Anyone have the Jessem Mite R Excel miter gauge?

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Forum topic by DanM posted 08-01-2009 01:17 AM 1861 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-01-2009 01:17 AM

Ordered one of these from Tool King via Amazon & received it yesterday. I am a bit troubled by the function of the locator pins, and thought perhaps someone who has one of these could clarify their operation. With the large pin in the center hole, and the small pin in the “0” hole, there is still quite a bit of slop, at least 1/2 degree, which at the end of the fence (extension NOT extended) equates to about 1/8” of movement. I understand that tightening the handle is what actually lock to gauge’s possition, but I had assumed these pins would truly locate the EXACT angle, with NO play, as the locator device does on my old Osborne EB3. If the pins do not accurately locate the angle, and you have to end up “doing it by eye” by lining up the marks on the number scale like every other miter gauge of this type, what are the pins even there for??? Seems like a lot of extra bits & machining (not to mention $$$) to add a “feature” which seems to do NOTHING. I’m concerned that the pins ARE supposed to exactly lock in the angle, but that mine is defective, and I am very seriously considering returning this thing because of this.

I read a few months back about quality/customer service troubles with Jessem, particularly after they moved production from Canada to the US, but that Jessem had moved BACK to Canada to remedy the situation. My gauge is clearly marked “Made in the USA”. Can anyone tell me if this is pin business as I describe it is the device’s normal behavior? Is it a production problem only effecting the US tools? Am I missing something here?



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#1 posted 01-20-2010 06:48 AM

Dan, did you ever find out if this was defective or not?

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#2 posted 01-20-2010 07:12 AM

Mark – I returned the gauge not long after getting it. If all that slop was not a defect, it certainly did render the feature useless from a precision point of view. From what I’ve read in a number of forums, Jessem seems to be a troubled company, some interesting designs, but quality control & customer service which are spotty at best. If you’re thinking of getting one, I would definitely check the price on Amazon. The price through Toolking was LOWER via Amazon then it was on the Toolking page, and when I returned the gauge, I got back shipping both ways, so was out nothing but a bit of time. HTH


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#3 posted 01-20-2010 07:52 AM

When I bought my Jessum Router Table from Woodcraft I ended up waiting about 12 weeks. I was pissed that I had paid over 2 grand for everything Jessum makes for the router.( plus a bunch of White Side bits) and I had nothing to show for it, except my bits. Woodcraft kept jacking me around about how it will be here next week, so I hijacked their demo table.
After about 8 weeks I called Jessum in Ontario, Canada, the lady that took care of me was Kim, I couldn’t have asked for better service. She called Woodcraft and kicked butt, it was not a Jessum problem it was Woodcraft holding my sale till they had enough units paid for before placing a order, so they could get a volume discount.
Once I got my table from Woodcraft there were still a few things on back order. Kim drop shipped them directly to me bypassing Woodcraft.
So as far as CS with Jessum they have been number one with me, I wish all companies would do as well. Jessum set the bar high. I would not hesitate to buy more of their products in the future. I wish I had found your post sooner.

By the way what part of Seattle are you in, we just moved from Edmonds last year. I’m a West Coaster

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#4 posted 01-20-2010 08:03 AM

I’ve seen so many threads of one person who calls & emails Jessem incessantly, getting no reply, while others get the kid glove treatment. I’m glad your situation worked out well, but given the price of their products, I just wouldn’t take a gamble on them, myself.

As far as Woodcraft goes, I find dealing with them online to be preferable to the local store. Was your experience with the one on Corson here in Seattle? I got my PM2000 & 8” PM jointer there, but I’m not thrilled with them.

I live in Edmonds, our property abuts Meadowdale County Park, if you know where that is. Funny you moved to Indiana. I moved here from Columbus, Ohio! I know which One I prefer ;-)


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