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The Skil 2100DAF is just what it looks like: a 14″ aluminum level with a swing-out arm for digitally measuring angles from 0 to 220-degrees.  Skil claims it’s accurate to 1/2-degree, and it’ll even calculate miter angles for you on the fly.

Pressing the “hold” button fixes the reading so you can close the finder to remove it from tight spaces withotu losing your reading, and it’s quite light at just 1-1/2 pounds.  We can’t wait to get our hands on one to see if it’s as accurate as Skil claims — and if it holds up to shop use.  If so, this would be a handy tool, indeed.

Street pricing starts around $50.

Digital Angle Finder, Model 2100DAF [Skil]
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6 Responses to Preview: Skil’s Digital Angle Finder

  1. Leslie says:

    I’m anxiously awaiting your review – I would really like something like this. Is there something made by someone else that you’ve reviewed already?

  2. l_bilyk says:

    I have the bosch one

  3. Brau says:

    ooh, now that I know these exist, I’ll be getting one!

  4. Rick says:

    Oooh.. I don’t have a use for it these days (at least not one that could justify the expense) but when I was doing a lot of millwork installing chair rails, crown moldings, etc. this would have come in handy for measuring irregular inside and outside corners to figure out the right miters, etc.

  5. Kurt Schwind says:

    I’m currently in the position Rick /was/ in. I’m measuring some angles for crown moldings in a century home that has nothing square. 100 years of settling means everything is just off enough to make it a pain in the butt.

  6. Mike says:

    I bought this thing and used it, all week for some trim work at a studio which has lots of non-standard wall angles.

    I give it an A for effort, but a D for one major brainfart. It measures angles fine, that’s not the problem. The problem comes in converting miter angles on obtuse angles. Acute angle are fine. If the angle of the corner is 89 degrees, the miter reading displays 44.5 degrees.

    But if the angle of the corner is 91 degrees, the miter reading also displays 44.5 degrees. If it’s 100 degrees, instead of displaying the proper miter angle of 50 degrees (to make two cut pieces produce a 100 degree angle), the miter reading will display 40 degrees.

    I can only guess that the computer was programed to calculate the angle on the other side of perpendicular, or between 90 and 180 degrees, instead the obtuse angle.

    This renders the devise useless in my book. Now before you go and say, “well, all you have to do it subtract the angle from 180 and blah, blah, blah.” I bought the thing so I wouldn’t have to do the math. I paid 60 bucks so I wouldn’t have to do any math, not even half of it.

    It’s going back to the store or Skil.

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