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Table saws often incorporate their own miter gauge, which allows you to accurately measure the angle of cuts and to ensure square cuts. However, the built-in miter gauges range from ineffective to plain awful. Many table saw owners have to turn to aftermarket miter gauges, with features like accurate stops and a fence.
While it shouldn’t be necessary to have to buy additional parts to make a new table saw serviceable, there is a wide range of gauges and sleds to choose from.
In fact, the range can be baffling, and they can be expensive, so you want to be sure that you’re getting the right miter gauge for your requirements. We have created a list of in-depth reviews and included some of the best table saw miter gauges so you can find the right one for your needs. Find out which table saw miter gauge we deemed to be the best by reading below.
|Model||Price||Locking Stops||Editor Rating|
|Kreg KMS7102||0, 10, 22½, 30 & 45°||4.8/5|
|INCRA MiterV120||±22½ & 120°||4.5/5|
|POWERTEC 71005 Deluxe||30, 45, 60, 75 & 90°||4.1/5|
The INCRA Miter1000 is the best miter gauge we found, and buyer reviews agree. It is expensive. In fact, it’s one of the most expensive on our list. It’s also bulky and a little cumbersome, with some complaints over the fragility of the teeth, so why are we listing it as the best available?
It has 180° angle stops with increments at every degree, so it offers precise cuts at whatever angle you need. The stops also ensure consistency. The fence is telescopic and extends from 18 inches to 31, which helps maintain the stability of the workpiece when cutting longer lengths. If you regularly cut long pieces, a good quality fence maintains accuracy and ensures clean cuts. The design is mostly excellent, fitting snugly into the miter slot of your table saw. It can be adjusted easily, and it will retain its position, while the 1° incremental stops, with special stops at 22.5°, offer total precision.
There are a few minor issues with this model. It’s not cheap, the fence has a tendency to flex when fully extended, and it is the heaviest and most awkwardly shaped of the models in the list, although this is only really a problem when storing the device. If you’re serious about precision and are looking for a long-term investment, the Miter1000 from Incra gets our vote as the best table saw miter gauge available.
The Kreg KMS7102 is another premium option, costing a little less than the Miter1000 while offering some high-end features for the price. It is extremely precise, arriving calibrated and accurate to within 0.003 inches. It also has a Vernier scale that allows adjustments of 1/10° and if that isn’t precise enough, there is a micro adjuster with adjustments of 1/100°, so it can be used to achieve highly professional and precise measurements.
It has a greater range of special stops than the Miter1000, at 0°, 10°, 22.5°, 30°, and 45°. This model has 5 bar adjusters, allowing you to eliminate any play in the gauge when fitted to the miter slot of your table saw.
It is another bulky model, although it weighs slightly less than the Miter1000, but it is held off the top spot because the fence cannot be adjusted and has a maximum length of 24” so is not suited to accurately cutting long lengths of wood. It is also quite a complex piece of kit and there have been some complaints over the quality of the instructions, especially for novice miter gauge users.
The Incra MiterV27 is the cheapest option on our list, despite having some excellent features and offering great quality. It is far more compact than other models, so can be conveniently stowed away when not in use. It also has 27 incremental stops allowing for a reasonable degree of precision, and the gauge has four expanding ports that make fitting it easy and ensure that there is no play once the gauge is fitted to your table.
Unfortunately, Incra has chosen to do away with the fence, presumably to keep the price down, but this means that you will have to build or buy your own fence to fit using the universal mounting bracket. The MiterV27 is not as accurate as some of the high-end models, and its lack of a fence, keep it from the top positions in our list, but it is a great introduction to the aftermarket table gauge world, is simple to use, and is available on a tight budget, making it the best table saw miter gauge for the money.
The MiterV120 from Incra falls somewhere between the two previous Incra models on the list. It doesn’t have the same range of features as the high-end Miter1000 but offers more than the basic, entry level MiterV27.
The MiterV120 has 120° locking stops with a special stop at 22.5°. It also uses expansion disks to ensure that you can adjust the fit of the miter gauge to accurately match the miter slot on your table. You can saw cuts without the worry of the gauge slopping around in its housing. It is also made using steel machined and laser cut parts, which help ensure accuracy and reliability. This is another model that doesn’t incorporate a fence, and you will need to invest in a fence and stop if one is required.
The POWERTEC 71005 deluxe table saw miter gauge is cheap. It’s the cheapest model on our list. However, there have been a lot of reports of the miter gauge being inaccurate, often being more than 1° out, and there is no way of manually adjusting the degree settings.
There have also been multiple reports of the miter gauge, which is advertised as fitting ⅜” and ¾” miter grooves, being too loose or even too large to fit standard grooves. There are reports of a lot of slop coming from the angle plate, so you will have to take extreme care to ensure a reliable cut that you can repeat to get the same results.
This model might represent an improvement over a stock miter gauge, but this is only because stock models are sub-par, and despite the low price of this model, there are many other gauges that perform better and offer better value for money.
The Miter3000SE from Incra is the upgraded version of the popular 3000 model. It is the most expensive model on the list, but as well as features like the AngleLOCK that accurately locks in angle measurements and 364 V-stops for precision cutting, it also has a telescoping incremental miter fence that extends up to 49 inches in length, which makes cutting longer pieces of wood even easier.
The expansion disks work well to ensure that there is no slop, and it prevents the bar from wiggling around in any ¾” or ⅜” miter gauge slot. The ½° incremental stops and the long fence, coupled with laser cut and machined parts, make the Miter3000SE a potentially great tool for professional cutting. However, this also means that it is complicated to install, and it will fall out of the desired price range for most users.
Even very small discrepancies in angled cuts can mean that your workpieces do not fit accurately together. Unfortunately, the miter gauges that are included in table saws tend to be very low quality. If you want to enjoy any degree of accuracy and reliability from your angled cuts, an aftermarket miter gauge is an essential buy. With models varying in price from $30 to $300 or more, there are a lot of choices and a lot of difference in quality, performance, reliability, and longevity. Consider the following factors when shopping for your miter gauge.
The miter gauge needs to fit your table saw. Most tables have a ¾” or ⅜” slots, but even a tiny difference in slot and bar size can mean a lot of movement or slop. This movement translates to inaccurate measurements and unreliable cuts.
To combat this potential problem, most manufacturers incorporate some kind of bar adjustment. Your miter gauge should include adjustable plates within the bar. This enables you to easily slide the gauge into the slot and then expand the plates to eliminate any movement and leave you with a precise cutting machine.
Most models include four adjustable plates but some, like the Incra Miter3000SE have as many as eight adjustable plates.
The miter gauge fence supports the workpiece while it is being cut, offers safety when you are using the table saw, and a good fence with decent stops can also help ensure more accurate cuts. Table saws tend to lack a decent fence but do offer the capability to add your own.
Alternatively, ensure that your miter gauge has a functional fence that meets your typical cutting requirements. It is common to see fences measuring up to 32”, but some models offer longer fences, of up to 49 inches.
Telescoping fences can be adjusted to the required length, and most incorporate a length stop so that you can reliably cut workpieces to the same length without having to spend the time measuring every piece. Most models use one of the following stop types:
The benefit of having a miter gauge is the enhanced precision that it offers, but the degree of precision varies according to the miter gauge you opt for. Special stops and adjustments offer incremental alterations of 1/10 or even 1/100 of a degree, with the latter offering some of the most precise cuts possible.
If you’re an occasional user, a budget option like the Miter V27 from Incra is a great option, but professional users need to ensure that the miter gauge will last. Look for features like laser cut parts to ensure precision and ensure that the gauge is made using high-grade materials. The best way to ensure this, without being able to pick the gauge up yourself, is to read reviews and check buyer ratings.
Buying an aftermarket miter gauge can have a significant impact on the quality of your workmanship, cut the time it takes to make what should be relatively simple cuts, and they will improve the quality of the finished piece. They can even improve safety, but there are a lot of models on the market, some of which will enhance your experience and others that are a waste of money.
During our testing and reviews, we found that Incra is the dominant name in this market and that the Incra Miter1000/HD Miter Gauge offered the best combination of usability, accuracy, and precision. If you’re on a tighter budget, or you simply don’t require that degree of accuracy, then the Incra MiterV27 Table Saw Miter Gauge is the best gauge for the money and worth every dollar.
There are other reasonable options on the market too, especially those with longer fences or more precise angle measurements. We hope that our guide and miter gauge reviews will help you sort the good from the bad and find the best gauge for your table saw requirements.