|Forum topic by HokieKen||posted 08-10-2016 12:55 PM||639 views||0 times favorited||25 replies|
08-10-2016 12:55 PM
Okay guys, help me decide!
I’m a firm believer in my crosscut sled but, there have been many times lately when I’ve thought “I wish I just had a decent miter gauge to make these cuts”. So those moments combined with some gift cards I got for my birthday have led me to “splurge” on a good miter gauge.
Here’s what I want it for:
-beveled cross cuts
I’ve narrowed it down to the Osborne EB-3 or the Incra 1000SE. The cost is pretty much the same, $135 for the Incra vs $140 for the Osborne. But, I have no experience with either and no experience with miter gauges other than the cheap plastic ones. Both gauges have adjustable bars and both have extendable fences with flip stops. Both have good reputations and I like the angle setting mechanics on both. I like the Incra fence but the Osborne looks pretty nice too. It seems like the Osborne may be superior for long pieces because the extender supports the extreme end so I would think it would be more rigid. If it weren’t for that, I’d have already bought the Incra. I’d like the option to make jigs for things like box joints that can be mounted on the gauge or to use an auxillary fence for zero-clearance at the exit when needed. That’s easy with the Incra but appears to be difficult at best with the Osborne.
I’m torn! So if you own, or have owned, one of these, what’s your opinion? If you were going to buy one which one would you buy and why? And, if there’s another one I’m leaving out, feel free to suggest it but, I’ve done a lot of research and have settled down to these 2. I’ve looked at the Kreg but I don’t feel like the angle-setting precision or the “slop” adjustment justify the price and I’ve looked at some gauges without fences but I feel like getting a quality precise fence with the gauge justifies the added cost.
-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!