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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-22-2009, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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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.

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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.

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sometimes having the right tools to tweak another helps eliminate any doubts...
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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.
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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.

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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.

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