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Schummie

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06-08-2009 at 08:06 PM

Dear woodworker friends,

I want to ask you for help.
I’m searching for a good miter gauge for my table saw, but there is so much choice.
After searching on the Internet I find that the JessEm Mite R Excel looks very good, but
the price is also nice. But good tools cost money.
I hope you can help me to make a good choice.

Thank you very mutts for your help.

Schummie.

-- Greetings from the Netherlands.


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#1 posted 06-08-2009 at 08:12 PM

Hi, Schummie,
Good to see you posting. Sounds like you’re ready to do some woodworking. That’s good.
I’ve used the Incra miter gauge for years. I have the Incra 2000 which is still made. It doesn’t have a lot of extras, but it does everything that I need it to. I think it sells for just under $200 which is about twice what I paid about 15 years ago. Good luck with the hunt. I’m sure you’ll get plenty of advise on this.
Take care.

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#2 posted 06-08-2009 at 08:22 PM

This what I have been looking at. Still yet to pull the trigger though

http://www.woodcraft.com/family.aspx?familyid=20957&productid=148941&mode=videos#tabs

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#3 posted 06-08-2009 at 09:16 PM

Schummie, I have used the Incra 1000SE for a couple of years now and it is everything that I want in a miter gauge. It was dead-on out the box and the only time I have had to re-adjust it was after I knocked it off my bench onto the floor.

By the way let me echo Tim’s comment about seeing posts from you.

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#4 posted 06-08-2009 at 09:22 PM

I’ve also been thinking about an upgrade. Thanks for your link MedicKen – that Osborn looks mighty interesting

-- Joe

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#5 posted 06-08-2009 at 09:28 PM

I’m using the kreg.
http://www.onlinetoolreviews.com/reviews/kregmitergauge.htm
I like it.

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#6 posted 06-08-2009 at 09:50 PM

The Kreg also looks good

-- Joe

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#7 posted 06-08-2009 at 10:48 PM

Check out the Osborne Miter Gauge. I’ve had mine for a few months. It’s excellent. Works on either side of the blade and is rock solid. The price is right too.

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#8 posted 06-09-2009 at 01:40 AM

The venier scale on teh Kreg sure looks good to me :-))

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#9 posted 06-09-2009 at 01:45 AM

I also am a big fan of the Incra 1000Se. I have been using one for years and it remains super accurate and easy to use. I just finished a large cabinet project over the weekend that used the 1000SE a bunch and I was glad to have it!

1000SE Reviiew with lots of photos

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#10 posted 06-09-2009 at 02:06 AM

That one has the vernier scale too. I didn’t notice it on the other link I was looking at.

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#11 posted 06-09-2009 at 08:02 AM

Check out Woodhaven

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#12 posted 06-09-2009 at 02:56 PM

I would think a good one could be shop made using a big protractor as a scale. I might try that, in my spare time :-))

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#13 posted 06-09-2009 at 03:12 PM

Some info on the Jessem

http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/358

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#14 posted 06-09-2009 at 03:23 PM

Incra 1000se here as well… or actually mine is the 998se , but that’s another story all together.

I have yet to come close to getting to it’s length limits, and it has always been extremely accurate, and easy to use. also, it’s lighter weight than the Jessem one which is another good thing.

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#15 posted 06-09-2009 at 03:25 PM

Hi Schummie – I’ve never tried the Jessem, but have read about a lot of people who like it. I’ve got an Incra V27 and an Osborne EB-3 that I like a lot. I also had a Woodhaven Deluxe that was built like a tank.

The Incra is most bang for the buck IMO…it’s accurate, easy to use, reasonably priced and goes to 60°. The EB-3 has a very robust fence, but is larger and a little clumsier to handle. The Woodhaven is the most robust, but is also the most cumbersome to change angles with because you need to remove the brass thumb screw completely to change angles….it’s dead on accurate though.

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