with Foam Insert
||$13.60 - $169.38
||$146.66 - 302.84
I did find a web site for
(maker of A-Line-It) but be advised, I was inundated with a boatload
of pop-ups and banner ads. It's been many years since I purchased my
A-Line-It. I originally paid $99.95. The above price is currently
listed on the In-Line Industries web site but the product is listed
for $129.99 on the
Woodworking web site. There is also an abbreviated version
called the "Basic A-Line-It Kit" for $79.99 on the Woodcraft site. The accessories that I've
listed provide feature and functionality parity between the two
I own the
A-Line-It and will use my own photos for this review.
consists of two pieces of red anodized aluminum bar stock
connected at right angles. A standard dial indicator is
mounted on the longer bar which is called the
"Mounting Bar". The shorter bar is called the
"Smart Bar" and is available in one size:
3/4". It connects to the Mounting Bar using a 1/4-20
socket head cap screw in any one of the several holes
available. It is used for miter slot guidance.
Bar "automatically" adjusts itself to specific
miter slot widths with the help of two spring loaded ball
plungers. There are also two thumbscrews (called
"Levelers") which help prevent A-Line-It from
rocking side to side. They are adjusted to contact the
bottom of the miter slot.
A-Line-It originally came with a single photocopied
instruction sheet (both sides) with very crude hand drawn
illustrations. It was stapled to a parts list, Warranty
sheet, and flier for other products. Soon afterward I
received the official "manual" in the mail. It
consists of 6 pages stapled in one corner. It is
illustrated with hand drawn diagrams. There is also an
manual" on the In-Line Industries web site which includes photos and
more detailed information.
This is the box
that my A-Line-It came in. It contains a die cut foam
insert for the A-Line-It and all of it's parts.
includes a Spindle Rod which can be used to take
measurements and align machines with spindles. It is
attached to the Mounting Bar using a 1/4-20 socket head
cap screw in one of the many holes.
"Made in China" indicator point set is
included. The instructions mention uses for just a few of
Shown above is
the "Spring and Nut Assembly". It is used in
making blade flatness and arbor/flange runout
tip on A-Line-It ends up being about 1.1" from the
table surface. The manual recommends tilting the dial
indicator downward to make measurements closer to the
can be configured as a height gage by mounting the Smart
Bar on the end of the Mounting Bar. If the Levelers are
removed, there are five positions that can be used for
mounting the dial indicator.
of standard features:
section compares the features and functionality of
A-Line-It with the TS-Aligner Jr.
slot guidance and Base
TS-Aligner Jr. uses a unique three bearing system for
miter slot guidance. It can be adjusted to fit any slot
from 5/8" to 7/8", providing a play free fit
that is extremely accurate and smooth. The Smart Bar on
A-Line-It is designed to fit only one size of miter slot
(3/4"). The soft aluminum bar and tips of the ball
plungers wear easily against the cast iron side of the
miter slot .
The base on
TS-Aligner Jr. provides a great deal of stability.
A-Line-It's Alignment Bar is only 3/4" wide and
requires the Levelers to prevent rocking.
The Cross Bar on TS-Aligner Jr. is eight inches long. It
can be adjusted horizontally into any position and locked
in place securely. This allows you to adjust the position
of the dial indicator for a variety of needs. The
Mounting Bar that holds the dial indicator on A-Line-It
adjusts horizontally in one inch increments using
individual holes. In order to change the horizontal
position of the dial indicator, the screw must be removed
from it's current hole and placed in another hole.
Using the Upright Bar, TS-Aligner Jr. can be easily
configured as a height gage. The dial indicator can
easily positioned anywhere along it's five inch length.
This allows the dial indicator to be used to measure
objects with a height of more than one inch (full travel
of the dial indicator). A-Line-It allows the dial
indicator to be mounted in only five different positions
- each one inch apart.
TS-Aligner Jr. comes with an extensive 44 page
printed manual full of photos and illustrations.
My A-Line-It came with 6 photocopied pages (double sided)
illustrated with hand drawn graphics.
The video helps to give you a quick understanding of
TS-Aligner Jr. and how it is used to align machinery.
There is also a video included with A-Line-It. It
demonstrates a few simple A-Line-It operations but spends
most of the time discussing tables saw renovation including
the installation of grease fittings.
included with TS-Aligner Jr. but not available for
This feature allows measurements to be made very close to
the table surface (about 1/4"), enhancing the
accuracy of blade alignment and making precise
adjustments to the miter gauge much easier. In order to make
measurements close to the table surface, the dial indicator on A-Line-It
must be tilted down, introducing significant error in measurements. An offset bar is not available.
utilizes basic one inch trigonometry to measure angles
accuracy. It's a
unique feature only found on TS-Aligner Jr (both Deluxe
and Lite versions). No such angle measurement device is available
TS-Aligner uses the dial indicator in conjunction with
the Angle Attachment Gage in two methods for measuring angles.
It takes advantage of basic trigonometry to achieve remarkable accuracy. A tangent table is included to
translate dial indicator readings to angular
measurements. Optional angle blocks and can be used to
further increase accuracy and ease of use. This degree of
accuracy is necessary for cutting precise, tight fitting
miter joints without the need for test cuts. A-Line-It
has no means to measure angles.
polystyrene storage case with a custom die cut foam interior is an
optional accessory ($40.35) for TS-Aligner Jr.
A storage case is not available for A-Line-It.
While very well
made, the A-Line-It seems rather pricey for a product that does nothing
more than the dial indicator on a stick. I ran across the following web site describing
how to make your own wooden dial indicator jig, which has a striking
resemblance to A-Line-It. Instructions on its use are included.
If all you need is table saw blade and fence alignment, this just might
be your best solution!
A-Line-It is a
Trademark of In-Line Industries.
February 05, 2009.