I'll be taking a weekend course from Mark Duginske, the inventor of the
original gage, and will have the chance to check it out at his shop. If you
have more specific questions, send them to me in advance and I'll ask
Sorry, I didnt see your post until this morning. My questions to Mark
would be is the Kreg miter gage built to the same high quality
standards as the Fasttrack unit was. I know that it is not built
exactly the same, but is it as good, or better then the Fasttrack
unit. I am very happy with my Kreg Pocket hole jig, and am hoping
that their new line of equipment will be of the same high quality.
I live in Iowa and would be interested in hearing your impressions on
the woodworking class you took/are taking.
I purchased the FastTrak miter gauge off Ebay several months ago
because of price (think it was $89 at the time). I had several ongoing
debates with myself of "do I really need a new miter gauge" and
"FastTrak vs. Woodhaven vs. everything else".
After several months of use I wish I had gone with the Woodhaven
primarily because of the weight/mass difference between the two. The
FastTrak is truly a precision gauge but it would be much better with a
steel slider vs. the aluminum slider it has...too much flex. If the
fence/miter head is not supported on the table (i.e., pulled back for
cutting a wider board) the weight of the head and fence will flex the
whole thing and you'll have some mechinations to do to get it to push
through smoothly. If the head of the gauge is not pulled back off the
table and you are just cutting smaller width boards then this its
better but the weight of the fence (mine is 24") still jerks it around
a bit .
After using the standard Delta miter gauge for years its a pleasure to
have this much precision but its not as smooth. The Woodhaven is more
of what I'm accustomed to and that would be my first choice even at an
additional $50. No affiliation, but I've been wanting to put in a plug
for the Woodhaven folks...this is a top-notch group of people. I
always stop by when I'm driving on I-80 through Iowa. They have good
products and go to great lengths to support what they sell (as does
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