|Review by ColonelTravis||posted 10-12-2013 10:08 PM||5043 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
But then who the hell would use it, the Queen of England? Got this on sale at Woodcraft, it’s a fine tool. 4.5 stars, easy.
Good - Doesn’t roll off the table because the brass tightener stops it like a kickstand. That’s a big plus. Even the ones with a flat edge can still roll if there’s enough momentum. The only way this thing will hit the ground is if you fling it off with something by accident. Really like the addition of the wood, makes it a lot more comfortable to hold than just a metal stick. Also adds nice balance. Haven’t seen this design anywhere else on wheel markers and I like it a lot. Everything slides easy, there is no play anywhere. I’ve read so many people who’ve complained about various wheel markers that the wheel doesn’t move. News flash – it ain't supposed to move. Woodcraft (also Rockler and other places) sells a cheaper, no-frills wheel gauge and some reviews for the Woodcraft no-frills version said the wheel cutter would not tighten completely and there was wobble. When I first tried this one out, the wheel wobbled. Then I noticed the screw wasn’t in all the way. Tightened the screw, zero wobble. The cut mark is clean. These cutters are easy to sharpen on a stone. If you don’t like the results of that or are Joe Lazy Pants, replacement cutters are cheap.
Bad – Difficult to say anything bad about this. The graded numbers (mm and inches) on the shaft are not easy to read in low light. Honestly, I don’t care about that – just get a little ruler. I looked through a magnifying glass and they don’t appear to be etched on there so who knows how long they’ll stay there, but again, to me it’s no big deal. No micro-adjust on here but for pete’s sake do you really need a micro-adjust? It’s not hard to slide in ultra-tiny increments on most any marking guide out there.
Ugly – Nothing ugly about it. Looks better in person than on the Woodcraft website, feels nice, works nice.
If you can get it on sale it’s a great deal. Even not on sale it’s better than the bare-bones versions and this is just me talking but I can’t see paying 2-3 times as much for the supreme gauges. This thing happened to be in a locked case right beside the Cosman gauge ($85) and I asked the guy if I could get a gauge, didn’t specify which, and he said, “the WoodRiver one?” I think the people at the store know what the best deal is. In fact, the Cosman gauge is on clearance for $85. I like having quality tools but the WoodRiver gauge – when not on sale – is true quality at less than half that price.