wow! don't know how i got along without this

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Review by teenagewoodworker posted 01-03-2009 11:55 PM 3624 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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i got this digital protractor for christmas and since i got it i have used it for everything! to adjust my squares, set up tools, check glue ups! it is just a great little tool. so much for burning on the table saw for crosscuts. i found that my good square was 89.9 and thats why i was getting burning. once adjusting it to 90 with the wixey no burning at all! its just wonderful and it helps a lot too. also there are magnets on it that help in tool setup because it attracts to the blade and miter gauge which is a great feature. the accuracy is very needed because over 4 feet 89.9 can really start to become something. knowing that you have an exact 90 is a great thing. you do have to zero it out before every use but that is a simple matter of closing it on a flat surface and pressing the zero button. it couldn’t be simpler! i just love this tool and now that i have used it i can’t live without it.

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#1 posted 01-04-2009 12:22 AM


Been looking at one of these. How firmly does the blade lock into place?


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 01-04-2009 12:48 AM

Glad to see you like it. I’ve saw one but wasn’t sure it was worth it.

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#3 posted 01-04-2009 03:36 AM

the blade locks into place good enough. but i don’t really use it in any applications where i need to lock the blade. mostly its for tool setup and checking things.

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#4 posted 01-04-2009 03:42 AM

I saw them too on a Rockler email. Pretty neat!!

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#5 posted 01-04-2009 05:58 PM

the Wixey looks like a better deal than the one I bought from Lee Valley, it does not even show a brand name, the blade is on top of the readout window, it has a cutout frame around the readout, the frame blocks the reading for about the first 1 to 22 degrees after that it is ok, I guess that is why I got such a good deal on it,
I think around $30.

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#6 posted 01-04-2009 07:31 PM

i just got one myself and it works great.

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#7 posted 01-05-2009 12:34 AM

I have one also and you are right it works!!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#8 posted 01-05-2009 06:21 AM

They are a cool toy with serious use. I put one on my wish list and found one under the tree at Christmas. The manufacturer was kind enough to include a spare battery.

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#9 posted 01-05-2009 07:50 PM

Mine works fine, but have found more uses for the digital angle gauge and height gauge.

-- Festool4

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#10 posted 01-05-2009 11:24 PM

Interesting tool Dennis. Thanks for sharing.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 01-06-2009 06:13 AM

I also got one for Christmas since they were on sale at Rockler. Great tool and really useful to align blades, square up assemblies and I’m sure I’ll find more uses as I go along. I also have the Wixey Angle Gauge which has made a world of difference in adjusting my table saw and miter saw blades. Wixey makes some nice tools and their customer service is superb – I had a question about the Angle Gauge and received an email from Mr. Wixey, himself, within two hours!


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#12 posted 09-20-2016 04:10 PM

I bought mine to correctly set my Makita CSMS as the stops weren’t anywhere close to accurate. It was a lot cheaper than sending to Makita and paying them $175 for an up grade repair. I’ve found it indispensable.

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#13 posted 09-20-2016 04:46 PM

I have one and use it a lot!

Two complaints a. the battery doesn’t last. I’ve gotten into the habit of pulling the battery after a project is done. and b. the locking mechanism, on mine, is too difficult to set without changing the angle I’m trying to maintain.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#14 posted 09-21-2016 03:28 AM

Another must have digital tool!
In measuring lengths, rulers, calipers (dial/vernier/digital) are wonderful but for angles a digital tool it almost a must because long angle cuts turn out disastrous with only minutes of error!

I found this out the hard way trying to make a gap less miter joint across four 10” boards.

Going to get one soon!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#15 posted 01-14-2017 05:05 PM

I have had mine for at least 5 years, and it never worked. One of those things when I go back to Rockler I’ll bring it. Forget, took out a couple months ago, to try again. Nothing, I can find the product on Wixey’s site, but their instructions are real clear and simple. I can’t find info as to where the battery is or what battery it requires. I just got there WR 100 digital calipers for Christmas, Nowhere is there any info on how to remove the battery holder to insert the new battery. Not even on their site. I was afraid I would break it before I had a chance to use it. I now know why it is one of the only replacement parts, you can buy. The tool works awesome, very happy. But I can understand why the directions don’t say pry off the battery holder from the tiny slot below. They would be replacing all these for nothing. Better off not to even mention it. I will take a better look at my angle gauge and look for a small slot. Maybe this didn’t come with the battery installed either, and I misplace the battery, as they don’t have the nice case like the WR100.

-- KRT

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