A while back I posted my frustration at the pivot pin in my Jet miter
gauge falling out and disappearing and asking for recommendations on
Then I read on the 'net and in the latest FWW about the new Incra V27,
an entry level, simple gauge. I found it on sale at woodpeckers.com
and ordered one up right after Christmas. It arrived today and I just
First impressions are very favorable. It looks well thought out and
designed. The parts are robust and well finished. And the
instructions (yes, Virginia, there are instructions included) are
clear and concise. It will take about 5 minutes to do the initial set
up adjustments (following those instructions) and then, with any luck,
should never have to be changed again.
I'll not have a chance to put it to use until this weekend but will
report back after that.
Couple of things to do to keep things running smoothly. Clean out the miter
gauge slots and scrape the wax off the sides of the slots where the Incra
gauge aligners rub. The wax will build up on them and make the gauge
difficult to push.
Expect to find out that your miter slot does not have perfectly parallel
edges and that even with the slot clean, you will feel some slight
resistance in spots. The slots are not milled perfectly so your adjustments
on the Incra miter bar will be a compromise - live with it...
Use some mineral spirits to clean the side wall of the miter slot and to
clean the gunk (wax) off the miter bar adjusters and all will be well with
I have the models 1000 and 2000 and use both.
I got a V27 for Xmas (with the ShopStop fence and stop from Woodpeckers).
Out of the box, it was so tight I could hardly push it at all.
I used the included handy-dandy little Allen wrench and removed the round
slot adjusters completely. It now slides easily with no slop. Smooth as
I checked it for square with the table. No prob. I checked it to the blade,
set it to 90 and BANG! Dead-on. 45? BAM!
I was amazed. I just expected to have to tweak it out at least a little.
But, no. It was true.
My only complaint is that neither the fence nor the V27 came with mountings
(nuts and bolts) to connect them. I had to delay my joy and wait until after
Xmas when the stores opened to actually put them together. I would
understand that, if they were bought separately, but they were bought as a
But as for the product itself, I am very pleased with it.
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