|Review by Tedstor||posted 03-18-2011 08:04 AM||2770 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
I always wanted to try a wheel marking gauge. However, I never wanted to spend $30+ for a tool that I wasn’t sure I’d even like. I mean, a pencil seemed to do a fine job marking workpieces, so I couldn’t really justify buying a tool that I didn’t actually need. However, a few weeks ago, Rockler had these marked down to $7.50 with free shipping. It appeared to be fairly well made and had most of the features found on the expensive gauges. So I pulled the trigger. My thoughts are:
1- I like marking gauges. Marks are definitely more consistent and takes out a lot of potential for human error.
2- This particualr products is well-built. I’m certainly not an expert, but I can’t find any manufacturing shortfalls.
3- My favorite feature is the fence. It has a recession built into it that shrouds the marking blade when not in use.
4- My least favorite feature is the graduations on the beam. Its graduated in 1/8ths. 1/16th would have been way better. Not a deal breaker, but now that I’m a permanent memeber of the marking gauge fan club, I’ll probably look at other models with finer graduations.
None-the-less, this tool was a great buy at $7.50. I’d definitely recommend it when on sale. Heck, its probably well worth the regualr price of $15.