|Review by David Grimes||posted 10-12-2011 09:07 AM||11901 views||4 times favorited||19 comments|
This is the Ridgid Universal Digital Miter Gauge.
Lets start with the Universal part. The miter slot bar has a clever lobed t-slot washer that quickly adjusts and locks to the width of any t-slot lower trough. If your miter track is just plain square, then it rotates and locks in flush. They even threw in an extra bar for the non-standard undersized slots that are used on many table top machines. I believe it is truly universal and well-designed.
The head unit attaches to a fairly beefy aluminum fence with two slots on front and back faces, then one on top and bottom. Of course one end (blade side) is mitered. The head / control unit requires two AAA batteries and powers up instantly. There is a battery status gauge so you’ll know before the batteries are depleted. Another press on the button and the large LCD numerals with blue back-lighting will flip upside down.
Setup was very quick with a square as reference of the fence to the miter slot of the table, then lock into place and depress the other button for 3 seconds and it self-zeroes. If you turn it off (by pressing the power button for 5 seconds duration), move the angle of the fence, then turn the unit back on… it still knows that you have moved it so re-calibration is not necessary. How day do dat ? The unit also will re-set zero at any position (not just at 90) if you want it to. Its miter and blade angle ranges are both +50 to -50 degrees.
Another feature is an audible click as you move the angle with the unit on. When going from 45 to 22.5, for instance you can hear a click for each tenth of a degree as you fine tune the setting. I like that.
Also packaged is an all aluminum flip stop gauge, an aluminum face stop gauge, and a micro adjust gauge made of aluminum and brass. All of these will work in any of the unit’s fence grooves AND in the grooves of other machines’ fences that have standard 1/4 – 20 grooves. Cool !
The top of the handle has a slot to hold the hex wrench securely and totally out of the way, yet right there when you need it. Smooth move that. You can see it in the 2nd picture above.
The unit also includes a magnetic blade attachment for table saws that bevel either right or left. It will allow you to tilt your blade to your exact desired bevel within a tenth of a degree. This feature will come in handy.
Finally, if you’re like me and take the board you just cut to another machine or for assembly, but leave the power on at the digital miter gauge, it automatically turns off when there is no movement for 5 minutes.
It has a three (3) year warranty and a 90 day satisfaction guarantee that gives you a full refund or exchange (your choice) if you are dissatisfied for any reason.
I give it 5 stars. It’s about $90, built well and full-featured in a very usable way. I would recommend this product to a friend.
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-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia