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Forum topic by Jim K posted 12-17-2009 07:07 PM 1573 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jim K

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12-17-2009 07:07 PM

Hi all

I have a small table saw and don’t like the cheap fence that came with it. Al ready replaced the miter gauge with an incra model found on ebay. I want to replace the fence as well. In looking at incra model ts-ls fence with 32 inch rails. My table saw only measures 17.5” front to back. I either have to cut it almost in half to fit my table saw or i looking around the incra website found the model ls 24 router fence. I wonder if that could be mounted somehow on my table saw and used as a table saw fence? and also used as a router fence too. I plan on in the future making a homemade router table as an extension on the end of my table saw. I can’t afford both fences and wonder if one fence could be used as a double duty fence? I know i might be called a cheapskate but i want the best of both worlds. what do my fellow LR’S think?

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#1 posted 12-17-2009 08:25 PM

My advice is to not waste money trying to make a silk purse from a sow’s ear. In other words, don’t spend good money trying to “fix up” that little saw. Instead, save those pennies till you can affor a better saw that will come with a decent fence. You can definitely get there for under $500 if you keep your eyes open for deals.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 12-17-2009 08:31 PM

the incra fences are fantastic.

the difference between the Table saw models and the Router models are mostly the range (TS are 32+ and routers are 12-24) and the fact that the Table saw fences have the rails and mounting hardware to connect them to the table saw.

1. contact Incra and you can put together all the parts into a package that will suit you needs the best.

if you do plan on setting up a table saw station with router table build in – go with the bigger fence or you’ll have to upgrade it later, or replace it completely – which doesnt sound like something you’d want to do.

but as charlie stated – sounds like you have a smaller TS. that means that you’ll most likely outgrow it and will want to upgrade it to something bigger anyways, and also means that you might run into issues trying to fit an Incra fence onto it as the Incra fences and TS mounting hardware are mostly aimed at the more standard larger TSs… however – as I said – you can call Incra and they can set you up with a more customized configuration.

Good luck, and welcome to LJ.

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#3 posted 12-17-2009 11:28 PM

Do you have one of those cheep small job site saw.. I myself wouldn’t want to put a high dollar Incra fence on one, I’d do with the current setup and start lookin to upgrade to a better saw to better accommodate the Incra. You can find a used one thats affordable but be patience in looking. I’ll b lookin to get an Incra fence myself in the next few months for my TS.

-- Ken, Tallahassee,FL

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#4 posted 01-07-2010 05:30 AM


The reason i started this question is on page 10 of the manual for the incra jig ultra with either the 16 or the 24 inch. The models ultra16sys or the ultra24sys show directions for mounting on a table saw???


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#5 posted 01-07-2010 02:39 PM

Charlie’s right on …. as always… You’ll be sooooooo much happier if and when you dump your little saw… I had a Craftsman direct drive saw that after 10 years finally went up in smoke… happiest day of my life. Finally had an excuse to get a “real” saw… put the money you were saving for the new fence towards a new saw. The cheap fence that comes with the saw will be better than trying to rig a good fence on a bad saw and leaves you room to upgrade

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