|Review by Don K.||posted 07-31-2009 12:09 AM||10624 views||5 times favorited||20 comments|
I know Schummie just did a review of this miter gauge yesterday….But I just got mine also…and thought I would tell you what I thought so far.
First this is a great miter gauge that came out of the box DEAD on accurate. It was extremely easy to assemble and adjust to my saw.
Second…other than saying how great it is and accurate it is (Which by the way I already said…lol) I figured I would show a few things.
The non skid tape they send covers the fence from front to back and top to bottom with a little that hangs over all the way around. (This pic shows a little dark) The directions say to apply the tape and to cut off the over hang with a utility knife..I will add this. I would recomend extending the sliding extension out about a 1/8 of a inch (There is still enough non-skid tape to cover everything)...this will allow you to take your utility knife and cut down between the bevel instead of “Feeling” for the angled slot. You can also see the flip down stop that is extremely well thought out.
In a few of the reviews I have read already…(Before I bought mine) I read where people kept losing the rubber O-rings that go into the locks that hold the slide together. When you assemble the fence….or after you do and you need to switch the fence from the left side of the blade to the right…you will need to remove two of these knobs….there is one on each end
IF you are holding the miter gauge in your hand and it is at a angle….a small wedge type lock and the O-ring will fall out…if you look in the pic of me holding the fence at a angle…you will see the lock and a O-ring laying on the bench that fell out.
And then remove the miter bar and handle while leaving the face flat down on your bench. As long as you don’t move the fence around…the locks will stay put where they need to be inside the slots (Locks can not be seen here…but are in slots beneath the hole you see here)
What I did after putting it all together is this….I took it back apart…and put a VERY small dab of rubber cement on the O-rings (There is one on both sides so you can put the extension on both sides and then lock it down) and then put the O-ring back onto the lock. (Miter guy AKA-David Osborne.. I hope this does not void the warranty !!! lol) I did not “Smear rubber glue all over it…but put just a small drop on it to keep the O-ring from falling off of the lock in the future…I used rubber cement that you use to repair a bicycle tire with.
They also send you a strip of “Slick Tape” to put on the bottom of the fence to help it slide across your table top with ease.
But not one on the back of the bar, Also in this pic you can see the “Expansion slots” that are in the miter bar…there are three of them, front, middle and back…once you have your bar in your table slots…you screw the allen screw up or down to “Expand” the width of the bar to take out all the play.
While adjusting my new gauge, and setting everything up….I noticed as I expanded the bar to take out all play…that it “Stuck” in a few places…this was not the bar…but discovered a few small “Burrs” in my miter slots on the saw. A small sanding block on its side wrapped in sand paper slid up and down the slots a few times smoothed everything out…and this thing fit like a glove.
-- Don S.E. OK