IWF alert: Machine-setup gauge is the best we’ve seen
The Betterley Una-Gauge uses a dial indicator like lots of of other similar gauges, but the ingenious attachments and $200 price tag are what make this a standout. One attachment has rare-earth magnets in it, to lock it to any cast-iron surface, and its legs slide into a number of helpful positions.
The other attachment is a miter bar, which makes setting your rip fence or blade easy on any tablesaw.
It can reach 2 in. below a table for checking arbors, etc., and up to to 4 in. above for bits and blade heights and much more. It can set your jointer knives, level your tablesaw insert, and much more.
Betterley’s Rob Svee says he expects the price to be under $200 when the tool is released in early November. Go to Betterleytools.com in a month or so for more info.
Among many other things, the Una-Gauge will set bit and blade heights within .001 in. Rare-earth magnets in the feet ensure stability and accuracy.
Flip it on its side to check your fence setback.
The kit includes the dial indicator, the versatile leg jig, miter-slot bar, and a clever plate for shaper setups. Everything is beautifully engineered and intuitive to use.