I bought a 1953 Delta 890 bandsaw last Fall. It came with a miter gauge. I bought a Kreg bandsaw fence, the Kreg micro-adjuster, and the two Kreg resaw guides that work with it. I use them all, except for the micro-adjuster.
The fence is a perfect fit for my saw and I use it often. I have not done that much resawing, so the jury is still out on the resaw guides. About half the time, I use the fence alone, and the other half I use one of the resaw guides. I think the consistency issues are about getting more practice with them. I have a future project planned, where I will need very thin boards, so that practice will be coming soon.
The Kreg micro-adjuster was a waste of money, in my opinion. It is difficult to adjust when it is attached, and it seems to get in the way more than it helps. I wonder whether its precision is lost on a bandsaw anyway.
I definitely use the miter gauge on my bandsaw. A lot. I use it more like a "small parts sled." It is helpful for making quick, safe, square crosscuts on small pieces. I roll my tools outside to use them, but sometimes I will use the bandsaw in its storage place in the garage without rolling it outside, just to make a quick cut. I use whatever blade is installed. I pull an extension cord to the bandsaw, tighten the tension on the blade, and make the cut. Because the pieces are small, the sawdust is minor and easily ignored.
I turned a pen the other day. The lathe was outside where I work, but I cut the pen blank in half on the bandsaw in the garage, using the miter gauge for the cut. I "clamped" the pen blank against the miter gauge with my right hand, which was protected from the blade by the miter gauge itself. I lined up the mark with the blade and made the cut. Yes, I could have easily made the cut without the miter gauge, using one hand on either side of the blade. I know that the cut did not have to be perfectly square. At the same time, there is something to be said about the relaxed comfort of using the miter gauge to improve ease of use and increase safety.
I could have made the cut on my table saw with the small parts sled. The table saw blade kerf is wider, and I would have had to roll out the table saw and set it up first (along with the dust collection cart). The bandsaw and its miter gauge made the cutting the pen blank quick and easy, with a very thin kerf. Sawdust was minimal.
P.S. We have a miter saw, but I would prefer to use the bandsaw or table saw for crosscuts on small parts like pen blanks.
Last edited by Tool Agnostic; 08-02-2018 at 09:59 AM.