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Forum topic by RJweb posted 05-03-2016 03:23 AM 929 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-03-2016 03:23 AM

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I am looking at an incra miter gauge 1000se to use on a Sawstop saw, thought I would upgrade the stock gauge. My question is does anyone use it on Sawstop, I am concerned that it will trip the brake, thx RJ

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#1 posted 05-03-2016 03:24 AM

Only if you saw into it.

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#2 posted 05-03-2016 04:14 AM

No worries about tripping the break unless you let the metal parts touch the blade. But that goes for any metal guage or jig.

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#3 posted 05-03-2016 11:00 AM

I really like the 1000SE and use it on my Sawstop. I also have a blade embedded in a brake mounted next to my saw. I had made a 45 cut using the miter gauge and was not careful about repositioning it when I put it back to 90. My stupidity…..

I use a wood face on it now and much more careful. It is a good miter gauge.

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#4 posted 05-03-2016 11:08 AM

The aluminum fence on the SE is very easily adjustable left to right. Hence, it is very easy to adjust it so that it is far enough from the blade to be “safe”, and yet close enough to provide the needed support to your workpiece.

People have a tendency to “overthink” or excessively worry about metal coming into contact with the blade on a SS saw. In actual practice, it just isn’t a problem. Normal people have a natural inclination to keep metal away from an expensive wood working blade. Even with a “regular” saw, the woodworker needs to keep a watchful eye on tools/jigs/clamps, etc to keep them out of the path of the blade.

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#5 posted 05-03-2016 02:40 PM

I did the same thing as Redoak49 with th same result. Other than that episode I love my Incra miter gauge

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#6 posted 05-03-2016 04:01 PM

I’ve used a Incra 1000 for years on my Unisaw and have cut into the aluminum fence a number of time (by accident!) with no real harm done to my blades.

My only real gripe is Incra’s (and most other after market manufacturers) tendency to build for the lowest common denominator. It makes perfect business sense, but drives me nuts.

Case in point:

Many older Craftsman table saws have miter slots a few thousandths under 0.750”. Incra makes their miter bars a bit undersized so they will work with these saws. Many Deltas (including my Unisaw) have slots a tad over 0.750”

You can see my miter slot is 0.758” wide.

My Incra miter bar is 0.740” wide

This adds up to a bunch of slop!

To Incra’s credit, they do have a method to adjust for slop, only problem is it does not really work well for 0.018” of free play. There are only three adjustment points as well and this causes issues with the bar shifting around until all three are engaged into the miter slot.

I corrected this by drilling and installing a number of steel bearing tipped set screws that can be adjusted to take up the slop and still provide smooth operation..

Another problem is with a Bulldog feather board. Same problem, overly undersized miter bar. The bar locks into the slot by being forced to expand with a tapered head bolt and slotted bar. Getting the bar to expand the extra distance requires a lot of force on the locking knob.

The point of all this is to check you miter slot width and ask potential tool suppliers what their bar widths are and how they can be adjusted.

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