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TaySC

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09-03-2017 06:07 PM

OK, so there are a good many reviews on here about the Wixey and igagging protractors…..

I’m wondering what most on here find to be the most accurate? Is the little Wixey box that you put on the side of your sawblade best? Or if your floor isn’t completely level, does it throw it off?

I’m leaning towards getting the actual protractors like below, but wanted to see what everyone here thinks is most accurate and easy to use.


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#1 posted 09-03-2017 06:12 PM

The Wixey units are very good. You zero them on the machine top and then place on the blade. The floor has nothing to do with accurate cuts. I have a Wixey and a General brand like your picture. Both work great and give accurate measurements.

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TaySC

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#2 posted 09-03-2017 06:14 PM



The Wixey units are very good. You zero them on the machine top and then place on the blade. The floor has nothing to do with accurate cuts. I have a Wixey and a General brand like your picture. Both work great and give accurate measurements.

- papadan

That makes sense. I hadn’t thought about being able to zero them on the actual machine top. Thanks Dan!

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verdesardog

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#3 posted 09-03-2017 06:15 PM

I have a both and they each have thier specific uses. The magnetic box type I use for setting the blade on my table and miter saws. It has a zero set so it does not matter how level your floor is. Set the table for zero then adjust the blade.
The protractor type is used for other purposes requiring precise angle measuring jobs.

-- .. heyoka ..

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#4 posted 09-03-2017 06:55 PM

Igagging, lol. Don’t Google that.

I have the Wixey for my table saw, they are the bomb. Get one with a light.

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#5 posted 09-03-2017 10:16 PM



Igagging, lol. Don t Google that.

I have the Wixey for my table saw, they are the bomb. Get one with a light.

- Rick M

You know, I had to google that.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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splintergroup

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#6 posted 09-04-2017 02:26 PM

I have the unit pictured. Honestly, I don’t use it much, but the times I have needed to determine an actual angular measurement it was most handy, Also useful for setting non-standard angles on my miter gauge.

The thing I hate most with the model I have is it will turn on as soon as the arms are moved. An “ok” feature, but inevitably it ends up always being “on” so I only get one use as the battery will have drained by the next use.

Not really a big deal, but I have to keep the battery removed and popping it back in every time I need it just seems “excessive”.

I bought this on a whim when Lee Valley had a special email offer on them a few years back.

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#7 posted 09-04-2017 02:45 PM

I have the iGaging unit you pictured. Don’t have the problem with it turning on that splinter described. I’ve had it about a year, use it frequently, and still on the original battery. Accuracy is all that I could hope for. My only improvement would be a back lite display.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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splintergroup

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#8 posted 09-05-2017 02:39 PM

I should have pointed out that the unit I have is not the “iGauge” brand, but it looks the same. Glad they have fixed the battery issue!

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#9 posted 09-05-2017 03:28 PM

I have the Wixey and am happy with it, BUT the battery doesn’t last long, so I remove the battery when I’m not using it; problem solved.

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Bluenote38

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#10 posted 09-05-2017 03:48 PM

I have a Wixey and loved it! The zero feature is what makes it for me. I can make a bit or blade perpendicular to the table even if the machining isn’t level. I have an older model without the back light and have no problems with battery life.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#11 posted 09-05-2017 10:34 PM

I have the wixey and love it. Could not do without it for angles and getting back to 90. I have a bottom of the line skil table saw,for angle cuts I’ll set the angle then have to recheck my angle after every cut due to the saw. (Angle will change). Little wixey makes it quick and easy!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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Ripper70

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#12 posted 09-05-2017 10:48 PM

I have the AccuRemote. I think it has the advantage over the Wixey in that it has magnets on 3 sides, resolution to .05 degrees and is made entirely of metal. No plastic parts. Works great for aligning your TS or MS blades.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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TaySC

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#13 posted 09-05-2017 10:55 PM



I have the AccuRemote. I think it has the advantage over the Wixey in that it has magnets on 3 sides, resolution to .05 degrees and is made entirely of metal. No plastic parts. Works great for aligning your TS or MS blades.

- Ripper70

They are also the same price on Amazon.

Is the display backlit?

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Ripper70

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#14 posted 09-05-2017 11:09 PM


Is the display backlit?

- TaySC

No, it’s not backlit. But I have no problem seeing the display under normal lighting conditions in my (somewhat inadequately lit) garage shop.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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TaySC

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#15 posted 09-05-2017 11:44 PM

Cool, thanks.

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