Osborne EB3 is supposed to be a new design and is manufactured by General
International in Canada.
Check out this review http://www.newwoodworker.com/reviews/osbrneb3.html .
I think that a lot of criticism is directed at the old EB2 and not the EB3
which came out less than a year ago. For a close-up of the new model check
out this site http://www.osbornemfg.com/close-up.htm . I have read several
reviews of the new EB3 and I haven't seen any negative reviews.
I am not a production type of woodworker, just a person who is an
intermediate type of hobby person, that occasionally hides his mistakes with
Was a new design 2 years ago. Apparently General has recently purchase the
company or the jig from Mr. Osbourne.
I bought an EB3 in the spring of 2005. The Delta badged Osbourne still has
the same problem that I had 2 years ago.
For a close-up of the new model check
Then the Osbourne may be just right for you. I have been doing this for
almost 30 years in a serious way and don't have much patience for tools that
don't work the way that they should. As I have pointed out in other posts,
I ended up with a Kreg and even then it is second choice to my Dubby Miter
A favorable review is not going to make the EB3 any better. Did any of the
reviews address the wiggle at the end of the fence at the 45 degree setting?
If not, check your EB3 out in both 45 degree settings and then ask yourself,
what did the review, or most any review for that matter, leave out? Reviews
are good for providing information that you are specifically looking for if
it is covered in the review but unfortunately most reviews miss a lot of
Another example of reviews not covering all the angles are those on the
Festool Domino. Most all reviews are really keen on this tool except for
the price. Charleyb has posted links to His review of the tool and posts
regarding the tool and he points out the problem of the tool only having
metric adjustments. This is more of a problem in the US. Can you work
around it? Yes you can. Is that an important point to consider? For some,
The EB3 is a cool miter gauge with lots of features. It's ability to lock
down securely at "both" 45 degrees settings will be a problem for many.
Enjoy your hobby.
The EB-3 is older than that and what I have is an EB-3 bought from Mr.
Osborne's company so your thoughts are wrong. If you have read Leon
and my thoughts you have read negative things about it, we are not
some fancy WW magazine though, just people who have used it and found
short comings. We have shared the experiences with the miter gauge so
people can make an informed decision. YMMV depending upon how much
marketing you swallow.
Buy from a local dealer so that you can set the miter gauge up on a saw.
Set the Osborne miter gauge up with the telescoping adjustment rod in the
most extended position at the 45 degree mark.
Grab the far/leading end of the fence and wiggle it back and forth. The
amount of deviation is usually + or - 2 to 3 degrees or some where between
1/4" and 1/2". While wiggling the fence back and forth notice that the
telescoping adjustment shaft bows back and forth also.
The problem is that the telescoping shaft is extended too far in the far 45
degree setting and machine tolerances are way too lean to prevent movement.
Most of those articles are from about 10 years ago and "not on" the EB3. I
don't know about the earlier models, only that the EB3 has the design flaw.
I bought an EB3 a couple of years ago and ended up returning it per Mr.
Osborn's suggestion. He suggested that I return it for one that was not
defective. Unfortunately the entire stock of my local dealer had the same
problem. 2 years later at the WW show, the miter gauge with a Delta badge
demonstrated the same problem and the local wood working show. When
confronted, the Delta guys blamed loading the miter gauge on and off the
Do you mean the 4 foot accessory extrusion of the same gauge and x-
section as the 2 foot piece that comes with the gauge? Assuming this,
you bought the extrusion and cut it to length yourself, right? That
is an additional (MSRP) $60 on top of the miter gauge price of (MSRP)
$160. Is it worth the additional expense? How often do you use the
For the same price as above, one can purchase the Jessem Mite-R-Excel
which has all the same attributes as the Kreg but gives you a solid
24" fence with the pull-out extension & stop that gives a cut-length
Check it out:
I bought my Kreg miter at the woodshow several years back, when they
were just getting ready to come to market. I got the 24" and 36" solid
extrusions, and swap the base kits and flip stop sbetween them, when I
need to make a change. It's not too often, really.
Pretty sure there are other, fancier tools about these days. Mine was
pretty reasonably priced, IIRC.
Enjoy your tools.
I too bought my Kreg when Kreg began to market it. You mention the flip
stop. My flip stop would creep when I would tighten the plastic adjustment
wing nut. Does yours to that? Kreg told me how to fix the problem and it
no longer creeps.
There are several good ones out there and more have shown up since I bought
the Kreg. I suggest the touchy feely thing on any that you may consider and
for sure test the rigidity of the fence at different miter settings on all
that you look at. Jessem has a pretty slick miter gauge although I have not
put my hands on one.
I did the touchy feely with the Jessem gauge, and it's a nice looking tool,
as most of their things are. But at that price, and already owning an
underutilized, functional gauge, I kept my wallet safe.
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