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10-28-2010 04:26 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question wixey beall

I just saw in the Lee Valley pre Christmas catalog that Beall makes a magnetic angle degree digital checker similar to the one by Wixey.

Anyone used the Beall model? Advantages?

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


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#1 posted 10-28-2010 04:56 PM

I have the Wixey and it works fine.
There’s not much to any of them technically so you pretty much have to decide which one looks best built.
The battery door cover on my Wixey broke off shortly after I got it and is taped shut now because I’ll now have to bring one in from Wixey for about $8.00 PLUS postage for what amounts to 10 cents worth of plastic.
KMS has a special on one (brand escapes me) now for around the $30.00 mark. Why don’t dealers carry smalll parts like these as a customer service item?
They are definitely handy and if I lost mine I would buy another stat.

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#2 posted 10-28-2010 07:22 PM

I have hear good things about the Wixey.

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#3 posted 10-28-2010 07:48 PM

I have the Wixey also and have no complaints. Lee Valley usually sells pretty good quality stuff so I would not be affraid of getting theirs. I saw go with the cheapest one.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#4 posted 10-28-2010 07:51 PM

Just keep in mind that none of them are truly accurate. If you need real precision, like setting blades and fences square, they won’t do.

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#5 posted 10-28-2010 08:01 PM

wood nerd, how do you know that?

I would think that some test data is available that so far, I have not seen.
There was a discussion on another forum about wanting 2 decimal places and the only guy for it was an anal that never did a glue line in his entire life.
Not trying to vetch you but I need to know how you know that?

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#6 posted 10-28-2010 08:29 PM

I know because I own one. I tried using it for both tasks, then placing a square against the fence. Lots of daylight on one end or the other.

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#7 posted 10-28-2010 08:45 PM

I have the Wixey. I am puzzled by your take on this WoodNerd. I find mine to be extremely accurate!
I just zero it out before the first check and do a second check after zero-ing it out again if necessary. Usually it holds the zero fine. If there is any discrepancy, I zero out and do it again.
Can’t speak to the Beal.

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

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#8 posted 10-28-2010 08:46 PM

What fence? I’m afraid I don’t follow you.
If your fence is flat it should be open or closed on both ends.

http://members.shaw.ca/boboswin/public/WixeyBevelgaugeobservations/index.html

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#9 posted 10-28-2010 09:33 PM

I’m talking about the jointer fence. If I use the wixey to set it vertical and then put a square up to it, I would see a big gap on either the top or bottom end of the square.

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#10 posted 10-28-2010 10:07 PM

In that case, you could now zero the device on the jointer bed and reproduce the error on the fence with the wixey… or not.
Can you do this and show us a picture?

I know for a fact that I cant do this in my shop.
The only way I can see this happening is if the pivot in your indicator in your wixey is sticking.
Can you try it with a loaner?

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#11 posted 10-28-2010 10:46 PM

Wixie vs Beall…...six of one, half a dozen of the other. I think the technology for both is equal so whichever one is on sale at the time you want to buy would be my suggestion.

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#12 posted 10-29-2010 04:18 AM

I have both the Wixey Digital Angle Gauge and the 8” Protractor and have never found any inaccuracies with either. If I set my table saw blade to either 90 or 45 then check it with a Draftsman Triangle, it is dead on. Likewise whenever I use the Protractor then check, no errors noted.

So, like Bob #2, I don’t know where you are coming from claiming they are inaccurate. Possibly you have a faulty gauge but that certainly doesn’t mean that all are suspect.

Jim

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#13 posted 10-29-2010 05:11 AM

I have the Beall and have found it to be easy to use and accurate as well. I have used it on my table saw blades, band saw table and also to check the bevel angle on my lathe chisels. I verified the angles with a protractor as well and they were on the money. I chose the Beall because I had seen reports of the Wixey being prone to damage if jarred or dropped. Having done both to my Beall ( actually forgot to remove it from the table saw blade before starting it!!) and having it fly off with NO damage was a testimony to its sturdiness. Just my 2 cents worth.

-- Joe B

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#14 posted 10-29-2010 05:20 AM

Hey Wood Nerd

Are you sure that your square is square? Some of my squares are not square when checked with a calibrated reference square and a dial indicator.

(Wixey claims 0.1% accuracy, and I read a report a year or so ago from an independent test that verified the accuracy.)

-- Joe

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#15 posted 10-29-2010 05:29 AM

Randy;

We use the Wixey with no problems after about 2 years use.

Buy whichever is cheaper. The Wixey is “on sale” quite often for under $30.

Good luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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