Digital readout for a planer???

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Forum topic by eflanders posted 02-21-2018 02:29 PM 500 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-21-2018 02:29 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dro digital readout planer question milling

I am thinking of adding a DRO to my 15” Powermatic planer. I think it would be handy to actually have 2, one for in feed size and one for out feed size. My icurrent infeed scale is hard for me to see decently and most importantly i would like to know how deep of a cut I am taking without having to constantly measure with my calipers.
Have any of you done this?
How accurate and durable are they?

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#1 posted 02-21-2018 03:55 PM

I have owned two planer digital readouts. Both of them were made by Wixey. My experience has been that if they are properly calibrated, they will provide accuracy of about +/- 0.005”, which is about the thickness of a sheet of notebook paper. That is good enough for just about any woodworking. This has been verified time and again with digital calipers. The real problem here is it is almost impossible to adjust the planer that precisely. If you want to get better than that, you may have to resort to a drum or wide belt sander.

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#2 posted 02-21-2018 08:36 PM

I have one on my Delta 15” (A Wexey) and love it. The accuracy is about what Art described. Never thought about putting 2 on it, and after I thought about for 5 seconds I still wouldn’t have a use for it (the second one).

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#3 posted 02-21-2018 09:58 PM

I have a Wixey on my 735 and it works perfect. It was very easy to install and set up and it does just what it is supposed to. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend one to anyone interested. I don’t know if I would necessarily spring for two just to see the infeed/outfeed difference…seems more like to me the finished dimension is what you are after, but I guess for some things it might be handy. I just haven’t had to do those things yet.

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#4 posted 02-22-2018 12:40 AM

I had two digital readouts because I had one on a Ridgid TP1300 and then sold it and bought a Jet 12 inch jointer/planer combo machine and put a different one on it. The TP1300 was easier to adjust to an exact thickness than the Jet.

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#5 posted 02-22-2018 12:48 AM

I bought a cheap generic one on ebay for
about $22 a few years back. It was a little
tricky to install it on a 4-post planer I had
but I figured it out. Be prepared to reshape
18 ga. steel brackets with a hammer and a
vise and drill/tap holes in the planer castings.

It was quite accurate. If you’re buying a
name brand you may be paying for ease
of installation.

There are some high end ones made in USA
that have been around for a long time. I
have one on a belt sander that came with
it. The build quality is better than the
Chinese cheapie but I doubt it’s more accurate.

Saying one is better than another in terms
of accuracy you may as well argue about
whether $100 smartphones are as good as
$600 ones.

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