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Forum topic by rockom posted 03-29-2010 09:18 PM 1126 views 1 time favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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rockom

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03-29-2010 09:18 PM

Hello,

I’m looking for a miter gauge for my Unisaw. I’ve never had one (that’s another story) so I need to order one. The stock unit is about $90 for original equip (USA). and about $50 for an import.

My question is if I’m going to spend $50~$90 +s/h, what else is out their? I don’t mind paying a little more for something nicer.

Any suggestions?

Thanks,
-Rocko

-- -> Malta, IL -<


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dbhost

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#1 posted 03-29-2010 09:27 PM

The two that spring to mind are the Incra V27, and Incra 1000SE. The 1000SE is a few bucks more, but not badly higher… I have the V27 and use it with my router table and band saw.. Really like it.

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#2 posted 03-29-2010 09:36 PM

I just got the Osborne EB-3 and LOVE it. I would not go back to using a standard protractor if you paid me. You can get one for 119.95 and free shipping at current.

http://www.shop.osbornemfg.com/?gclid=CPruy8XZ3qACFVk65QodETMuAQ

I was between this and the Incra 1000SE but for this price and I am so glad I got it. Came out of the box dead accurate and is hefty enough to use for all the cross cuts I have been doing without using a sled. It also extends to 40” out for sheet goods or long cuts.

I just reread this and realize that I kind of sound like a shill—I am not, I just love my new toy. :)

-- You may delay, but time will not. --Ben Franklin

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#3 posted 03-29-2010 09:55 PM

Ditto the Osborne recommendation. I love it.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 03-29-2010 10:44 PM

Get the Osborne, there is no better!

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#5 posted 03-29-2010 10:57 PM

ditto with the last 3 guys .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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coloradoclimber

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#6 posted 03-29-2010 11:19 PM

I’ve not used the Osborne but I have multiple Incra tools, 1000SE, 5000 sled, LS positioner, rules, they make good stuff.

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#7 posted 03-29-2010 11:27 PM

I have the Incra V-27. For the cost, it is hard to beat. My only complaints have been 1) the bar that rides in the slots on your table saw is kind of short, 3) no stock support fence, and 3) it is kind of difficult to set to odd angles such as the 48.5 degree angle I was trying to cut last night. That Osborne tool looks pretty nice. I may have to get one of those and relegate my Incra to the band saw or some other tool.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#8 posted 03-29-2010 11:49 PM

Let me join the Osborne chorus. In my case, I used an Incra for many years but I became very frustrated with its inability to stay true. It reached the point that I had to check it for square every time I used it.

I switched to the Osborne and I am in miter gauge heaven. The phrase “dead on accurate” is like music to my ears.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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jhannum

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#9 posted 03-29-2010 11:59 PM

I too have an Osborne, and will never switch to anything else again.

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rockom

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#10 posted 03-30-2010 01:39 AM

Now that’s what I’m talking about! Thanks to all for your replies.

I’ve heard of Incra but not Osborne. This is exactly why I posted. To find out if some other contender was available. I’ll check out all the options posted and I’m certain I’ll have a fine gauge in the end. Please continue to make suggestions. I’m still shopping.

Thanks again,
-Rocko.

-- -> Malta, IL -<

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Les Casteel

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#11 posted 03-30-2010 02:59 AM

I own two INCRA’s that lay in a drawer….when I bought an Osborne. Now I have two one for the left of blade and one for the right.

-- Les, Arkansas, www.woodthatrocks.com

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#12 posted 03-30-2010 03:14 AM

I bought my Incra 1000HD on sale for something like $120. It was spot on right out of the box and has remained true ever since. It works so well that my miter saw has been relegated to rough cutting long boards to length.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#13 posted 03-30-2010 04:57 AM

Another vote for Osborne

-- Joe

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#14 posted 03-30-2010 05:05 AM

I love my 1000SE, and … having neither SEEN NOR USED an Osborne … I can say with complete confidence that my Incra is a FAR better miter gauge LOL!

Seriously … all I’ve heard and read matches what we’re seeing, here: both companies make excellent products.

-- -- Neil

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#15 posted 04-01-2010 06:18 AM

(Heavenly music in background) O-S-B-O-U-R-N-E All the way! Spend the extra money you save vs. the Incra for a much needed tool for the shop….Rand… My two bucks worth, no measly 2 cents here.

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