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Old 06-30-2022, 10:03 AM
Bill Whitefield Bill Whitefield is offline
 
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I need to acquire an electronic level to complete the build on my empennage. Looking for suggestions on brands and models that have worked well for others.
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Old 06-30-2022, 11:10 AM
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i do some woodworking so I use a magnetic angle gauge. it's compact and can be taped to the control surface or a larger piece of angle and has a zero option. well worth the ~$30. I have the Wixey but the Klein is nice as well.
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Old 06-30-2022, 11:13 AM
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I have few MD Smart Tools. I used it extensively on my 10 build, 172 project and countless house things. Well worth the price and they're EAA Advertisers.

http://mdbuildingproducts.com/produc...igital-levels/
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Old 06-30-2022, 12:32 PM
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I had the MD SmartTool angle sensor. My opinion is you don't NEED this device, although there's something comforting about seeing 0.0 degrees. Its also handy for checking for twist on an object that isn't level with respect to gravity. The reality is though many flying aircraft were build with a bubble level.
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Old 06-30-2022, 01:36 PM
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The Smart Tool is handy but the zero is awkward to set. And it tends to run through 9V batteries.

There's probably a better one out there for the money.

Dave
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Old 06-30-2022, 02:23 PM
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The Smart Tool is handy but the zero is awkward to set. And it tends to run through 9V batteries.

Dave
I noticed the same thing. I started storing it without the battery installed. what a pain!
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Old 06-30-2022, 02:23 PM
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I’ll be honest - I have an electronic level languishing somewhere in my toolbox - its been there ever since I learned that my iPhone has a level app, which I use regularly for all sorts of things!
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Old 06-30-2022, 07:29 PM
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I've used my phone app plenty of times (the two plane feature is wicked cool). It has it's purpose. It also has its limitations.

Relative/absolute feature is more handy than you'd expect. You don't have to worry about getting the reference, usually an airplane axis, level first though I keep it wicked close anyway. Also can eliminate stupid math errors. 90/180 setting is also handy.

I have a Klein. Available from Home Depot, Amazon, etc. It has the above features and is compact. Makes many two person jobs into a single set of hands. Survived a couple of drops as well. It is inexpensive. The display can be tough to read in the wrong light.

Just an option. I'm sure there's others. A couple of pix using relative mode and a two man -> one man scenario.
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Old 06-30-2022, 07:57 PM
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I noticed the same thing. I started storing it without the battery installed. what a pain!
That is so odd. I have an MD Smart Tool Electronic. I've owned and used it 10 years and don't recall ever replacing the battery. I also have a little Klein. Nice because it's so small and magnetic. They always match so now I tend to grab the smaller Klein. My go to is a pendulum protractor. All three get used. I also use my phone.
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Old 07-01-2022, 03:44 AM
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I noticed the same thing. I started storing it without the battery installed. what a pain!
I have had my MD Smart Tool level since I started my build 20+ years ago and can not recall ever replacing the battery. I still use it at least every Condition Inspection to check mag timing.
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