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Forum topic by HokieKen posted 08-10-2016 12:55 PM 602 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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HokieKen

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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
-cross cuts with dado blade
-mitered cross cuts with long pieces
-use on router table when coping sled isn’t practical

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!!!


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johnstoneb

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#1 posted 08-10-2016 01:06 PM

I have the Incra and it has been great. once setup it is very accurate. the directions for setup were very clear. Just finished some frames for my daughter and the miters were the tightest I have ever done.
Her’s a link.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/244346

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Fred Hargis

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#2 posted 08-10-2016 01:35 PM

I also have an Incra and really like it. I considered the Osborne, but going from the left to right miter slot was a bit mor work with it.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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HokieKen

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#3 posted 08-10-2016 01:41 PM



I have the Incra and it has been great. once setup it is very accurate. the directions for setup were very clear. Just finished some frames for my daughter and the miters were the tightest I have ever done.
Her s a link.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/244346

- johnstoneb

Thanks Bruce. Beautiful frames! I’m leaning heavily toward the Incra, I just REALLY like the fence.


I also have an Incra and really like it. I considered the Osborne, but going from the left to right miter slot was a bit mor work with it.

- Fred Hargis

Hadn’t even factored that in! Great point Fred. I can definitely see the need for being able to use both slots. Another + for the Incra.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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OggieOglethorpe

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#4 posted 08-10-2016 01:47 PM

I like the Incra heads, but their pretty anodized stops and fences stink… I also use sleds for 90 degree cuts, the miter gauges are for other stuff.

My current favorite setup is to buy only bare Incra head that has all the notches (1000 or V120?), not the cheapest version with only a few choices, and add my own throwaway consumable MDF fence. You can move it back and forth and make new mounting screw holes to get more mileage before the toss. With a fresh kerf in the fence, you’ll always know exactly where the cut is going to land.

I either clamp stops to the MDF fence with a 6” Bessey that lives at the saw, or use a stand-off block on the rip fence for multiple cuts.

The reason I hate the Incra fences and accessories is because I prefer my adjustments as tool-free as possible, I find the fence too thick for shop-made implements, especially if you add a consumable zero-clearance face, and the stops are simply stupid the way they work. You can’t trust any of the fence measurement markings, as the indicator is movable. They’re also overpriced. If you have a SawStop like I do, there’s also the conductivity issue waiting in the shadows.

I’ve also used all the other popular choices in other shops, and I still like the Incra / shop made fence. I even keep a pair mated to a plywood rail for dual-runner implements.

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ScottM

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#5 posted 08-10-2016 01:55 PM

I just ordered the Incra 1000HD yesterday! Just got tired of fighting a losing battle with a wobbly miter gauge that won’t stay fixed at the set angle. Interested in the opinions as well.

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Woodchuck2010

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#6 posted 08-10-2016 02:06 PM

I’ve been very happy with the Kreg. I liked their bandsaw fence so much, so I bought the miter.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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lew

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#7 posted 08-10-2016 02:11 PM

I’ve been using this one. Very accurate.

https://www.woodhaven.com/collections/miter-gauges-accessories/products/woodhaven-4910-deluxe-miter-gauge

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Notw

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#8 posted 08-10-2016 02:41 PM

I have an Incra V120 and have been very pleased with it, I’m thinking about going back and buying their fence to go along with it.

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MadMark

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#9 posted 08-10-2016 02:44 PM

Incra
Miter1000 miter gauge

Notice the notches instead of just markings as in the previous post. No guessing. There is also a 1/2° vernier.

The incra rule comes with the incra fence that is ultra precise for crosscuts. It locks to the nearest 1/32” +-0.002” EVERY TIME!

Buy Incra – you will not be disappointed.

M

-- Madmark - Madmark2150@yahoo.com Wiretreefarm.com

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Bill White

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#10 posted 08-10-2016 03:02 PM

Incra 1000SE in my shop. Glad that it was the one I chose.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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Redoak49

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#11 posted 08-10-2016 03:18 PM

I have the Incra 1000 SE and very happy with it. It is accurate and easy to adjust so tight in slot.

I think either are quality ones. I think it ends up being personal preference. Too bad you can not try both out too see how they feel.

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waho6o9

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#12 posted 08-10-2016 03:21 PM

I like my Incra because the cuts are accurate and repeatable. Miters with no gaps

make a nice frame. :)

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pintodeluxe

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#13 posted 08-10-2016 03:46 PM

1+ with Oggie, I like the Incra by itself, with a sacrificial fence.

The aluminum can’t back up a cut like plywood or MDF can. It’s so important to back up the cut to prevent chipout.

If I need to make repeatable cuts, I just use my crosscut sled with a stop block.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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HokieKen

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#14 posted 08-10-2016 04:18 PM

Thanks all! You basically confirmed the decision I’d pretty much already made. I’m gonna order the Incra now :) Woo-Hoo, new toy!!!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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distrbd

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#15 posted 08-10-2016 04:38 PM

I have Incra V27 but if I had to shop for a one all over again I would pick Incra 1000HD,the reason for it is, I sometimes need the 1 degree or half degree increments for different projects.

The V27 got me very frustrated when I was trying make a few compound cuts that were in 1/2° like 27.5° ,that was when I wish I had splurged a bit more and got the 1000HD.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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