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Forum topic by Perplexed1ne posted 09-11-2020 02:21 AM 850 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Perplexed1ne

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09-11-2020 02:21 AM

I did a search and found a half dozen reviews of the Wixey DRO but nothing on the Accurate Technology DRO. There is a significant price difference but it’s currently on sale. Sometimes more expensive units are less fiddly, sometimes not. I would be interested in anyone who actually has experience with the Accurate Technology DigiFence to weigh in. (Although, that caveat has rarely stopped me from weighing in.)

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#1 posted 09-11-2020 05:39 AM

Put either on an Incra TS-LS fence and find nirvana.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#2 posted 09-11-2020 09:56 AM

Unfortunately this is going to be a case of not too many people will own both, to give a fair comparison..

I can’t advise about the AT DRO, however, I’ve had the Wixey for about over 10 years and it hasn’t skipped a beat in that time… It did suffer a fractured face place

but it still keeps on ticking,

I will fess up that I turfed my original poopsy fence and upgraded to a robust Biesemeyer style fence.

If you follow Madm’s suggestion, you’ll be lazing about amongst the exclusive mansions of Nirvana.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#3 posted 09-11-2020 11:28 AM

I wrote a review on the Wixey version and have used it for a long time (maybe even as long as Duck). The other fence readout looks like it is a lot bigger which means more chance for it to get snagged or hit with a board. There is also a wire in one of the pictures, something else that can get snagged.

Additionally, it looks like you have to order the proper kit to go with your saw. The Wixey is a one-size-fits-all. The Wixey doesn’t need anything special done to accommodate easy remove of the fence. Wixey allows for incremental settings and the AT doesn’t appear to have that feature.

Lastly, the Wixey costs <1 />d go with the Wixey.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#4 posted 09-11-2020 11:42 AM

I have had the AT DRO on my 52”/Biesemeyer/Unisaw for 14 years and still going strong. The reason I went this route over the Wixey is the guide rail underneath is all one piece. It does not have a splice in it as the Wixey did at the time of purchase. I’m not certain the AT DRO guide fence is still one piece. I would verify with them before you purchase. The only negative is you have to recalibrate everytime you remove the fence from the saw, and remember to unplug the head from the sensor underneath. I see they offer a hinge to get around that issue. Might be worth the $$$.
The real benefit of these scales is the repeatability. I don’t care how good we all think we are, all of us have to go back and recut a piece or two from time to time. These scales get you right back to where you were with accuracy well within tolerances in a wood shop.
It is every bit as important to the saw as the saw blade is.

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#5 posted 09-11-2020 11:43 AM



... more chance for it to get snagged or hit with a board…
- EarlS

Was that one of your stray boards that did the facelift on my display?

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#6 posted 09-11-2020 02:42 PM

ive got the wixey and it works great,very accurate.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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