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    Good Deal on Digital Angle Gage

    Was thinking about getting one of these (Christmas Wish List) & ran across this sale. Looks to be a pretty handy tool.Thought some of you might be interested.

    http://www.amazon.com/Wixey-WR300-Di...al+Angle+Gauge
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    I've had one for several years. It does a good job as far as I can tell. I only install the battery when I am using it, then when done remove it. Before I started doing that, the battery would be dead when I wanted it. Wixey has another on that is a little fancier, Beall also has a good one.
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    I have used the Wixey and the old and new versions of the Beall. All work well. The Beall gives you one more decimal position which could be considered splitting hairs. My poor Wixey didn't survive the last "test drop" but, I have no complaints on any of the boxes. I only change batteries about twice a year. The Wixey takes a Lithium CR2032 and I found that to get one that lasts I had to start buying them as needed and from the pharmacy medical racks. Even though the Duracells and so forth say their good till 2015, this did not prove to be the case. I can say that discount batteries don't last long enough in these things to make it worth even putting them in ;-) This is another plus for the Beall as it uses a standard 9volt which seems to last just fine.
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    Same issue with the battery being dead whenever I needed it but a quick change of batteries and it works great. I love mine
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    I have the Beall (the earlier version, I'd guess) and it has always worked great, but for the types of projects I typically do, I found I really don't have a lot of need for it. My tablesaw is set at 90º about 99% of the time, and the other 1% of the time it's at 45º. In both cases, I prefer to just use the plastic drafting triangles I've used for years. They are just as fast, and at least as accurate as the digital gauge. But if I was doing more stuff with odd angles, the digital gauge would be used a lot.
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    I got one of the lookalikes from Rockler a couple of years ago...piece of junk...magnets are so weak they won't hold to a TS blade...battery is dead when I want to use it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Al Launier View Post
    Was thinking about getting one of these (Christmas Wish List) & ran across this sale. Looks to be a pretty handy tool.Thought some of you might be interested.

    http://www.amazon.com/Wixey-WR300-Di...al+Angle+Gauge
    Handy item. I have one and it works fine. But precautions must be taken with it's use. It measures the angle of the blade (or whatever) but does not take into consideration the position of the saw table. Meaning you can still have whacko angles if you trust the gauge on blade only. The table must be dead level also. For bandsaws the table is adjustable. But very difficult for tablesaws that can be near impossible. To get a true square cut on a ts I still use a steel square. And, I have battery life problems also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    Handy item. I have one and it works fine. But precautions must be taken with it's use. It measures the angle of the blade (or whatever) but does not take into consideration the position of the saw table. Meaning you can still have whacko angles if you trust the gauge on blade only. The table must be dead level also. For bandsaws the table is adjustable. But very difficult for tablesaws that can be near impossible. To get a true square cut on a ts I still use a steel square. And, I have battery life problems also.
    Frank, a valid concern, but it's my understanding that the device can be "zeroed" out first, before measuring the blade angle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    Handy item. I have one and it works fine. But precautions must be taken with it's use. It measures the angle of the blade (or whatever) but does not take into consideration the position of the saw table. Meaning you can still have whacko angles if you trust the gauge on blade only. The table must be dead level also. For bandsaws the table is adjustable. But very difficult for tablesaws that can be near impossible. To get a true square cut on a ts I still use a steel square. And, I have battery life problems also.
    Frank: First you put the angle gauge on the table saw's table, and 'zero' it. Then, you put it on the blade, and your angle readings will be correct. That's what the 'zero calibration' is for.

    For the bandsaw, you zero the gauge against the blade, then use it to set the table's angle.

    BTW, Wixey's newest angle gauge has a rotatable screen, and also uses a 'standard' battery, with an auto shut-off. All are great improvements over the original. No interest, just sayin'...
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    The Wixley model WR365 ( http://www.amazon.com/Wixey-WR365-Di...productDetails ) is a bit larger (6.2 x 4 x 1.5 inches) than the mode WR300 ( http://www.amazon.com/Wixey-WR300-Di...productDetails ) which is (4 x 5 x 1 inches). I wonder if the extra length would pose a problem on TS blades & perhaps other application???
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