Should you turn in your brass setup bars for a set of Kreg’s new precision router table setup bars? Probably not, but they are an interesting alternative for setting up your table saw, router, and other tools.
While brass setup bars are just pieces of square or rectangular stock machined to tight tolerances, Kreg designed their bars with three different gauges on each bar to easily measure tool height, cut depth gauge, and the distance from tool to the fence. The new style of setup bars might be easier to use for woodworkers who aren’t accustomed to using brass setup bars; you can’t stack their bars to get different thicknesses.
Made from soft aluminum so as not to damage the cutters on your tools, Kreg sells the setup bars in a set that includes seven different bar sizes 1/8”, 3/16”, 1/4”, 5/16”, 3/8”, 7/16”, and 1/2” in a plastic carrying case for $40, or you can buy the setup bars individually for about $10 a piece.