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    Miter Gauge

    I now have new to me Unisaw and blew my budget even with a great deal! The saw came without a miter gauge. The original Rockwell/delta miter gauges are about $50 with shipping. Is it much of an upgrade to go with an aftermarket miter gauge? Any miter gauge reccomendations? I plan on making a sled, so Iím really only concerned with simple cuts on the miter gauge.

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    Re: Miter Gauge

    You get what you pay for when buying a miter gauge. The OEM gauge that comes with most cabinet saws is just a basic use thing but are heavy duty and solid. There are lots of plastic gauges out there and while cheap, not worth having. So if its basic you are after, the Delta style OEM gauges are good. CPO has a very good Delta gauge on sale right now for 38 bucks.

    I use an Incra 1000SE and really like it for accuracy and reliability. Depending on what you are making, the accuracy you get from the Incra is well worth the higher cost. They go for around 139.00.

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    I strongly recommend the Osborne EB-3, available from Klingspor's Woodworking Shop for $139.
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    I use Incra 3000SE miter gauges, I have two and love them.
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    Re: Miter Gauge

    Zach, I have a Incra 1000 HD and like it. I also use the OEM miter quite a bit. In fact, I have two of them and sometimes alternate between them for specific cuts. I also use the OEM for certain coarse or rough cuts and reserve the Incra for the precision work.

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    I still use my Delta Miter Gauge because the bar fits the miter slots in my Unisaw very well. For miter setting accuracy, I use my MiterSet gauges. http://miterset.myshopify.com/?aff=65. I've owned some of the fancier miter gauges but like the MiterSet setup gauges better because I get better results when using them. The MiterSet Segments gauge allows you to set up for making segmented circle cuts perfectly, where some of these cuts require angles accurate to three decimal places. This is easily done with the MiterSet Segments gauge. It's companion gauge lets you set your miter gauge to any angle in increments of 1/2 degree, and is also highly accurate.

    I have not had even a single even slight off angle cut since getting these jigs, and a package of both gauges is cheaper than some of the fancy miter gauges being sold today. Using them is easy, just place your miter gauge in the jig and position two pins in the jig for the angle or number of segments that you want. Then push your miter gauge up against the two pins and tighten it's locking knob. Put the miter gauge back in the saw's miter slot and make perfect angled cuts. The MiterSet jigs are high quality, made from black anodized aluminum and steel. They are nicer made than some of the aerospace hardware that I once worked with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McRabbet View Post
    I strongly recommend the Osborne EB-3, available from Klingspor's Woodworking Shop for $139.
    Ditto on the Osborne: It has micro-adjustment to get it dead on; extendable fence with stop block; adjustment to take out any slop in your miter slot; and excellent fence support to prevent your work from skewing. Very happy with mine and have had it for several years.

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    ​I had a Jessem gauge, but never got it square. Their design is so that you have to take the gauge apart, adjust it and reassemble to check it's squareness. Jessem is a good bunch of souls and they gave me a refund. I then got a Incra 1000HD and love it.

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    Re: Miter Gauge

    Quote Originally Posted by McRabbet View Post
    I strongly recommend the Osborne EB-3, available from Klingspor's Woodworking Shop for $139.
    I also use the Osborne. Highly recommended.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW View Post
    You get what you pay for when buying a miter gauge. The OEM gauge that comes with most cabinet saws is just a basic use thing but are heavy duty and solid. There are lots of plastic gauges out there and while cheap, not worth having. So if its basic you are after, the Delta style OEM gauges are good. CPO has a very good Delta gauge on sale right now for 38 bucks.

    I use an Incra 1000SE and really like it for accuracy and reliability. Depending on what you are making, the accuracy you get from the Incra is well worth the higher cost. They go for around 139.00.
    Any of the Incra series miter gauges are a tremendous upgrade and can do far more than any stock miter gauge. They can be quickly adjusted to any angle within the allowed range and include a vernier scale for sub-degree accuracy (marked in 0.1 degree increments), allow tuning to your tablesaw's miter slot to eliminate slop as every saw's miter slot is a little different, and include an extremely handy extendable fence with built in stops so that you can quickly reproduce cuts of identical length without the need to repeatedly measure length making it trivial to to turn out pieces of absolutely equal length all day long. I use Incra 1000SE miter gauges on my tablesaw, bandsaw, and even my router table.

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    Re: Miter Gauge

    +1 what Tendriver said.

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    Re: Miter Gauge

    Thanks all!

    i ended up finding a miter gauge of the same vintage of the saw. If I don’t like the miter gauge, I will probably buy the Incra.

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    Re: Miter Gauge

    I couldn't get the miter gage that came with my Jet cabinet saw to perfect square; I bought an Incra miter gage and love it--worth every penny!
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    Quote Originally Posted by McRabbet View Post
    I strongly recommend the Osborne EB-3, available from Klingspor's Woodworking Shop for $139.
    +10. Very accurate.

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    I like the Incra V27 too.

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