woodpecker table saw precision tool vs TS aligner JR

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Forum topic by maxhall posted 10-21-2014 10:16 AM 2681 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-21-2014 10:16 AM

Hey everyone I’m refurbishing a PM 66 tablesaw I picked up used on CL awhile back. Starting to put it back together and I decided it would be really nice to have a precision gage to align the blade and fence parallel to the miter slot. I know some think this is overkill, and there are cheaper ways, but this seems quick and virtually idiot proof. The woodpecker alignment tool can be had for 1/3 of the price of the TS aligner JR, but it lacks the versatility of the aligner JR. While I don’t own any of the tools that I would need the TS aligner JR for, I like to think ahead to the future when hopefully I will own these tools. What are your thoughts on this? Would you go with the cheaper option since you couldn’t use the more expensive alignment tool right now anyways, or would you spend that $80 on something else different altogether?

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#1 posted 10-21-2014 10:36 AM

I bought the WP Saw Gauge on a WP sale for $50 for the convienence of set up and checking my saw. When I first set it up I used a piece of hardwood clamped to the miter gauge with a brass screw in the end which worked, but I like the speed of the tool over the other. $135 + $25 to $100 for the indicator sems a bit steep, and I really haven’t found a need in aligning any of my other tools that exceeded a good square and a good straightedge

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#2 posted 10-21-2014 12:29 PM

The guys at Incremental told me they recommended the TS.
They sell way more of this one.
That’s what I bought – gets the job done, that’s all I can say.
Good luck

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#3 posted 10-22-2014 04:39 PM

spend that $80 on something else different altogether?

absolutely. get a decent miter gauge, make sure there’s no slop in the miter bar, clamp a $10 HF dial indicator to it and align away. fancy alignment tools are usually waste of resources.

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#4 posted 10-22-2014 04:59 PM

The quickest way to cut with the big dogs is to have good tools for measurement, layout, and setup.

The WoodPecker Saw Gauge solution is self aligning, takes the miter slot alignment\fit out of the equation, and is very cost effective, considering it is all tool steel and aluminium.

I think they are on sale now. Great addition to any wood shop.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#5 posted 10-29-2014 08:11 PM

I went ahead and bought the Woodpecker Saw Gauge, should make alignment much easier.

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