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Forum topic by Tedstor posted 01-09-2013 04:23 PM 547 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tedstor

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01-09-2013 04:23 PM

I want to upgrade my current, stock miter gauge for my craftsman 113.
I’ve already upgraded to a T2 fence, so a quality MG seems like the next logical step. The stock MG has a bit of slop when it slides through the TS slot. However it does fit my BS miter slot perfectly. That said, the stock gauge will permanently reside with my BS, and I’ll get a new and improves gauge for my TS.
The incra 27 and 120 both fit into budget. The 27 is $55 and the 120 is $70.
Is the 120 necessarily better than the 27? The 120 allows more angle options, but the 27 seems like it’d be easier to use and could offer better repeatability.
Any thoughts?


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PurpLev

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#1 posted 01-09-2013 04:29 PM

like you said, the 120 will give you better angle support. if you only do 90s and 45s, it won’t make much of a difference, and the 27 would be just as good.

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#2 posted 01-09-2013 04:55 PM

I have the 27 and, it’s always been an excellent performer for me. I have checked it a few times for angles – no problems.

-- *Arachnoleptic Fit*: The frantic dance performed just after you've accidently walked through a spider web.

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Tedstor

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#3 posted 01-09-2013 05:08 PM

Thanks for the replies.

Jim,
Ever found yourself wishing you had the 120….for the additional angle options? I’m a pretty conventional woodworker. I’m pretty sure the 27 would offer the angles I typically use.

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#4 posted 01-09-2013 05:13 PM

I also have the v27 and love it.
I never felt the need for the 120.
Like you said, the v27 will have the angles you need most of the time.

One thing, when you get it, check to make sure the fence face is square to the table. Mine wasn’t so I emailed incra and they sent me a new fence piece and it was dead on.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#5 posted 01-09-2013 11:47 PM

Tedstor,
I looked at the 120 but, the v27 looked like it would do everything I wanted – which it does. I’m not a Norm kinda guy, as my “expertise” is limited to home shop ideas, so I didn’t feel I needed all those extra angles.

-- *Arachnoleptic Fit*: The frantic dance performed just after you've accidently walked through a spider web.

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#6 posted 01-09-2013 11:56 PM

I have the 120, but recently upgraded to the 1000HD. Honestly, I had no complaints about the 120; it performed perfectly, I just wanted a gauge that was a little more flexible having built-in support for stop blocks etc.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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