Improved Digital Planer Gauge
If you've been looking for a thickness gauge for your
planer that’s easier to read, there’s really only one game
in town: the Wixey Digital Readout. Wixey fi rst introduced
their gauge about 10 years ago, and while it
certainly was accurate, it could have been more userfriendly.
Wixey has now addressed these shortcomings
and redesigned the gauge. It’s a little taste of woodworking
The new WR510 has an angled display that’s easy to
read without bending over. (The older model had a vertical
display, like the stock gauges on most planers.) The
new gauge also has an auto shutoff to prolong the battery’s
life. (If you forgot to press the Off button on the
old model—which we often did—the gauge would stay
on indefi nitely.) The WR510 also has improved mounting
hardware, and is designed to easily fi t many brands
As for the readout, you could hardly ask for more. It
reads in decimal inches, millimeters and—best of all—in
fractions. Depending on the mode you select, you can
either tell exactly how thick the board is coming out the
back end of the planer or how much more you have to
take off to reach a pre-determined thickness.
Wixey, wixey.com, Planer Digital Readout, WR510, $60.