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Finally got my Wixey Angle Gauge after Amazon lost the first one. Table saw was almost a degree off. Looks like it will be used regularly.

Thanx for the suggestion Dr T.
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You bet John. I check blade angle all the time, even if I've not changed what blade position for awhile. Discovered the Wixey early on when I found I couldn't glue something up because of a small blade angle error. The markings on the saw are completely unreliable. And the new ones have a regular AAA battery and rear illumination--for us old-eyes folks.
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The one thing I HATE about my original Wixey gages is I have to take the coin batteries out all the time they aren't in use. They are always dead the moment I need them most!

The AAA battery upgrade was a great idea

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The one thing I HATE about my original Wixey gages is I have to take the coin batteries out all the time they aren't in use. They are always dead the moment I need them most!

The AAA battery upgrade was a great idea
I'm with you Doug - I've had my Wixey for years and I hate the coin batteries - I've got them in other devices in my shop too. And they're always dead. When I was in the US recently I purchased a sleeve of the batteries at Harbor Freight and couldn't believe how little they cost.
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The one thing I HATE about my original Wixey gages is I have to take the coin batteries out all the time they aren't in use. They are always dead the moment I need them most!

The AAA battery upgrade was a great idea
Yes this is disappointing . I bought mine and never installed it, and next thing you know the aaa comes out right after I purchased mine .
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It's a good tool in the shop and I use mine on the table saw all the time. I have hard stops at 90° and 45° on the table saw blade but I check it anyway with the Wixey gauge.

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I'm with you Doug - I've had my Wixey for years and I hate the coin batteries - I've got them in other devices in my shop too. And they're always dead. When I was in the US recently I purchased a sleeve of the batteries at Harbor Freight and couldn't believe how little they cost.
I never use mine any more because the batteries are always dead. Same for the digital calipers I finally got the one with the dial and no battery. I have some on machines for depth and they are always dead too ,except the ones that have on/off switches on them.
Go Harbor Freight!!!. I will have to run down there and check them out.
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Off to Harbor freight, thanks. For those with the old Wixey, pop for the new one, just $30 and it lights up and is easier to read. I always turned my old one off after use, so the battery was OK. But the button batteries are always dead when I want to use the calipers and other devices. I finally got a dial caliper (used at pawn shop) for a couple of bucks, with a nice case, USA made too.

I just don't buy anything that uses button batteries, except for my hearing aids.

BTW, for hearing aids, check out Cosco. Less than half the cost of the same aids from a private dealer, and they have the best hearing test gear around, and adequately trained audiologists. I mentioned getting fitted ear pieces and they gave me oversized transducers (tiny speakers) and a short connector to the aid. Bad choices. Now have longer "wire" and little ear retainers that hold the aid in the ear canal. I mention this because many of us geezers can't hear worth a damn, and even the cheapest of the Costco aids ($1400 a pair) will get you back engaged in life.
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I just don't buy anything that uses button batteries, except for my hearing aids.

BTW, for hearing aids, check out Cosco. Less than half the cost of the same aids from a private dealer, and they have the best hearing test gear around, and adequately trained audiologists. I mentioned getting fitted ear pieces and they gave me oversized transducers (tiny speakers) and a short connector to the aid. Bad choices. Now have longer "wire" and little ear retainers that hold the aid in the ear canal. I mention this because many of us geezers can't hear worth a damn, and even the cheapest of the Costco aids ($1400 a pair) will get you back engaged in life.
It's amazing what the new hearing aids can do! My oldest has behind the ear versions, they can use either the rechargeable battery or the button cells. They are Bluetooth compatible with her phone, and have a remote microphone that she can have her professor wear or keep on the desk, and it also plugs into a headphone jack if she has to listen to something on a computer. They can be tuned and adjusted by the audiologist as needed almost instantly.

They have really helped.
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There's no substitute for a good, small square to check the cuts coming off the table saw.
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