Incremental vs absolute ?

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Forum topic by belgium posted 12-29-2013 09:56 AM 1716 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-29-2013 09:56 AM

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I purchased the wixey digital saw fence , I is a fine piece and works like a charm .
It was very easy to install to . It works whit inches and mm , very handy for me , I think in mm.
I do nor grasp the difference between absolute an incremental mode , ABS and INC .

I have a few remarks….

It would be nice to preset a value at any given point , the digital scale on my planer works this way .
A larger display whit back light would be nice .
To zero , you have to place the sawfence when it just touch the saw blade , that is a problem , I have to remove
my dust/save guard hood to do this , the fence wont fit under the cap . It is attached to the splitter.
I made a board from exact 100mm, put it between the fence and saw blade, and simply add 100mm to my measurement. It works. Although a mistalke lurks …

The use of a micro adjuster is needed , whit such a accurate system .
I am not familiar whit micro adjusters , any recommendations ?

On the electrical site I made a master slave solution , to power my dust extraction only when the saw is running .
I used the very cheap kemo m103n module for this , works like a charm and cost about 25$ , suitable up to 16 Amps. I recommend this solution.

-- Greetings from Belgium

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#1 posted 12-29-2013 02:10 PM

I thought absolute was the “normal” measuring from zero (right up against the blade) on upwards.
Incremental was when you want to make cuts every X inches, like 3.25, 6.5, 9.75 etc. You move it to the first position, 3.25, and press the incremental. It should go to zero. Then you make your cut, move the fence out until it reads zero again, and that would be 6.5. At any time you should be able to press the ABS button and it will go back to giving you the normal reading.
That’s my guess – I don’t have a wixey on my tablesaw but I have a knee mill with a DRO and it has absolute and incremental readings and that is how they work.

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#2 posted 12-29-2013 03:05 PM

Absolute is the actual distance between the fence and the blade. Incremental is if you need a specific distance between cuts you set the fence for the first cut and then push the middle button to switch over to incremental. The display will switch to all zeros then. Make your cut and then move the fence till it shows the measurement you need between cuts. Press the middle button twice to re zero and repeat.

That is one of the features I love about the wixey on my table saw. It makes it very easy to do things like this where the measurements aren’t in even increments.

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#3 posted 12-29-2013 03:16 PM

Now I understand absolute and incremental . On the wixey manual there is no explanation .
I like to thank both members for the understandable explanation . Now to work , I am making a letterbox , maybe interesting to post it as a project ?

-- Greetings from Belgium

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#4 posted 12-29-2013 03:29 PM

One thing I would recommend for that gauge, keep extra batteries on hand. I have a Wixey angle gauge and it goes through batteries pretty fast and they always seem to go when I need them. I remove the battery on my angle gauge when I am not using it. Like it says in the description, it is draining the battery even in the off position.

“Constant memory retains calibration even when OFF” Looks like a good gauge though, I know I like my angle gauge.

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#5 posted 12-29-2013 03:37 PM

That is some good advise , I stock them right now. On some auction sites they almost give you money to buy them….

-- Greetings from Belgium

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