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Offline Mario Turcot

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Setting table blade angle
« on: September 27, 2020, 01:21 PM »
What are you using to set the tilt angle on your table saw?

I bought a digital tilt box from L.V. 2 years ago. It worked ok untill I had to replace the battery. Now the display is barely visible and flaky to the point that is unusable.

I read good review about the AccuMaster and currently leaning for that one. Anyone had bad experience with it?

What is your prefered method?
« Last Edit: September 27, 2020, 01:25 PM by Mario Turcot »
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Online ChuckM

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Re: Setting table blade angle
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2020, 01:37 PM »
https://www.leevalley.com/en-ca/shop/tools/hand-tools/marking-and-measuring/67350-tilt-box-ii-digital-inclinometer-for-tool-setting?item=88N9050 has always worked for me for over 7 or 8 years now. Battery replaced only once.

I'm sure Lee Valley would do you an exchange as yours might have a factory defect somehow. Unless dropped, they last really long.

Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Setting table blade angle
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2020, 01:42 PM »
https://www.leevalley.com/en-ca/shop/tools/hand-tools/marking-and-measuring/67350-tilt-box-ii-digital-inclinometer-for-tool-setting?item=88N9050 has always worked for me for over 7 or 8 years now. Battery replaced only once.

I'm sure Lee Valley would do you an exchange as yours might have a factory defect somehow. Unless dropped, they last really long.

This is the one I have, it's 2 years old. Doubt L.V. would do anything about it. Never drop it but one day I set my miter saw blade and forgot to remove it  [eek] After that it worked well for several months.

Another reason I'm looking for a different one is how hard it was to replace the battery. The wires are way too short on mine.
« Last Edit: September 27, 2020, 01:54 PM by Mario Turcot »
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Offline Birdhunter

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Re: Setting table blade angle
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2020, 04:21 PM »
Wifey is the one I use. Never had to replace battery I the 5 years I’ve had it. Very accurate.
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Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Setting table blade angle
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2020, 04:43 PM »

Offline Birdhunter

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Re: Setting table blade angle
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2020, 05:44 PM »
My mind said Wixey but my fingers said Wifey.
Birdhunter

Offline Peter_C

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Re: Setting table blade angle
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2020, 06:02 PM »
Might you have possibly put in a defective battery? It happens. Volt meter would answer the question.

Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Setting table blade angle
« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2020, 07:19 PM »
Might you have possibly put in a defective battery? It happens. Volt meter would answer the question.

At first that was mu thought. So I tried the other two battery I had. Same result, but yes a voltmeter would tell me better.
Mario

Offline ear3

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Re: Setting table blade angle
« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2020, 08:27 PM »
I use Wixey, and it basically does the job.  Sometimes when setting the angle it can be a bit slow to register final resting place.  And occasionally it will jump .1 degrees if you bump the table saw while setting the angle (without the blade or the table having permanently moved, however).  But it's accurate enough.
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Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Setting table blade angle
« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2020, 09:47 PM »
As Ed implies the refresh-rate on these inexpensive digital inclinometers is rather slow. With practice cranking the wheel slowly you can anticipate when the display will jump to the next increment. After further practice and observation you’ll learn how much of a wheel rotation correlates to .1 degree, or less. Good to know if you’re aiming for very tight joints. A tenth degree is a lot more than most people think.

Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Setting table blade angle
« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2020, 10:04 PM »
Wixey there is... and it is the cheapest I found too.
Thank you all.
Mario