Incra Miter Gauge - so many to choose from?

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Forum topic by controlfreak posted 08-13-2019 01:41 PM 734 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-13-2019 01:41 PM

Now that someone has put a bug in my ear about moving my chop saw out of my shop to save space I am in need of a better miter gauge. Incra seems to be the gold standard but can get a bit pricey. So I thought I would ask for a recommendation.

I have a crappy TS, a Kobalt jobsite model. I need to be able to roll it outside for cutting long boards or for just more room to work. Existing gauge is not usable but I have a crosscut sled. What Incra gauge would be a good investment but not overkill for my limited TS?

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#1 posted 08-13-2019 02:18 PM

Maybe the V 27 is what you’re looking for. It’s like the entry level miter gauge. It could always be used for the bandsaw or incorporated into a jig if you move up.

They’re all good, decide what’s best for yourself. I have the 1000HD in a Miter Express.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#2 posted 08-13-2019 02:27 PM

One of the prevailing schools of thought is buy a tool which will do what you need and don’t overspend. Considering the model of TS you have I would recommend the V27 or V120. Either of these will put you light years ahead of what the gauge you are currently using. The other school of thought (the one I at times am a student of) is to get the best tool you can afford. The beauty of a miter gauge is you can put it on almost any brand of TS or BS. You can also incorporate it into an Incra sled such as a Miter Express.

Such is the case in my case. I purchased a 1000SE for a 20 year old Jet TS because I know I will be upgrading to a Sawstop as soon as my budget will allow.

Here is a link to Incra miter gauges:

-- measure 3 times, cut once

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#3 posted 08-13-2019 02:32 PM

I Have the 1000 SE, and it has done all I’ve needed.

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#4 posted 08-13-2019 03:06 PM

I got the V27. Basically I put it on my list for a Christmas swap because it was just within the spending limit. It works ok. But for table saw use its severely lacking. Cutting depth alone due to shorter bar makes it more for a bandsaw or router table in my opinion. As someone else mentioned, buy the tool once that will do everything you may need to do in the future, instead of buying something twice. Its like $40 more for the 1000HD.

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#5 posted 08-13-2019 03:39 PM

Personally I would get a more standard robust miter gauge, if I was going to be rolling the saw outside/inside and such. I have an incra 1000 miter gauge, great gauge, but I would be afraid what could happen it I dropped it…. are you really going to need that accuracy on a “crappy saw”. Also you need a tool to work the Incra, how long before you lose it moving the saw in and out…. I would for sure. The incra is a good investment if you are planning an upgrade in the not too distant future, but if not, well there are cheaper, more hardy miter gauges that hold a piece of wood accurately. Just my opinion.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#6 posted 08-13-2019 05:00 PM

I believe you are right PaulDoug. As I have been doing some research I see several reports of people bumping their Incra gauge and trashing it. I think getting a good and durable miter gauge is what my saw needs now vs later. I can always move it to a router table or band saw down the road. At $50 I think I may go with the Precision Miter gauge by Fulton. It seems to have good reviews combined with the accuracy and durability I can use now.

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#7 posted 08-13-2019 07:09 PM

At $50 I think I may go with the Precision Miter gauge by Fulton. It seems to have good reviews combined with the accuracy and durability I can use now.

- controlfreak

That looks like a good choice. Screw an auxiliary fence to it and cut it flush with the saw blade. That way you can cut to a mark. Also, there are some good aftermarket fences with stops that are invaluable for making repeat cuts for things like face frames, etc.

-- My grandfather always said that when one door closes, another one opens. He was a wonderful man, but a lousy cabinet maker

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#8 posted 08-13-2019 10:06 PM

Now that someone has put a bug in my ear…
- controlfreak

Lol, I’m pretty sure I’m the one that put that bug in your ear in a different thread about miter saws!

I really like my Incra and don’t regret spending the money on it. But I have a big cabinet saw that doesn’t move. Can’t speak to the Fulton, but it looks like it would work and I would definitely stick a piece of MDF on there as an Aux fence.

-- Tyler - Central TX

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#9 posted 08-14-2019 12:14 AM

I can make $50 disappear. $199 to $299 not so much. After getting the DW735X last week I am picking my battles very carefully right now. Was ready to pull the trigger but I thought about my wife in the next office (we live and work together) with my email open and just didn’t think I could laugh off the WTF when the order confirmation came in. Seeing as I really won’t get a lot of shop time in over the next week I made a wise call to postpone.

When I was into cigars it was very similar, I had a bad case of ODO. AKA Order Dis Order. Now there is always a tool I want.

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#10 posted 08-14-2019 12:37 AM

I really like my Incra 5000 sled. Only cross cut sled I have and it can handle big/long and small. I downloaded designs to make my own cross cut sleds, however I always needed to build other projects and the sled took less priority. Saw the wood whisperer talk about it and decided to buy instead of make. Had it dialed in for mitered cuts very quickly after assembly. Because of its capabilities, I think this is only sled I will ever need.

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