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Forum topic by Eric_S posted 06-17-2010 07:35 PM 3499 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Eric_S

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06-17-2010 07:35 PM

I just received an e-mail from woodcraft with the Wixey Digital Planer Height Gauge discounted to $49.99 http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2005330/10858/Wixey-Digital-Planer-Height-Gauge.aspx and it looks very cool! If your thickness is .565 and you need it to be 9/16, you just set it to .565-9/16, no need to worry about difference and converting between fractions.

Has anyone used this before? Is it worth getting? I have a Ridgid R4330 planer.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN


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lew

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#1 posted 06-17-2010 07:46 PM

Great Question!

I have their digital protractor and angle gauge. They are both top quality. I looked at this myself and thought hard about getting it. My concern was how to calibration it. Looking forward to what others have to say, also.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 06-17-2010 07:53 PM

Eric, I have been thinking of this, and your post prompted me to take a closer look and read a few reviews. I have the Ridgid planer also.

After reading that everyone seems pretty happy with it, I decided to splurge. Here’s the kicker… It is only $45.98 on Amazon with free shipping!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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ellen35

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#3 posted 06-17-2010 07:58 PM

I have had one for about 2 months. It is persnickity sometimes but it works well most of the time.
I like it… it is of the same quality as Wixey’s other tools… customer service is only by email as they are truly a mom and pop operation – literally – my questions were answered by Mr. Wixey!

By the way… if you like this and the angle box… you’ll LOVE the table saw guide!!!
It attaches to the rail and gives you incredible precision in cut widths.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Chris

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#4 posted 06-17-2010 08:11 PM

I purchased one of these last month and intend to install it this weekend…. I’ll try to let you know how that process goes….

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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Mary Anne

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#5 posted 06-17-2010 08:23 PM

I have one, and it worked very reliably until I knocked it loose from the sticky tape backing that held it on. I am thinking of trying epoxy to make it all good again. It has been a great tool in my shop, useful and reliable as all other Wixey products I own.

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TheDane

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#6 posted 06-17-2010 08:26 PM

I have one on my DW733 … it is terrific.

I had the earlier version, then did the upgrade when the current version came out.

One major improvement they made in this version is they standardized on the CR2032 battery. These are the batteries that a lot of ‘tea light’ sets use, and I bought 24 of them for under $10 a few months ago.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#7 posted 06-17-2010 11:26 PM

I bought mine at the Amazon.com outlet site. $46.00.

Look forward to installing it on MY R4330, if/when I ever get out of New England :-)

-- -- Neil

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#8 posted 06-17-2010 11:27 PM

Thank you everyone for the great replies. You have convinced me to get one.

Ellen thanks for the heads up on the table saw guide, I’ll check it out. I haven’t purchased a Wixey angle box yet since I haven’t had a need for one yet, but I plan to very soon.

Mary Anne, sticky tape? That is a little concerning. I’m afraid vibrations will knock it loose but I guess I’ll find out shortly.

TheDane, I couldn’t find a model on woodcrafts site but Amazon’s is a WR510. Do you happen to know if this is that the older or new version?

Charlie, thanks for the heads up on Amazon (sorry Neil I didn’t see your post until I submitted). I went ahead and purchased it right away when I saw $45.98 + free shipping. Thanks for the savings.

I’ll let you guys know how it works out.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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TheDane

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#9 posted 06-18-2010 02:29 AM

The WR510 is the current model … in the previous one (I think WR500) the display was vertical, which made it hard to read and it used a different battery.

I have never had a problem with the double-faced tape, and think that makes for an easier installation than drilling holes in the planer.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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barryvabeach

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#10 posted 06-18-2010 03:21 AM

Lew, don’t worry about calibrating it, it comes with very simple instructions to calibrate – and their is a fixture built into it to make it easy to calibrate.

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ChuckV

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#11 posted 06-18-2010 03:44 AM

I also bought one about two months ago. It was easy to install on my DW735. In addition to the two-sided tape, it is attached with some sheet metal screws. It even comes with a terrible drill bit just the right size.

I have used it a few times and like it so far. I will be doing a lot of planing this weekend on my latest project, so it will get its first real workout.

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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DRJZ1974

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#12 posted 06-18-2010 03:50 PM

For any of you guys who have one, it would be great to post any pics you have of it mounted to your machine. I am a little curious about how it mounts. I have seen two different pics and it looks completely different in both.

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ChuckV

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#13 posted 06-18-2010 04:20 PM

Here it is on the DW735:

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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TheDane

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#14 posted 06-18-2010 04:25 PM

It’s not my picture or planer, but Wixey’s website ( http://www.wixey.com/planer/index.html ) has a picture of the WR510 mounted on what looks like either a DW733 or DW734.

When they say it is easy to install, they are not kidding. I didn’t have to drill any holes … I just used the double-faced tape they provided, and that was almost 4 years ago. The bracket hardware came with the original WR500 … as I recall, the WR510 upgrade consisted of a new electronic package that mounted on the WR500 hardware.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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DRJZ1974

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#15 posted 06-20-2010 07:27 PM

Chuck, thanks for the pics! How did it perform this weekend with your planing project? I am thinking of buying this for my new Steel City planer.

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