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Does anyone have experience with Incra miter gauges, for cutting segments for bowel turning. I'm looking at the 1000 SE and 1000HD. Will these gauges give accurate repetable cuts. Once set for 30 degrees will they be accurate at 22.5 degrees, etc.
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Welcome to the forum Wally. According to the guys here that use the Incra they are that accurate. And this video says they are too. INCRA 1000HD Miter Gauge Review - YouTube

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I use a Kreg miter gauge, but have several items from Incra. Wouldn't hesitate on the accuracy of a product from either company. By the way, I bought my first Incra positioner, an Incra Pro, used--and the seller included an Incra Gauge (INCRA Gauge) at no charge. I never see much mention of it but it's one of those handy little things that I reach for on nearly every project.

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Does anyone have experience with Incra miter gauges, for cutting segments for bowel turning. I'm looking at the 1000 SE and 1000HD. Will these gauges give accurate repetable cuts. Once set for 30 degrees will they be accurate at 22.5 degrees, etc.
Wally,

I've been through the drill and with great success, but only after some experimenting.

As many of the members of this forum will recall. I don't do any turning yet, but my trother in Alaska did and he asked me to put some rings together for him to use to turn some bowls like what you describing.

One ring that he wanted was made of six parts which means that 30 degree cuts needed to be made, At first I got close but not perfect, by perfect I mean than when the finished ring was held up with a bright light behind it that no gaps could be seen, and I do mean NONE. I only accomplished this standard when using a full kerf blade with a stiffener installed and the miter guage perfectly calibrated.

Do not expect your new miter gauge to be perfectly calibrated from the factory, you might get lucky but I would not count on it.

In order to calibrate the tool you will need a machinist square. I use the "Guerenteed Accurate" six inch square that I think that I bought from Incra for about $70.

The pieces that I cut were only about 2 to 3 inches long and required that my fingers had to get much closer to the blade than I would ever recommend anybody else to try, so you will will have to deal with that issue in your own way.

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have the V27 which is as accurate as their higher end gauges, just don't have as many optional notches. I also have and use the Express Sled and is a big help in making the cuts that you are interested in. The bottom line is, if you can't get the cuts you want with the Incra Miter gauge, you will never get with anything else.

The tools are as good as advertised but they heed to be used properly to give them a chance to work. They will not dial out blade flutter, and other erroros that might exist with your set up. When the gauge is calibrated it will cut, perfect 45 degree angles for picture frames from the same side of the blade which, if you have ever attempted. you will understand the potential problem, ir you haven't, you will when you do try it you will quickly understand, Good luck with your adventure and please do let us know how it works out, you're gonna have a great time.

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Hello Wally and welcome to the forum.

I have the V120 and it seems pretty accurate to me, but I don't measure to 1/1000th of a degree.

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Hello Wally and welcome to the forum.

I have the V120 and it seems pretty accurate to me, but I don't measure to 1/1000th of a degree.
James,
You just haven't needed to measure that close, but when and if the time comes, you'll do what you need to do, No doubt you have the skill if you need it, like you I seldom need the accuracy that the Incra miter gauge is capable of but it's there if you need it and after, isn't that why we buy good tools?

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Does anyone have experience with Incra miter gauges. I'm looking at the 1000 SE and 1000HD. Will these gauges give accurate repetable cuts.
Wally, the miter gauges will be deadly accurate but they will be less than useful if your miter slot in the table saw is not 100% parallel with the blade (on the outside of the teeth).
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Question? Are you accurate now? Will the accuracy of your equipment be enhanced by the Incra unit? - after all a Incra unit on a HF 99.00$ TS is a waste of money as any gauge can only be as good as the machine it is used on. If your equipment is good, what is the incremental gain you will achieve with a Incra gauge? They are good units, somewhat expensive, but well built and repeatable. I might suggest you look at WTTOOL.com or Amazon for machine squares and such, after all $164/154 (Amazon Incra prices) are not a small investment for many of us.

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