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Burgels

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06-12-2013 01:12 PM

I’m missing the miter gauge for my Ridgid R4511 saw. I’ve found it on some of the replacement parts sites on the web but they want an arm and a leg for it. Any suggestions on where to find these cheap? I bought my saw used and the guy couldn’t find it.

Sorry for all the posts but I’ve had a lot of these questions for a while with no one to ask!


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Buckethead

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#1 posted 06-12-2013 01:18 PM

I bought one at my local big box manstore. I don’t remember what I paid for it. I used it maybe twice. It was so horrible that it wasn’t worth using.

I really think you get what you pay for, most of the time, which is to say you can often pay much for garbage, but it is rare that you pay a pittance for excellence.

I’m thinking of not using a miter gauge on a table saw in the future. I do have an adequate Bosch compound miter saw, which you might not.

An inexpensive path that many of the more experienced woodworkers here seem to pull off is making sleds which accommodate their needs. It looks to me like a safer way to use the TS too. There are lots of tutorials here on that topic.

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Burgels

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#2 posted 06-12-2013 01:24 PM

I made a “Norm style” panel cutter for it already and I’ve been using that as my psuedo miter gauge. I guess I’ll just stick with that for now.

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Buckethead

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#3 posted 06-12-2013 01:29 PM

I did see one like this at my local Woocraft store. It is pretty sweet. I saw the one with more bells and whistles, but I don’t know what to do with all that.

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=11261&site=ROCKLER

It’s $110, so it isn’t exactly a low cost solution, but doesn’t break the bank either. Fancy new tools… Nice. Making your own tools… Nice. Either way: WINNING!

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#4 posted 06-12-2013 01:39 PM

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Charlie

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#5 posted 06-12-2013 01:40 PM

Osborne EB-3
Father’s day special. $90 and free shipping.(from Osborne)
You’ll never regret it. I bought one and can’t believe the difference between a GOOD miter gauge and a stock one.

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Brandon

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#6 posted 06-12-2013 01:54 PM

Anything by Incra will be leaps and bounds beyond what came with that saw originally. I also have the R4511 and the miter gauge was crap.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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waho6o9

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#7 posted 06-12-2013 02:00 PM

I wish I’ve known about the Osborne EB-3 before my Incra was
purchased.

Not complaining about the Incra, however, the Osborne EB-3 is
tough to beat, and at $90.00 looks like a winner to me.

Good one Charlie.

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Burgels

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#8 posted 06-12-2013 02:01 PM

So the incra slide fits in the R4511 groove? That one for $50 looks pretty good.

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Brandon

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#9 posted 06-12-2013 02:05 PM

Yes, Incra works well in the R4511. I have two different Incra gauges and they work perfectly (you also custom fit them into the slot).

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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crank49

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#10 posted 06-12-2013 03:42 PM

I have the Craftsman 21833, same saw as the R4512 by Ridgid.
But, my miter gauge is an Incra V27. Extremely nice tool. And reasonable price on sale at Woodcraft.
I would not hesitate to buy this again. There are many much more expensive gauges out there, but this one works very well and is reasonably priced.

-- Michael :-{| Don't anthropomorphise your tools, they hate it when you do that.

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Loren

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#11 posted 06-12-2013 04:38 PM

Miter gauge is of limited usefulness without a straight fence and
flip stop. Some fences extend up to about 48”. Most of the
time you’ll probably cut 90 degrees. Being able to cut
several parts to identical length is important in joinery -
a fence/stop helps you do this. You can set up a
chop saw to do it and handle much longer pieces,
but it takes a lot of space.

Incra is pretty good value. Woodhaven has some good products.

I’d look on ebay and buy a used one. Lots of them come
up, even the fancy ones.

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NiteWalker

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#12 posted 06-12-2013 05:20 PM

I like the incra v27.
Doesn’t break the bank but covers the bases nicely.

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

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Swyftfeet

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#13 posted 06-12-2013 05:42 PM

I have the Osborne and like it a lot. Quick stops for the most used angles, flip-stop and the damn thing just feels rigid. Leaps and bounds better than a stock replacement. Reading the angle is very easy on the eyes as well.

-- Brian

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toolie

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#14 posted 06-12-2013 10:35 PM

So the incra slide fits in the R4511 groove?

yes, and the miter bar has a feature that provides for snugging the miter bar in the miter slot so it doesn’t shift side to side as it travels through miter slot. but the more expensive incras can be a bit fussy (like my 1000se). when i feel like it, i’ll go for an osborne eb-3. that three point support is really nice.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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Bill White

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#15 posted 06-12-2013 10:41 PM

I have the Incra 1000SE and couldn’t ask for a better gauge.
It’s you call, but that puppy will do anything I need in a gauge.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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