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Which miter gauge??

by HokieKen
posted 08-10-2016 12:55 PM


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johnstoneb

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#1 posted 08-10-2016 01:06 PM

I have the Incra and it has been great. once setup it is very accurate. the directions for setup were very clear. Just finished some frames for my daughter and the miters were the tightest I have ever done.
Her’s a link.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/244346

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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Fred Hargis

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#2 posted 08-10-2016 01:35 PM

I also have an Incra and really like it. I considered the Osborne, but going from the left to right miter slot was a bit mor work with it.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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HokieKen

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#3 posted 08-10-2016 01:41 PM



I have the Incra and it has been great. once setup it is very accurate. the directions for setup were very clear. Just finished some frames for my daughter and the miters were the tightest I have ever done.
Her s a link.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/244346

- johnstoneb

Thanks Bruce. Beautiful frames! I’m leaning heavily toward the Incra, I just REALLY like the fence.


I also have an Incra and really like it. I considered the Osborne, but going from the left to right miter slot was a bit mor work with it.

- Fred Hargis

Hadn’t even factored that in! Great point Fred. I can definitely see the need for being able to use both slots. Another + for the Incra.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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OggieOglethorpe

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#4 posted 08-10-2016 01:47 PM

I like the Incra heads, but their pretty anodized stops and fences stink… I also use sleds for 90 degree cuts, the miter gauges are for other stuff.

My current favorite setup is to buy only bare Incra head that has all the notches (1000 or V120?), not the cheapest version with only a few choices, and add my own throwaway consumable MDF fence. You can move it back and forth and make new mounting screw holes to get more mileage before the toss. With a fresh kerf in the fence, you’ll always know exactly where the cut is going to land.

I either clamp stops to the MDF fence with a 6” Bessey that lives at the saw, or use a stand-off block on the rip fence for multiple cuts.

The reason I hate the Incra fences and accessories is because I prefer my adjustments as tool-free as possible, I find the fence too thick for shop-made implements, especially if you add a consumable zero-clearance face, and the stops are simply stupid the way they work. You can’t trust any of the fence measurement markings, as the indicator is movable. They’re also overpriced. If you have a SawStop like I do, there’s also the conductivity issue waiting in the shadows.

I’ve also used all the other popular choices in other shops, and I still like the Incra / shop made fence. I even keep a pair mated to a plywood rail for dual-runner implements.

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ScottM

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#5 posted 08-10-2016 01:55 PM

I just ordered the Incra 1000HD yesterday! Just got tired of fighting a losing battle with a wobbly miter gauge that won’t stay fixed at the set angle. Interested in the opinions as well.

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Woodchuck2010

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#6 posted 08-10-2016 02:06 PM

I’ve been very happy with the Kreg. I liked their bandsaw fence so much, so I bought the miter.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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lew

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#7 posted 08-10-2016 02:11 PM

I’ve been using this one. Very accurate.

https://www.woodhaven.com/collections/miter-gauges-accessories/products/woodhaven-4910-deluxe-miter-gauge

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Notw

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#8 posted 08-10-2016 02:41 PM

I have an Incra V120 and have been very pleased with it, I’m thinking about going back and buying their fence to go along with it.

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MadMark

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#9 posted 08-10-2016 02:44 PM

Incra
Miter1000 miter gauge

Notice the notches instead of just markings as in the previous post. No guessing. There is also a 1/2° vernier.

The incra rule comes with the incra fence that is ultra precise for crosscuts. It locks to the nearest 1/32” +-0.002” EVERY TIME!

Buy Incra – you will not be disappointed.

M

-- Madmark - [email protected] Wiretreefarm.com

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Bill White

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#10 posted 08-10-2016 03:02 PM

Incra 1000SE in my shop. Glad that it was the one I chose.
Bill

-- [email protected]

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Redoak49

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#11 posted 08-10-2016 03:18 PM

I have the Incra 1000 SE and very happy with it. It is accurate and easy to adjust so tight in slot.

I think either are quality ones. I think it ends up being personal preference. Too bad you can not try both out too see how they feel.

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waho6o9

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#12 posted 08-10-2016 03:21 PM

I like my Incra because the cuts are accurate and repeatable. Miters with no gaps

make a nice frame. :)

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pintodeluxe

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#13 posted 08-10-2016 03:46 PM

1+ with Oggie, I like the Incra by itself, with a sacrificial fence.

The aluminum can’t back up a cut like plywood or MDF can. It’s so important to back up the cut to prevent chipout.

If I need to make repeatable cuts, I just use my crosscut sled with a stop block.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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HokieKen

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#14 posted 08-10-2016 04:18 PM

Thanks all! You basically confirmed the decision I’d pretty much already made. I’m gonna order the Incra now :) Woo-Hoo, new toy!!!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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distrbd

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#15 posted 08-10-2016 04:38 PM

I have Incra V27 but if I had to shop for a one all over again I would pick Incra 1000HD,the reason for it is, I sometimes need the 1 degree or half degree increments for different projects.

The V27 got me very frustrated when I was trying make a few compound cuts that were in 1/2° like 27.5° ,that was when I wish I had splurged a bit more and got the 1000HD.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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HokieKen

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#16 posted 08-10-2016 04:46 PM



I have Incra V27 but if I had to shop for a one all over again I would pick Incra 1000HD,the reason for it is, I sometimes need the 1 degree or half degree increments for different projects. The V27 got me very frustrated when I was trying make a few compound cuts that were in 1/2° like 27.5° ,that was when I wish I had splurged a bit more and got the 1000HD.

- distrbd

Yeah, I considered it. If it was another $20, I would have but it’s an extra $60 and I just can’t justify that much. I don’t recall ever needing that much precision and if I do, I always end up tuning the fit with a block plane anyway. Of course since I just ordered it and just said that, I’ll need to batch out 45 boards mitered to 27.5 degrees this weekend. ;-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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bonesbr549

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#17 posted 08-10-2016 05:53 PM

I’ve had my Incra for a loooooong time. Dead on the money and vernier scale. Can’t go wrong.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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Andy Ponder

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#18 posted 08-10-2016 06:17 PM

I got the Incra 1000HD a couple of weeks a go from Rockler when it was on sale for $129.99. Set up was easy and have only used it a few times, but so far I like it.

-- AP--I thought growing old would take longer.

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ScottM

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#19 posted 08-10-2016 06:23 PM



I got the Incra 1000HD a couple of weeks a go from Rockler when it was on sale for $129.99. Set up was easy and have only used it a few times, but so far I like it.

I saw that deal too, but it had a “sold out” wait time of sometime in September and I didn’t want to wait. I went back to look a couple of days later and it was back to normal price but still oversold…. So I just went to Amazon. Can’t beat the two day shipping.

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clin

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#20 posted 08-10-2016 06:23 PM

I have the Osborne. Works well. Only issue I have is that you have to set it up for left or right. I’ve never changed it, because it has never been worth the effort. But I since I use my sled 99.9% of the time, I don’t care.

I do know that if I were using the Osborne daily, I’d feel the need to get two, so I’d have a righty and lefty ready to go.

No idea how easy it is to switch the Incra from left to right.

-- Clin

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splintergroup

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#21 posted 08-10-2016 07:35 PM

I’m with Oggie.

I have the Incra and the head is fantastic. Actually the only complaint is the miter bar. I have a Delta TS and they are notorious for over-wide miter slots. The adjustments on the Incra bar are just too few and far between so often with crosscutting wider boards, the bar will shift as it transitions from two to three of the adjusters in the slot. I fixed this by adding spring loaded screws through the bar, but really, why can’t they just offer a bar that is extra-wide, it’s not like Deltas are rare or anything….

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brtech

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#22 posted 08-10-2016 08:49 PM

I have the Osborne and I like it a lot. It’s a lot beefier than the Incra in the mechanism that sets and holds the angle.
The triangle is SOLID. I’ve never used the Incra, but the stamped steel mechanism didn’t seem as reliable when handling larger pieces compared to the Osborne. The whole Incra thing is that it dials into exact settings. If you are creating a piece from a plan, that sounds great. When you are dealing with real wood, it’s often more important that two angles match than they be exactly 33 1/2 degrees. You can set the Osborne, accurately, to any angle, not just 1/2 degree increments, and it will hold that setting against quite a bit of pressure as you push a larger part through the blade.

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HokieKen

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#23 posted 08-11-2016 01:20 AM

I have a feeling the Osborne is more rigid brtech. But, I don’t work with stuff too big and I have my sled when I do. I may have still gone with the Osborne if it had a fence with t-slots and was more readily ambidextreous. I appreciate the input though!

The 1000SE should be here Friday so I’ll give it a good workout this weekend and see how she drives.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Redoak49

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#24 posted 08-11-2016 11:07 AM

I attached a piece of Baltic Birch to the front of my 1000SE with a T-Track. I also have another baltic birch face with some fine sand paper on it. The face of the Incra is very slick.

On a side note, my Incra gauge contacted the blade on my Sawstop and the blade and cartridge are mounted on the wall near my saw. Ouch….

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HokieKen

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#25 posted 08-12-2016 02:44 AM

Well, my miter gauge came a day early:-). I really like the calibration of the rules with the stop. It’s much more precise than I expected. It only took 30 minutes to assemble, square it up and get the scales set right. Test cuts were dead square against my try square. I’ll make some real cuts this weekend to really try it out. Thanks for all the advice! I’m tickled pink so far.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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