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Incra 1000HD miter gauge

INCRA 1000HD

The NEW INCRA Miter 1000HD is the most refined model yet in the Miter 1000 series.
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Kreg KMS7102 precision miter gauge
KREG KMS7102
All the features of a great unit with a price that’s hard to beat
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Incra 1000 SE miter gauge
INCRA 1000 SE
Easily achieve mitering accuracy that you never thought possible
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OSBORNE EB-3
Unique triangulated system for setting angles makes this one of the easiest gauges to dial in quickly
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Incra 3000SE miter gauge
INCRA 3000 SE
The Miter 3000 SE is the most-feature rich miter gauge on the planet
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Woodhaven 4911K deluxe miter gauge
WOODHAVEN 4911K
The Woodhaven 4911K is smooth, accurate, and easy to set
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Miter Gauge Reviews and Advice

A miter gauge is an essential tablesaw accessory which lets you make safe, accurate crosscuts on boards and small panels. It’s also essential for making accurate joinery cuts like 45 degree miters when making a picture frame.

Unfortunately, the miter gauges supplied with most new tablesaws are usually very basic items that fail in three main areas – they have play in the miter-slot fit that can’t be adjusted, a head that’s hard to read and set, and a fence that’s too short and not sturdy enough to support your work. All these faults combine to produce inaccurate cuts.

Luckily there are a number of high-quality aftermarket miter gauges that address these issues. We looked at six fully equipped gauges and tested them for accuracy, ease of adjustment, quality of cut and value for money . The miter gauges tested are the Incra 1000 HD, Incra 1000 SE, Incra 3000 SE, Kreg KMS7102, Osborne EB-3 and Woodhaven 4911K.

Best Value Miter Gauge - Kreg KMS7102

Kreg KMS7102 precision miter gauge
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Review: Kreg KMS7102 Miter Gauge

Kreg KMS7102 Miter Gauge Review

Accuracy9
Ease of Adjustment9
Quality of Cut8.8
Value for Money9.5
9.1 out of 10
What's Hot?
  • Easy-to-use head quickly registers common angles via a brass pin
  • Nylon adjustment screws keep the gauge tracking well in the miter slot.
  • Vernier scale allows adjustments down to 1/10 degree
  • All aluminum construction
What's Not?
  • Curved stop's small contact area with the fence allows angled work to slide behind the fence.
Bottom Line The Kreg KMS7102 miter gauge is our Best Value winner, because this all-aluminum gauge has all the features of a great unit with a price that’s hard to beat. The nylon adjustment screws keep the gauge tracking well in the miter slot. The long fixed-length fence has a flip-stop that’s curved to let work slide under it for quick repeat cuts. The easy-to-use head quickly registers common angles via a brass pin and the vernier scale is a nice feature that allows adjustment down to 1/10 degree. The Kreg KMS7102 retails for around $140 on Amazon.

Best Overall Miter Gauge - Incra 3000 SE

Incra 3000SE miter gauge
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Review: Incra 3000 SE Miter Gauge

Incra 3000 SE Miter Gauge Review

Accuracy9.6
Ease of Adjustment8.5
Quality of Cut9.4
Value for Money8
8.9 out of 10
What's Hot?
  • Secondary scale with detents at half a degree, which gives 364 laser cut positive V-stops in 1/2° increments allowing for incredibly precise setups
  • Incra's patented GlideLOCK Miter Bar with 8 expansion points for a perfect 'no-slop' fit in the miter slot
  • Dual flip fence stops with micro-adjust facility for accurate repeatable cuts
  • Heavy-duty telescoping fence from 27" to 49" (the longest on the market) supports long workpieces
  • Interlocking grooves in the fence and stop to ensure even the sharp edge of mitered work will not push behind the stop
What's Not?
  • The downside of the extra degree of adjustment is that it takes longer to adjust
Bottom Line The Incra 3000 SE Miter Gauge is our Overall Winner because it's the most fully-featured miter gauge on the market. The combination of Incra's glidelock miter bar and 364 laser cut positive V-stops in 1/2° increments on the head give incredible accuracy. Add to that the heavy-duty telescoping fence with interlocking grooves in the fence and stop to ensure even the sharp edge of mitered work will not push behind the stop, and accuracy is guaranteed. The Incra 3000 SE Miter Gauge retails at around $270

More Top-Quality Miter Gauges To Consider

Incra 1000HD miter gauge
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Review: Incra 1000 HD Miter Gauge

Incra 1000 HD Miter Gauge Review

Accuracy9.3
Ease of Adjustment9.2
Quality of Cut9
Value for Money8.9
9.1 out of 10
What's Hot?
  • 180 positive stops for pin-point accuracy at every degree (with special stops at +/-22.5°), plus a micro-adjustable vernier scale for fine-tuning to 1/10°
  • Interlocking grooves in the fence and stop to ensure even the sharp edge of mitered work will not push behind the stop
  • Incra's patented GlideLOCK Miter Bar with 8 expansion points for a perfect 'no-slop' fit in the miter slot
  • Telescoping IncraLOCK fence expands from 18" to 31" and features a T-slot for adding a zero clearance sub-fence
What's Not?
  • Nothing we could find
Bottom Line The Incra 1000 HD miter gauge is a high-definition gauge with 180 positive stops for pin-point accuracy at every degree (with special stops at +/-22.5°), plus a micro-adjustable vernier scale for fine-tuning to 1/10°. Add to that the industry's smoothest adjustable miter bar, a telescoping fence, a premium dual-arm flip stop, and superior duplicating ability, and you've got a can't-miss solution for better results. Perfect for both table saw and router table applications, the Incra Miter 1000 HD allows you to produce perfect, gap-free hairline glue joints on the mitered corners of any multi-sided object without trial-and-error setups. If you don't need the 1/2° increments of the Incra 3000 SE, this is the one to go for. The Incra Miter 1000 HD retails for around $170
Incra 1000 SE miter gauge
Miter Gauge Reviews

Review: Incra 1000 SE Miter Gauge

Incra 1000 SE Miter Gauge Review

Accuracy8.4
Ease of Adjustment8.7
Quality of Cut8.8
Value for Money9
8.7 out of 10
What's Hot?
  • Precision angle indexing teeth are laser cut in solid steel to lock in 41 positive angle stops in 5° increments over a full 180° range, with special stops at 22-1/2° and 67-1/2°
  • Incra's patented GlideLOCK Miter Bar with 6 expansion points for a perfect 'no-slop' fit in the miter slot
  • Sturdy Special Edition Incra-Lock™ fence telescopes from 18" to a full 31" length
  • Flip Shop Stop has patented saw tooth rack system that instantly controls the length of your cut. Dual flip arms, equipped with three sliding stop rods, operate independently or in tandem for one, two or three simultaneious stop positioner setups. Made of solid aluminum with hardened anodized surface
What's Not?
  • Lacks the ease of fine adjustment, down to individual degree (although stainless steel vernier cursor delivers an incredible 1/10° resolution between fixed steps)
Bottom Line The Incra 1000 SE Miter Gauge has the same miter bar, fence, and flipstop as the Incra 3000 SE and 1000 HD gauges, but the 1000 SE’s head only has detents every 5°. While this gauge performed well, it lacks the ease of fine adjustment, down to individual degree, that the 1000 HD has. For an additional $15 it is worth buying the 1000 HD to get the detents every 1° even if you only need the capability occasionally. The Incra 1000 SE Miter Gauge is available on Amazon for just under $150
Osborne EB-3 Miter Gauge
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Review: Osborne EB-3 Miter Gauge

Osborne EB-3 Miter Gauge Review

Accuracy8
Ease of Adjustment9
Quality of Cut8.7
Value for Money8.7
8.6 out of 10
What's Hot?
  • Index on the telescoping arm allows you to set specific angles with 20 preset/auto-locating settings: one at each 5° increment and at 22 1/2°
  • Three expansion slots in the guide bar provide a perfect fit with your table saw and adjustments are made from the top side for ease of fitting
  • New telescopic fence that offers support and repeat-ability up to 42'' from the blade
What's Not?
  • If you want to add an auxiliary sacrificial fence you have to drill through the aluminum extrusion fence
Bottom Line The Osborne EB-3 Miter Gauge has a unique triangulated system for setting angles which makes this one of the easiest gauges to dial in quickly. The bar has expandable slots that are opened with setscrews to adjust the fit. This works well, but the steel bar doesn’t provide any wear protection, such as nylon bumpers. The telescoping fence extends out to 42" giving support for longer workpieces but can warp when fully extended, reducing contact with longer stock. The Osborne EB-3 Miter Gauge retails at around $140
Woodhaven 4911K deluxe miter gauge
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Review: Woodhaven 4911K Miter Gauge

Woodhaven 4911K Miter Gauge Review

Accuracy8.8
Ease of Adjustment8.3
Quality of Cut8.7
Value for Money8.8
8.7 out of 10
What's Hot?
  • Head has a vernier scale for setting angles down to 1/10º and a screw-in brass detent pin giving precise stops at 0, 10, 15, 22-1/2, 30, 45, 60, and 90º
  • The fence includes as standard a pre-made sacrificial fence, a micro-adjust flip-stop, and a standard flip-stop
  • Precision machined nickel plated steel miter bar has five adjustable nylon set screws for a perfect fit in the miter slot (also supplied with a spare set)
  • Extremely solid construction
What's Not?
  • Screw-in brass detent pin slows down adjustments (but you're only talking seconds)
Bottom Line The Woodhaven 4911K Miter Gauge is a good all-round performer and whilst lacking the number of detents of some of the Incra models it features precise stops at all the common angles of 0, 10, 15, 22-1/2, 30, 45, 60, and 90º. It also comes with a vernier scale for setting angles down to 1/10º between stops. The steel miter bar has five adjustable nylon set screws for a perfect fit in the miter slot (also supplied with a spare set) and the fence includes as standard a pre-made sacrificial fence, a micro-adjust flip-stop, and a standard flip-stop.


What makes a Great Miter Gauge?

A miter gauge has three main parts that must work well together to ensure accuracy: a bar, a head, and a fence. The bar must slide in the slot without play, the head should offer a means of setting the gauge easily and accurately to a desired angle, and the fence should support the material firmly and provide a mounting place for stops or a rule.

Miter Bar

The miter bar keeps the gauge on track—if the miter bar that guides the gauge doesn’t fit in the tablesaw’s miter slot, any pressure placed on the gauge while cutting will throw it out of line with the sawblade. This gives you inaccurate angles and joints that fit poorly. To remedy this, most gauges feature a way to adjust the fit of the bar so that it slides smoothly in the track. A gauge that can’t be adjusted will make imprecise cuts.

Incra glidelock miter bar
Incra glidelock miter bar

Miter Gauge Head

The head ensures accurate angles—the head is the heart of the gauge, the key to accurate square or angled cuts. The scale must be precise and easy to read. Positive stops, or detents, at common angles are a plus. Adjustments should be quick and easy to make, while solid enough to avoid being bumped from a setting in use. Because the head is where you hold the gauge as you push stock through the blade, it should also have a handle that is comfortable and easy to grasp.

Incra Miter 3000 SE angle adjustment
Incra Miter 3000 SE angle adjustment

Miter Gauge Fence

A sturdy fence that’s versatile—fences are a necessary component of a quality aftermarket gauge, both for safety and for increased accuracy and repeatability. Fences support the stock during the cut, so they should be solid and not slippery, to ensure the stock doesn’t drift. Some gauges have telescoping fences that support a longer piece beyond the table’s edge. The fence also should be easy to adjust, since its position is ever-changing in relation to the blade as different angles are set. All the gauges tested have extruded aluminum fences, a big plus because they allow you to mount an adjustable flip-stop.

Incra miter fence and shop stop
Incra miter fence and shop stop

The flipstop is useful for repeat cutting and minimizing drift, and it can be flipped out of the way when not needed. The stop should be solid and fit the fence face tightly so it works even on pointed, angled board ends. A micro-adjustable stop is a plus because it enables you to fine-tune the setup. Another desirable feature is a rule mounted to the fence to locate the stop precisely.

Kreg KMS7102 fence and stop
Kreg KMS7102 fence and stop

Video: Incra Miter Gauges

Incra make some of the best, feature-loaded miter gauges on the market.

Video: Tuning Your Miter Gauge

Once you’ve bought a high-quality miter gauge, the key to cutting accurate miters is to set it up properly in the first place. Here’s how:

The miter gauge used in the video is the Incra 1000 HD

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