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Forum topic by John S posted 10-27-2015 12:24 AM 469 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-27-2015 12:24 AM

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Does anyone use any of the digital angle apps for your iPad or tablet? I have seen reviews of the Wixey tools and others but nothing on the iPad or tablet apps. Are these apps good, bad are they better or worse than the Wixey type tools? I have one on my tablet that is easy to read, measures in .1 deg. I don’t how accurate it is however. On the surface it looks pretty nice.

Have at it guys. I am sure many of you know way more than I do about the subject.


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#1 posted 10-27-2015 12:56 AM



Does anyone use any of the digital angle apps for your iPad or tablet? I have seen reviews of the Wixey tools and others but nothing on the iPad or tablet apps. Are these apps good, bad are they better or worse than the Wixey type tools? I have one on my tablet that is easy to read, measures in .1 deg. I don t how accurate it is however. On the surface it looks pretty nice.

Have at it guys. I am sure many of you know way more than I do about the subject.

- prodesigner

I have a Wixey angle gauge like this one, and a level app on my tablet. Even if I had an app on my phone, I can’t see it being useful and precise in the shop. The magnets in the bottom of the Wixey make it quite versatile, and there’s no doubt that it’s positioned correctly on whatever I’m measuring. A phone (or tablet) would not have a good reference edge, and would have to be hand-held.

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)

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#2 posted 10-27-2015 10:09 AM

I agree with ForestGrl. i have the Wixey, and it is useful mostly for setting tablesaw blade angle.

The iPhone angle measurement seems to have all of the accuracy and precision you would ever need in a shop setting…but there are physical/mechanical issues that make it clunky for this use.

Lack of a magnetic surface means you have to hold it tight against the blade with one hand while reaching under the table and cranking on the angle adjustment. It can be done, but it will slip and slide around leaving you with that “not sure about what I’m getting from this thing” feeling.

There are also buttons and other protrusions that make it more challenging to hold it dead flat against a surface. Unless the app in question specifically disables or ignores touches on the screen during use, you have the added frustration of trying to hold the device just so…while not touching the whole front side of the device.

Add to that concerns about damaging the device by scratching it on the sharp blade or dropping it on the table surface or elsewhere.

Might be workable if you built a little jig with magnets in it to hold the phone. Not sure it is worth the trouble.

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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#3 posted 10-28-2015 03:17 AM

Another advantage of a Wixey-type gadget is that you get to “set” the zero degrees. Handy if your shop floor might throw your table saw off a degree or two from dead-level. I also have used the Wixey on the drill press and band saw tables.

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)

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