Wixey WR510 Digital Planer Readout

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Forum topic by Shawn Masterson posted 12-25-2013 10:22 PM 3235 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Shawn Masterson

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12-25-2013 10:22 PM

I have a little christmas money to play with. I was looking for feedback on a planer digital readout. I have seen the wixey and wondered if that was it or are there other comparable units out there. If you have one please let me know what you think. If you have something else let me know.

As always thanks guys.

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#1 posted 12-25-2013 10:55 PM

I have a wixey on my 15” planer. I had to make a bracket to get mine to work. The model I have is made for a portable planer where the cutterhead moves not the table. It is easy to zero out.

Grizzly also sells DROs. I have one on my sawmill and have been happy with it. I would be trickier to zero out on a planer, but it can be done.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#2 posted 12-25-2013 11:26 PM

I have the Wixey digital readout on my DW735….
Absolutely loving it!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 12-26-2013 01:15 AM

DIY – I’d love to hear how you got it to work consistently. I have two major issues with using the DRO on my 735.

  1. I cannot for my life get the mechanism to slide cleanly (without friction) through the read out.
  2. I’m not comfortable with the accuracy of the stamped metal angle that you’re supposed to place the board under to get a measurement or set ABS zero. All it takes is a lil’ angling or twisting of the board and you could skew your results by ~1/32… right?

For now (not being confident) I’ve been using a pair of calipers and measuring after each pass. Kinda a pain in the butt. Maybe a call to Wixey is in order?


-- Adam - Red Hook, NY

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#4 posted 12-26-2013 01:28 AM

I installed one several years ago but I never really used it until about 3 weeks ago.
It is very convenient but the measurements I get on the gauge are not exactly the same that those that I get on my digital calippers

-- Bert

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#5 posted 12-26-2013 01:54 AM

I had one installed on my old Delta portable planer and I loved it. I normally found it accurate and consistent enough so that I could rely on it for most projects.

-- PaulMayer,

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#6 posted 12-26-2013 03:46 AM

I have several of the Wixey products, to include one on my planer, and while I like the accuracy the installation on my planer wasn’t as ‘clean’ as the instructions suggested and be prepared and somewhat ‘creative’ when installing. I had to do some rather delicate shimming so that the device moved up and down the rail smoothly.

If you do decide to install one, keep extra batteries around…they don’t seem to last long.

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Shawn Masterson

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#7 posted 12-26-2013 03:52 AM

What kind of batteries do they use?

also great info keep it coming.

thanks guys

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#8 posted 12-26-2013 10:23 AM

They use these 3.0 Volts batteries, like most electronic equipment do.

-- Bert

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#9 posted 12-26-2013 01:21 PM

When I got this item it still used the coin style battery, but the new ones use 2 AAA batteries.

-- PaulMayer,

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#10 posted 12-26-2013 01:23 PM

I recently installed a WR510 on my Dewalt 735 and it works great.

I agree with ”fullcity” that getting the mechanism to slide freely is a challenge and not as easy as the instructions suggest.

The key to the installation for free sliding and accurate and consistent measurement is to insure you install the assembly vertically plumb. Otherwise, when you raise and lower the cutter head, the sliding portion of the unit will bind. To avoid that, I had to shim out the bottom mounting point and once I did that it worked perfectly. Btw, I used screws to mount the unit to the old measurement scale, not the tape, so it was easy to shim the unit using washers.

-- Dom

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