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thanks for the info, useful
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For no particular reason, I popped for the Woodpecker dial caliper in the picture. About $100, but I find it's so easy to use that I use it more often. It showed me there was about .004 variation in the face of the fence. Not much of an error, but I needed to take it into account setting the outfeed end.

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I used a dial caliper and a MAG-DRO Mitre Slot Caliper Base (available from Amazon). You do not need an expensive dial caliper biter slot tool. This one is plastic with tabs to hot it tight to miter slot. I set the blade and miter slot about .00015 to .0002. You will need to mark the blade tooth when the in-feed is measured and then blade is rotated for the second reading. You should not use the blade using different reference points. Always the same spot. . You the set the fence parallel to miter slot. I set mine +.0004 ( the thickness of a piece of blue masking tape). If the fence is to wide on out feed the cut will not be parreel, to tight and you will hear the saw blade zing as the piece clears. It will take a little time to set it up, but the cuts are worth it.
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I prefer to set my fence parallel to the blade. Using a riving knife and safe cutting practices reduces the chance of kick back. I use a master plate similar to this it eliminates any variation there may be between different blades. I use the plate to set up my miter saw as well.
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