Tool Test: Miter Gauges
We compare eight models to see which are the most accurate and easy to use
Synopsis: A crucial tablesaw accessory, the miter gauge ensures safe, accurate crosscuts on boards and small panels and is great for joinery cuts, too. But the stock gauge provided with most new tablesaws can be problematic. That’s why there’s a market for high quality, aftermarket gauges. We looked at eight fully equipped gauges and tested them for accuracy, ease of adjustment, and quality of cut. Models tested include: Incra 1000 HD, Incra 1000 SE, Incra 3000 SE, JDS Accu-miter, Kreg, Osborne EB-3, Ridgid, and Woodhaven 4911K.
A great tablesaw setup should include a great miter gauge as part of the package. This important accessory ensures safe, accurate crosscuts on boards and small panels and is great for joinery cuts, too. Unfortunately, the gauges provided with most new tablesaws often are less than ideal, with play in the miter-slot fit that can’t be tuned, a head that’s hard to read and set,…