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#1 posted 07-13-2017 03:38 PM

I never have understood the value of simply posting a photo of a tool with no explanation of it, or other options.

Besides the mini digital height gauge shown, there are also other designs. I have the Wixey brand of the gauge in the previous post, but rarely use it. I find the iGaging 6 inch gauge to be far more useful. It has a greater range and the design of the measuring foot allows it to be used to set bit height even when point that needs to be measured is behind the fence face. It also has a nice, heavy base that makes it stable. It can be held against the fence with one hand while adjusting the fence with the other. The plastic in the mini-gauge in the photo is too lightweight. In fact, I added 16 oz of peel-and-stick lead weights to the front and back of the legs to keep it stable. It is also very awkward to use to set the fence compared to the iGaging mode.

In addition to the digital gauges, a simple combination square, or double square will work fine for most setups — both bit height and fence.

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