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Forum topic by UGAfan21 posted 09-17-2014 01:39 AM 1462 views 0 times favorited 36 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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UGAfan21

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09-17-2014 01:39 AM

How are these gauges? I see pictures of it resting on a table saw blade reading 45 degrees. Is this accurate? Does it reference the table top? Or does the table have to be level on the floor? Certain spots in my garage aren’t perfectly level. Just curious. Is it worth getting?

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#1 posted 09-17-2014 01:54 AM

I have a Wixey … it references the table top. You set it on the table, press the ‘Zero’ button, then move it to the blade and set your angle. It isn’t super accurate (measures in tenths of a degree), but I have been happy with it.

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#2 posted 09-17-2014 01:55 AM

nice.. thanks

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#3 posted 09-17-2014 02:11 AM

These are great little shop helpers, I have both the mechanical angle finder and the Wixley digital.
Not only can you put your blade at an exact 45 or 90, you can adjust your miter gauge to a perfect 90 …

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#4 posted 09-17-2014 04:05 AM

It is a very versatile tool that is very accurate. 1/10 of a degree. I use it on all my tools for set up and calibration.

You will wonder how you got along without it.

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#5 posted 09-17-2014 04:14 AM



I have a Wixey … it references the table top. You set it on the table, press the Zero button, then move it to the blade and set your angle. It isn t super accurate (measures in tenths of a degree), but I have been happy with it.

- TheDane


It is a very versatile tool that is very accurate. 1/10 of a degree. I use it on all my tools for set up and calibration.

You will wonder how you got along without it.

- timbertailor

So is it accurate or not?

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retfr8flyr

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#6 posted 09-17-2014 04:35 AM

I have the Beall Tilt Box and I have found it to be very accurate, I use it much more then I thought I would. It really comes in handy in many ways.

-- Earl

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Loren

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#7 posted 09-17-2014 04:35 AM

They are awesome. Great technology.

Some take a 9v. battery. I’d recommend one
of those over one that takes little disc batteries.
There have been complaints about disc batteries
in these things and digital calipers going dead
quickly.

I think mine is by i-gauging. Takes a 9-volt.

I used to measure precision bevels using a custom-made
steel apparatus with a dial indicator mounted in it. I
still had to do trig to figure the angles but at least
it was repeatable. This is when I used to do a lot
of coopering.

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#8 posted 09-17-2014 11:26 AM

I have the Beall Tilt Box and also thinks it’s awesome. Most handy when you are cutting bevels at something other than 45ยบ.

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#9 posted 09-17-2014 12:18 PM

I scoffed at them, and always used a drafting square to set up 30/45/60/90. Then I saw a Wixey on CL for $10 and grabbed it. I love it. Make setup easier because I’m not trying to hold the square, set the angle and lock the blade all at the same time (I have the Bosch 4100 so having two hands on the angle adjustment/lock is nice). Also good for checking jointer, drill press, miter gauges, etc.

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#10 posted 09-17-2014 12:52 PM

I love the WIxey angle gauge, and other assorted devices, they can be great and speedy to use, but, whenever I go to grab it the batteries are usally dead, and I go back to my Starret tools to do the job. If i’m in the midst of something and know I’ll be using the tool I check and get batteries for the project ahead of time so I’ll have it, but for the hobbyist like myself, I find the cursing of dead batteries has surpassed the gee wiz thats a slick tool

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#11 posted 09-17-2014 12:58 PM

I’ve had the Wixey for 2 years now and on same battery just turn off after use.

Iwud4u: accuracy is in the eyes of the beholder evidently. I would say the Wixey is accurate to the .1 of a degree. You can decide if that is accurate enough for you.

The one thing I have found is the batteries need to be kept near room temp (60 degrees or so) if they get very cold near freezing it can affect the accuracy of the device.

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timbertailor

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#12 posted 09-17-2014 01:46 PM

I take the batteries out. Turning it off turns off the display, but I have been told the damn thing still runs with the screen off.

Iwud4u – 1/10 of a degree is very accurate. Does not go into the 100 or 1000’s of a degree, but 1/10 of a degree is rarely used unless calculating latitude and\or longitude and represents less than a 0.1% error. Insignificant for our purposes over such a short range.

Repeatability, on the other hand, is flawless and that is what one should really be concerned about.

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#13 posted 09-17-2014 02:04 PM



I take the batteries out. Turning it off turns off the display, but I have been told the damn thing still runs with the screen off.
- timbertailor

This is true. According to their website, they still consume battery while off in order to maintain calibration. Don’t know about everyone else, but the first thing I do when I turn it on is put it on the reference surface and zero it out. Again, according to their website, the type 1 angle gauge (uses the disc-type batteries) should last over 6mo if you turn it off when not in use (power consumption decreases by 50%). Type 2 (uses AAA battery) should last over a year.

I don’t go to the hassle of removing the battery when not in use, just because I’d probably lose the little disc battery, and I can buy a two pack for like $5 which should last a year or more.

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#14 posted 09-17-2014 02:07 PM

I have the Wixey, for at least a year (don’t remember), and I’ve never changed the batteries—I really like it.

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#15 posted 09-17-2014 05:10 PM

So is it accurate or not?

If you are cutting staves for a segmented vase (e.g. 7.25 degrees) it makes for a lot of trial and error to get the angle dialed in. Otherwise, it is fine.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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