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10-17-2009 10:19 PM

Anyone own one of these? I was going to buy the Woodpecker 24” straight edge, but Rockler’s cost a little less, is 1/16” thicker, heavier and I have a free shipping coupon. Total price difference is about $15.00.

-- Don


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#1 posted 10-18-2009 01:49 AM

I’ve got the WoodCraft version, 24” Precision Straight Edge. That one is good so I’d expect the Rockler to be just as good.

But when I attempted to set up the tables on my DJ-20 when I got it the 24” straight edge fell short. So I landed up getting a Starrett 380-36 36”. It was pricey but the longer length and wider width made the process easier.

So depending what you plan on using it for it’ll probably be fine. My WoodCraft one was until the DJ-20 setup came around.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#2 posted 10-18-2009 02:40 AM

Curt, I considered the 380-36 36”, but I want one mainly for my table saw, so I don’t think I need to spend the money on the 36” Starrett. I called my local WoodCraft store today because their 24” one is much less expensive than the Wookpecker, Pinnacle and other top name brands. But I was told that it is too narrow to stand on its own. Also, I don’t know if the top brands cost more than twice as much because they are better, or I would just be paying for their reputation.

Don

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#3 posted 10-18-2009 06:02 AM

If you have a Tech school in your area , approach the Machine Dept. and see if they will make one for you to your spec’s.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#4 posted 10-18-2009 04:35 PM

I like the tech school idea, but I don’t know of one in my area. It would be interesting to watch them make it.

I’m going to get the Rocker. Someone advised me that Rocker is good quality.

-- Don

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#5 posted 10-18-2009 10:38 PM

Don, yeah it is narrow, that was the main reason I couldn’t really work with it to set up my jointer.The Starrett is 3 times as wide I think, but if not for the jointer setup I doubt I would have bought one either.

My 24” is good for boards and projects which was mainly what I got it for. I’ll have to check out that Rockler one, I’m just curious how wiide it is and what it cost. When I got the WoodCraft one I don’t think ther was a Rockler option, and we have both stores locally. I do like that fact.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#6 posted 10-18-2009 10:45 PM

Wow. That Rockler looks like a nice one, wish that was available when I got mine.Pricey though at $75.

What if I told you your could get a Starrett? For $63.

Starrett 24 Straight Edge

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#7 posted 10-18-2009 10:53 PM

If you do consider the Starrett from Enco use Promo Code WEBCTP good for free shipping until Oct 31st on orders over $25.

If that don’t work let me know before you order, I’ll dig for another one. they’re alwys out there, every month it seems. A 10% off one just ended Friday. I’m on their mailings list due to my metal woorking, they don’t always email the free shipping ones but the 10% off ones they usually do.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#8 posted 10-19-2009 03:04 PM

Recently, I saw the brand IGaging that makes measurement tools. Infinity Tools and Eagle America (makers of quality router bit) carry this brand, including the 24” and 36” straight edges. The prices are significantly lower than the woodpecker ones, and the accuracy posted in the websites seem pretty good.
I had started a post in the forum here, asking if anyone has tried this brand or not. So far, no response, so I am guessing ppl haven’t.

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#9 posted 10-20-2009 02:52 AM

Rick,

Can your sharpening service hold 0.0004” flatness and 0.0004” parallelism? So you’re paper knike is ground to that? Because that’s what Starrett holds on their 72”.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#10 posted 10-20-2009 05:00 AM

That IGaging stuff does look pretty good but not as good as Starrett. They don’t spec flatness and parallelism, just accuracy. And even at that Starrett is 2-1/2 times more accurate in the 12” and 24” length and almost 4 time more accurate for the 36” length.

Looks like they’re coming out with a lot of stuff that Wixey sells.

I guess the old adage you get what you pay for applies.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#11 posted 10-20-2009 03:48 PM

Well not according to this at Enco, the Starrett’s are 0.0004” for flatness and parallelism for all lengths. That’s where I got my 36” from. Yeah I know they’re owned by MSC, we have a local MSC office here. I have an account there too, they carry the same stuff as Enco but I check Enco first because if they have it it’ll be a few buck less and you can usually get free shipping.

Granted for woodworking but I do metal working too. And for setting up machines I’ll go with the best I can. The more accurate the machines are set up the easier it is to cut accurately.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#12 posted 10-20-2009 04:47 PM

That’s interesting. I’ll have to look in the Starrett catalog tonight when I get home.

I have never subscribed to the “that’s good enough” charter, or the 80 20 rule, that to me is laziness and/or sloppiness. I try to do my absolute best at everything I do with the best I can afford, and if that means spending a few more bucks, so be it. If you’re going to do something do it well, I just can’t fathom “good enough” when you know you can do better. But that’s me.

Too many times I have let money be the deciding factor and then I land up being disappointed and buying again, thus spending more then if I would have just bought the better one in the first place. I try not to do that anymore, in the long run it saves more money then buying the cheaper one to start with.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#13 posted 10-21-2009 02:39 AM

Rick, you’re right, 0.0002” per foot and 0.0004” parallelism, no accuracy claim, Guess I should have known better then to take stock in what Enco says. When I ordered my mill from them it said 2HP Marathon motor, it came with a 1.5HP Taiwanese motor. It said this for feed rates, came with that. It was supposed to come with the DRO installed, it didn’t. I did get the Marathon motor and was compensated for the higher feed rates and having to install the DRO myself. I still have that Marathon motor sitting on the floor unused.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#14 posted 11-09-2009 06:48 PM

I appreciate all the advice, and am sorry for my tardiness in responding. Had a knee operation which laid me up for a while.

I went with the Rockler because it is 5/16” thick, which offers more stability. The others were either 1/4 or 3/16”. Used it this weekend to adjust my table saw cast iron extension tables and was very pleased with it.

I would suggest it to anyone.

Don

-- Don

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