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Forum topic by Razorburne posted 07-27-2014 05:29 AM 1245 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-27-2014 05:29 AM

I own a Dewalt 745 10” contractor saw and am looking to upgrade the POS miter gauge that came with the saw. I was thinking of getting an Incra 1000SE as I like the features of it and I’ve read great things about it. Just before I made the purchase I read a comment which made me hesitate and so now I’m looking for help/advice.

The comment stated the 1000SE would not be good on a portable saw like mine because if the relatively short table space in front of the blade – they felt it would limit its use to cutting only very small pieces of lumber. What do you think? If I planned on cutting a wider board would it render the gauge useless or would I just need to be careful in guiding the miter bar in the miter slot until all of the unit and board were seated on the table?

Would it be any better or functional to get a smaller more basic gauge (ie, Incra V120)? It doesn’t have all the neat bells and whistles I like on the 1000se but if it would somehow be better, I am open to suggestions.

Any help would be huge. Thank you guys!

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#1 posted 07-27-2014 06:04 AM

I used to use my 1000 SE with my Bosch benchtop before I replaced the saw and it was pretty much useless for crosscutting more than an inch or so over the depth of the table to the blade.

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#2 posted 07-27-2014 12:13 PM

As far as stock miter gauges go, the one with the Dewalt 745 looks better than most. The problem is the short length of the slot.
I think a sled would be much more useful for cross cutting on that saw.
Actually, since my whole TS is a POS I prefer to crosscut angles with my miter saw.

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#3 posted 07-27-2014 01:01 PM

IMHO the limitation you have with the small size top of the DW745 is a function of the saw and not the miter gauge. The 1000SE will be a great improvement over the stock gauge if the table top is big enough for the kind of work you do…. if it’s not, a different miter gauge is unlikely to resolve the issue.

I have the Incra 1000HD and love it but also hear nothing but good comments about the Osborne. That being said, it all depends on what work you’re doing. Even with owning the 1000HD, if I am cross cutting panels or other very wide stock, I use a home built sled. But the Incra is great for making precise, repeatable angled cuts that aren’t going to be 90 or 45 for things like odd shaped frames or boxes and I couldn’t imagine trying to cross cut much sheet stock or long wide stock on a DW745. Just my 2 cents

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#4 posted 07-27-2014 01:05 PM

I use my 1000 HD on my Dewalt DWE7491 and it works great. However previously noted, the limiting factor is the table length before the blade. That’s going to be more the limiting factor as opposed to the gauge used. I believe my saw has a full 2 inches more before the blade as compared to your saw.

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