A-LINE-IT Deluxe Kit
Ships on April 7, 2017
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Quickly set-up, tune up, and check the accuracy of your shop's tools with this system. Check table saw blade and fence alignment, arbor and blade run-out, miter slot to blade squareness,...
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- 1" capacity dial indicator reads in .001" increments for absolute precision
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- Leveling knobs adjust miter groove depth
- Comes with hardware and hex wrench for assembly, instructions and instructional DVD
Solid design; Works well; Minor flaws
This tool is well thought-out, well constructed, accurate, made of good quality materials, and has a myriad of uses in the wood shop to set up machinery. The red anodized finish was well-executed and the finish of the pieces (chamfers, counterbores, etc.) was first-rate. Packaging was very well done with a box using foam cut out to closely hold the components (important for protecting the dial indicator). The multitude of tips for the dial indicator had a nice plastic container to keep them organized. /// After reading the instruction sheet (of nominal usefulness) and watching the DVD (very useful!), within literally minutes, I had verified that my old Unisaw saw blade was in proper alignment tolerance and arbor runout was good, but my rip fence was 0.006" off and was easily corrected. My zero clearance insert was similarly easy to properly adjust. /// Minor flaws: (1) I found that the "spring plungers" (the two spring-loaded-ball screw adjustment parts) used to fit the miter bar to the table top slot worked well, however, the fit inside their threaded holes was excessively loose, so, once set, simple vibration during handling would allow them to move. I believe a judicious use of a low-strength thread lock like Loctite 222 (purple) may work as long as you don't get it on the ball. If you have the ability, staking the threads might also work, but you need to be VERY careful doing that! (If you don't know how, don't try.) (2) A small flat-bladed screwdriver is needed to adjust those spring plungers; it would be better if they had been made for an allen wrench. (3) The metal screw ends to the miter bar leveling knobs were not smooth and caused the bar to vibrate on the machined surface of the miter slot bottom as you move it along the miter slot. This is easily corrected with a file, screwing the threaded knob shafts into a nut held in a vise and facing them off flat. (4) The two miter bar leveling knobs each had springs to keep them in tension (nice touch!), but as you screwed them in/out, the springs intermittently stuck & released, making it hard to feel when the screw bottomed out. This is easily corrected by putting flat washers on both ends of the springs. (5) When set up to measure offset from a flat surface (such as when checking the height of a zero-clearance insert) the relatively narrow "indicator mounting bar" is easy to rock side-to-side. A wider bar would be more stable, but if you have a good technique in using the device, it is not a problem. (6) There are some actions (such as measuring arbor runout) that are better accomplished with a magnetic base to solidly lock the indicator onto the cast-iron table top. /// I enjoyed watching the videos in the enclosed DVD, and the gentleman performing the demonstrations did a good job, but there were some safety issues that made me cringe at times for some of the many products they sell such as the "Dubby" table saw sled (zero guards, flipping cutoff pieces away from a spinning blade with short pieces of wood, leaving metal tools on the saw top inches from the blade when cutting wood, not watching the blade & his hands when working around a running blade, and other things). /// Overall: a SOLID AND VERSATILE DESIGN, QUALITY-CONSTRUCTED, ACCURATE, and PERFORMS AS ADVERTISED; the FEW FLAWS ARE VERY MINOR & EASILY OVERCOME. As a mechanical engineer, I give it a "thumbs up!"
This is the best tool I have found to set up a table saw; contractor or cabinet style. I replaced the supplied dial indicator with a name-brand instrument capable of .0005 resolution. Much more accurate in my opinion, but it is wood we are cutting. I have used it to setup my table saw blade & fence, jointer blades, drill press table, and planer blades. I'm sure I will find other uses for the tool as well. This is a purpose built tool designed and manufactured by an professional woodworker. It is well worth the money.
A-Line-It deluxe kit
Excellent quality and easy to use. I can't imagine a better set up gauge for woodworker's.
The system allows the user to accurately assess run out and to align the blade and fence to the miter slots.
Having never used an instrument like this before I watched several video demonstrations online and by the time it arrived I knew just what to do. Very short learning curve getting used to operation and putting it into practice. I have been concerned about the alignment on my table saw and am fairly confident that I've got it aligned the best it can be for what it is. The only issues I have with the gauge is the time it takes to reposition the T-bar with the hex key screw to set the base for differnt distances. But it only takes a half a minute to undo and reset and tweek, not a huge inconvience. And once it's set, it's rock solid. The case is OK and the additional feeler tips and acessories with the deluxe model are good to have for setting up other types of machines. Very pleased overall, no complaints whatsoever. My TS blade is now set within 0.001 runout, which is nice.
Works as Expected
I've always found these reviews helpful when I'm considering a purchase so I though I would share my thoughts on this product. Concerned about the alignment of my tablesaw, I decided to purchase this tool to provide some accurate data on exactly what adjustments needed to be made. I found it very easy to use and I was able to quickly identified and correct the alignment problems on my tablesaw. I'm now using it to test other equipment in my shop for alignment.