In this digital age, it seems surprising that companies would still produce measuring devices with dials. Digital is better at everything, isn’t it? Maybe not. Batteries die, displays bounce between two or more readings, readings can be slow to update, and forget about using your digital display outside in International Falls on a winter morning.
You don’t have to be a Luddite to appreciate the simplicity of a needle pointing at a scale. Sure, it takes a little more effort to count the number of ticks past the last number, and a little discipline not to try to interpolate between the ticks to get a more precise reading than the instrument is capable of, but it works now and will continue to work as long as the instrument is well cared for.
Bucking the trend of digital protractors, Woodriver’s stainless-steel machinist’s protractor displays the current angle in minutes and seconds on its 2-7/8″ diameter magnified dial. Knurled micro-adjusting and locking knobs let you fine-tune the angle and lock it into place.
Woodriver’s Machinist’s Protractor ships in a foam-lined, plastic molded case and will set you back $56.