There's no guessing with the efficient, accurate DigiCompass Precision Drawing and Marking Instrument from iGaging®! This one-of-a-kind measuring instrument features a large LCD that gives you digital readings in inches, inches with fractions, and metric. Use it as a digital compass to scribe perfect circles, arcs, or stepping out equal distances in odd measurements. Includes a CR2030 lithium battery, replaceable points, and a tube of lead.
2-in-1 digital compass and divider
Use it to scribe perfect circles, arcs, or stepping out equal distances in odd measurements
Large LCD with digital readings in inches, inches with fractions, and metric
I appreciate the beefy size and accuracy of this compass. The first one I received didn't work. I contacted Rockler and they were very helpful in getting me a new one FAST and providing a no cost, simple solution to sending the defective one back. The second one I received has worked great. I'm a little surprised by how much I am using this. You can't beat digital!
If you are like me, your first question is why digital ? The answer I found is accuracy, convenience and speed. Like many woodworkers I have an old set of dividers and compasses. Due to their fine adjustment thread, the old dividers and compasses take much more time than the digital to adjust. With the digital you can pull the legs apart then make a fine adjustment with a center wheel. Plus the digital display is easier to read than a ruler measurement and the digital measurement, using either the decimal, fractional inch or metric option, is more precise.With the digital you have the option to convert your measurement between decimal, fractional inch and metric. Also, by using the zero button between 2 measurements the display does the subtraction or addition and tells you the precise difference. Pretty neat!It is easy to switch from divider to compass mode. A calibration tool, extra lead and batteries are provided in a sturdy plastic case. I would give this one 5 stars.
Guess I assumed that graphite and pencil lead was pretty much the same thing. If there is a noticeable difference I am not aware what it is. Mine came with a small plastic tube containing two 1" long by 0.077" (5/64") pencil leads that are sharpened on one end. When I need replacements I plan on checking out office supply or graphic arts stores. Hope this helps.