Which Wixey angle gauge?

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Forum topic by Woodknack posted 01-15-2016 04:36 AM 1409 views 0 times favorited 36 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-15-2016 04:36 AM

  • Wixey with backlight $29 (original version but with light)
  • Wixey with “Dead Level” technology $39

Back light sounds great but “Dead Level” sounds like a good feature too although I’m not sure what it does, something about permanently calibrated to the earth or something.

-- Rick M,

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#1 posted 01-15-2016 05:18 AM

From a cursory look, the $40 one just has a built in level. Not sure how often you use a level, but I’m sure it would be more accurate than those bubble in a vial things :) The cheaper one (type 2) is a bit less accurate (+/- 0.2 degrees) and uses 1 AAA battery but has a backlight, and the $37 (type I) is a bit more accurate (+/- 0.1 degrees) and uses a 3v button battery – no backlight. Same specs as the one with a level.

Choices, choices, choices….


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#2 posted 01-15-2016 12:43 PM

My vote is for the back light one. That’s the one I have and I use it constantly with very good results. I don’t ever use a level in my shop as everything in my shop is out of level so I just zero out to each tool I am setting up. I don’t often endorse a tool unless I think it rocks and wixey has an amazing product. I skimped before and bought the harbor freight version which now lives in the landfill.

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#3 posted 01-15-2016 01:47 PM

I’d vote for the cheaper one. I have that one as well. The only reason I suggest it is because it’s cheaper. Like Brian said, it’s more useful to have things calibrated to the tool than to earth. I don’t know what situation a woodworker would run into where they needed something referenced to the earth, or whatever it does. Even if you’re building a table or something, its best to have a dead flat reference surface to go off of. Now, if you were building a deck or something, maybe it’d be useful?

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#4 posted 01-15-2016 01:51 PM

I have the wixey with the button battery. A gift from my Son two years ago. I absolutely love it. I can finally get accurate 45’s from my cheap skil table saw. The battery lasted about a year before I needed a replacement. Setting it back to 90 degrees is a snap also. I tried using squares, even the drafting version, and would always still be a little off. I also used it to check which of my squares are actually square. Great product!

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#5 posted 01-15-2016 03:09 PM

I have the $30.00 one and had it about 5 years now. I believe it to be very accurate with the results I get. For me no need to look at something new when everything works fine.

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#6 posted 01-15-2016 03:48 PM

Great responses above and my 30.00 version has earned it’s keep.

It’s kinda neat to put the angle gauge on a miter blade and check to see if the
blade’s warped. I put the AG (angle gauge) on different locations and got different
readings on the miter blade.

Then I replaced the blade and the AG read zero at every location and my cuts were
90 degrees again.

Major relief. :)

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#7 posted 01-15-2016 03:55 PM

I can see the Dead Level version being handy for building or calibrating levels but not sure there is much use for a woodworker otherwise.

-- Rick M,

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#8 posted 01-15-2016 04:36 PM

I have the one with the button battery. IT works well but I have to remove the battery after using the tool because otherwise it will discharge before I need it again. I replaced many batteries before doing that. I understand there are some that use different batteries AAA or 9Volt. I would opt for one of those.

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#9 posted 01-15-2016 06:36 PM

Must have been the original that used a button battery, both of these use AAA.

I think I will go with the $40 version because it is rated more accurate, after all, accuracy is the reason I want one; and it has a longer battery life.

-- Rick M,

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#10 posted 01-15-2016 07:40 PM

The backlight seems a bit gimmicky IMO. Who sets up their TS in the dark?

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#11 posted 01-15-2016 07:44 PM

Once you hit about 45, it’ll start to make sense ;)

-- Rick M,

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#12 posted 01-15-2016 07:49 PM

Backlight is nice, but that model is less accurate than the other two if that makes any difference to you. The other two have the same accuracy, but one has a built in level and uses AAA batteries, the other one is $3 cheaper and uses button type batteries. I’d probably spend the extra $3 and get the one with a level as well… don’t use them often, but it would be nice to have a precise one when I did. All three function the same for finding angles (put on reference surface, push reference button and start measuring angles from that reference). YMMV.


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#13 posted 01-15-2016 07:58 PM

Once you hit about 45, it ll start to make sense ;)

- Rick M.

I Hit 45 a long time ago and I still don’t setup my TS in the dark and some of the backlights actually seem to make the gauge harder to read. Maybe that’s just an Over 45 thing . :)

My Wixey uses the 3v button battery and doesn’t have the level , and it will discharge quickly if I leave the battery in when not using it even for a couple of days. I also have the HF one and it uses 3 of the button batteries and also goes dead quick if I leave them in.

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#14 posted 01-15-2016 10:28 PM

This will always be more accurate and easier to use. And cheaper too.

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#15 posted 01-15-2016 10:36 PM

This will always be more accurate and easier to use. And cheaper too.

- 716

How to those work to set you table saw blade at 36.8 degrees?

I like my Beall Tilt Box Angle Gauge. Seem to be pretty accurate.

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