Miter Saw or Miter gauge?

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Forum topic by KenBry posted 09-13-2011 10:51 PM 1590 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-13-2011 10:51 PM

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I have a dilemma I need a tool that will give me accurate miter cuts for my projects. I am considering either a sliding miter saw or an incra 5000 miter gauge (or similar) for my table saw.
I want a tool that will provide me with a high level of accuracy.
In a perfect world I would have both but for the moment I can only have 1 so I want to get the 1 tool that will work for me for a while.
I plan on making wooden boxes and a few tables for my first projects with this device. The tables will be coffee table and end tables. The boxes will be decorative small game boxes that I plan on making as gifts for family.
While I am certain there are good arguments for both I need to hear from you guys and give me your best reasons one way or the other. And any other options I Might have missed.

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#1 posted 09-13-2011 11:06 PM

choosing one over the other I think a sled is more versatile, takes less space, do not need a special work space setup for it, no additional power outlets/cables/dust collection, has a wider capacity, and generally making xcutting on the TS safer and easier.

I think the miter saw is great for longer (several feet long) boards that are harder to manage on the TS except with a really big sled (which is a challenge on its own).

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 09-13-2011 11:25 PM

I totally agree with PurpLev. I have several sleds I use for various applications.

I don’t use my Sliding Miter Saw for my boxes. I find a sled with the table saw set at 45° is much more accurate. Using hold down clamps in T-track, small pieces are safer to cut.


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#3 posted 09-13-2011 11:33 PM

I vote for the sled as well. Easy to work with, very accurate once dialed in. easy to use stops with. I make a lot of picture frames, couldn’t imagine doing it without one.

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#4 posted 09-14-2011 12:27 AM

The mechanisms on a sliding miter saw have more inherent slop than a good cast iron table saw.

Like Purplev, I only use my miter saw for really long boards that don’t fit well on the TS.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#5 posted 09-14-2011 12:33 AM

And the best part…It won’t cost you a thing. Just use scrap material!

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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#6 posted 09-14-2011 03:28 AM

Thanks folks, I appreciate the advice. I was leaning toward the sled to be honest. The price is much better than the miter saw.

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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