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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

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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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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