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Dee1

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02-17-2018 01:05 AM

How accurate are these things? I bought one and using a good square on my table saw with no light showing between the blade and square I set 90 deg on the blade then set it on blade and check my 45deg it usually is a deg or two off however I am sure that is closer than the gage on the saw itself?
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msinc

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#1 posted 02-17-2018 01:15 AM

I have one and I have to say that I am impressed with the accuracy. I had trouble setting up the table on my band saw until I got this thing. I did just fairly recently get it and admit that I haven’t had time to really put the thing thru it’s paces yet, but again, based on what I have seen so far it is very accurate and repeatable. I would recommend it to others. I also have a Wixey DRO on my 735 and it went right on and works fantastic too. I believe Wixey makes decent stuff.

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#2 posted 02-17-2018 01:40 AM

Wixey doesn’t make the angle cubes. Some factory in china turns out a bazillion of those things and sells them to everyone. Wixey just puts their sticker on. Not that there’s anything necessarily wrong with that. I have one. They’re perfectly fine. Not flawlessly accurate, but they definitely are close enough.

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TheFridge

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#3 posted 02-17-2018 02:14 AM

If you’re expecting precision don’t. It doesn’t have enough resolution. It’s ok. I’d rather an engineer square.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#4 posted 02-17-2018 03:22 AM

To refurbish a grape press I had to make a irregular base pyramid. I bought the Wixy gauge and it turned out well. I don’t think I could have done as well without it. As far as resolution, I think a tenth of a degree is adequate for the work we do. Also, repeat-ability seems good too.

-- Correlation is not causation but I did loose my Doctor !!!

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#5 posted 02-17-2018 03:25 AM

Mine is dead nutz.

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#6 posted 02-17-2018 03:30 AM

I have one it’s within a tenth of a degree. When I have checked my saw blade for 90 after using the wixey can’t see any light between square and blade. Close enough for me.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#7 posted 02-17-2018 03:37 AM

I have the Beall Tilt Box.
Everything I use it for seems to work, so I can’t say it’s off.

I don’t think one would be 2 degrees off.
Place your gauge on the saws table top (not the insert) and zero it, then put it on your blade, check for 90, then tilt to 45 deg. and check it. See how the saw gauge compares at both spots.

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ArtMann

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#8 posted 02-17-2018 05:41 AM

My Wixey is a lot more accurate than the indicator on the saw. I use it quite often and I have never encountered a situation where it was not accurate enough. You do have to follow the recommended procedure or you will get bad results.

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bigJohninvegas

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#9 posted 02-17-2018 06:02 AM

I have the iGaging angle cube. And it works great. It also uses a regular 9 volt battery.
https://www.amazon.com/iGaging-AngleCube-Digital-Level-Bevel/dp/B002LL0BIC/ref=sr_1_1/138-0031077-0545935?ie=UTF8&qid=1518846818&sr=8-1&keywords=angle+cube#feature-bullets-btf

If you go with the Wixey brand. Make sure it is the type 2 version. It uses a single AAA battery.
The type 1 uses a 2032 watch style battery.
The type 1 is what was available when I bought mine. And everyone said the battery did not last long.

-- John

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#10 posted 02-17-2018 06:16 AM

Am a Klutz, hate to say have had a couple.
They inevitably get knocked on concrete garage floor a few times too many and stop working. Last nudge to floor dislodged most magnets from case. :( Super glue fixed that oops.
Even with my abuse, still find them to be accurate compared to steel engineering square and 45 template I use.

BUT = There is a small trick to using them.
Like any digital scale with limited resolution, you have to sneak across the exact measurement to gain best precision. 0.1 difference is enough to show light behind a square when verifying the angle. Toggling back and forth across the desire set point helps to remove some of error. IE the angle gauge only shows 0.1 degree steps, so 45 could be 44.051 to 45.049. Get better accuracy if you go over target measurement by 0.1, and then tweak it back to target. If your tool has enough precision, you can rotate between 44.9 and 45.1 a couple of times and gain “feel” for the middle (target) measurement.
YMMV

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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Woodknack

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#11 posted 02-17-2018 06:19 AM

You can test the Wixey or any inclinometer the same way you would test a level, by turning it around. If you get 0.2 one way, rotate 180° and you should get 0.2.

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TheFridge

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#12 posted 02-17-2018 07:04 AM

Have tried multiple ways. Still too large of a margin of error for me.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#13 posted 02-17-2018 08:40 AM

This is what Wixey is saying about there WR 300: Accuracy – +/- 0.1 Degrees, Repeatably +/- 0.1 Degrees

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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#14 posted 02-17-2018 12:52 PM

I finally pulled the one i purchased awhile back out, and experimented, and am quite happy that it does as intended, keeps me on the angle of the dangle correctly, i have some machinest squares, and it appears mr. wixeys tool is good to go for what i can accomplish. highly recommended by me.
Rj

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#15 posted 02-17-2018 05:38 PM

I’ve got a Wixey cube and the protractor. They both see to work really well for me. I’m going to pickup another cube, “angle cube”. They purport it accurate to .05.

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