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handystanley

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10-17-2011 10:19 PM

I am considering getting a digital angle gauge that I can validate that I am spot on when setting the bevel angle on my table or miter saw correctly.

From what I understand there are three reliable models to choose from:

1. Wixey Digital Angle Gauge
2. Beall Tilt Box
3. Dixie Digital Angle Gauge

I have read that the Wixey goes through battries…any comment? Otherwise, any comments or recommendations…(geessh…when doesn’t a lumberjock not have a comment or a recommendation???)

Thanks.

-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA


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ajosephg

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#1 posted 10-17-2011 10:50 PM

I’ve had a Wixey for several months, but haven’t used much yet, but it’s still on original batteries.

I’m willing to wager that battery life on all of the electronic gauges is pretty much the same as I think they share the same circuit design.

-- Joe

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syenefarmer

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#2 posted 10-17-2011 11:33 PM

Wixey or Beall are known to be dependable and accurate. I have been happy with my Wixey but they do have a constant drain on the battery even when powered off. That issue can be solved by simply removing the battery after each use.

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Fuzzy

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#3 posted 10-18-2011 02:03 AM

Had the Wixey … it died just out of warranty … replaced it with a BEALL … never had a problem with it in 3 or 4 years.

My vote goes to BEALL

-- - dabbling in sarcasm is foolish … if you’re not proficient at it, you end up looking stupid … ... ...

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tenontim

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#4 posted 10-18-2011 03:07 AM

Have a Wixey. Mine died about 1 month from the expiration of the warranty. The company replaced it with a new one muy pronto. Also have their digital height gauge on my planer.

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jobott

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#5 posted 10-18-2011 03:10 AM

I’ve had the Beall for a couple of years so far, works great and still on the original battery. Nice construction and operation as well.

-- Joe B

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#6 posted 10-18-2011 08:30 AM

Wixey, really useful for setting plane blade sharpening angles.

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Cato

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#7 posted 10-18-2011 01:11 PM

My Wixey I have had for over a year and still on original battery. Very handy little tool.

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jeepturner

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#8 posted 10-18-2011 01:28 PM

Bought a Wixey on sale from Wood Craft a month ago. Have not had any problems, but it has made life in the shop a lot easier. If this one goes bad, I would still buy another, it has certainly saved me more than the thirty bucks I spent to purchase it.

-- Mel,

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#9 posted 10-18-2011 02:00 PM

I take a different approach to setting the angle of my miter. I use the Wixey digital tilt gauge with the magnets. This is a great tool for setting the blade tilt angle. It can also be used for the miter.

I place the front of the miter face down on a flat surface with the track hanging down off the edge of the flat surface. Then, I put the Wixey on the back of the miter and zero it. Then, I put the miter on the side of the track with the magnets and set the angle desired. Works great!

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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wingate_52

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#10 posted 10-18-2011 07:20 PM

Itake my battery out of the Wixey when not using it. Used it today, worked well.

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Paul Stoops

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#11 posted 10-19-2011 08:48 PM

I have the Wixey (original model) and an IGaging angle cube. I like the IGaging better because it has a 9v battery—which should translate into longer battery life than the CR2032 button cells. That said, Wixey has come out with an improved model that uses two AA batteries—but the price is higher.

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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David Grimes

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#12 posted 10-19-2011 09:01 PM

Get this one while it’s on sale (50% off). I just did.

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=24525&utm_source=NL&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=V2027

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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handystanley

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#13 posted 10-19-2011 09:14 PM

@David Grimes: The unit you mentioned above will not help in setting the bevel angle of a blade…the extentions are too long.

-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA

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handystanley

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#14 posted 10-19-2011 09:15 PM

I see that Beall has come out with a new digital angle gauge:

http://www.bealltool.com/products/measuring/tiltbox.php

-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA

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handystanley

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#15 posted 10-19-2011 09:19 PM

@Paul Stoops: Is this the one that you referred to as being the new model?

http://www.wixey.com/anglegauge/index.html#wr365

-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA

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