Starrett, Browne & Sharpe, Mitutoyo.........are all good brands.........Be patient and buy top quality at a yard sale, or in your local classifieds. The cheap ones function just the same, but don't survive as good. You don't need carbide faces, or digitals for garage work. What size range did you want to cover ?Which brand of micrometer would you recommend? I'm looking to buy a set, but there are so many manufacturers out there, that ah'm not sure where to start.