Miter gauge question, Incra -VS- Osborne

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Forum topic by indychip posted 09-26-2014 05:45 PM 3255 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-26-2014 05:45 PM

I need a new miter gauge for my table saw [R4512]. I see Rockler has the Incra 1000HD on sale right now for $119. I believe normal price is $179, so thats a heck of deal. Now, I hear that the Osborne Miter Gauge could be better, and the every day price is $119. So my question, for $119 which way should I go? Thanks

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#1 posted 09-26-2014 05:46 PM

I have an Osborne and love it. I have used the incra, but like the fence better on the Osborne.

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#2 posted 09-26-2014 06:09 PM

I have the Incra, but I use plywood sacrificial fences. Works great, and dead-on accurate.

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#3 posted 09-26-2014 06:30 PM

Incra 1000 SE here.

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#4 posted 09-26-2014 07:01 PM

ANY Miter gauge is an improvement over the SLOP they call the Ridgid 4512 Miter Gauge. I just got the INCRA V27, now this is gunna upset you …

The incra miter gauge adjustment screws are hard as hell to turn and when I got the INCRA nice and tight the adjustment screws were bottomed out on my R4512, so I hope the nylon rollers hold up for a long time. DO NOT try to adjust the screws JUST WITH THE tiny tiny tiny allen wrench they send with it. There are two ways to do it without stripping the adjustment screws.

1) Use a hair dryer to heat them up so they will expand easier or the way I did it…

2) Use a tiny screw driver it chisel or other device the place into the nylon rollers SLOT and twist it to expand the nylon roller THEN tighten the screw!

Or you will strip the allen screw trying to tighten it.

ALSO And this will PIZZ you off, and now you and I now know WHY the Ridgid Miter gauge is so loose….

After you get your new Miter gauge dialed in on your R4512 say in the middle of the miter slot, see if you can pull it out the front or see if you can push it out the back….

Don’t want to exit or enter the SLOT does it.

I think the Chinese political PRISONER MILLING THE MITER SLOT THAT DAY had been in the Opium or Rice Wine that day, at least on mine anyways.

-- Rich

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#5 posted 09-26-2014 07:11 PM

I own a few Incra products and I love them.
The exception is the Osborne EB3 miter gauge. I find it easier to use, adjust, and store.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#6 posted 09-26-2014 07:31 PM

Never used the Osborne so I can’t saw which is better. I have the Incra 1000HD and couldn’t be happier. It is extremely easy to use and dead on accurate.

-- Earl

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#7 posted 09-26-2014 07:32 PM

+1 for Incra.

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#8 posted 09-26-2014 07:35 PM

Can’t compare them, but the Osborne is awesome.

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#9 posted 09-26-2014 08:15 PM

I have the osborne, love it.

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#10 posted 09-26-2014 11:49 PM

Both are great. I have the Incra 1000HD and love it. It is NOT tool-less for adjustments like what I have seen with the Osbourne, but the positioning system is awesome and I find, far more repeatable than its competition. That was enough to sway me towards the Incra.

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#11 posted 09-27-2014 12:18 AM

I’ve heard great reviews on both. I cannot speak to the Osborne, but I do have the 1000hd. It’s top notch and I’ve had it for 10 years. Back when I was looking to get mine, the item that put me over the top for the Incra was the fine adjustment. I can adjust the stops, by a thou. Great for cutting miters. I’ve zeroed in to perfect miters using that. The other feature is the vernier gauge. You can get your angles perfect. Funny that price you mention is what I paid for it.

You probably won’t go wrong with either. It just depends on the features you want.

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#12 posted 09-27-2014 12:23 AM

Plus another for INCRA but have hear great things about the Osbourne, really can’t go wrong either way…BC

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#13 posted 09-27-2014 01:55 AM

I have the kreg miter gauge. I find accurate and easy to use. I like the flip stop. I have seen the other two and they are nice. So no matter which you choose it is an improvement on the stock miter gauge.

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#14 posted 09-27-2014 02:03 AM

Osborne ^

Incra1000 hd ^

HTH Good luck now.

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#15 posted 09-27-2014 10:13 AM

It’s going to be a matter of opinion….both are very good gauges. The Osborne has a support arm and is more rigid, but is a bit more cumbersome. The Incra is easier to adjust in tiny increments IMO. I’d have to say I grab for the Osborne most often.

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