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Blog entry by richgreer posted 01-15-2010 06:52 PM 4341 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For years I have looked at Incra’s table saw fence system. It has always been on my want to have list, but never on my need to have list and I could not justify the price.

As I see it, the purpose of the Incra system is the ability to set the fence with very good accuracy and repeatability. Now there is Wixey’s new WR700 digital fence measuring tool. I have never seen one (other than pictures) but based on my reading, this tool lets you set your fence with great accuracy and repeatability. The reviews are very positive.

What, if anything, does the Incra system do that you cannot do with a high quality fence and the WR700? Am I missing something?

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



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Gary

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#1 posted 01-15-2010 07:16 PM

yup. The prestige of owning a lable

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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blackcherry

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#2 posted 01-15-2010 07:22 PM

I see that the WR700 will accurately read the distant from blade to fence. But will it allow you to do the many other function that the Incra System perform. To many to list and I would advise you to check out the U tube demos on the Incra TS fence system to further see its capability’s. Also the WR700 has caught my eye as a upgrade to my fence.

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Blake

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#3 posted 01-15-2010 07:26 PM

I have one on my router table and its amazing what you can do with it. I would love to have one on my table saw some day too.

Spend some time looking through the videos on incra.com’s DEMO PAGE. That will give you a good idea of what you can do with it.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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PurpLev

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#4 posted 01-15-2010 07:57 PM

I think the Incra fences are phenomenal. the idea is that you can rely on the fence to bring you back to the same spot time after time, without having to position the fence on the mark yourself. I would say that Incra has much more over a digital measuring device in the ease of use and time it takes to setup a cut.

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Dusty56

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#5 posted 01-15-2010 10:22 PM

No Batteries !! LOL
Actually , my friend has the Incra TS fence system and his only complaint is that he can only use one side of his right tilting Delta ContractorTS (can’t slide the fence to the other side of the blade). The fence system is at least as wide if not wider than his saw is and takes up a lot of space. It is A LOT of money to spend if you’re not going to need it for extreme precision on a daily basis. On the other hand , it is sooo sweetly accurate , time and again : ) He also has one on his Router table which has collected a lot of dust over the years from lack of use , but is there if he ever really needs it again . LOL Waaaay too much money to sit idle just for bragging rights as far as I’m concerned.

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Jim

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#6 posted 01-15-2010 10:23 PM

My Incra TS-LS is due to be delivered next tuesday. I have a lightly used Wixey WR700 that I’ll sell ‘ya. It’s great but does not have the same precision as the Incra.

Jim

-- Artificial Intelligence is no match for Natural Stupidity….

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richgreer

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#7 posted 01-15-2010 10:40 PM

Thanks for all the input on this subject. I’m going to agree that the Incra is the better device. For me, the question is can I justify the price. As an FYI, I used an Incra miter gauge for several years and always had trouble keeping it in alignment. I reached the point that I had to grab my engineering square to confirm that the miter gauge was square to the blade almost every time I used it. Now I use an Osborne miter gauge and I never worry about it going out of alignment. Therefore, I have a little anti-Incra bias.

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

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rtb

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#8 posted 01-16-2010 12:47 AM

Rich, I’m with you on the Osborne. I have not seen or used the Incra fence BUT this is wood. How accurate do we really need to be? I have an Incra t square, it allows you to measure to 1/64of an inch. aren’t we getting just a little extreme ?

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#9 posted 01-16-2010 02:08 AM

I have the Incra TS-LS system I purchased in early december. I have to say that I am extremely impressed with its quality, repeatability and accuracy. I can set it to, lets say 3 – 3/32” and make a cut…them measure it with my dial calipers and it it so dead on accurate that I get extremely impressed.
Yes, it is only wood and how accurate do you want to be? I want to be as accurate as possible and this gives the the ability to do so. If you can afford it I would definitely say get it. I like extreme and have never been just average.
I raved so much about how much I like it and my wife gave the the Incra router table system as a christmas present. I am having a blast using the Incra LS positioner and enjoying it very much.

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpiece… because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#10 posted 01-17-2010 09:27 AM

I bought the TSLS 32 a while ago… I paid twice what you guys in the states get one for… as I do for just about everything… and I just love it… I would not go back to a “normal” fence nor will I buy a table that I can’t retro fit an Incra…the Miter Express and the Mitre 2000 are both exceptional as well and I have not had any probem with any of the Incra tools…i was more than impressed with the accuracy and the repeatability of all the tools… so much so that I am saving up for the entire router table system…. If I lived in the states I would already have all their gear… but the price over here slows down purchases… and the cost of shipping is about twice the price of the item… so that is out…IMHO bite the bullet and just get it… you will not be sorry….I did and I am not…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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