|Review by mcase||posted 03-25-2012 12:41 AM||7024 views||1 time favorited||16 comments|
Let me start by saying that I am very pleased with the results of this miter gauge. The cuts it produces are consistently great. I check them against a Mitatoyo machinist square and they are dead on. They are far, far more accurate and consistent then those produced by my Bosch slider. There are however some limitations and problems which I will explain in detail so my fellow LJs will know just what to expect. I bought the Incra 1000 SE about three months ago. The Incra 1000 SE comes with a telescoping fence and a flip stop integrated with the usual Incra toothed locking arrangement. The manufacturer claims it can telescope out to 31” though with the stop in place its capacity is really 30”. It has forty one indexed stops and a vernier scale that allows for 1/10 degree increment adjustments. I employ it on a an Industrial SS with a 53” fence and right side extension table. I do all my crosscutting on the right of the blade anyway, so I set my Incra up for right side cuts. I mention this for two reasons. One, for this or any other miter gauge to really produce accurate results your table saw must have well machined miter slots. It would probably be a waste of money to buy the Incra in the hope of getting accurate results on a saw with a cast aluminum table. The second reason has to do with one the Incra’s limitations. The telescoping fence has a tendency to drop down when its on the further end of its extension. This is not an issue when cutting on the right and its supported by an extension table. If you are going to cut on the left as most people do it count on having to leave at least two and possible three inches unextended. This puts a real limit on its usefulness so that if you cutting on the left it would probably be better to skip the telescoping feature and buy one of the Incra gauges with a simple long non-telesoping fence. The second limitation has to do with the slick grooved aluminum fence. Its grooved for a reason having to do with accurately using the stop with sharp pointed miters, but it effectively precludes attaching an abrasive surface. The result is that when you use the fence without the flip stop there is a tendency for the work piece to slip away from the blade. No problem if your cut is under 30” and you can use the stop. However, you have to really watch the slipping with longer stock. I should point out that I like the cuts this thing gives me so much that I ordered the 49” telescoping fence ($65.00) so now I’m good out to 48”. One final issue has to do with the bracket that holds the fence to the miter gauge. The bracket is NOT bent at a true right angle. The company makes light of this in their directions suggesting that you “might” consider shimming it to true with paper. Shimming with paper my A—! And believe me you DO have to shim it. With all the Incra hype about accuracy I was really put off by this and almost returned it to the store. I’m glad I didn’t, but it was close. Anyway I took some aluminum shim stock and spent an hour of trial and error truing it up. Once It was shimmed true the rest on the set up was a breeze. So to sum up: One – expect it to droop without support (either go with a different Incra non-extending fence or use it over an extesnion table). Two – To get really consistent results on longer stock count on spending another $65.00 for the longer fence. Three – expect to be shimming the bracket. So LJs I’m into it for more money than I planned and I had to do part of Incra’s job for them, but I have never had such perfect cross cuts.