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What do you Thinkra about Incra?

by Blake
posted 10-19-2007 11:30 PM

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#51 posted 01-12-2011 08:28 PM

Yes, the arm was extended and can been seen at the length I used it here. This was very near the limits of the stock 1000HD extension of 31”.

I know Incra sells longer fence segments but I’m not sure I am ready for that added cost just yet. Do you really think, say the 36” fence, would be THAT much stiffer than what I currently have?

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#52 posted 01-12-2011 08:41 PM

I don’t think you need to buy anything.

Just attach a hardwood auxiliary fence (the miter gauge probably came with a few extra oval nuts and hex socket bolts to do so). As long as the hardwood fence spans the extension, it should add the needed rigidity.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#53 posted 01-12-2011 08:46 PM

I’ll look into that. Thanks.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#54 posted 01-13-2011 07:29 AM

I have the Incra 1000 miter gauge and love it. Cut the best 45’s for picture frames I have ever seen. I look fwd to buying more of there tools.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#55 posted 01-13-2011 12:37 PM

I have never looked at them much and I doubt I would ever get any Incra jigs… I enjoy making my own jigs as well as turning what I have. Might sound strange but I do enjoy having to adjust my miter gage and fence. I also like doing a lot of hand tool work.. So to spend a lot on a incra system would just be silly for me personally.

They look neat though

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#56 posted 01-16-2011 12:28 AM

Last summer I took the plunge and bought the TS LS system with the router set-up in the TS wing. Also got the jointery super system. The tablesaw component is all I have time to use to date but it is amazing. The most common thing that amazes me is the zeroing the fence to the blade – takes seconds. So if your changing blades, ie dado or thin kerf it takes seconds to zero the blade. If you want to use a stop block attached to your fence or use a sacrificial fence face – it takes seconds to adjust. Want to zero your fence at your first dado – easy. I love it and can only imagine how sweet the router portion will be. I also got mine in metric – no more damn fractions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#57 posted 01-16-2011 01:05 AM

I’ve got an LS system with the WF and LOVE it. Alin – You can make easy ZC fences and the extrusions make them easy to replace when necessary. I had an (really) old B&D table that I never did figure out, and just made jigs and temporary tables when I needed one. This has completely changed the way I use a router! I no longer dread having to revisit a measurement as it’s repeatability easily compensates for my (occasional – ha!) oversights. I’m sure you’re going to enjoy the new addition.

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#58 posted 01-16-2011 01:08 AM

Every time I see this topic I think of Incra as being a sweet little Swedish girl.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Tim Christensen

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#59 posted 10-29-2011 05:00 AM

Has anyone got the incra plans book? Was wondering if it was worth it?

-- Tim C., Sgt. Bluff, Iowa.

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#60 posted 10-29-2011 05:06 AM

I have the Incra projects book and it is OK. It gives you some really good ideas and the plans are pretty easy to follow in my opinion. I havent built anything out of it, but I have used ideas from it.

-- Chief Petty Officer USN(RET) 1991-2011

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#61 posted 10-29-2011 06:26 AM

I have the 1000HD Miter Gage,LS positioner,jeesem rourter lift and a bunch of Incra rules. i didn’t like parting with the money at the point of purchase, but man do I enjoy using this stuff.

-- Billp

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#62 posted 10-29-2011 02:35 PM

I bought the original grey plastic gauge, but have never used it. I then bought an Incra Ultra and waited a few years before building 2 router tables with a Jessem routalift. The Ultra is excellent. I have made dozens of both small and really large 4’ x 3’ x 2’ boxes with finger joints. I bought the books and the hinge jig, still not used that. I have 3 of the Rules and they are great. the bend rule just does not slip, the T-rule is great and the 12” straight one can bend around curves. I would love a 1000hd mitre gauge, but dont have anything it would fit, I would have to make up a couple of mitre slides to fit my equipment. Over here in the U.K., Incra stuff is hard to get hold of and is VERY expensive. I really rate the fence on the router, once set up you can just rout with certainty, esp if making multiple items.

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#63 posted 10-29-2011 04:17 PM

I have a router table fence and a table saw fence and a miter gauge along with numerous other tools that they sell. I don’t think i would ever go back no that i have one. with the way i have the router table fence set up I never have to measure. the incra fence on the table saw is a dream my only complaint is that there isn’t enough capacity sometimes but other than that move the fence setting to 4 inches make a cut move it to 8 make a cut its that easy. same with there miters square it to the blade and your set to make any angle cut you want

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#64 posted 03-10-2012 06:40 PM

The Table Saw (TS) system is rock-solid, deadly accurate, repeatable. This remains the most accurate tooling in my shop. Yes, it is very expensive – I think of the Pella Windows line “Quality is expensive once”; but it is expensive.

I’m moving away from the Table Saw/Router Table combo – I do enough woodworking to have grown tired of resetting the Fence for the two applications. I have the Wonder Fence – another Incra innovation – installing and dismantling Wonder Fence, repositioning the Positioner, and attaching/dismantling the dust collection became in-efficient. The Incra systems do take-up a lot of real estate (the grey footprint), due to the Positioner travel.

Blake – I see the lock-downs on your setup – are these Incra-sourced? I have concerns that the LS17 will flex, relative to the rock-solid TS I have now.

Thanks Mike

-- Lead By Example; Make a Difference

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#65 posted 03-10-2012 10:58 PM

Mike – I know your question wasn’t directed at me but I have both the LS17 on a table and the TS-LS-32 on my saw. The LS17 full extended has the same amount of flex when it’s pushed/tugged/wiggled as my TS-LS locked down – about 0.0005-0.001”.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#66 posted 03-11-2012 03:48 AM

I bought this one used and I like it a lot. I only have a couple of complaints aints. The dust collection port is a bit small. The woodpecker router base was a bit twisted and I had to screw around with it before it was flat.

The pic isn’t that good. Sorry

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#67 posted 03-13-2012 04:20 AM

I own a lot of Incra equipment, mostly purchased from Woodpecker’s at The Woodworking Shows when they used to rep for them more than they do now. Fortunately, I have actually been to the Incra location. It is in an industrial park in Carrollton, TX. They don’t do walk in traffic but if you live close enough you can pick up your order and if you schmooze with the receptionist someone will take you on a tour. I was amazed at how small, but efficient, their operations really are. After seeing their products repped all over the USA at various Woodworking Shows, I just expected their operations to be a lot more significant. I feel really fortunate to be able to pick up my Incra tools, parts, and accessories locally.

-- They call me Mr. Silly

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#68 posted 03-13-2012 11:34 AM

Blake, I’m just getting into the whole Incra thing. Three or four months ago I bought a real nice Incra miter gauge and I love it. About a month ago I bought a “U build it” starting jig kit but haven’t done anything with it yet other than studying and thinking about ways to build a complete jig system. I have also tentatively made up my mind to install a positioning system on my Powermatic PM2000 saw and also build a super nice router table with a positioning system on it. I have also been going to the Incra site off and on and studying their whole system and other concepts. I have a machine shop and figure I can make modifications to everything and add some ideas of my own.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#69 posted 03-13-2012 12:24 PM

I have 2 Incra V120 miter gauges. I leave one on my table saw and one on my router table. They’re the only Incra items I own, but I am impressed with them. I’ve only used the 90 and 45 degree detents thus far, but they’ve been spot on. The price on Amazon wasn’t that bad either.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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Bill White

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#70 posted 03-13-2012 02:00 PM

Not an Incra “cultnick” but I could be. Needed a good miter gauge, studied all the options, finall just stuck a finger to the miter gauge page, and landed on the Incra 1000SE. Couldn’t be happier with accuracy and repeatability it offers.


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#71 posted 03-13-2012 04:17 PM


A favorite topic of mine. Hard to add much to what’s been said already, but I’ve become a confirmed incra user. LS positioner and WonderFence on my router cabinet with a PRL-V2 lift. LS positioner and HD-1000 miter gage on my Unisaw, an Incra track on my drill press table and another on my 12” radial arm saw. Also use their rules all the time.

It all started off innocently enough, but grew and expanded as I came to rely on the precision and repeatability more and more. At the same time I’ve become accustomed to working to closer and closer tolerances on all my boxes, so the two certainly go together. Sure, you can do wonderful work without Incra, but I, for one, would hate to go back. For years, I carried a tape measure, now I carry a dial caliper.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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Thomas Hanson

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#72 posted 03-13-2014 01:59 PM

I love the accuracy of the Incra Miter gauges so I bought the positioning jig to use with my router table. My main use is the cut dadoes for the bottom in the sides of hand cut dovetail boxes. But alas, The jig interferes with raising the lift into a piece of wood. I was using the lift with the work on the opposite side of the lift mechanism but had to turn the lift system 180 degrees to keep the jig off the lift mechanism and now the bit is too close to the lift wheel to engage the lift with a piece of wood over the bit. I’m going to try milling the central slot of the jig closer to the fence so the handle can fit through the jig into the wheel. Since each turn is 1/16” I won’t need to be able to see the dial to run it. I hope this works or it’s on to the bandsaw with it, if it’s not too wide for that.

-- Okie from Council Hill

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#73 posted 04-09-2015 04:03 AM

I recently got hooked by Incra by watching the videos on the super system fence and was amazed on the engineering precision craftsmanship they put into there products. I recently fell back in love with woodworking since the old days when I took wood shop in high school then I got kicked out but thats another story. Anyways I just picked up a Incra router table with the caster wheels on CL for 240 and it looks spanking new. So since I purchased by table I had to get the Incra Lift and Rockler had one on sale for 300 bucks, not bad but unforutaintly it was only made for the Rockler brand tables. I guess they figured since you would but this awesome lift you would buy there own brand name table. Anyways I just purchased a the router lift directly from Incra and I googled Incra coupons and I got a coupon code for 20.00 off the price of the Incra Master Lift II and it came out 5 bucks cheaper than Amazon because I did not have to pay uncle sam. Why I don’t know but I am not complaining, hope I am not getting Incra in trouble. Anyways I had to pay for shipping but the coupon paid for that. I just bought Porter Cable 3 1/4 HP router motor from Woodcraft for 260 (awesome deal). My next purchase will be the Incra Super Fence, but that is like 450 and my wallet is burning right now.

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#74 posted 04-09-2015 03:29 PM

My favorite tool in the shop. I do use the Woodpecker PRLV2 Lift with it. See my projects for more details.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#75 posted 04-09-2015 04:36 PM

I love all of my Incra gear. I started with the Table Saw Fence system. Then I built a router table into the left wing and added the joinery package. A few months back I picked up the Incra version of the Mast-R-Lift-II, which is obviously just a re-branded Jessem lift, but I love that too. I plan on getting one of the miter gauges in the near future.

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#76 posted 04-09-2015 06:27 PM

I have an old Twin Linear router fence system, a TSIII table saw fence with a Wonderfence, an IBox, a Drill Press fence, a 1000SE Miter Gauge and a bunch of other misc items, and my opinion is that they are a first class company with great products. The repeatability and accuracy of their products will make you a better woodworker. I know because Incra stuff has helped me take my work to a new level. Woodpeckers stuff is also a favorite of mine too, I have 2 of their PRLV2 lifts and several of their One Time Tools. Combine the two companies’ gear and you have a first class setup. Two thumbs up from me!

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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Thomas Hanson

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#77 posted 04-09-2015 07:38 PM

I bought the Incra Universal Precision Positioning Jig and the Incra Square Rulers and had to modify both. I only wish I could afford some of their more expensive equipment. This is a rich man’s tool company.

-- Okie from Council Hill

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#78 posted 04-09-2015 09:19 PM

I have had my Incra system for 3 years now and can say I am only capable of using 10% of what this thing can do.
I have not tried dove tails on it, because I have a dovetail jig that actually works and is easy to use.
I think this system is very advanced for the weekend woodworker, but I rather have it all than need it and not have it.
In short, the system is fantastic!!

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#79 posted 04-09-2015 10:50 PM

I am also an Incra lover. I have their TS/LS and router table mounted on my Jet Xacta saw.

-- Earl

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#80 posted 04-10-2015 02:07 AM

I am also an Incra lover. I have their TS/LS and router table mounted on my Jet Xacta saw.

- retfr8flyr

Beautiful set up. Once I have the space in my new shop, your set up will be on my short list.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#81 posted 04-10-2015 05:30 AM

I am also an Incra lover. I have their TS/LS and router table mounted on my Jet Xacta saw.

- retfr8flyr

Beautiful set up. Once I have the space in my new shop, your set up will be on my short list.

- timbertailor

Thanks, I am very happy with the way things turned out. I have limited space and this setup gives me everything I need in a fairly small space. I have it setup to flip the fence around so it’s just like having a separate router table. Here is a shot in router mode.

-- Earl

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#82 posted 04-10-2015 05:52 AM

Just bought the full meal deal combo pack for my Unisaw. The router plate they sent wouldn’t level up enough to be usable. I messed with it for a good two hours trying to get set to where it would be usable. No dice, so I put it on my granite counter top and it had a noticeable rockiness to it so I then broke out the feeler gages. I could get .022” to pass under one corner. No wonder!

I called them up and talked to Mark Mueller and he had another sent out basically no questions asked. I got it in a couple of days and did the same. No rock on the counter so I didn’t even bother to try a feeler gage. Took it straight to the router table and had it leveled with the surface in about 3 minutes using a dial indicator.

After looking and looking and looking for a US made table saw to buy new, only to strike out, Incra is like a breath of fresh air. Made in the USA and kick butt customer service to boot.

Oh and yes, I used my dial indicator on that fence too. It moves in .001” increments exactly like they claim and repeats even after moving the whole thing and re-clamping too. I will be buying their lift at some point, their Clean Sweep (this weekend) and a bunch of their marking rules. Probably pick up the Mitre Express too. I’m a complete Incra fanboy convert.

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#83 posted 04-10-2015 10:46 AM

I have the Box Joint jig and love it.

My next upgrade will be the LS fence for my router table.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#84 posted 04-10-2015 03:14 PM

I have one of the 1st generation table saw fences. It s a solid fence
and it s repeatability is really useful at times. The scales fade in the

The main drawback is the amount of room you need for the T
part of the fence, or a hole in your shop wall

- Loren

I set mine up right next to a window, the T part just sticks right out.

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#85 posted 04-10-2015 04:18 PM

I use the incra miter gauge 3000 SE and my only gripe is that the white discs used to tighten the miter slot slop tend to wear a bit fast and a few of the discs are a pain to adjust or replace because the Allen set screw is hidden. Other than that it is pretty dead on accurate. I previously owned thesaw fence system and it was awesome but replaced it with biesemeyer due to space constraints in my new shop.

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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