Betterly "Una-Gauge" or the In-Line "A-Line-It"

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Forum topic by Logan Windram posted 07-23-2012 05:15 PM 5018 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-23-2012 05:15 PM

Anybody have expereince with these allignment tools? I have narrowed it down to these these guys, they seem to do task for task the same thing, inly with a price difference of $50. I am still confirming if these are American Made, that is important to me if it is at all possible to buy domestic.

the In-line products is the Deluxe kit.


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#1 posted 07-24-2012 12:42 AM

I have no experience with them, but it seems to me that I can do everything they do with my dial indicator, magnetic base and a little ingenuity. I think I paid something like $28 for a complete set (indicator, tip set, magnetic base and storage case) from Amazon with free shipping. After looking at a lot of different dial indicators from multiple sources, I am convinced that they all come from the same factory in China (unless you start looking at the ubber-expensive ones). And that 22 piece tip set is no different; the machining is terrible, although they can be made quite nice with a dremel tool, emery cloth and a little polishing. I’m sure the little jigs provided with these kits make some setups easier, but it’s pretty simple to make similar jigs if needed and pocket the extra cash. I am positive that others will disagree :)


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#2 posted 07-24-2012 01:04 AM

I have the A-Line-It basic. It works very well. I use it with my HF dial indicator. I’m not sure it’s worth it to buy the deluxe kit. It is very helpful to have a jig that fits solidly in the slot to align the blade to the slot and the fence to the slot. Being able to slide the jig up and down maintaining constant distance from the miter slot is important to get good alignment. You could build a miter slot runner that had no play, but the “smart bar” on the A-Line-It is very well made in my opinion – better than I could do reasonably. I do observe that it doesn’t matter what the angle of the bar coming out, nominally perpendicular, from the miter slot is, and its length isn’t critical either. What is important is that the entire jig is rigid, and it fits snugly, but not too tight in the slot.

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#3 posted 07-24-2012 01:08 AM

I had a long discussion with the owner, creator of the una-gauge this afternoon. I was very impressed with his knowledge, and of the additional uses customers have found for the una gauge. I ordered one, it will be in the mail tomorrow… He said give it 90 days, if you are not using it all the time especially for measuring cuts, send it back…. What I thought was interesting was he said if you jus want to align tablesaw components, don’t buy it. If you are looking for more precise cuts especially with depth and small inconsistencies in lumber, try it, you won’t be dissappointed-

I will keep the board updated and write a review when I have had the chance to run it through the wringer.. It’s funny, we spend thousands on equipment, maybe more on materials, but put little to no value in some of our layout, measuring and set- tools….

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#4 posted 08-02-2012 11:39 PM

Of course….

I ordered the Una-Gauge, and UPS fails to deliver it, even though the Said they did…. So I sit in limbo, my new Cab saw sits in limbo, and that jammy is hooked up to a fresh 220 circuit. I guess I will allign with what I have, but I was really excited about giving that Una Gauge a run!

Chances are I get my gauge in a week r so after UPS does they’re loss investigation… Moral of the story, always order any tools signature required….

I’ll keep you all updated

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