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A Favorite Tool...The Wixey Digital Angle Gauge

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Blog entry by Bob Simmons posted 12-28-2010 08:19 PM 2389 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We often read reviews of tools at the time when the tool is just released. However, this review is of a tool I have steadily used over the last 2 years and it is quite simply a joy to use. The Wixey digital angle gauge has the ability to take the woodworker’s skills to the next level because it is easy to use along with being very accurate. No longer does the woodworker have to rely on the less than accurate gauges of a table saw or a miter saw to approximate the angles to be set. One can set the correct angle effortlessly within seconds by using this wonderful tool.

During the time I have employed this measuring device in my shop I have found all sorts of uses for it. It can be seen in many of the previous postings on this blog.
Here are a few examples:

Cutting wood inlay segments on the tiliting band saw miter sled

Tilting Bandsaw Miter Sled
The angle gauge is used to set the tilting table of the bandsaw in reference to the blade to achieve cuts that are dead-on perfect.

Wood Turning…a Segmented Fruit Bowl…part 1

The digital angle gauge accurately measures the bevel cut on the 10 inch compound miter saw.

Dedicated Miter Sled…revisited

The saw blade is set perpendicular to the table.

The digital angle gauge can be used to set the angle on the jointer fence and also to set the angle on a drill press table. Once you start using this marvelous measuring device you will find more ways for it to be utilized in your shop.

The base of the device has two super strong magnets that can be used to attach itself to saw blades or a jointer fence. Begin by setting the angle gauge on a reference surface and pressing the zero button. Once the gauge has a zero reading it can now be placed on the blade or the fence that you are adjusting. Now, simply adjust to the desired angle and lock the blade or fence in place. It’s that easy.

The Wixey digital gauge (model WR 300) is accurate within 0.1 degrees. It comes with a battery.

This is simply a must have tool for the woodworking shop. This tool allows the woodworker to save time, save material, and to work with confidence.

What are you thoughts about using a digital angle gauge?
How have you used the digital angle gauge?

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NBeener

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#1 posted 12-28-2010 08:22 PM

Love my Wixey products:

- Height gauge (use all the time on my TS and my router table)
- Angle gauge (use all the time as you described)
- Planer height gauge (recently installed, and … love it).

Heard really great things, too, by the way, about iGaging products. They make a fair number of competitive products.

-- -- Neil

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Time2beupinAZ

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#2 posted 12-28-2010 09:13 PM

I think it is the best tool in my shop.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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#3 posted 12-28-2010 09:47 PM

Bob,
I’m with Neil. I use ‘em all, and would no longer want to be without them.
Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#4 posted 12-28-2010 09:54 PM

ABob, I have one but is not a Wioxie brand. I bought it for $24 on E bay brand new. It works super. When setting up angles for segment cutting, I use it to check the set up on the blade and then on the parts to see iwhat it actually cut. that little tool is fantastic in the wood shop and my metal shop. I use it to set up blocks in the milling machine where I used to use a protractor. it is right on!!

I will say that I take the battery out after every use to preserve it. One died on me without much use in 6 months. I did find the batteries at a flea market= a card of 8 for $1.50

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Bob Simmons

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#5 posted 12-28-2010 09:58 PM

Neil…

Thanks for sharing your experiences for your various Wixey gauges. Thanks as well for sharing the iGage link.

Tine2beupinAZ…

I totally agree with you. Thanks for your imput.

Roger…

Good point! It seems like once you experience the accuracy and ease of use with these gauges there is no turning back.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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Bob Simmons

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#6 posted 12-28-2010 10:46 PM

Jim…
As you say…The accuracy is right on. You bring up a good point concerning the battery. If one leaves the battery in the tool the expected lifetime is about 6 months. (Even tho the gauge is “turned off” the battery will still discharge with these devices.) It can be a good idea to remove the battery when not in use or to have spare batteries on hand. ...8 batteries for $1.50 = a good deal.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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#7 posted 12-29-2010 05:10 AM

I have the IGaging Angle Cube brand in my shop that I picked up from Rockler.

I got to be 100% honest in that at first I first thought the world of this purchase. After a while I had to check to see if it was telling me the truth. Turns out it was actually off a good bit…

After reading everyone else’s comments I now wonder if it is the brand or battery issue. I quit using it months ago out of fear of believing what it says. Maybe I need to look into checking the battery… All I know is I’m gun shy with it now….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#8 posted 12-29-2010 05:12 AM

I added another use. I took it out to The Tree Farm to measure the grade on a couple of hills to see if i thught I could pull a trailer up them :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 12-29-2010 05:33 AM

I have two “Wixeys”, one in Gainesville and the other in the U.P. I find that they will eat batteries if left in the unit. I place the battery in the case, use the instrument, and then take the battery out until the next time I need it. I also keep a spare battery in the drawer as well. The batteries aren’t cheap.

Since this is a little inconvient, I usually reach for a Starrett combination square, an accurate, reliable, and indespensible accessory.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#10 posted 12-29-2010 03:26 PM

You confuse me a bit, 8iowa. Is it going to be the starrett combination square or the Wixey. Yes, I know, they both have their place in the shop tool kit. I too am very dependent on the Wixey and I frequently use a combination square in conjunction though I do not have a STARRETT. My Stanley works fine. I also do not yearn for a digital angle gauge with two decimal place accuracy. If I had it, I’d probably drive myself crazy trying to get everything aligned to xx.00 and who needs it in a wood shop.

-- Making Sawdust Safely

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#11 posted 12-29-2010 05:30 PM

Dusty:

If I’m involved in a serious alignment project I’ll us the Wixey. If I’m doing something simple, like checking the fence on the jointer, I’ll use the combination square.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#12 posted 12-29-2010 05:42 PM

One thing to remember (and I’m not trying to say that 8iowa or dusty2 are forgetting it !) is ….

On a project I recently built, everything was a three degree cut.

The Wixey makes those settings—settings that are other than 45 or 90 degrees—simple—whether on the jointer, the table saw, the band saw, or …. ?

For 45/90 …. yeah … of course … my Incra or my Starrett are lightning fast, and trustworthy tools :-)

-- -- Neil

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Bob Simmons

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#13 posted 12-29-2010 06:27 PM

Dan…my guess is it’s the battery. Chances are Radio Shack has them. If you take the battery with you…it can be matched.

Topamax Survivor…Now, this is creative thinking! ;)

8iowa…You make a good point about the batteries and preserving them when the instrument is not in use. It also makes sense to use a square when lining up a jointer fence for a 90 degree cut. When you need a cut other than 90 it is easy enough to employ the Wixey for accuracy.

dusty2…Like you, one decimal place is fine for me in the woodworking shop.

Neil…Your comment is an excellent example and clarification of the importance of having setup tools for woodworking machinery. If a woodworker wants a truly accurate cut, he/she needs to check the tool for accuracy prior to making the cut. Having trustworthy tools to check this accuracy simplifies this procedure, saves material, and saves time. Plus, it allows the woodworker to work with confidence knowing that the cut is right on the money.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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