To Master Gage or Not To Master Gage - Router Forums
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-22-2009, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
Join Date: Apr 2008
Country: United States
First Name: Mark
Posts: 22
Default To Master Gage or Not To Master Gage

I just ordered a Grizzly table saw g1023sl and I am wondering if I should buy a Master Gage to align the saw. I just don't know how close I should get it. I am a toolmaker but I work for the government so I can't make my own. but for $50 you really can't beat it. Is this a must have tool? Your info is greatly appreciated.
AVman is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-23-2009, 01:17 AM
Registered User
Join Date: Aug 2009
First Name: Tom
Posts: 50

I personally would not own a table saw with out a good dial indicator to set it up. I just like to be able to see the setup in clear numbers and be able to hit that kind of precision. I tried the simple shop-made jigs but could never be nearly as precise as with a dial indicator. The SuperBar and MasterPlate from MasterGage kept me tuned up for many years. they also made that process very quick so I took the time to check the saw more often which can be translated to safety as well.

Tom Hintz, Publisher
Tom Hintz is offline  
post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-23-2009, 12:57 PM
Forum Contributor
AxlMyk's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2006
Country: United States
First Name: Mike
Posts: 3,165

All you need is a cheap indicator from Harbor Freight, and a piece of wood that the indicator attaches to. Clamp it to your miter gauge and use that. There is no need to get fancy with this. All you need to do is get the indicator certified.

Never, under any circumstances, combine a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

Mike - Retired FoMoCo Tradesman
My Gallery @

Last edited by AxlMyk; 10-23-2009 at 01:00 PM.
AxlMyk is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-23-2009, 05:53 PM
Registered User
TwoSkies57's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2009
Country: United States
First Name: Bill
Posts: 6,056

sometimes having the right tools to tweak another helps eliminate any doubts...
TwoSkies57 is offline  
post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-23-2009, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
Join Date: Apr 2008
Country: United States
First Name: Mark
Posts: 22

Well I went and ordered the master gage. I am a guy that needs to have some kind of reference or standard. I will let you know how it works out.
AVman is offline  
post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-23-2009, 11:56 PM
Retired Moderator
Hamlin's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2005
Country: United States
First Name: Ken
Posts: 3,437
Send a message via MSN to Hamlin

I too had pondered this question when I got my Hybrid TS from Grizzly. The manual doesn't require it to be used to check the alignment of the TS. A pencil and miter gauge or a simple adjustable square works just as well if not better.


***Please fill in your profile, at least your location. As this will help us help you better.***

"Whether active duty, retired, national guard or reserve - is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America", for an amount of "up to and including my life". That is HONOR, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it." -Author Unknown

Hamlin is offline  
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-24-2009, 04:55 AM User
Join Date: Mar 2009
Country: United States
First Name: Jim
Posts: 3,503

FWIW, I purchase a Miter Gage Pro about 6 months ago. It is truly a precision devise, well made and without "slop". While I bought it for my Unisaw setup, I first used it on my (then I thought POS) Delta jointer which hadn't worked well since it was new. I'd toyed with blade alignment including using mag jig, homemade dial indicator setups and other approaches but still it wouldn't cut a good joint. I blamed it on buying a cheap model (Delta's 1988-vintage, one step above desktop unit). Since I'd built a mobile base for it I rolled it out into the driveway, relaxed in the sun and gave it a go.

When I then fired it up it jointed as accurate and true as any I've seen. The only reason I'd possibly upgrade it now would be if I wanted to go wider. I've used it on my Uni, bandsaw, DP and even my scroll saw (while I was at it ).

Could some others get the same result without it? I have no doubt. Somepeople can probably align things to the ten-thousandths by eye, but not me. All I can say is that for *me* it let me quickly and accurately align and adjust my tools, getting back to the reason I purchased them in the first place: to make sawdust.

It was bloody expensive but I have nothing but praise for my MasterGage Pro.

Using a sharp, finely adjusted and well aligned tool is a pleasure!!

Check out that new high-tech cordless router.. wireless and no recharging required!!
BigJimAK is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Router Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Unique Joints, a Master craftsman at work, Tony Ward Tools and Woodworking 5 04-20-2007 07:01 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome