After I purchased my table saw, I relied, for way too long, on the standard miter gauge that seems to come with every single table saw ever sold. You know the one. It’s black, maybe has a positive stop at 22.5 and 45 degrees, although the stops aren’t really accurate. The fence portion of the miter gauge is way too short to stabilize the piece you’re cutting. All in all, it certainly isn’t the best miter gauge on the market by any stretch of the imagination.
Adding a new, higher quality miter gauge to your table saw is honestly one of the best table saw upgrades you can make. Suddenly, cross-cutting longer pieces of lumber is a snap. Making accurate angled cuts that are precise enough for segmented woodturning is a breeze. And knowing that your mitered corners for boxes are actually going to line up makes woodworking fun again.
There are several great options available to upgrade your table saw miter gauge. These range from upgraded versions of the basic miter gauge included with most saws to premium upgrades, including expandable extruded aluminum fences and sliding bases that will support the cut through the entire process.
What to Look for with a Table Saw Miter Gauge Upgrade
Here are a few of the features to look for when choosing a new table saw miter gauge. Depending on your needs some of these may not be necessary but there are certainly miter gauges on the market now that have all the bells and whistles you could ever want.
Most miter gauges that come with a table saw have a few positive stops built-in at commonly used angles, but anything beyond that is up to you to figure out. For most 90 degree cuts, this isn’t an issue but if you’re commonly making angled cuts where precision is key, then having a micro-adjustment feature is a game-changer.
A few of the miter gauges we will be recommending below have micro-adjustment mechanisms that can be as precise as 1/10 of a degree.
Having an expandable fence on the miter gauge is an absolute game changer for what you can do with your table saw. Being able to extend the fence out to 31-inches makes a world of difference in my comfort level when crosscutting or cutting dados in longer pieces.
Some of the miter gauges we’ll outline below have expandable fences while others have fixed length fences. The other option is to always just screw in a sacrificial fence to the standard miter gauge but I don’t always feel as comfortable doing that and don’t always want to be sacrificing boards that long.
Sacrificial Fence Option
I will admit that 95% of the time I’m using the miter gauge that came with my table saw is to make cuts on boards using a sacrificial fence to prevent tear-out. Think cuts with a dado stack or cutting tenons on the end of boards.
Some miter gauges make it easy to attach a sacrificial fence while others not so much. This is the primary reason I keep my original miter gauge at it is easy to keep it set at 90 degrees with a sacrificial fence attached.
Miter Slot Size
Check that the miter slot on your table saw is compatible with the miter gauge you are considering. Almost all table saws have a 3/4 inch miter slot but that isn’t the case 100% of the time, especially with older table saws!
The Best Table Saw Miter Gauge Upgrade Options
Best Overall Miter Gauge: INCRA Miter1000/HD Miter Gauge
The Incra Miter1000 Miter Gauge is the go-to miter fence upgrade I use in the shop and it is one of the best tool accessories I have ever bought. While it certainly isn’t the cheapest option on the list, not by a long shot, its accuracy, expandable fence, and flip down stop make it the best table saw miter gauge upgrade on the market.
I have used this miter gauge to accurately cut 100’s of segments for segmented wood turnings, mitered corners for picture frames, and to support 4 foot long lumber to make cross cuts. For each of these tasks it has more than lived up to its hype.
The Incra Miter Gauge is solidly built and the telescoping fence is easy to adjust on the fly. The biggest selling point with this miter gauge is the super accurate indexing system with stops at every single degree. Micro adjustments of 1/10 of an degree can then be made to fine tune your cuts for a precise fit.
You can take this miter gauge up even another level by adding on an Incra sliding platform that will fully support your wood while making cuts.
Best Budget Miter Gauge: Fulton Precision Miter Gauge with Aluminum Miter Fence
The Fulton Precision Miter Gauge offers many of the features found on a higher priced miter gauge yet at a pretty affordable price.
The miter gauge’s solid aluminum head features positive stops at 22.5, 30, 45, 60, 67.5 and 90 degrees. This will cover 99% of the stops needed for most woodworkers and makes up for the units lack of a micro-adjustment mechanism.
The 18-inch extruded aluminum fence with a flip-down stop and angled ends gives plenty of support for most medium-sized workpieces. This size also works great for smaller, contractor-style table saws that may not need or be able to accommodate the length of some of the expandable fences.
The angled ends are a nice touch as it allows to you create a near-zero clearance setup when cutting mitered corners.
The extruded aluminum fence is also easily removable so the miter gauge can easily accommodate a sacrificial fence if needed.
Best Integrated Sled Miter Gauge: Rockler Tablesaw CrossCut Sled
If you’re looking for a combination crosscut sled and miter gauge then the Rockler Crosscut sled is a solid option. The sled features a 25-inch long fence that sits on top of a 23 x 23 inch square melamine topped sled.
The fence swings along the left side to adjust the miter anywhere between 0 – 45 degrees. While this sled doesn’t have positive stops at commonly used angles, the large hair-line indicator does make for easy setup. Although if you’re making cuts that require a high degree of precision, I would recommend checking the angle with a digital protractor before getting started.
The bed also features a recessed track for a hold down clamp to keep your fingers well away from the blade on shorter pieces of wood.
This unit is a great option for woodturners who are frequently cutting small segments.
One thing to note is that, if you have a smaller table saw, this sled may hang too far off the edge to work properly. So check the dimensions to make sure it will fit your saw safely.
Best Basic Miter Gauge: Incra Miter V27 Miter Gauge
If you’re looking for a solid table saw miter gauge without the bells and whistles of an expandable dence or sliding bed then this Incra is a great choice.
The Incra Miter V27 offers many of the same adjustability features we discussed earlier in the Miter1000 but comes without the expandable fence.
The gauge is equpped with 27 laser cut positive stops for the most commonly used angles. This is less than the every degree stops on the Miter1000 but still more than enough for most woodworker’s needs. Fine tuning adjustments of 1/10 degree can then be made to dial in each and every cut.
The 4 expansion points on the bar and the unit’s small size make this a great option for use on other machines around the shop like the bandsaw or disc sander.
Other Solid Table Saw Miter Gauge Options
If you need a no frills miter gauge to replace a worn out or missing gauge on your table saw then the Fulton Precision Miter Gauge is a great choice. Like the option highlighted earlier with the 18-inch extruded aluminum fence, this gauge features positive stops at 13 commonly used angles and is just an overall solid choice.
If you’re looking for a miter gauge with a fixed length fence then this unit is a great fit between the 18 inch fence on the Fulton and 32 inch fence on the Incra miter gauge.
The Kreg miter gauge system features a micro adjustment feature that is accurate down to 1/100th of a degree! If you are working with that type of precision then you are doing something right with your woodworking.
One common complaint with this unit is the nylon inserts that lock the bar into the T-track can be difficult to adjust. While many higher end units use multi point adjustments or bearings for this purpose the Kreg setup seems to fall a bit short.
Other than that this is a very highly regarded unit and a great table saw miter gauge upgrade.
At a near-identical construction to the Fulton Precision Miter Gauge with Aluminum Miter Fence, the WoodRiver Snap-Set Miter Gauge is a solid option if you want an extended aluminum fence. It includes the same positive stop setup and flip-stop for repeatable cuts.
The price is a bit higher than the Fulton though so that is why we find this model down here.
Final Thoughts on the Best Table Saw Miter Gauge Upgrade Options
I truly feel that adding an upgraded miter gauge to your table saw can be one of the best tool upgrades you can make in the shop. That, along with a solid crosscut sled, and you can do almost anything with your table saw when it comes to making accurate angled cuts. I actually find myself going for the table saw far more often now than the miter saw unless I’m cutting extremely long pieces of wood, like trim.
Overall, most any upgrade will be better than the miter gauge that comes with most table saws, so don’t hesitate to make the change sooner rather than later!