May 22, 2007

The Quick Angle – Review

quick_angle_2.jpgIt’s hard to summarize the Quick Angle in just a couple of words. We’ve thought about it and the best we can do is to describe it as the Swiss Army Knife of the measuring world. We first saw the tool at last year’s JLC show and then again at this year’s show and both times we were impressed with, not only its versatility, but also the amount of thought that must have gone into its design. It's part bevel gauge, part measuring square, part compass, and part Stephen Hawking.

The tool is a little larger than your standard bevel gauge and folds out with a third, central arm, which is where all the mathematical magic takes place. Each side of the arm is loaded with numbers and lines that may or may not come into play depending on which of the million and one functions you’re currently using the tool for. The arm also has a little mechanism that allows you lock the angle in place, so there are no worries of things shifting while you’re getting down off that ladder.

The Quick Angle can (are you ready for this?):

  • Find an angle
  • Assist making duplicate cuts on both a table saw and a miter saw
  • Assist with miter cuts
  • Find the pitch of a roof
  • Be used as a compass
  • Scribe a line
  • Draw notches and cut-outs
  • Find the center of a circle
  • Be used as a saw guide
  • Function as a drill press guide

quick_angle_3.jpgWe’re not joking. This little angle tool is capable of all of those tasks. We tested it out on each one and can say that the Quick Angle works as advertised. The miter cut and roof pitch functions alone make it an invaluable tool. We’re not going to get into the functionality of each task, but if that’s something you’re interested in learning about, the Quick Angle website has plenty of information.

The Quick Angle takes some getting used to due to the fact that it’s so different from the tools it competes against (measuring square, bevel gauge, etc), but once you’ve got it down, it makes for fast and efficient work.

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The Quick Angle is a truly innovative tool and one that would come in handy in just about anyone’s tool belt. It retails for $29.95 and is worth every penny.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at May 22, 2007 5:36 AM

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