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I decided I needed a new miter gauge for general work on my router table. The one I've been using got dropped and a big chunk broke off. The slot is the normal 3/4x3/8 so no big deal. I didn't want to use the INCRA that's set up for the bit oversize table saw slots so wandered Amazon. Some OK but way more bucks for my needs, others had a bunch of 1 and 2 stars. Then I saw a Porter Cable PCB220TS. Can't go wrong, right? WRONG. The bar wont fit either the saw or router table without forcing it - fixable with a bit honing and some fine wet and dry sand paper. That wheel for the 'T' slot wont work in either so it needs to come off. Not a big deal, there's a screw. OH S#$T, the Phllipps head - wallowed out. Back to Amazon and hope they honor my claim.

I did find a Craftsman head on eBay for not much money but it needed som minor work to use with the existing slot bar plus the existing bar needed couple set screws to tighten it in the slot. Works great

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The incra miter gauges i have are pretty good. I have 2 and they work quite well. They aren't oversized - exactly 3/4" wide. Some complain they are a bit lightweight but I haven't found that to be an issue.
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The incra miter gauges i have are pretty good. I have 2 and they work quite well. They aren't oversized - exactly 3/4" wide. Some complain they are a bit lightweight but I haven't found that to be an issue.
I like them and no worries...
instead of using the cams put a layer or two of UHMW tape on the side of the rail if the gauge is a skosh sloppy...
the tape lasts for about forever and adds slide smoothness...
you can also put the UHMW tape on the bottom of the rail if the rail is a fuzz light in thickness...
doing the bottom of the rail, sometimes, will correct the miter's face out of squareness to the table's top...
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Most of the better ones now have adjusters to control fit in the groove. Tool tests I've seen rated most Incras very high. The winner was JD Accumiter but they quit making them right after the test I saw.
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I like them and no worries...
instead of using the cams put a layer or two of UHMW tape on the side of the rail if the gauge is a skosh sloppy...
the tape lasts for about forever and adds slide smoothness...
you can also put the UHMW tape on the bottom of the rail if the rail is a fuzz light in thickness...
doing the bottom of the rail, sometimes, will correct the miter's face out of squareness to the table's top...
I was just in the shop today (practicing social distancing) and checked both of mine. No perceivable slop at all. I suppose I could use my dial gauge to see what it really is but that's kind of overkill.
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I was just in the shop today (practicing social distancing) and checked both of mine. No perceivable slop at all. I suppose I could use my dial gauge to see what it really is but that's kind of overkill.
did you use the slot adjusters???
I ditched mine and went w/ the tape...
made it way smoother and very snug fit...

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Ok used the slot adjusters on mine for the TS. No issues but the tape approach has merit. The key is to go with what works for you.

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Folk - my OP was NOT about an INCRA but the POS Porter Cable miter gauge I bought to replace the broken OE JET that I've been using on my Grizzly router table. I have an INCRA for the table saw and it's great.

I just didn't want to fuss with those very difficult to adjust nylon slot width adjusters for the router table and can't justify a hundred plus bucks for a second one.

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did you use the slot adjusters???
I ditched mine and went w/ the tape...
made it way smoother and very snug fit...
I copped a roll of UHMW Tape Roll off eBay - will see if your sage advice helps my slightly sloppy nonadjustable miter gauge, Stick...

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I copped a roll of UHMW Tape Roll off eBay - will see if your sage advice helps my slightly sloppy nonadjustable miter gauge,
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If it's a solid 3/8 x 3/4 steel bar, drill and tap a couple 10-32 holes and use 1/4" long set screws and adjust to fit the slot. Thirty minutes tops to do this mod
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