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After watching a video of FWW contributor and world renowned hand plane expert Garrett Hack use a digital angle box to set the angle on a blade honing jig I'm starting to see more uses for these than just making sure I get my saw blade and jointer fence back to 90*. Are there any that are significantly better than others or ones to stay away from? There are a lot of them on the market now and a considerable difference in prices from the Chinese no-name ones up to Tiltbox. Wixey, and the Igaging one.

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Although I can't compare units, I use the wixey almost daily and have no issues with it. It just works.
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I don't see any point getting something other than a Wixey. They are so cheap that saving a couple of bucks seems kind of silly to risk on no-name Chinesium. Backlights are good but suck power. Definitely get one that takes AAA batteries. While 2032s are nice an small, they are still expensive and a lot less common than good ol AAAs.
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After watching a video of FWW contributor and world renowned hand plane expert Garrett Hack use a digital angle box to set the angle on a blade honing jig I'm starting to see more uses for these than just making sure I get my saw blade and jointer fence back to 90*. Are there any that are significantly better than others or ones to stay away from? There are a lot of them on the market now and a considerable difference in prices from the Chinese no-name ones up to Tiltbox. Wixey, and the Igaging one.
I had the Wixey...
gave it away to somebody I didn't think much of...
besides the short battery life it was sensitive to vibration making the numbers fluctuate..
replaced it w/ a Tiltbox...
all is good now...
no regrets...
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CR2032...
$.60/ea isn't bad.
https://www.amazon.ca/Sony-CR2032-Li...PYKSVQA2CFC3HM
Just don't buy them one at a time, from random retail stores.
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After watching a video of FWW contributor and world renowned hand plane expert Garrett Hack use a digital angle box to set the angle on a blade honing jig I'm starting to see more uses for these than just making sure I get my saw blade and jointer fence back to 90*.
Always has to be someone different. I haven't sharpened a plane blade in I don't know how long. Because I have not been using planes in what I do just now. But were I to start sharpening them again, I would likely not buy anything. Instead, I would make a cutom blade honing jig for each plane, with the exact angle for that particular plane. Would take some time maybe to get one totally accurate, but after that it would be accurate, with no adjustment needed, just put the correct blade for that jig, and have at it. Then I'd use ScarySharp. It's just more fun, making stuff if you can, rather than buying.

I'd also write on the jig, what particular blade it is for, blade angle (in case I had to make another, later), and any other info I think I may need later.
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hard to beat these...

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I use the Wixey several times each week for all sorts of things. Mine has two AAA batteries and I can't recall when I last changed them - 3 years ago, maybe? And I have a Wixey DRO on my drum sander so place me firmly in the Wixey camp.

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Theo- the plane blade setting was just an example. If I needed to drill a hole on my drill press at an angle one of those gauges could be handy to confirm the angle since the scale on the table isn't reliable in my opinion. Same goes for tilting a bandsaw or setting up something on my milling machine. I wasn't asking if you thought I really needed one but whether there is any real differences in quality.

The battery issue is a consideration but like Dan I tend to buy ones like that 10 at a time carded in blister packs. Way cheaper. My range hood uses a very small halogen and when one blew at about the one year mark I looked at buying a blister 2 pack and then got 20 of them for less money on ebay. Replaced the one and haven't needed another in the 3 or 4 years since. But I'm ready when it happens.

Anything like a Wixey or Tiltbox I'll probably have to order since the only options locally are probably the same as the Chinese knockoffs. I've looked at the specs among all of them for accuracy and they are all identical so I'm betting there is only one chip manufacturer that they all use.
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hard to beat these...

This beats it and I have one but not this brand. https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01K8OKYBW?...osi&th=1&psc=1 It is also time consuming to set up but when you need to make certain that it's right it will do the job.

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