|Review by OSU55||posted 03-06-2014 05:15 PM||3456 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
Traditionalists will roll their eyes and mumble bad words seeing a marking gauge with a battery. While not as attractive as the wood and brass version, this tool is more accurate and quicker than the old standard. It is well made and robust (unless dropped on the floor which could break the digital gauge). Made of steel it won’t warp or change with temperature, humidity, and age. The real benefit is having the linear gauge included so the distance does not have to be set using a ruler or digital caliper, so it’s quicker and more accurate. The large display is easy to read.
It can be set up as a divider and for marking mortises. Zero can be reset anywhere along the scale. I just finished doing a lot of layout work and this tool was much easier and quicker to use with the built in scale vs the extra step of setting distance with another tool. It can also be used as a digital caliper for various measurements. I paid $25 at a woodworking show. Two downsides to the tool: 1) battery going dead in the middle of working, in which case use it like a wooden one if no backup batteries, 2) the battery door has a tendency to come open a little loosing connection. Time will tell if the battery door becomes a real problem. May have to tape it closed.