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Forum topic by bonesbr549 posted 02-19-2018 05:31 PM 525 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bonesbr549

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02-19-2018 05:31 PM

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Well, no woodworking projects this weekend, but I did take the opportunity to finally get around to installing my Igaging 12” DRO on the planer. I had bought this over a year ago and had it previously on my Northfield 18” planer, and when I sold that and bought my new 209HH had not gotten around to putting it on.

First it took some figuring on how I would even attach it. First thought was to replace existing one that is pretty much crap and a 1/16” off anyway, but it just for general use anyway.

I’d considered the wexley one, but to be honest i had one on my router table lift and was not impressed. plastic mostly and just could not make it work.

I did a lot of research and this model had features I liked. It has a origin setting that is easy to set. It does not lose it when the batt dies. I has an incremental feature i can use to start at any point and just measure the incremental change.

The body is hardened stainless steel, and all metal. It’s industrial grade. Even one guy tried to shorten it a bit, and could not cut with a hacksaw, had to use cuttoff wheel.

I also like it has mm,inch, and fractions to 1/64

I was lucky that there were existing options to bolt a piece of ply to the right side out of the way and then attach to the table for movement. All in all out of the way. I just need to do some cable management.

The Digital Read Out (DRO) is magnetic in the back so I just put a piece of metal on the wall and slapped it up.

Finally its got an automatic off so I don’t kill the cr2032 (2) batteries. Hated that on the wixely.

https://flic.kr/s/aHsktok9UP

If I had it to do over, would buy it in a heatbeat.

Cheers!

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.


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John_H

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#1 posted 02-20-2018 06:03 AM

I replaced a Wixey DRO with what looks to be the same iGaging unit about 6 months ago
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KWCV5MI/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

So far I have been very pleased with it. The Wixey just didn’t seem to be that accurate or consistent. It was a bit of a challenge to connect the planer bed to the iGaging reader and in the end, I ended up making a new metal bracket and kept the little magnet that Wixey uses.

What I really like about the iGaging unit is you can plane a board, measure the thickness and enter that dimension directly into the DRO. Also, when I was looking into this one it appears that these are very popular with machinists (lots of youtube videos) that is why they have the option to have three displays all stacked together – for the X Y & Z axis

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#2 posted 02-20-2018 07:28 PM

Yep same one.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#3 posted 02-21-2018 03:47 AM

If you are talking about calibration, the Wixey can be calibrated that way too.


What I really like about the iGaging unit is you can plane a board, measure the thickness and enter that dimension directly into the DRO.
- John_H

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