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Provides precise digital height readings for your Supermax 19-38 and 25-50 drum sanders (sold separately).

Supermax 19-38 & 25-50 Wixey Readout/Mount

Item #
53352
Rating:
72% of 100

If you're tired of squinting or squatting down to read the analog height scale on your SuperMax drum sander, you'll certainly appreciate the Wixey Digital Readout (DRO). It supplements the stock analog scale on your sander with a large, easy-to-read digital display. Its accuracy is superb, and you'll never have to worry about the parallax errors so common with analog scales. You can use it in standard mode as the height scale for super-fast setups, as a sander-mounted caliper to measure stock thickness, or in incremental mode to take off a precise amount of stock from any board. A dedicated button lets you easily toggle between fractions or decimals, and metric or imperial measurements. Since it supplements rather than replaces the analog scale, you still have the stock scale for backup in case the battery dies—a nice feature for those of us who prefer a belt and suspenders solution.


Features:

  • Mounting bracket included for attachment to your sander.
  • Easy-to-read digital display.
  • Fractions are displayed using Precise Fraction Technology with 4X the accuracy of other DROs.
  • Simple to set up and calibrate.
  • Never needs recalibration unless the battery is replaced.
  • Provides fast accurate thickness repeatability.
  • Auto shut-off helps to maximize battery life.
With the Rockler Protection Plan, you'll get accidental damage coverage immediately upon purchase of your tool. Plus, we will extend the manufacturer's warranty for your choice of an additional 1 or 2 years. We'll take care of all parts and labor for any repairs, with no deductibles and no hassles. If your tool can not be repaired, we'll gladly replace it. Available in the US only. Click here to learn more. Standard Manufacturer's Warranty: 12 months
(1) Supermax 19-38 & 25-50 Wixey Readout/Mount
(1) DRO Mounting Bracket and Arm
Requires two AAA batteries (not included)
More Information
Brand Wixey
Manufacturer Part Number 71938-DRO
Weight 2.9000
Tech Spec
  • Measuring Length: 6'' (155mm)
  • Resolution (Decimal): 0.005''
  • Resolution (Fraction): 1/32''
  • Resolution (Metric): 0.1 mm
  • Accuracy (Decimal): +/- .0025''
  • Accuracy (Fraction) +/- 1/500''
  • Accuracy (Metric): +/- .05 mm
  • Battery: (2) AAA (not included)
  • Compatible with Sanders: SuperMax 19-38 Drum Sander (SuperMax Item #71938), SuperMax 19-38 Combo Brush/Drum Sander (SuperMax Item #71938-D), Supermax 25-50 Drum Sander (SuperMax Item #72550)
3.6 / 5.0
12 Reviews
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Excellent product. Easy to install and takes all the guess work out. Must have for a drum sander.
January 26, 2019
Purchased
8 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Wixey Supermax Dimensional Readout
I operated for years with another drum sander and a set of calipers. That was extremely time consuming and marginally accurate. New Supermax new Wixey readout, at least 10 faster and I can't compare the difference in accuracy.

The Wixey unit itself was as described, all required pieces were provided and it was a screw on retrofit. No drilling, bending, shaping required, just identify the pieces, mount them and start crafting assembly ready pieces. Worth the money and I would highly recommend it .
August 8, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Love my Wixey digital readouts
I loved the first one I bought for my planner so much that I bought this one for my drum sander. Easy to use and very accurate once set up and calibrated. Allows to read an absolute value or a reference value by raising the slide and placing your material under the slide. The mounting brackets for this readout is a little difficult to get aligned, but once you do it works great.
June 22, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Another gadget I can do without
I admit: I am a gadget man and after my Supermax 19-38 arrived, I believed I needed the Wixey DRO. Now that I'm more familiar with the way this drum sander works, I realize that I don't really need it. When I sand guitar tops, sides and backs, I often use my experience. As an example, Spruce sands very quickly and I often flex the sanded piece without measuring. I stop sanding if the work piece "feels right" -which is somewhere near 3mm. Stiffer guitar wood gets another pass and is then just right to use for an instrument. The ultimate test is my caliper as a thickness gauge, but I have to admit the Wixey DRO looks cool. My advice: use the money to buy some nice wood.
August 9, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Easy enough to assemble with the instructions. Would have been nice to have some instruction of any kind on how to calibrate. Went online and figured it out. With a little help/instruction on the calibration I would have given it a 5 star.
August 2, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Installation pictures here
I found the Wixey installation instructions to be severely lacking for non-planer applications like this drum sander, as it makes no mention of the "extra" parts included for such application. Everything I needed was included, but it was not obvious how to assemble, so I have included a few pictures for others who run into similar frustration.
Summary:
1. Attach black bracket to side of digital readout (small Phillips head screw.) The screw already in there that will be too short, so find the longer version of that screw in the parts bag.
2. Attach black bracket to side of drum sander. (Mine was a 12mm head bolt.)
3. Then you can attach silver angle bracket to front of sander. There are two holes pre drilled next to factory depth gauge.
4. Then proceed to calibrate per instructions.

I come from the machinist world where we think in thousandths of an inch instead of fractions, so I love that this digital readout does both. Mine has been accurate within .01 (10 thousandths), which is close enough for wood applications.
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June 26, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Works well but the lash in the sander keeps it from spot on accuracy. It does get me in the ball park.
December 18, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
No calibration instructions
It sure would have made things much easier if they had included some instructions on how to calibrate it. After about an hour of experiments and pushing the buttons I finally figured it out. Works well once you get it going.
March 21, 2019
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Hmmm.
Phots for figures (1) through (4) on side one of extra instruction sheet and both figures on other side are black, useless blobs. The written instruction steps are just as hard to understand. Does ANYONE know what an “M3” screw is? Good luck with installation — if you decide to keep the thing. Oh yeah, no backlighting on the “DRO” either. Hard to read too, and I don't wear glasses either.
October 3, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Wixey Readout/Mount
Really not that useful. I don't trust the readings. Not really convinced how accurate it is in this application. I would not order again if I had to do it all over again. Way overpriced for the technology. It really should be integrated into the base machine.
August 17, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Needed it for my SuperMax 19-38 To be able to get more accurate readings.
Lloyd B on Sep 3, 2019
Easier to read and provides for more accurate repeatability.
JIM C on May 25, 2019
Needed it for my SuperMax 19-38 To be able to get more accurate readings.
Lloyd B on Sep 3, 2019
because it is a big need and should be on this machine from the get go.
Benjamin O on May 25, 2019
Easier to read and provides for more accurate repeatability.
JIM C on May 25, 2019
Repeatability and accuracy
Robert M on Jan 21, 2019
I like Wixey digital metering and it is made for my drum sander.
Lynn P on Nov 25, 2018
I appears that this will streamline sanding process with SuperMax Drum sander. It should help with repetitive work.
James W on Sep 16, 2018
rockler ordered with
Gene C on Mar 29, 2018
Just purchased the Sander
Curtis K on Feb 1, 2018
To help get consistent results with my Supermax.
RJ on Aug 6, 2017
Convenience
Earl F on Sep 17, 2016
Just installed my new Supermax 19-38 Drum Sander that comes with an index scale to adjust the height of the drum. Since want to achieve precision measurements for the thickness of acoustic guitar tops, sides and backs, this gauge will come in handy.
Roger H on Jul 18, 2016
I bought the 19-38 and this will help keep material thickness the same
ROBERT P on Jun 19, 2016
because it is a big need and should be on this machine from the get go.
Benjamin O on May 25, 2019
Repeatability and accuracy
Robert M on Jan 21, 2019
how does it work in incremental mode? When I am close to the thickness I want, will this mode help to not overland?
Jon L on Feb 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: My experience is that once the gauge is properly installed and calibrated to the sander, it is very accurate. The adjustment wheel on the Supermax sander is far better than the Jet 16-32 sander I owned prior to the Supermax, but I still experience "play" in the wheel. The wheel may turn a bit but doesn't change the thickness. The gauge helps reveal that "play" in the wheel so that I know when the wheel is actually lowering or raising and when it is not. This evening I used the gauge to sand some drawer sides to thickness. When compared to the hand held digital caliper I measured the thickness of the boards with, the gauge was within a couple 1000ths. I believe it will assist in not oversanding, but I use the hand held digital calipers as a final check.
I purchased one of these digital gauges with my SuperMax 19/38 a year of so ago. It will no longer calibrate. Anyone have any suggestions or do I just trash it?
Michael W on Jun 6, 2019
BEST ANSWER: i would take it back and have them fix or replace it take it to supermax if you dont live in MN. call them talk to the owner he is a fair guy i delt with him directly on the one i have
will it fit the Supermax 16-32 ?
Allen H on Jan 24, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes
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