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tool_junkie

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09-07-2011 04:44 PM

It is time for me to upgrade my miter gauge on my old Craftsman TS. I never liked the stock miter gauge anyways.

Rockler has Incra V120 miter gauge on sale for $49.99.
http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?Offerings_ID=21444&max=999

I am debating whether I should buy the Incra gauge or just build a cross cut sled? I think with cross cut sled, I would have to make it such that I can also make angled cuts on it, right?

What are the pros and cons of one over the other? If you were to make a choice, what would you choose?

Thanks!


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getlostinwood

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#1 posted 09-07-2011 04:54 PM

Buy two incras and I’ll build you a sled in trade for one of them.

-- The basis for optimism is shear terror

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#2 posted 09-07-2011 05:15 PM

Both.You can’t cut wide pieces with a miter gauge.The miter gauge will rock if pushed too far back.I use my Incra for anything under 12” wide and a sled for anything wider.Also make sure that the Incra will fit your saw because many Craftsmans had nonstandard miter slots

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Rick Dennington

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#3 posted 09-07-2011 05:42 PM

I can’t tell you anything at all about the Incra system, cause I’ve never had one, and probably won’t. I’m guess I’m just old school, but see no need for it for my use….But….I can tell you that I have 3 crosscut sleds in different sizes, and each has a purpose. I also have 2 different size panel cutters…same thing here. Cross cut sleds are very accurate when set up right… If you build a couple, you’ll wonder how you ever did without them. They are very popular here on LJs, and some of the guys get really fancy with them…..But they all do the same thing..it’s just a matter of which ones you need…..especially if you build furniture or cabinets, etc….

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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rowdy

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#4 posted 09-07-2011 05:46 PM

I have a V120 that I like very much. But I agree with CessnaPilot, you really need both.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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tool_junkie

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#5 posted 09-07-2011 05:55 PM

Good info guys! I think I will buy the Incra if it fits in the miter slot of my TS which is 0.745” wide.

Anybody here used this gauge with Craftsman TS?

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#6 posted 09-07-2011 06:10 PM

If you are truly a tool junkie you’ll want an Incra Miter 5000!

By the way, the specs on the V120 say accommodates slot widths between 0.740” to 0.760”. So I think you are good.

-- Greg D.

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747DRVR

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#7 posted 09-07-2011 06:11 PM

It will fit some CM saws such as the zipcode hybrids but will not fit mostl

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#8 posted 09-07-2011 06:30 PM

I have the Incra V27 on my Craftsman #81233. I really like the Incra products. I also have a sled for fixed and wide cuts.

On a side note, I kept my original craftsman miter guage and sometimes use them both in tandem. I clamp a good straight board between the two guages to serve as a fence and use this to stabilize long boards for cross cutting. The two guages tied together like this are not as likely to rack as easily as one guage alone.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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#9 posted 09-07-2011 07:43 PM

I’d get the Incra miter gauge…AND…their Miter Express. The gauge drops into the Express and gives sled capabilities up to 24” crosscuts. I have both…very slick. Some would argue to build it, but sometimes my time is worth more than money…a decision made much more simple when the choice is an Incra product.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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Jonathan

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#10 posted 09-07-2011 08:23 PM

I think you’ll find both useful, as per the reasons given above.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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DurocShark

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#11 posted 09-07-2011 08:39 PM

+1 for both

I use sleds for small parts cutting, and a v27 for everything else.

The gauge that came with my Cman 21833 is junk. It’s been hanging on my wall since I got it. The Incra is awesome, and I have the cheapie one!

-- -Don

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gfadvm

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#12 posted 09-08-2011 04:24 AM

I built the “Super Sled” and have used it to cut large and small pieces as well as odd angles. The hold down slots allow you to clamp a guide/fence to cut any angle. I have been very pleased with my sled and it was inexpensive and fun to build.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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tool_junkie

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#13 posted 09-09-2011 12:51 AM

I went ahead and ordered the V120. Will also build a cross cut sled soon.

Thanks for all your advice gentlemen.

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MashMaster

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#14 posted 09-09-2011 03:59 AM

buy the miter gauge and built a sled!

A sled is useful because the material moves with the table and has zero friction.

-- - Dave ; Austin, TX

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tool_junkie

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#15 posted 09-09-2011 04:03 AM

getlostinwood: How about I get you a V120 in trade for a cheap yet fully functional cabinet saw? ;) (jk)

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