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Review by Routerisstillmyname posted 04-02-2011 03:20 AM 4070 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Long story short. This is my second iGaging angle block. The first had a defective LCD on top of displaying constant error even with a fresh battery.
This one the LCD is ok but even at a sale price of 20 it’s waste of money since you may have to spend at least half of that in gas returning and exchanging.
Measured against all my engineering squares and then some and two other Wixey’s this thing is so off that’s not even funny. The problem is also inconsistency. It’s not always off by same amount. I almost threw it against the wall.
Since some users have had better luck with these, I have to conclude it’s a hit and miss at best.
Oh yeah the pouch is a nice touch, hence 1 star.

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#1 posted 04-02-2011 04:29 AM

Thanks for the review…will stay away

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#2 posted 04-02-2011 04:40 AM

thank you !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 04-02-2011 05:59 AM

I have had this item for a few months or so now, I did a review on here also. I have had no problems at all with the screen so I guess I got one with a non defective screen.

I have not tested the accuracy to the same extreme as you have but when using to set the bevels on my table saw I have never found the finished cuts to be off so it surprises me that yours was so far off. I mostly use the cube with my cheap honing jig to set my plane bevels when sharpening and its always been accurate when measuring the previous bevel and setting the new ones.

I read this and was really surprised you have had such bad luck with it as I have found mine to work really well. Like you said its hit or miss.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#4 posted 04-02-2011 06:03 AM

We have the Wixie and it works great and is very repeatable.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#5 posted 04-02-2011 06:36 AM

Well, this was tested against calibrated squares. And both Wixey cube and protractor will read all these squares at 90 inside out but this reads 89.5 and the next time it’s 88.7 and then 89.75 and then something else even with a new battery. it’s not like it is off by 0.1 per manufacturers specs.
if it read 89.9 each time, I would say ok then it’s within advertised specs because then you have a reference point and can add or subtract from 89.9. But at this point and with all the changes each time which makes it USELESS even as a door stop.
on the other hand Wixey’s are 100% accurate and both are little over a year old.
And several other advantages the Wixey cube has is it’s smaller which means it will work with 7 1/4 inch saw blades if used in a table saw. And you don’t have to remove 4 small screws just to replace the battery which will inevitably get lost in the shop and have to look for a small screw driver that comes with it.

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#6 posted 04-02-2011 01:08 PM

Wixey is the way to go… thanks for reviewing this. Your review is thorough and points out the faults and the one good thing (pouch!).

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#7 posted 04-02-2011 02:14 PM

Sounds like we need a negative star option for this.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 04-03-2011 08:15 PM

I guess I’ll keep on going to the mitersaw, making sure that it’s true, cutting a scrap block at whatever angle is needed, then using scrap block to set saw blade angle. no batteries required.
thanks for the heads up.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#9 posted 04-06-2011 05:24 PM

I have the same problem, although it is with my Wixey and not my iGage. The iGage has been dead on everytime I use it. Unfortunately, the same is not true of my Wixey. I know Wixey makes a great product, but I think I got a dud. It looks like I was lucky with the iGage and not so with the Wixey.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#10 posted 04-06-2011 05:29 PM

Like I said, it’s a hit and miss with all these cubes and also they are all effected to some degree by humidity and temp.

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#11 posted 04-06-2011 05:36 PM

1 star for the pouch lol!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#12 posted 04-06-2011 05:46 PM

I had to justify the 1 star since gas and tolls alone have cost me more than the cube ;-)

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#13 posted 04-10-2011 02:50 AM

I read this review, but figured I’d give it a try anyhow. Besides, it’s on sale at Rockler and my Wixley has been giving me fits. Just about everything you describe your iGaging doing, my Wixley is doing

First thing out of the box I noticed it runs off a 9V battery not one of those nickel size expensive batteries. After I calibrated it I set it on the TS and zeroed it out – so far so good. I raised the blade and it registered 89.9. With a slight twist I had 90. I rechecked with my square which conformed the reading. I then did what makes the Wixley go nuts – I cranked it to something less than 90 while still attached to the blade. I cranked it to 67.5 (the inverse of the oft used 22.5) with absolutely no problem. I guess I got a keeper.

-- Don

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#14 posted 02-24-2012 05:57 PM

I have not had good success with Wixey. It worked well with light use for about 1 1/2 years and then lost it’s accuracy. With a brand new Duracell battery, I zero it out flat on a machinist square along one edge then move to the upright edge on the machinists square at it will read 93.3 degs and then back to the same horizontal edge and it will read 0.9 deg (or 2.6 or 1.4 randomly)

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#15 posted 02-24-2012 06:22 PM

LOL on the 1 star pouch:)
Edit: and LOL at me! Apparently, one year later and I still think the pouch is funny.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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