Visit any woodworking forum and you’ll see mention of the Wixey Digital Angle Gauge. We had to see if it measured up.
Along with the usual check of the angle of our table saw blade and the tilt of the jointer fence, we checked the stops on the table saw, the table of the band saw in relation to the blade and adjusted the miter saw to any angle of which we could think.
To use the gauge set the magnetic base to a flat surface, say the table saw, and zero-out the unit with a push of the button. Next move the gauge to the blade making sure to keep the unit perpendicular to the table and read the angle.
How does it work? There is a fixed round circuit board and a rotating circuit board, each imprinted with a pattern. The rotating circuit is attached to a bearing with a counter weight that always points at the earth’s center. As the two patterns pass each other an electrical signal is generated and converted to a displayed angle. The actual electronic method is capacitance based measuring technology.
If you think this is for power tool woodworkers only, think again. You can use this tool to check the angle grind of any chisel in your arsenal. Just make sure to zero out the gauge to the back of the chisel first.
We all wanted one after we had the chance to work with it in our shop. I’ll bet that if you don’t have this fun to use and nearly exact in calculations tool, you’ll want one too. The gauge is $40. For information visit wixey.com