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For anyone looking for a reasonably priced height gauge this one should do the job. No electronic module to fail and no batteries to replace. Should work well for router and table saw. I've dealt with Cripe Distributing several times in the past and they are a very good outfit to deal with. They also ship to Canada and will do so as cheaply as they can. Vermont American 23476 Depth Gauge 4" or 10cm | eBay

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For anyone looking for a reasonably priced height gauge this one should do the job.
that beats my Trend...


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I don't know about you Stick but I've started avoiding digital tools in favor of the old school ones you have to read for yourself. The digital ones only seem to last a few years. Neither the Trend or this VA gauge appear to be all that well built but with just a little bit of care when using they should be good for at least 15-20 years I figure and maybe longer.
The stainless steel calipers that I have will probably outlast me by one more lifetime.

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I don't know about you Stick but I've started avoiding digital tools in favor of the old school ones you have to read for yourself. The digital ones only seem to last a few years. Neither the Trend or this VA gauge appear to be all that well built but with just a little bit of care when using they should be good for at least 15-20 years I figure and maybe longer.
The stainless steel calipers that I have will probably outlast me by one more lifetime.
I have one digital... angle gage similar to the Wiggy...

that Trend costs 3 time what yours did...

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I have a Starrett digital caliper that I needed for work. I had to measure something coming off a production line 10 at a time every 15 minutes or so and needed an instantaneous reading to 1000ths. But it cost $180 and is hard on batteries in my opinion. At home I have a little more time and don't need the luxury of instant readout.

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Both those gauges look good to me, I've never used one on the TS, I'd be leery of trusting it, (TS) mine anyway, I always creep up to my marks then lock and hope I don't have to go back later for a repeat cut.

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Ron, as far as I'm concerned, any gauge like these is just to get you close for the trial cut. I'm not sure I'd trust a digital gauge any better, at least not at first. That's if you really need to be that accurate. In many cases, the rough measurement with these would be good enough. The price plus shipping is about the price of as fast food meal deal but this one will stick with you longer so if you use it much at all will be a good deal.

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It is good to know that Vermont American makes something good. Most of there tools and bits (the ones that I have seen) are made in China and are junk.
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On the TS I use my set up blocks up to 1" more than that I use my square. For use on the router I use eyeball trial and error. Been doing it this way for 50 years and it works for me. To each his or her own but I think sometimes people get caught up in new "improved" gadgets and miss out of the joy of using their ability to use the tools they have at hand. Somethings as Charles said require precision measurements but most of woodworking is not and cannot be that accurate. JMO
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