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Forum topic by drfixit posted 10-17-2010 06:00 AM 2988 views 3 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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drfixit

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10-17-2010 06:00 AM

Topic tags/keywords: wixey mod modification battery trick

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Its finally coolong down here in North Florida, so I am able to start getting back into my shop and start working and solving some of the things that bug me in the shop. I love my wixey products, but i dont know if its just mine or what, but the readout for my table saw ate batteries. A new set would last less than a month… even when it was off. I came across a battery box at Radio Shack that held 2 AA batteries. This was perfect because the wixey “watch” battery was a 3 volt cell, 2 AA batteries = 3 volt. I soldered the battery leads from the box to the terminals inside the readout’s battery compartment. I then attached the box right to the front of the readout with some double sided tape. So far it works great, the batteries last much longer, and 2 AA batteries are cheaper than the cr2032 battery that it orginally took.

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!


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#1 posted 10-17-2010 01:19 PM

I have had my Wixey for about 8 mos now. I have never had to change the battery in it. Once I had to take it out and re-seat it because sawdust (where would that come from!) probably got in there. I’m not sure why your battery keeps dying… ????
Ellen

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

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#2 posted 10-17-2010 06:03 PM

I dont know… I own most of the products Wixey has, Ive had 2 of these saw readouts, and both of them eat batteries. All the other wixey products last over a year on one set of batteries.

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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#3 posted 10-17-2010 06:37 PM

How accurate is the Wixey?
Wondering about the one they have to check degrees (sawblades, jointer fence, etc)?

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#4 posted 10-17-2010 06:51 PM

I find them more than accurate…. I have 2 of the angle guages which is nice, with the magnets they just stick to the saw blade. I also have the protractor, height gauge, and the calipers.

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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#5 posted 10-18-2010 03:41 PM

I use Wixey products all the time. I use the magnetic angle to set saw blade angle: I put the unit on the saw table, set zero, then set it on the blade to get the angle. I have gotten the best results quickly this way.
My Jointech router lifter has the Wixey on it, and it eats batteries. I always thought it was because the switch was flush with the table, and clicked on with every passing board. I am tempted to do as drfixit has done. I have gotten in the practice of turning the Wixey’s off as quickly as possible. They do remember location quite well.

-- chas -- looking for Serta sponsorship to go Pro...

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#6 posted 10-19-2010 01:09 PM

I have the Wixey angle box. Not particularly accurate at all. When trying to set a table saw blade or jointer fence to 90, checking behind with a square shows lots of daylight.

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#7 posted 10-19-2010 04:20 PM

WoodNerd, I thought I saw someone post a similar comment earlier on another thread, and that’s the reason for my question. Thanks.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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traupmann

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#8 posted 10-19-2010 05:35 PM

TheWoodNerd: You have stated exactly what I find with all hard angle checking devices. I actually misstated in my comment as to using the magnetic angle, I think of it as a magnetic level. that Wixie calls a magnetic angle gauge. Anyway I use it like the ad shows on the web page, to great success.

-- chas -- looking for Serta sponsorship to go Pro...

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#9 posted 10-20-2010 11:52 PM

Well, even they state their accuracy is +/- 0.1 degrees...

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#10 posted 10-21-2010 12:20 AM

WoodNerd: Maybe your wixey needs calibrated??? There is a way to do that and check it.

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