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Cato

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04-18-2012 11:05 AM

I have mostly used my miter saw for crosscutting, and the TS for ripping, but have recently been considering trying some miters and crosscuts on the TS.

I have read good things about the Incra miter gauges, but was suprised to find that many have to shim there Incra
1000SE, I think is the model I have been looking at, to get it square.

I also looked at the Kreg miter gauge, but overall the Incra even with the shimming issue seems to get very positive responses.

There are probably some other miter gauges that I am unaware of, so if you have some recommendations I would like to hear them!!

Thanks


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#1 posted 04-18-2012 12:40 PM

The Osbourne EB-3 model also gets consistently enthusiastic reviews from users here and elsewhere:

http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&gs_mss=osbourne+mit&cp=14&gs_id=1j&xhr=t&q=osborne+miter&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&biw=878&bih=670&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=14358859733453461910&sa=X&ei=I7SOT9HUFabD0AGWjZHDBQ&sqi=2&ved=0CFUQ8wIwAQ#ps-sellers

I have the Incra 1000HD and am quite happy with it, though it still requires shimming; it also infrequently goes on sale at Rockler (where I got mine) for about $120.

The 1000 series is a nice modular design for which you can buy a host of replacement parts from Incra as needed, but I assume the same is true for the Osbourne as well.

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BinghamtonEd

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#2 posted 04-18-2012 01:35 PM

I have the Incra V120 on my TS right now and have been very happy with it. The 1000SE wasn’t in my price range at the time, but when I’m ready to upgrade, the V120 will move to the BS and I’ll snag the 1000SE. The 120 is 60 bucks on Amazon. The 1000SE looks sweet with the fence and stop.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#3 posted 04-18-2012 01:41 PM

I’m a very happy Osborne owner.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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John's Woodshop

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#4 posted 04-18-2012 01:42 PM

I have used the Osborne EB3 for around 12 years and I wouldn’t even think of using anything else. I love it!

Having said that, I have not used any of the others except a Woodpeckers model so I cannot give you any comparison.

John

-- John -- Racine, WI -- Woodworking..."It's not just a Hobby, it's an Adventure"

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#5 posted 04-18-2012 02:03 PM

My Incra 1000SE was set up right out of the box, adjusted to my saw, and has been great. I’d buy it again.

-- bill@magraphics.us

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#6 posted 04-18-2012 02:14 PM

The Osbourne is accurate , durable and very easy to use.

-- If the old masters had power tools, they would have used them. So get off your damn High Horse.

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#7 posted 04-18-2012 02:17 PM

I have an Incra 1000SE and have been very pleased with it. I do like the Ossie and if I was replacing my Incra would probably give it a go.

-- Life is good.

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#8 posted 04-18-2012 02:35 PM

I have an Incra V27 with a Mule M-21 Miter Gauge Fence … never have had any issues with it.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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roofner

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#9 posted 04-18-2012 02:46 PM

I have the incra HD the improved version of the SE you can get better buys on the HD. Mite I also recomment the Incra miterexpress sled to go with that nice built in clamping system.

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Richard

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#10 posted 04-18-2012 02:52 PM

I replaced my TS’s junk stock miter gauge with a Incra V27 and it has held up well, despite my (unintentional) abuse of it. Lately I have been thinking about upgrading to the V120.

-- "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." - Mark Twain

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#11 posted 04-18-2012 06:19 PM

I currently have an Osborne EB-3 and an Incra V27….both very nice gauges, but my Eb-3 is my go-to gauge. I had a Woodhaven Deluxe that was built like a tank and was very accurate, but was cumbersome to change angles with.

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

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Cato

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#12 posted 04-18-2012 07:34 PM

Thanks for the responses and info.

I like the idea of the stop block the incra has for repetitive cuts on the SE and HD.

Does Osborne have anything like that for the EB-3?

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CharlieM1958

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#13 posted 04-18-2012 08:06 PM

The Osborne has an aluminum flip-stop. Once you set it for repeat cuts, you can still flip it up out of the way if you want to make a different cut.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 04-18-2012 08:11 PM

Here’s a pic of the EB-3’s flip stop borrowed from DonK />

And another from the NewWoodworker.com:

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

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#15 posted 04-18-2012 08:35 PM

I stopped hemming and hawing and bought the Incra yesterday. I still think the osbourne was a much better deal but the Incra just looks so cool. I’ll post once I fool with it.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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