tyres & the current recession, you might just want (much like me) to use every last micron of tyre tread available.
Not wonderful... I wonder if the Draper one marks 1.6mm? I would bet it does...

Update: The "32nds" marks in black (I guess these represent 1 inch divided by 32) are seemingly pretty useless EXCEPT that the 2/32nd mark offers the best (closest) approximation of at 1.6mm tread, this mark equalling 1.5875mm (very, very close indeed). So if you CANNOT QUITE see the black line of this marking point, then you have 1.6mm or more. I'm happy with this, but please be cautious if adopting it yourself. I hope that this helps...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 July 2011
Easy to read the depth of the gauge of the tyre tread and it's a nice size too. Arrived very quickly
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 6 September 2010
Something everyone should have in the car!

Small easy to use and accurate for a simple check on the only item that keeps you on the road ie your tyres!
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on 20 July 2015
Does what it says on the tin. Can't understand why so many people are complaining that it "isn't marked at 1.6mm", I've never had one that does! It gives you a good enough idea as to the depth remaining on your tyres the way it is marked. Most tyre manufacturers recommend you change your tyres before you reach the legal limit anyway due to the decrease in performance particularly in wet conditions, etc. Why chance it? Why chance them being illegal either? Generally I look to change my tyres when the depth remaining is below 3mm.
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on 21 May 2015
The quality is good. Its a very simple item, so very little to go wrong.

Like others have mentioned UK legal limit is 1.6mm where as this item goes up in increments of 1mm. whilst yes this means its not accurate, its just fine for getting an idea of the level of your tyre tread - anything below 2mm and you know its time to start looking for new tyres. which is really enough for the casual motorist.

I got it when it was £0.88 on here, but anywhere between £0-£2.5, and its a fair buy!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 30 July 2010
Does what it says on the tin & and has a lifetime gaurantee - as there's nothing that can really wear out. Why pay more!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 13 August 2010
The range of tread depth measured goes from zero to 25mm but loses half its accuracy by also measureing in 32nds of an inch, (which is no use to anyone).
The only thing a motorist cares about is whether the tread is above or below the legal limit of 1.6mm and this device is simply not accurate enough to tell you - it will give you a vague approxamnation so you know that it is somewhere between 1 and 2mm but that isn't good enough to give the information you need.
I had to go to my local garage to find out if my tyres were legal so this thing was no use at all.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 22 June 2010
This is excellent value for money, and feels like a good quality item. It has a clip so you can clip it onto a shirt pocket if you want. The pointy bit is narrow enough to fit in small gaps in tread and the small size of the item makes it easy to use in crampt locations (for example the spare wheel in your boot). The markings are clear enough to read in a dimly lit garage. Definitely recommended especially at such a low price.
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on 26 May 2014
I got this to check my tyres as if you go into a tyre shop they invariably suck their breath in and say, 'mmm, a bit low', but with this little gadget I know exactly what the depth of tread is, anywhere around the rim. The walls of the tyre is a visual check, but this really does do the job about depth
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