Was out in Pittsburgh this weekend so took advantage of the chance to
visit Rockler. Nice store with plenty of helpful guys. I almost
bought this Incra miter gauge for $49 (on sale).
but on closer inspection the pointer isn't close enough to the scale
to get an accurate reading if you don't have it in one of the notches.
Am I missing something here? I think I am better off with my Jet
gauge that the pin falls out of than $50 for a gauge that the pointer
isn't close enough to the scale to read it.
The more expensive Incras come with a flimsy piece of metal that you
can shift into position to read the scale accurately but I think it
would easily get bent or snapped off.
Of course I didn't walk out empty handed, I bought the Incra
positioning jig and can't wait to try it out.
Not true at all. I've been using a fence-equipped version of that same
Incra for years.
"Common" angles have stops, but the device is continuously variable by
leaving the "tooth" out of the "cog" and tightening the handle to lock.
You are correct, this is the low end Incra design which does not allow easy
setting of the angles between the notches.
The other Incra mitre gauges, such as the 1000SE do have such a feature.
Incra calls this a vernier cursor. I have this model, and have been very
happy, but it does cost more.
I have rarely needed to use the vernier cursor to get the slightest
off-notch angles, but when I did, it worked well and was as able to reset
the angle as the notches, it just takes a little more time.
I have the incra 1000se... I don't have any problem with the thin metal
piece. Love the miter.. accurate.
My only beef was the angle used for the fence isn't 90 to the table.
I had to use shims to get the fence perpendicular.
Well worth the money.. Wish it had a bigger sliding bar for the
fence/stop. often I am cutting bigger pieces. But for that I made my own
stop to use when it is longer.
You are correct that this gage is not very handy for repeating odd
angles. It is very accurate at the angles provided with the notches.
I have another gage for the limited occasions I need repeatability at
the odd angle.
I always thought though that it would be fairly simple to add a
pointer (even if it wasn't as fancy as the one on the higher end
models) and wonder why INCRA hasn't done it. I guess they want us to
spend a little more for the better models. I think that marketing
technique must work because I've done that too.
I have the $59 gage and find it to be very accurate and repeatable. If I
need an angle the gage doesn't set easily, I have an adjustable triangle
that I use to set the gage or in some cases a bevel square does the trick.
On Tue, 01 Jan 2008 05:12:01 +0000, Lowell Holmes wrote:
Although I just got mine, I plan on setting odd angles the same way.
Although with the presets for 3,4,6,8,9,10, and 12 sided constructs, I
can't imagine needing odd angles very often.
Would someone who does use odd angles frequently please explain the need?
Cutting wedges is the only thing that easily comes to mind.
On Tue, 01 Jan 2008 08:48:54 -0800, Larry Blanchard
We do a lot of stair building and the run and rake angles are often
not on one of the 5 degree increments. When cutting skirts and other
stair parts, repeatability is pretty handy.
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